No. 217: DiNapoli faceoff, a final flight and Dottie Herman’s doing just fine

TG it’s Friday: Been a week, no? Today’s May 19, on which the Star Trek production team settled on the character name James T. Kirk, after rejecting 15 others, including Hannibal, Timber, Flagg and Raintree.

Jack Lord was originally offered the role, but demanded 50 percent ownership of the project. He later made a fortune with the line, “Book him, Danno. Murder One.”


Best brews: Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and the Roscoe NY Beer Co. tied for first in the state’s inaugural craft brewing challenge, judged Wednesday by celeb chef Mario Batali and Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas.

Jobs: The Island added a few in the year ending in April.

It’s a draw: A new audit from NY Comptroller Tom DiNapoli chides the state’s economic development arm for missing more than half its mandated reports on tax credit and job creation programs over the past five years. Empire State Development spokesman Jason Conwall said the audit “cherry-picks information and profoundly misrepresents our efforts.”

Diversity at work: CA Technologies made Working Mothers’ 2017 list of best companies for multicultural women.

The big brains behind business intelligence: It’s one thing to collect data, quite another to figure out what to do with it. You’ll want to know the guys at SFL Scientific.

Sticking a cork in brain drain: Long Island’s wine industry believes it has jobs for everyone. (But we have dibs on taster.)

Betting on Main Street: The state’s downtown revitalization effort, which offers $10 million to 10 NY municipalities, is gearing up for a second round. (Westbury was a winner last year.)

A real estate: Douglas Elliman honcha Dottie Herman ranked 59th on the just-out Forbes list of the country’s richest self-made women, with a net worth of $260 million.

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Op doc: Northwell Health has named Thomas McGinn senior veep and deputy physician in chief, from which he will oversee physician operations at the system’s 550 (and counting) outpatient locations.

Welcome: Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt has significantly upped its life sciences game with the addition of veteran patent attorneys John Resek and Carmella Stephens to an already stellar team.

Ms. opportunity: Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship is the local host of the SBA’s national InnovateHER competition, which recognizes products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families. Winners share $70,000 in prizes. Deadline is June 1. More info here.

Growth strategies: The Business Incubator Association holds its annual meeting June 15-16 at the U of Albany Cancer Center, legislative face time, accelerator tours and collective deep thought on state, local and private efforts to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem, $75 conference fee, cheap rooms at the Hilton available, info here.

Fund times: The LI Capital Alliance stages a pitch event on cyber security and defense, keynote by Oxford Solutions co-founder Lee Noriega, presentations by GTop Group, IP Video Corp., Mission Solutions Group and Code DX, June 9, 8 to 11 a.m., RXR’s 68 South Service Road in Melville, pricing from $50, info here.

Hammering it home: Trammell Crow heavyweight J. Ronald Terwilliger keynotes Suffolk County’s Habitat for Humanity Builder’s Breakfast, May 25, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Stonebridge CC in Smithtown. You should go.

Power meet: NYIT’s energy conference, June 15, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the de Seversky, details here.

Eats End: Bobby Flay keynotes this year’s Food Lab Conference at Stony Brook Southampton, plus many local celebs, June 9-10, $75 to $2,500.

The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

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Could be both: Fortune excerpts Adam Lashinsky’s coming-soon tell-all, “Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination,” due out next week. Is founder Travis Kalanick a headline-grabbing villain for the ages, the author asks, or just an asshole?

Nothing to kibble over: The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, has raised $8.1 million.

Brand, new: Women of Wind Energy has renamed itself Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. (Yes, WRISE is a whole lot stronger than WoWe.)

The future? There’s an app for that: Good news for the Zelle P2P project, via which Bank of America and others are developing next-gen financial services for the digital set. A new survey suggests a third of all Americans used P2P services last year, moving $500 billion in transactions. 62 percent were millennials, natch.

All things considered, I’d rather be in Philadelphia: SpaceX will be handling missions for Elysium Space, which parks the cremated remains of loved ones in orbit. The service costs $2,500 per, for which provided ashes get a two year ride – the craft burns up on re-entry thereafter – plus an app that allows you to track exactly where your deceased is at any time during flight.

Stag party: New York hunters “harvested” 213,061 deer during the 2016-17 season, a 5 percent increase over the year before, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Hits a chord: D’Addario presents Guitar Power, hosted by Dweezil Zappa. Rather cool, actually. (And we don’t even play.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.