No. 220: Burgers, dunkers, Watts and the future of self-charging drones

Viva le weekend: It’s Friday, June 2, National Doughnut Day, founded to honor Salvation Army volunteers who handed out coffee and crullers to World War I troops. Free fried dough for all at Dunkin, Krispy and others.

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is, gulp, 76.

Fossil fool: President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord met with swift rebuke from local environmentalists, while Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and others said NY would soldier on.

Launch partner: If you’re a rush-to-market entrepreneur who is big on ideas and not so much on implementation, allow us to introduce you to Xogito. They’ll get you there.

Donors Unite: A new website broadens the gift of charitable giving – and with access to 2.5 million worthy organizations.

Long Island’s Healthiest Companies: A new Innovate LI program recognizes local firms that promote workplace health and employee wellness. Nominations being accepted here now and mark your calendars for Sept. 13.

Deservedly: Nixon Peabody healthcare experts James Fabian and Michele Masucci have been named to Chambers and Partners’ newest ranking of the best people practicing law today.

Nicely done: Kohl’s donated $210,998 to Cohen’s Children Medical Center for kid-related health and nutrition programs.

Bring it on: PSEG said it’s ready for the summer season, with more than enough power for peak usage and 80+ storm-hardened circuits, of a planned 300, ready to go.

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Buffalo Watch: Documents filed in the Buffalo Billion kickbacks case suggest prosecutors are studying personal bank and phone records of many, many Cuomo staffers, including New York Power Authority chief Gil Quiniones.

Getting well: Sharon Klugewicz, chief of Chembio Diagnostic’s Americas operations, is filling in as CEO while John J. Sperzel takes a medical leave. No additional details, but the firm told Newsday it expected Sperzel to return.

Don’t forget: Stony Brook’s annual incubator showcase – big preview here – in which the university struts its 50+ associated startups, Thursday, June 8, beginning at 9 a.m., free but register.

Gearing up: New York’s first driverless car test is coming to Albany. It’s an Audi. And, yes, it has the $5 million insurance coverage specified in the state’s new driverless car testing program.


The drive up: McDonald’s doubled the number of sites offering delivery this week, to more than 2,000, and expects to hit 3,500 by the end of June. A flat fee of $4.99 in most markets. McD’s thinks it can add $100 billion to sales, much of it late night.

Charge on: Seattle-based startup WiBotic is developing wireless charging technology and battery management software that will allow fleets of service and delivery drones to land themselves for a quick fill-up or overnight recharge.

Attention Chipotle: RiskRecon, which helps companies assess the cyber defenses of vendors and partners who have access to their sensitive data and other digital assets, landed a $12 million round led by Dell’s capital arm.

Also consider: The LI Capital Alliance stages a pitch event on cyber security and defense, 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.

Sears not even mentioned: Amazon is far and away America’s favorite retailer, with 70 percent of U.S. adults saying they had purchased items from the site in the previous 90-day period, according to a new poll. Walmart was second, with the rest a distant ship’s smoke on the horizon.

Poolside madness: ACIT holds its annual Calypso ‘Til You Drop party on June 14, details here. (Just kidding. You’ll be out by 9.)

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Video of the week: Brian Tracy on the three biggest leadership mistakes you can make.

Talk to me: Apple has started manufacturing a Siri-controlled smart speaker. Should be out this fall.

Don’t miss: Angie Carpenter and Kominicki host the annual Islip CEO breakfast, June 15, free, register here.

Growth strategies: The Business Incubator Association holds its annual meeting June 15-16 at the U of Albany Cancer Center. Includes 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.

The rest of the Innovate calendar: Is here.

The big number: State Police issued 12,169 tickets and arrested nearly 240 people for DWI this Memorial Day weekend.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.