No. 231: Mather’s in, Amazon’s medical skunkworks and the secret life of airline wine


It’s Friday: Not a bad day for a lobster roll. Here’s where the Pulse staff eats them.

Earl Tupper was born on this day in 1907. (Ware? Berlin, N.H.)

Continuum of care: Mather has agreed to join the Northwell Health system, leaving only one unaligned LI hospital to fight over.

Get down with your bad self Kevin Tracey: The Feinstein Institute raised $2.6 million at a summer concert featuring Pitbull, the hip hop artist most recently known for “Sexy Body,” his duet with Jennifer Lopez. Sample lyric – “S is for sex, E for the e in X, Y ’cause baby, I’m up next.” (Who says researchers ain’t dope?)

We can dig it: Gov. Cuomo called out President Trump to pony up a promised $10 billion in federal funding for the so-called Gateway project, which would double the capacity of the rail tunnels under the Hudson, which the guv said move 17 percent of the nation’s people and 22 percent of its GDP. (At press time, Albany still awaited a responding tweet.)

Separately: When asked why he so studiously avoids attacking the president’s conservative policies, Cuomo told the Times, “As a general rule, I haven’t found nasty, ad hominem attacks on a person whose cooperation is needed to help your state especially helpful.”

Reuse, renew, report: New York is poised to lead the country on renewables, according to a new report.

It pays to study: NYIT is partnering with the American Association of University Women to teach students how to negotiate their best possible comp package. (Where were they when I was 22? Or 45?)

Going swimmingly: Northwell Health’s 3D-printed, amphibious prosthetic leg won two Lion honors at the international advertising awards in Cannes for ad agency J. Walter Thompson.

2,000 docs: Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital announced a “strategic alliance” between New York Medical Partners, a regional affiliation of independent physicians and physician organizations, and the Independent Physician Association of Nassau/Suffolk Counties, a clinical network built around an integrated Patient Health Information platform.

Yes, but that is why we is so smart: 70 percent of NY’s per-pupil education costs go to compensation for teachers, aides and other classroom help, versus the national average of about 60 percent, the Empire Center notes in a new study. Spending in this one category, in fact, exceeded total Pre-K to 12 outlays in 42 other states.

Being flexible: The Suffolk County IDA voted preliminary support for a $5.7 million deal that helps IT firm Flexible Business Systems acquire and equip a 40,000 square-foot facility at 290 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge, the current Dale Carnegie space. The expansion will add 15 jobs over the next two years.

Simons Watch: Renaissance Technologies founder Jim Simons’ net worth remained stubbornly stuck at $15.7 billion this week, although he is up $170 million year to date, according to the daily-adjusted Bloomberg Billionaires Index. (That’s a gain of 1.1 %, a performance that surely would have gotten him canned at Renaissance.)

Congrats: AVZ’s Andrea Mattera and Brian Petersen have been promoted to Principal.

Oh and: Jeff Nagel of the AVZ Wealth Management team has been named a 30 under 30.

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History reminds us: Transgender people served proudly in the Civil War, and Lincoln and Davis were happy to have them.

Streaming wellness: Amazon has started a secret skunkworks lab dubbed 1492 that is dedicated to opportunities in health care, including electronic medical records and telemedicine. The name “appears to be a reference to the year Columbus first landed in the Americas,” CNBC told viewers.

Walter White used a storage unit: California and the City of LA are considering opening banks for marijuana entrepreneurs who have piles of cash but have thus far been shunned by traditional financial institutes.

And not a moment too soon: Adobe is pulling the plug on the plug-in that frustrated just about everyone.

Kumbaya, etc: Facebook, joining the ranks of Fortune’s Global 500 for the first time, at No. 393, declared it wants to give people “the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” The woman in charge of doing that is Naomi Gleit, VP of Social Good.

Resumes, please: Amazon has 50,000 job openings in fulfillment. (That’s a cool word for “warehouse.”)

Brews news: Brooklyn Brewery is teaming with California’s 21st Amendment Brewery and Funkwerks Brewing Co. of Colorado on a joint sales and distribution platform that includes field reps and brand ambassadors covering 38 states.

Not related: And the winners of the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship are listed here. (And not a New Yorker among them.)

The 5.681 Miles High Club: The secret life of airline wines.

Includes sunchokes, we hope: NASA is getting help from Tupperware to grow vegetables in space.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.