No. 280: A TCJA counterattack, an interstate healthcare alliance and baby, it’s cold outside (but it could be colder)

Bundle up: And just be thankful it's not 1934.

Weekend forecast: Welcome to the blessed end of another busy work week, dear readers – and speaking of endings and beginnings, happy anniversary to the National Weather Service, launched on this date (by the U.S. Army, believe it or not) 148 years ago today.

The NWS likely had a field day on its 64th anniversary – Feb. 9, 1934 – when New York City, amidst a legendary arctic blast that deep-froze much of the nation, suffered its coldest day on record. (How cold? See below.)

Coincidentally, Feb. 9 also marks the coldest day ever recorded in Sicily, Italy, where the mercury touched -5 degrees Fahrenheit in 1956.

War is hell: Embrace your two-day weekend, people. It was on this date, in 1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill requiring “war industry” employees – including many factory and most government workers – to clock six-day, 48-hour workweeks “for the duration of the war.”

Real American (and British) heroes: And it was 54 years ago tonight when the Beatles made their “Ed Sullivan Show” debut, attracting a then-record 73.7 million viewers – the exact same day that the GI Joe doll, a testosterone-laden response to the Barbie craze, made its commercial debut.

Other debuts: Ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison (1772-1841) – who died just 31 days after taking office – was born on Feb. 9, as were singer-songwriter Carole King (1942), actor Joe Pesci (1943), “The Color Purple” novelist Alice Walker (1944), Mets great Mookie Wilson (1952) and astronaut Peggy Whitson (1960), the first woman to command the International Space Station.

Wish some or all of them a happy birthday at, but leave the presents for us: story tips and calendar items especially appreciated.



All aboard: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a phalanx of Long Island lawmakers on Thursday kicked off the Tax Fairness for New York Campaign, an effort to “combat the devastating impacts the destructive, partisan GOP federal tax law will have on New York,” according to Cuomo’s office.

The controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, championed by President Trump and squeaked through a fractured U.S. Congress, “disproportionally and adversely” impacts New York State, in Cuomo’s estimation, by drastically limiting state and local tax deductions from federal tax returns. In the Empire State, the SALT elimination will cost taxpayers some $14.3 billion annually.

That’s a harsh blow to more than 530,000 Long Island taxpayers, noted the governor, whose efforts – including a lawsuit against the federal government that now includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland – have been endorsed by no fewer than 15 Island lawmakers, including both county executives, several Suffolk County legislators and the town supervisors of Babylon, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Huntington and Oyster Bay.

“Washington has launched a calculated and direct assault aimed at the very heart of New York,” Cuomo said Thursday “With the Tax Fairness for New York campaign, we are … examining every possibility to combat this devastating legislation and doing everything we can to protect the rights and wallets of hardworking New Yorkers.”

URGENT bulletin: Congratulations to Nassau Community College, which – through the good graces of the New York State Department of Labor and the nonprofit Workforce Development Institute – is bringing URGENT: Women back for another spin this spring.

URGENT (for “Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals”) may be a tortured acronym, but it’s a rock-sold concept: a free career-training program designed to prepare women for in-demand occupations in the gas, water and electric industries, complete with classroom instruction, employability workshops and industry-specific field trips.

With a nod to “partner employers” National Grid, New York American Water, PSEG Long Island and Con Edison, the course is set to run at NCC three days a week from April 2 to June 18. More info here.


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Doctors without borders: Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider, has formed a new collaborative partnership with the Western Connecticut Health Network.

In case of emergency: Nassau and Suffolk counties will receive more than $2 million in state funds to improve communications between law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders.

One for the books, one to forget: A busy week for quarterly earnings statements continues, with Farmingdale’s Misonix reporting a steep 2Q loss and Lake Success’ Broadridge Financial Services posting $1 billion-plus in 2Q revenues.



Catholic Health Services and NYIT are teaming up, Albany’s MWBE efforts are branching out and Setauket’s Chronus Pharmaceuticals is diving deep into childhood tuberculosis.



Down and up: Just days after canceling routes to Florida and New Orleans, Frontier Airlines announced new service from Long Island MacArthur Airport to San Juan and North Carolina.

Forever Grateful: Twenty years ago, Grateful Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow – who died Wednesday – penned “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” explaining why “the new home of Mind” should be left alone by government regulators.

Putting the “ant” in “antibiotics:” Why ants – yes, ants – might be the greatest 21st century source of human antibiotics.

Part-time savior: From Forbes, how to turn your side gig into your full-time vocation.



+ Daniel Bernard has joined Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz as an associate, concentrating on estate planning and administration. Bernard earned his law masters in taxation from New York University, his JD from Rutgers School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

+ Viktoriya Kruglyak has joined Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz as an associate, concentrating on commercial litigation. Kruglyak earned her JD from St. John’s University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Baruch College.

+ Bryan Lewis, former COO of Third Bridge Inc., has been named president and CEO of Jericho-based Intellicheck Inc.

+ Elaine Colavito was promoted to partner at Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano. Colavito concentrates on matrimonial and family law, civil litigation and commercial transactions.

+ David Asner, a particle physicist with extensive leadership and management experience, has been appointed deputy associate laboratory director and head of the Instrumentation Division in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate.

+ Jane Chen has joined Forchelli Deegan Terrana as an associate in the Corporate and Real Estate practice groups. Chen is a graduate of Stony Brook University and the Hofstra University School of Law.

+ Jennifer Cona, managing partner of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona in Melville, has been appointed chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Westbury-based Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.

+ Franklin McRoberts, of counsel in commercial litigation at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Caumsett Foundation in Lloyd Harbor.

+ Leo Gabovich has been named an associate attorney of Tenenbaum Law in Melville. He was previously tax senior at UHY Advisors in Manhattan.



Stop crying: Bayer has invented a new onion that promises chopping without tears.

Asleep at the wheel: The American Automobile Association has conducted the most in-depth study ever on “drowsy driving.”

Good to the last drop: One-hundred-and-twenty-seven studies later, scientists have confirmed that coffee is really, really good for just about everyone. Well, almost everyone.

Brrrr: On that coldest-ever day in the Big Apple, Feb. 9, 1934, temperatures plummeted to -14.3 degrees Fahrenheit. According to reports, the entire Raritan Bay shipping channel froze over, allowing people to walk (or skate) from Staten Island to New Jersey. And suddenly, this winter doesn’t seem so bad.

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