No. 315: Governor Cuomo’s spending habits, Captain Kirk’s weekend plans and live from The Spur sports desk

These are the voyages: The one and only William Shatner is expected to beam into the Nassau Coliseum this weekend.

Survival instinct: Well done, dear reader – you’ve made it to the end of another busy workweek. Your instincts are formidable indeed.

It’s June 15 out there, and while the exact date is unknown, today is the traditional anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite-with-a-key-in-a-lightning-storm experiment.

Take your pick: It’s also Arbor Day in Costa Rica, Engineer’s Day in Italy and National Beer Day in the UK.

We’ll be in the pub.

History lesson: School’s about done for the year, but here’s a pop quiz anyway: It was June 15, 1215, when what “great charter” drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury calmed things down between rebellious barons and the unpopular king of England? Answer below, no Googling.

Did you know its name is a Siouan derivation? Happy anniversary, Arkansas, ratified as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

And suddenly, tire-slashing was a thing: Charles Goodyear received a U.S. patent for vulcanized rubber on this date in 1844. And in 1880, a patent was issued to New York brothers Frederick and Otto Kampfe for their “safety razor,” great-grandfather of the modern Exacto Knife.

Highest honors: It was this date in 1877 when Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American graduate of the West Point Military Academy.

Before cable, Kaity Tong and “Honeymooners” reruns: Happy birthday, WPIX … New York’s beloved, independent Channel 11 began broadcasting 70 years ago today.

And many more, New York City Transit Authority – the self-branded MTA officially succeeded the defunct NYC Board of Transportation on June 15, 1953.

When the machines take over, blame him: But for now, send birthday wishes to Herbert Alexander Simon (1916-2001), the American social scientist credited as a pioneer of artificial intelligence.

Dearly departed New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (1932-2015), ex-New York Yankee (and Yankee nemesis) Wade Boggs (born 1958) and American actresses and producers Helen Hunt (1963) and Courtney Cox (1964) also add notches today.

Born again: So does actress and outspoken Scientology escapee Leah Remini, born June 15, 1970.

Offer birthday wishes – and congratulations on their positive life choices – at, and remember to make our weekend complete with a story tip or calendar suggestion. Please and thank you.


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That’s, like, a quintillion or something: Add another $150 billion to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tab, this time earmarked for statewide infrastructure projects over the next five years – on top of an existing $100 billion infrastructure upgrade already in effect.

Cuomo’s office on Thursday announced an “historic investment in New York’s capital assets,” with a combination of state, federal, local government, public authority and private investments funding new access routes to John F. Kennedy International Airport, a “reimagined” I-81 corridor through Syracuse, a new bus terminal at the George Washington Bridge and much more.

The plan adds onto a $100 billion plan that’s already delivered a host of statewide improvements, and is being credited with creating thousands of jobs. And for anyone worried that Albany’s reach may be exceeding the state’s financial grasp, Cuomo’s office noted that state debt will remain “at affordable levels” and “within the statutory debt limit,” even with the new infrastructure expenditures. “New York is setting an example for the rest of the nation to follow,” Cuomo said.

Haters gonna hate: And New York State is ready for it, according to the governor, who also announced this week that nonprofit schools, daycare centers and cultural museums on Long Island will receive a combined $2.1 million to bolster security measures through Albany’s $25 million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program.

All told, 45 Island-based facilities will share in the funding, which is meant to provide for additional cameras, alarms and security equipment at schools and other facilities that might be targeted for their ideology. A special State Police unit has also been assigned to Nassau County, the governor noted, “working together with town police to make sure the message is loud and clear.”

That message: “If there is a hate crime, (if) there’s any anti-Semitic activity, if there’s any swastikas, if there’s any violence, if there’s any incidents whatsoever, we’re going to find out who did it (and) we’re going to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “Anyone who would threaten a school because of (a) religious belief … has no place in this state.”



The sporting life: Digital-focused executives from NASCAR and the PGA Tour joined Mets legend Keith Hernandez at The Spur @ The Station this week for a roundtable review of the pros and cons of sports-tech innovation.

Read all about it: The Delphian, Adelphi University’s student-run newspaper, is the best collegiate paper in a region packed with good ones, according to the Press Club of Long Island.

Icon-ic upgrade: Northwell Health’s newest radiological-surgery device improves on older models by eliminating a painful headframe that was literally pinned to the patient’s scalp.



The Long Island Gems are polishing their presentation, a regional clean-gen investment firm is already shining brightly and the Composite Prototyping Center is bracing for a robot invasion.



Coooooooooon! The Shat hits the fan this weekend at Eternal Con, with a league of extraordinary superheroes and the original Captain Kirk, the one and only William Shatner, invading the Nassau Coliseum.

The Defiant ones: Meet The Defiant 25, a groundbreaking conference of innovative fashion and retail executives set to debut this summer.

Good to the last drop: New York is home to more than 1,000 craft-beverage manufacturers, according to a new state report, including more than 130 Long Island-based whistle-wetters.

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+ James Mwaura has been hired as purchasing director at SUNY Old Westbury. He was associate director of purchasing and accounts payable at SUNY’s Purchase College in Westchester County.

+ Craig Sukenic has been named vice president of sales for Hauppauge-based SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals. He was previously vice president of strategic sales with Comdata in Tennessee.

+ Martin Smith has been hired as a senior strategist at Westbury-based Spark451, a higher-education marketing firm. Smith was previously a chief enrollment officer at the University of New Orleans and Saint Leo University.

+ Leo Sternlicht, owner of Riverhead Ford Lincoln, has been elected chairman of the Port Jefferson-based John T. Mather Hospital Board of Directors.

+ Elena Karabatos, a senior partner of Garden City-based Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, has been elected president of the Nassau County Bar Association.

+ Huntington Hospital has elected four new members to its board of trustees: Katherine Heaviside, president of Huntington-based Epoch 5 Public Relations; Edward Murphy, managing director of Wells Fargo Advisors in Melville; Xavier Palacios, managing partner at Mineola-based Palacios Law Group; and Rachel Spencer, owner of Huntington-based Long Island Otolaryngology & Pediatric Airway.

+ Bay Shore-based A+ Technology & Security Solutions has announced two personnel moves: Frank Jacovino has been promoted to vice president of operations and product development and Rick Cadiz has been hired as vice president of sales and marketing.



A pizza in every pothole: Domino’s “Paving for Pizza” promotion blurs the line between self-promotion and public service (with extra cheese).

Pitch perfect: From tipsy elves to the Squatty Potty to patented (yes, patented) boneless ribs, the 15 most successful products to emerge from Shark Tank.

The Feinstein Institute goes to Sweden: Well, sorta … Northwell Health’s R&D mothership co-hosted a major international bioelectronic medicine summit with its friends at the Karolinska Institutet.

Pop goes the answer: If you said the “Magna Carta,” you’re correct. If you didn’t, you’re still pretty cool.

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