No. 48: The scoop from Albany, awesome chalk and a guy who would be hops

New York has extended its beer production tax credit to wineries, cideries and distilleries.

STILL BREWING: Another Long Islander has taken to Kickstarter to fund his brew-related startup. Paul V, aka the Hopster, is hoping to raise $5K to launch a mascot character that would pose with revelers at local beer festivals and other events. Potential hurdles: Finding someone willing to wear a giant hop suit and “people actually loving the thing.” At last check, the Hopster had $650 pledged with two weeks to go.

Innovate’s complete look at alcohol-focused fundraising is here.

Breathing much easier: Airing, a Massachusetts-based maker of a tiny device that aims to help sleep apnea patients, reached its $100K crowdfunding goal in two hours. And more than $335K in its first full day.

SEE YOU THERE: The Alternative Board brings in The Glass Company author Bill Paolillo, and LinkedIn’s Tristram Gillen for a look at transparent companies, tomorrow, 8 to 10 a.m., Melville Marriott, $45, register here.

BIG WESTCHESTER DOINGS: Westchester Medical Center inked a 15-year, $500M partnership with Philips, the Dutch tech giant, to boost imaging systems, patient monitoring, telehealth and clinical information solutions, helping WMC beat back competitors like North Shore-LIJ. Capital NY’s Dan Goldberg

A JUST-PAST-CONCEPT CONCEPT: LISTnet has launched a networking and mentoring program for spanking-new entrepreneurs called the Rising Founders Club. Innovate

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LAST MINUTE SAUSAGE MAKING: A flurry of votes as the session winds down: Breastfeeding for working mothers, quicker access to medical marijuana, pregnancy as a qualifying event for insurance changes, five more years of self insurance for small biz, a ban on powdered caffeine, a better Dining With Dogs proposal, yes to Tdap and shingles vaccines by pharmacists, ditto nurse practitioners on Workers Comp patients.

Oh, and thumbs up on Dennis Rosen, former State Liquor Authority chair, as Medicaid Inspector General.

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STARTING OVER: The state’s eco-dev arm hit Long Island this week with what wags are calling the Start-Up NY Damage Control Tour, a coordinated refocusing by program brass, local university staff and participating companies. Get the right numbers out there, add some context, Rome wasn’t built in a day, you gotta believe, etc. Too bad they’re talking mostly to themselves. Innovate

THE LIGHT BULB IN THE LOGO LOOKS FAMILIAR: Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone unveiled a master plan to expand public transportation, link burgeoning downtowns and connect Long Island’s major research centers, all part of a proposed Long Island Innovation Zone. The cost, Senators Schumer and Flanagan, is $350M. Please call. Innovate

SIMPLY PUT, THEY LISTENED: Sure, Codagenix is cool, but cool enough for a $2M, no hassle round A from Topspin? Well, yes, actually. Managing director Steve Winick tells Innovate why his firm helped the Stony Brook-based biotech skip the angels and head straight for VC.

SMALL THINKING: Goldman Sachs plans to launch an all-digital lending operation, using technology to trim costs so it can compete on small loans with Main Street banks. Dealbook

NOT TRASH TALKING: Defense giant Lockheed Martin is partnering with waste management firm Concord Blue on an Oswego plant that will convert garbage into synthetic gas to power a 250-kw power station. The pair plan a similar pilot in Germany. Waste360

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WHITE SHOE TECHNOLOGISTS: Wall Street was transformed by technology long ago, but funding large commercial real estate projects is largely done by phone and golf. But now, crowdfunding is starting to seep into established brokerages. The Real Deal

BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT GETTING ANY CALLS? MIT researchers believe you can mine real-time employment data from the way people use their cell phones. Science Daily

A POTENTIAL CURE FOR JETLAG: Harvard scientists have constructed a biological Circadian clock inside e-coli. That’s not especially useful by itself, given that bacterium rarely get lunch dates, but it suggests researchers will be able to one day implant timing devices that could, for example, stimulate synthetic organisms to produce and secrete drugs inside the body. And maybe much more. The Scientist

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FOLLOWING THROUGH: Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $100M to the $2B Cornell Tech applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, a project he spearheaded while in office and which just broke ground. The gift will honor hizzoner’s daughters, Emma and Georgina. Crain’s

CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE SAX: Researchers at the University of Wollongong – that’s Australia – have created 3D-printed custom flutes that can play microtonal notes not achievable on standard instruments, paving the way for a whole new series of tones for flautists. The research could also lead to instruments that are easier for disabled people to play. Gizmag

ATTENTION MATT LAUER: Katie Couric is re-upping her news deal with Yahoo, which sources said will raise her annual package from $6 million to $10 million, or pretty close to network-sized money. Couric signed with Yahoo in late 2013 as global news anchor and host of an interview show, both designed to give the company the patina of big media. Although we can’t recall seeing her since. Just saying. Re/code

WE MET 1 OF 2 REQUIREMENTS: Tadawul, the Saudi Arabian stock market, opened to foreigners for the first time on Monday. Well, kind of. The rule change allows in those with over $5 billion in assets and at least five years of investment experience. Local investors took the opportunity to cash out some of the year’s gains: the Tadawul is up 16 percent on the year.

WHAT’S YOUR DISEASE? Columbia researchers have discovered a connection between birth month and the diseases people are most likely to get during their life. Overall, people born in May had the lowest risk of disease, with those born in October the highest. Born in January? You may have hypertension. December? Easy bruising. Sorry.

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WE SUSPECT WHITEBOARDS ARE THE CULPRIT: Mathematicians are hoarding stocks of Hagoromo Fulltouch, the so-called “Rolls Royce of chalk,” after its maker, an 80-year-old Japanese company, went dark. Gizmodo

JUDGING BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS: Paul Bacon, the artist behind such iconic book covers as Peter Benchley’s Jaws and Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, has passed. He was 91 and lived in Fishkill. In a career that spanned 50 years, Bacon designed 6,500 book covers. All by hand.

FINALLY: John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck and New Sounds at WNYC, wants to know your favorite summer anthem, the windows-down summer hit that has had the greatest impact on pop culture in your lifetime. (It’s definitely School’s Out by Alice Cooper, but you can disagree here.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.