COVID-19

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and educational – are rising to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.   Renaissance School researchers eye existing inhibitors (May 21) A $450,000 research grant…


Don’t discount the discount, and other PR principles

By DAVID CHAUVIN // As a marketing professional – and someone fascinated by the inventive ways in which brands engage their audiences – I often find myself torn between being scared about the potential overreach of targeted advertising and being excited about its possibilities. On one end, it is startling when the movie I hadn’t thought about in years – until a colleague quotes it in the office – suddenly appears at the top of…


Questioning the risks, rewards of re-opening

By MITCH MAIMAN // As an executive who grapples daily with phased re-openings and other issues of economic survival, testing is a major consideration. There are treatises on this subject alleging to provide answers, but still way more questions. First, let’s assume that a team wants to be socially responsible – that is, nobody wants to come to work sick with COVID-19, whether they’re showing symptoms or not. Let’s further assume that when we want…


LIPA weighs ‘retirement’ at ‘vintage’ Northport plant

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drawing direct parallels to several critical issues – including the COVID-19 pandemic – the Long Island Power Authority is pushing hard to push the Island’s steam-driven power plants into retirement. Accompanying the Northport Power Station’s annual Property Tax Report, LIPA on Wednesday released a Repowering Feasibility Study that shows “accelerating the retirement” of the Northport station could contribute to hundreds of millions of saved consumer dollars, while bolstering Albany’s overall environmental…


FindaTopDoc finds purpose in pandemic, and success

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island startup that was innovating telehealth long before the pandemic came calling has established a unique footprint in the Age of Coronavirus. The social-distancing requirements of COVID-19 have forced much of the traditional healthcare industry online – a virtually unexplored virtuality for many providers, but exactly where Islip-based FindaTopDoc LLC has operated since wife-and-husband co-founders Siobhan O’Grady and Anthony Casimano launched in 2009. From Day One, O’Grady – who…


Debrief: Schnirman, on Nassau’s instant ‘revenue crisis’

Released Monday, an executive summary of Nassau County’s sales tax revenues (historically good for 40 percent of total county revenues, Nassau’s single-largest income source) shows a predictable and potentially devastating decline in the Age of Coronavirus: as much as $360 million (28 percent) off county projections for 2020, and maybe $1 billion short for 2020-21, if a second COVID-19 wave forces further shutdowns. Nassau had a running start on another year of handsome sales tax…


No recovery without trade groups, which need support

By TERRI ALESSI-MICELI // We generally think of COVID-19’s devastation in terms of its human toll and its economic toll. Indeed, the pandemic is registering a terrible impact on the health of many Long Islanders. And our region’s healthcare sector is battling valiantly to save lives and minimize the medical effects of this crisis. At the same time, the pandemic is causing massive disruption throughout the Long Island economy. Thousands of regional businesses have closed…


At Northwell, the doctor will Zoom you now

By TERRY LYNAM // Even as the world focuses attention and resources on COVID-19, it is also crucial to take heed of other illnesses and injuries that may require medical attention. As we all work toward a new normal during these unprecedented times, the healthcare professionals at Northwell Health are doing everything possible to keep our communities and our colleagues safe. “We would never want to make patients feel as if they’re abandoned just because…


Healthcare pros watching Congress, Trump closely

By ALLISON JUMETT // It has been a challenging, frightening time for everyone, but especially for those of us working in healthcare. Amid all the suffering and anxiety brought about by COVID-19, healthcare workers on the front lines have continued to show up and display strength, faith and courage in taking care of the most vulnerable. During these difficult times, I have never seen such dedication displayed by my co-workers in healthcare facilities across the…


Debrief: Topper, on a world of reinvention and hope

Thirty years later, Hilary Topper – part marketing ace, part social influencer, all 21st century It Girl – is still going strong. Game-changing technological jolts, 9/11, the Great Recession and now, of course, the great 2020 coronavirus pandemic … none have stopped the clever self-promoter and fierce businesswoman from building Long Beach-based HJMT Public Relations into one of Long Island’s best-known and most-respected marketing brands. With a new book (“Branding in a Digital World: How…


Busy Cuomo reverses one mistake, warns of another

By GREGORY ZELLER // It was a busy Mother’s Day for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Sunday reversed a key (some say costly) pandemic position, issued a dire warning about children’s health and lambasted federal recovery policies. The governor also made a bold proposal to Washington regulators poised to issue new recovery legislation this week: the “Americans First Law,” which prevents companies that don’t return to pre-pandemic employment levels from receiving post-pandemic stimulus packages. The…


The new war of the states, and why we might all lose

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // Fighting the war against COVID-19 has led to debate about the respective roles and responsibilities of the federal government and the States in dealing with these unprecedented challenges. The question is whether the federal government, the States, groups of states, or even local municipalities should lead the battle against the virus. Essentially, we are engaged in a debate about the U.S. Constitution. Under the Constitution, the president is the “Commander…


Study: Healthcare pros less infected than general pop

By GREGORY ZELLER // Here’s a bright note for National Nurses Week, or any week that places dedicated healthcare providers in the crosshairs of a deadly global pandemic: The personal protective equipment is working. Measures taken to safeguard frontline healthcare workers – including mass production and the energetic, often grassroots distribution of protective masks, face-shields, gowns and gloves – are having a measurable effect, according to statistics released Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. In…


No. 498: On crepes, mosques and tough love – and Long Island, home of the COVID-19 vaccine?

  Schastlivaya pandemiya: Over the homebound hump we go, dear comrades, as we brave another week of the great 2020 pandemic – and, even scarier, another week locked up with those we love most. To that end, these sanity-maintenance tips from the Russian Health Ministry. You’re welcome. Crepes us out: Now here’s a dangerous combo – May 6 is both National Crepe Suzette Day, celebrating the caramelized dessert, and National No Diet Day, which, let’s…


Gains on two fronts: Same-day test, virus ‘neutralizer’

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious Long Island biotech is reporting exciting progress in a two-front battle against the raging novel coronavirus. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on Tuesday announced that it has applied for FDA approval of its Linea COVID-19 diagnostic kit, which detects SARS-CoV-2 – the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease – with same-day results. The announcement comes one day after Applied DNA and Italian biopharma Takis Biotech said the first…