Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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

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…


Taking a hands-on approach to new hands-off laws

BY KEN CERINI, CPA // In light of the high-profile cases in recent news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. The new law went into effect April 12 and requires New York State employers to adopt sexual harassment-prevention policies and to conduct annual training on them. It also requires employers to eliminate the use of nondisclosure provisions, unless preferred by the complainant. The new law also prohibits arbitration…


No. 312: On D-Day, Nassau’s underage smoke-out, Feinstein’s lupus leap and SBU’s big new gig

Seasonal greetings: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midway point of another exciting week in Long Island innovation. It’s June 6 out there, and as the weather slowly warms, let’s thank our lucky News 12 forecast this ain’t 1816 – the infamous “Year Without a Summer,” when an eerie “dry fog” hung over the eastern U.S. for months, at least one hard frost was recorded every month throughout New England and six inches of…


No. 311: IPS wins again, Adelphi’s robots return, Uber Eats the East End and the Iron Horse steps up

Well that was quick: Welcome to the end of a shortened workweek – and welcome to June, dear readers, as we usher in the month of dads, grads, honeysuckle, the Beta Taurids and, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the glorious summer solstice (though you wouldn’t know it from this lousy weather). It’s indeed June 1 out there, and also National Donut Day, so if you need to leave now, we understand. A toast: There are…


No. 310: Remaking the Nassau Expressway, recognizing Feinstein’s finest and why your laundry may soon be fungus-fresh

It’s still May? Strange but true, dear reader – Memorial Day is already two days gone and still the month of the emerald and the Crataegus monogyna has another day to go. Which must mean today is Wednesday, May 30 – Parliament Day in Croatia, Mother’s Day in Nicaragua, Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago and, here in the States, a sort of midpoint of our shortened workweek. Burning devotion: The Maid of Orleans’…


Albany stakes $3M statewide apprenticeship effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A chunky state investment will focus the State University of New York system on the specific needs of employers in cutting-edge fields, part of Albany’s plan to help train New York’s 21st century workforce. The state will sink $3 million into programs that put together SUNY, the NYS Department of Labor and statewide employers – specifically those in the healthcare and advanced-manufacturing industries – to create registered apprenticeships “that directly answer…


With 20 MWs (and counting), ‘Solarize’ initiative shines

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York State program created to fund statewide solar-power initiatives is pumping out dollars and helping to pump up the Empire State’s supply of renewable megawatts. An update issued Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office shows the NY-Sun Solarize Initiative, launched in 2014 and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has supported 81 different statewide campaigns through its first three rounds of funding – backing…


No. 306: On root beer, cleantech, impressive Adelphi grads and The Spur’s summer of love

Welcome to Wednesday: And a very happy May 16 to you, dear readers – together, we’ve reached the midpoint of another busy week in Long Island innovation. By the way, it’s officially the 2018 Navigation Season along the 524-mile New York State Canal System, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo firing the starter’s pistol on Tuesday, or waving the green flag, or opening the gates, or whatever you do at the start of boating season. Popular misconception:…


No. 305: BioMentors, advanced architects and 10 of the nation’s best STEM high schools, right here on LI

And down the stretch they come: You’ve reached the finish line of another busy workweek, dear readers, and if you’d picked Good Magic to finish second, you’d have made a killing. It’s May 11 and it may be National Technology Day in India, but in the United States it’s undeniably National Twilight Zone Day, truly a dimension of sight, sound and mind. Give us your sick: Predating the United States itself, Pennsylvania Hospital – credited…


No. 304: The Piano Man ages, the yacht club sets a new course and Feinstein’s codebreakers show some real nerve

Happy National Bike to School Day: And a glorious National School Nurse Day to you, dear readers, part of what we trust is a peaceful and joyous National School Nurse Week. It’s May 9, 2018, and together we’re hurdling the hump of another busy week of Long Island socioeconomic progress. Drawing board: We come to you today on the 264th anniversary of a truly noteworthy innovation – the very first newspaper political cartoon, which appeared…


Citing offshore risks, Cuomo drills Trump again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is firing more broadside cannon shots at the Trump White House in a sea battle centered off Long Island’s shores. Cuomo is advancing legislation that would prohibit the leasing of lands, including underwater lands, for offshore drilling and exploration purposes – a direct response to “the Trump administration’s plan to vastly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,” according to the governor’s office. In January, U.S….


No. 302: Inventor-palooza at SBU, drones in the Mohawk Valley and why Long Island’s Craft Beer Week will fill bellies with more than brew

You certainly May: Enough with the Marching like a lion and the April showers (and April snow, for the matter) – it’s May and time for the good stuff. The weather people say 80 degrees all over Long Island today. Rejoice. It’s May 2, to be exact, and the midpoint of another exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Welcome new newsletter subscribers Paul, Evan, Kerry, Krista, Rick and Paolo – you’re just in time…


Cuomo doubles down by speeding up emissions effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is hitting the gas on his ambitious environmental agenda. The governor on Friday announced a dramatic acceleration of his energy-efficiency plans for New York State, including a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant greenhouse gas-emission reductions over the next seven years. Targeting annual efficiencies equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 2 million homes, Cuomo’s revamped plan includes $36.5 million in new state investments that, according…


NYSERDA, Israeli innovators ink clean-energy pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new collaboration between New York State’s advanced-energy gurus and Israel’s top innovation agency will look to speed clean-energy breakthroughs to global markets. Speaking Tuesday at Advanced Energy Conference 2018 in New York City, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul announced a new Memorandum of Understanding between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Israel Innovation Authority. The partnership will “accelerate the pace of innovation in the global (clean-energy)…


Hempstead, Southampton earn downtown-demo dollars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island downtown-redevelopment efforts will be bolstered by a cool million, each, in state funds. Round Five of the Restore New York Communities Initiative doles out a total of $81 million to 71 statewide projects, including $1 million stipends for demolition projects in downtown Hempstead and downtown Southampton – both clearing the way for modern multi-use developments. The latest round of competitive RNYCI funding was dispersed in the FY2017 state…