Jack Schnirman

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen 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.     Halloween is hell on wheels for ‘alternate…


Pressure point: As childcare teeters, moms are on edge

By JEFFREY REYNOLDS // Warm bubble baths, dreamy meditation apps and heart-pounding exercise routines are among the self-care techniques mental-health experts recommend to folks feeling anxious, stressed and depressed as they navigate a global pandemic that’s killed 220,000 Americans. For overwhelmed parents forced to choose between their kids, their jobs and their own wellbeing, we’ve lowered the bar even further, suggesting they take an extra five minutes in the shower or 10 minutes sitting in…


No. 502: TopDocs, bottom dollars and lines in the sand, on a good day to be a millionaire

  Place your bets: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island eagerly anticipates its Phase 1 reopening (not just yet) and we patiently muscle through another WFH workweek (marking, like, 850 in a row, though we may have lost count). For those keeping score, with Nassau and Suffolk about to eclipse 30 trace cases per 1,000 residents and regional COVID-19 hospital deaths dropping fast, the good money is on Phase 1 baby steps for…


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. 496: In which gender barriers bust, childcare costs spiral and Hofstra pivots, with pride

  Rock on: It’s another work-from-home Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through a tough workweek marked by bitter national divisions, phased re-openings and no real endgame (yet) for the great 2020 pandemic. The good news is, a mile-wide planet-killer asteroid zooming through the Solar System at a breezy 19,000 miles per hour will narrowly miss Earth today. So, no worries there. Wish list: On that cheery note, welcome to April 29 – World Wish…