Laura Curran

No. 500: Voices from the past, eyes on the future

That’s, like, half-a-thousand: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and a special edition of your Innovate Long Island newsletter. It’s May 13 out there, midpoint of another busy workweek, and this is our official 500th newsletter. Reaching this milestone years after losing Publisher John Kominicki – entrepreneurial founder, tireless promotor, driving engine – was highly unlikely. Doing it without you would have been literally impossible. So thank you, newsletter subscribers and website visitors, inventors and investors,…


Nassau IDA backs rentals, ex-Fortunoff facility facelift

By GREGORY ZELLER // A transit-oriented housing development and a bigger, better home for a large mortgage banker have earned the support of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. Trumpeting new affordable housing opportunities, new jobs and other economic benefits, the IDA has announced preliminary approval of a tax-abatement deal that will keep a Westbury mortgage firm in Nassau County – and help it nearly double its payroll – and final approval of a benefits…


At NYIT, a science lab also working on the workforce

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York Institute of Technology’s brightest will multiply their minds in the university’s new Biomedical Sciences and Bioengineering Laboratory, where biology times engineering equals 21st century opportunity. A bevy of state and local officials joined New York Tech President Hank Foley Monday to cut the ribbon on the new lab, occupying 1,000 square feet inside the Theobald Science Center on the university’s Old Westbury campus. Principally focused on four primary objectives…


From the Nassau IDA, gifts that (might) keep on giving

By GREGORY ZELLER // Christmas has come early in Nassau, where the county’s Industrial Development Agency has slipped two business-building economic-incentives packages under the tree. The IDA on Wednesday announced preliminary approval for a tax-abatement deal benefiting JP Optionee, a limited liability corporation created to help New Jersey-based Onyx Equities and Manhattan-based DRA Advisors build a 147,524-square-foot hotel and conference center at Jericho Plaza. The development agency also announced an incentives package for Paint Applicator…


Mirabella bows, generations change at the LIBDC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “council of elders” works great in the movies, but for 21st century business development, only fresh thinking will do. This is Edward Mirabella’s mindset, at least, as he trumpets “young, new blood” and steps down as co-chairman of the Long Island Business Development Council Executive Board, effective Oct. 31. Mirabella, a 43-year commercial banking veteran who launched Wantagh-based corporate consultancy Mirabella Associates in 2006, will continue as treasurer of the…


Gun violence raging, Hempstead PD calls for backup

By GREGORY ZELLER // With bullets and Second Amendment battles ricocheting around the nation, one Long Island village where gun violence is a too-frequent reality is getting some much-needed reinforcements. Trumpeting both increased manpower and new technological advances, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared in the Village of Hempstead Tuesday to announce short- and long-term strategies for policing in the village, where the gun problem is “not unique,” the governor lamented, “but may be worse” than in…


For downtown Hicksville, the circle is now ‘Complete’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau County has started the ball rolling on an ambitious effort to bring safer, more convenient thoroughfares to one of Long Island’s most densely populated downtowns. County officials have officially committed to the Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project, which aims to improve accessibility and safety for motorists, pedestrians, mass-transit passengers, cyclists and others traversing the downtown area of the busy Town of Oyster Bay hamlet. Starting with an outreach effort designed…


No. 409: Affordable rentals, sudden departures and Fulbright scholars, starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby

  Welcome to Wednesday: And a happy midweek to you, dear reader, as we speed through another exciting (and blessedly abbreviated) week of socioeconomic innovation. Hard to believe, with Memorial Day over and summer unofficially started and all, but it’s still May out there. May 29, to be exact, and if you had Roman Emperor Julian defeating the Sasanian Army in the Battle of Ctesiphon on this date in 363 A.D., you’ve won 100 gold…


Cuomo, Island allies ready to rumble over tax cap

By GREGORY ZELLER // With one of his biggest legislative accomplishments – and most significant Long Island-centric reforms – facing imminent extinction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and political allies rallied Sunday in Nassau County. New York State’s 2 percent annual property tax cap, a temporary measure that took effect in 2012, expires in 2020. Earlier this month, Cuomo vowed to reject any new executive budget that didn’t make the tax cap permanent – and he renewed…


Minority-owned businesses benefit as Hofstra ‘Ascends’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new university/government/industry outreach program focused on minority entrepreneurs received an executive-grade kickoff Tuesday at Hofstra University. Funded by a $350,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, the Ascend Long Island program – what Hofstra called “the first suburban outpost” of Chase’s larger Ascend 2020 effort – launched with a half-day symposium and an impressive 24 regional businesses already in the fold. Ascend 2020 is a joint effort of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business…


Nassau IDA backs new rentals on Sandy-ravaged site

By GREGORY ZELLER // An Oceanside site ravaged by Superstorm Sandy will soon be remade into a new rental-apartment complex, with the help of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. The Nassau IDA has approved a tax-reducing economic-incentives package that will help The Feil Organization, a New York City-based development-management firm, rebuild the dilapidated site into a 230-unit, transit-oriented rental complex. The development agency first approved the tax-abatement deal in September and issued its final…


State of the State 2018: Cuomo tears into Trump, TCJA

By GREGORY ZELLER // He’s Andrew Cuomo, and he approves this message. With a deft comedic touch, impressive stamina and a decidedly presidential timbre, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a no-holds-barred 2018 State of the State Address Wednesday, blasting “federal” targets, touting seven years of statewide socioeconomic progress under his watch and laying out an ambitious New Year’s agenda. The governor’s 90-minute address rocketed from business-development programs to clean-energy initiatives to environmental-remediation efforts to the new…