Laura Curran

Lower nitrogen levels raise the bar along South Shore

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Too Much of a Good Thing File comes the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, now featuring 40 percent less nitrogen. The Wastewater Treatment Plant has flipped the switch on its new Biological Nutrient Removal system, a $19.6 million upgrade – funded by FEMA, via the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services – that’s now stopping thousands of pounds of nitrogen from flowing into Reynolds Channel….


On Jones Beach, a new beachhead in the climate war

By GREGORY ZELLER // An all-season “net zero” nature and energy educational resource has risen on the climate battle’s front lines. Less than two years after it was first announced, the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center has officially opened its doors, offering an informative and entertaining journey through New York’s natural systems – and a glimpse at the state’s ambitious plans to combat climate change. A few things have changed since the emission-free center…


PILOT lands lights, cameras, action in Port Washington

By GREGORY ZELLER // Spoiler alert: Hollywood is coming soon to a Long Island county near you. Actually, pandemics notwithstanding, television and movie production is already thriving on the Island – but you can expect it to gain steam now that the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has embraced a $15 million renovation plan that will bring a new film studio to Port Washington. The IDA has issued approvals for a Payment In Lieu Of…


Study: In pandemic’s wake, expect LI land-use changes

By GREGORY ZELLER // When the pandemic is finally over, expect a drastically different Long Island land-use landscape. So predicts the Long Island Regional Planning Council, which this week announced the results of a wide-ranging study that considers the past and future of LI brick-and-mortar retail – already challenged before COVID-19, according to the council – and other substantial regional land uses, all likely to be “altered significantly” when the smoke clears. The land-use study…


Long Island’s helping hands need a hand, and a plan

By JEFFREY REYNOLDS // COVID-19 has driven Long Island’s economy into a deep recession, creating budget gaps of more than $750 million in each county and shuttering – perhaps permanently – thousands of “non-essential” small businesses: stores, iconic restaurants, gyms, hair salons and other enterprises. Most of our region’s health- and human service-focused nonprofit organizations, on the other hand, were deemed “essential.” They remained open and sprang into action, marshaling volunteers and resources and collaborating…


No. 517: The universe ages, Adelphi goes for the Goldman and the AC is invented (thank goodness)

  You made it! And we’re so glad you did, dear readers, as we reach the end of this summertime workweek and get ready for another well-earned weekend. It’s July 17 out there, a date that reverberates across the human spectrum – both the World Day for International Justice, supporting the critical work of the International Criminal Court, and World Emoji Day, celebrating tiny digital cartoon things. Just peachy: It’s also National Peach Ice Cream…


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…