Michael Sahn

No. 520: On endless summers, lasagna and NASA’s origin story – plus, Spectronics stays home

  Dog days: The Spring That Time Forgot has been followed by the July That Wouldn’t End – but we press on, dear readers, through pandemics and heat waves and whatever else they throw at us. Yes, it’s still July out there – July 29, to be precise – and if things haven’t been wacky enough, try this: Today is National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day. which is absolutely real and aims to both kill rodents…


Understanding executive orders (at least, trying to)

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // Federal and state governments have issued numerous emergency executive orders to cope with COVID-19. Simply keeping track of these orders is a full-time job; compliance poses unique challenges for individuals, businesses, industries, not-for-profit institutions, even local governments. Not all the orders have been consistent, or coherent. In many instances, contradictory orders have created confusion, discontent and, ultimately, a failure to achieve much of anything. In some cases, in some jurisdictions,…


No. 510: Kevin Dahill, Newt Gingrich and M.C. Escher walk into a newsletter … plus, strudel for all 

  We’ve been sprung: Welcome, intrepid readers, to the last Wednesday of the Spring That Time Forgot, with Long Island’s reopening proceeding on schedule – just a week, give or take, until Phase 3 – and Summer 2020 rising Saturday. That makes it June 17 out there, known best as the U.N.’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, except in Iceland, where desertification is trumped by Icelandic National Day. Balanced approach: Here in the…


Sustainable land-use: A pandemic-recovery priority

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // We are at a pivotal moment in history. The unlikely but seismic convergence of a global pandemic, economic collapse and sudden, stark protest of social inequality have awakened us all to the need for change – our culture, our laws, our economy. This is a time to rethink how we live and work, and that especially includes how we manage our land and our environmental resources. From a global standpoint,…


No. 507: Electricity, shockers and smooth jazz, with light at the end of our national tunnel

  We deserve a medal this time: Welcome to Friday, friends, as we limp to the finish line of this exhausting week of quasi-quarantines, social upheaval and, of course, relentless socioeconomic progress. Yes, innovation continues – just ask Adelphi and these SBU neurobiologists and the 2020 NSPC Health Science Competition, which drew a record number of Long Island high school competitors. If current events have you feeling anxious, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the drumbeat of…


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,…


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…


No. 489: Prehistoric monsters fly, Adelphi’s communications jam and the great 2020 pandemic hits the Hamptons

  A quiet weekend at home for a change: Just a little pandemic humor right there, dear readers, as we wrap up another WFH workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. Welcome to Friday, April 3 to be precise – National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day (shouldn’t be too hard this year) and World Party Day (maybe not the best time). Sweet Burns: It’s also National Find a Rainbow Day, which is actually…


No. 488: A nasal passage, a naval plussage and the on-point Pandemic Primer – Island in a global storm

  Lockdown lowdown: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurdle our homebound humps – pardon the imagery – and slide into the second half of this latest coronavirus-shaped workweek. It’s April 1 out there – anniversary of the actual Last Supper, according to one historian, not to mention Edible Book Day, which (no fooling) is a real thing. Seriously: It appears this will be a down year for April Fool’s Day jocularity, with Google…


Fail to plan, plan to fail: A post-pandemic blueprint

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // We are fighting a great battle against COVID-19. Healthcare providers – the people in the trenches, our heroic first responders – deserve our greatest admiration and deepest respect. But in a very real sense, all of us are on the front lines and exposed to the dangers of this crisis. We will prevail. But the costs will be staggeringly high, in both lives lost and economic damage. To recover, we…


No. 471: Hike! It’s your Super Bowl newsletter, starring Michael Sahn, the Jingle King and Ham the space chimp

  The time warp, again: It’s happened once more, dear readers – that blink-and-you-missed-it jump to the left (or was it a step to the right?) and the whole first month of 2020 is gone, poof, just like that. Yep – it’s Jan. 31 already, a Friday this year, wrapping up both the month and the week in socioeconomic innovation. Ad on: Speaking of socioeconomic innovation (and the first weekend in February), we already know…


As climates change, a strong case for new land laws

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // We need a new, long-range vision for land-use regulation. The land we are regulating is changing rapidly, and this presents challenges and consequences we are only beginning to understand. Land-use regulations, codified in zoning laws, govern the way land is used and developed. The goal of zoning laws is to carry out a community’s long-range land-use objectives, in accordance with a comprehensive plan – in other words, to make sure…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


This looks like a job for … Super Lawyers!

By GREGORY ZELLER // A bevy of Long Island attorneys representing a host of regional firms and numerous practice areas has landed on the 2018 Super Lawyers list. The list – which includes both “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in various fields of law – is based on a “patented multiphase selection process” involving peer nominations and evaluations and “independent research,” according to Canadian multinational mass-media and information firm Thomson Reuters. Thomason Reuters released its…


Local zoning? Could be an executive order for that

By MICHAEL SAHN and NICHOLAS CAPPADORA // President Trump has made it clear that his administration is dedicated to reducing and in some cases eliminating many areas of government regulation. These areas include health care, financial services, environmental regulation, education and energy. Will these anti-regulation efforts reach down to local land use and zoning regulations and policy? Most certainly. Local governments – counties, cities, towns and villages – have always had the primary jurisdiction to…