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Island airports land $2M in safety, infrastructure funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three Long Island airports will receive some much-needed infrastructure and safety improvements through a $20.5 million state spending package announced Monday. Suffolk County-owned Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Southampton will receive $995,000 to put toward a new air traffic control tower, the Town of Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport will receive $960,000 to offset the purchase of an 800-kilowatt diesel-powered generator and Brookhaven-Calabro Airport will get $54,722 for a new crack-sealing…


FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


Leibowitz: Governor takes the environmental mantle

By HEATHER LEIBOWITZ // The environmental initiatives outlined in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State Address will help conserve our natural heritage and lead the way in the fight against climate change. The governor discussed a range of pro-environmental initiatives, including proposals to expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, issue solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind projects and foster offshore wind industries and create the…


In East Asia, wisdom for Smithtown med-tech innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Global ambitions and some sizzling Asian economies have a Smithtown med-tech innovator poised for a very happy New Year. Fresh off a December trek from Singapore north into Hong Kong and China, partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the second-generation brains behind Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development – are planning several Far East forays in the coming months, including partnerships with some of China’s most advanced manufacturers. Describing East Asia as…


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…


Uniondale law firm tightens name, broadens focus

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Addition by Subtraction Department comes Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, the Uniondale law firm formerly known as Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana. The 42-year-old firm announced its tighter handle Tuesday, part of rebranding initiative that also includes a new logo, a clever tagline (“Firm Advantage”) and fresh marketing and advertising initiatives, as well as a redesign of the firm’s website (coming soon). Partner John Terrana, chairman of the…


Podcast personalizes opioid addiction, recovery

Things get real in this month’s edition of the Health Story podcast, which offers insights on the national opioid-addiction crisis. The latest installment of Northwell Health’s monthly series dives deep into one former patient’s journey of addiction and recovery – a cautionary tale about something that already victimizes Americans from every walk of life and “could happen to anyone,” according to the health system. In this case, it happened to New Yorker Jonathan Allen, who…


With merger, less exposure for northern responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based mobility specialist with a sterling rep among first responders is taking its high-tech road show to New England. Island Tech Services of Ronkonkoma, a provider of integrated tech solutions for firefighters, law enforcers and other emergency responders, has announced the acquisition of 329 Marketing Inc., a consortium representing manufacturers of quality equipment for emergency vehicles with offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Financial terms of the deal,…


On a busy night for babies, it’s Aziya Dream by a nose

It’s a girl! The first Northwell Health baby of 2018 – also believed to be Long Island’s first baby of the New Year – arrived at 12:19 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Happy, healthy and a little ahead of schedule – she wasn’t due to debut for another three weeks – baby Aziya Dream Shingler weighed in at 5 pounds, 10 ounces following 17 hours of…


Tax update 2018: ‘Cuts and Jobs Act’ will hit LI hard

By TIMOTHY McHALE // At first glance, the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act seems to hit Long Island – and all high-tax areas – pretty hard. One reason: Many businesses on Long Island are pass-through entities in the service sector, which do not qualify for the reduced corporate rate or the additional pass-through deductions. Pass-through entities, with the exception of service industries, are allowed a deduction (subject to limitations) that effectively taxes their…


Mobile, VR will top ‘smart’ 2018 tech trends

By MITCH MAIMAN // Technology has become such a pervasive part of our home and work life that for many of us, it’s hard to sort out the fads from the tech with lasting value. This will help: A few tech trends that defined 2017 – and will be developed even further in the coming year. Artificial intelligence and machine learning This area has been greatly hyped and has continued to get more advanced, with…


NYU Langone pumps up Winthrop heart services

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for a Long Island patient population that can use some: A new slate of leading-edge cardiovascular disease-related procedures has come to Nassau County. Mineola’s NYU Winthrop Hospital is now offering a range of services led by esteemed cardiothoracic surgeon Nader Moazami, who joined New York City-based NYU Langone Health earlier this year. Also strengthening the collaboration is Alex Reyentovich, medical director of NYU Langone Health’s Heart Transplant and Ventricular…


Getting the Drop on new co-working spaces

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s intriguing co-working marketplace is growing again, in more ways than one. Bridgeworks founder Graham Beck is already an entrepreneurial innovator in the regional co-working game: He’s the founder of the Long Beach shared-office campus, a 2016 startup for early-stage business owners (and established professionals) looking to mix surf and sand with their sporadic workspace requirements. Now, Beck – who’s already doubled Bridgeworks’ size and is deep into planning a…


Islanders drive $1B ‘economic engine’ to Belmont Park

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Islanders are coming home. With eighth-wonder-of-the-world fanfare, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the 10th proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda Wednesday: bringing home Long Island’s once-and-future National Hockey League franchise. The Islanders – who played their last game in the old Nassau Coliseum on April 25, 2015, before relocating to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – are returning to Nassau County, with Cuomo et al announcing that the team’s $1…


Northwell, Mather finally head down the aisle

By GREGORY ZELLER // John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and the mighty Northwell Health system will officially tie the knot this week. Kenneth Roberts, president of the Port Jefferson-based hospital, and Michael Dowling, president and CEO of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, are scheduled to sign an agreement Thursday that assimilates Mather Hospital into the multiregional health system. Mather Hospital signed a letter of intent in July to join New York State’s largest healthcare operation….