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At LGA, important new arrivals coming at jet speed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Trumpeted as “the biggest milestone to date” in the aerodrome’s $8 billion overhaul, LaGuardia Airport has officially opened the new Arrivals and Departures Hall inside its sprawling Terminal B. The multiyear overhaul – which first appeared on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s radar in 2015, taxied into position as a $4 billion facelift and ascended steadily in scope and price – has quickly checked off some impressive boxes: The new Terminal B officially…


In Smithtown, a blueprint for mixed-use progress

By TERRI ALESSI-MICELI // Some live only in the present, heedless of the future. Happily, however, the Town of Smithtown is thinking about the future. Specifically, the town has been devising smart strategies for keeping our young people here on Long Island. Meantime, young Long Islanders are thinking about their futures, too. But unfortunately, the vast majority of them don’t foresee a future here. Unless things change. The Rauch Foundation issued an extensive “Next Generation…


Debrief: Big stage, challenges for sonic Boomgaarden

For his next number, Donald Boomgaarden is playing way past Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (an aria plus 30 riffs, mastered years ago). The longtime concert pianist became St. Joseph’s College’s eighth president in July 2017, high note (so far) of a crescendo career soaring from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (master’s and doctoral degrees) to the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership to the University of Salzburg’s Institut für Musikwissenschaft, part of a…


Citing precedent, healthcare will be ready next time

By TERRY LYNAM // As New York State begins to reopen, it’s important to take a step back and assess what we’ve been through, and how we move ahead. The impact of COVID-19 is more than just unprecedented. The virus has fundamentally altered society, office structure, economies, infrastructure and healthcare. Companies and cultural institutions are working toward establishing what the “new normal” will look like to keep everyone safe. COVID-19 and the ways in which…


Chancellor’s resignation, amid pandemic, stuns SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson has announced her resignation, stepping down to become the new president of The Ohio State University. Johnson, who became the 13th SUNY chancellor in April 2017 and played a key role in SUNY’s comprehensive response to 2017’s hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, was unanimously approved as president Wednesday by the OSU Board of Trustees. She becomes the university’s 16th president, succeeding Ohio State…


At Hofstra, getting pretty good at this pandemic pivot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Still planning an in-person grand finale for October, one of Hofstra University’s most popular entrepreneurship efforts has transitioned – smoothly, if temporarily – to a virtual format. Hofstra’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge has performed the pandemic pivot, with a full week of online mentorship and study commencing Monday for 31 participating healthcare startups, including four based on Long Island. Engaging them online is an impressive cross-section of health, law and med-tech…


Pharma upgrade, Hempstead two-step, LI marches on

By GREGORY ZELLER // In the best possible sign for the Long Island innovation economy, the business of business continues, with regional industrial-development agencies stepping up to keep the Island keeping on. The latest examples: A Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency incentives package for Hauppauge-based InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, which is scaling up on Old Willets Path, and a switcharoo of sorts facilitated by the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency, which is helping a Long Beach…


On pandemics, and a lifetime of kitchen lessons

By KATE FULLAM // Cooking has always inspired me, but I was not always good at it – my mother still pokes fun at me for using corn oil instead of corn syrup (just once, in my early teens). Just like a scientist, I learned from failed experiments. Through trial and error, I committed to memory the techniques, ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations that delighted me most. Upon joining the East End Food Institute as…


A summer sans internships? No way, schools say

By GREGORY ZELLER // With canceled internships and rescinded job offers adding insult to injury for shortchanged U.S. college students, Long Island universities are working hard to keep their flocks working this summer. Longstanding career- and business-development programs at Adelphi University and Hofstra University have refocused their efforts through a pandemic-friendly lens, with a growing number of virtual internships and other remote-working (and remote-learning) opportunities now in play. The need for a Summer 2020 internship…


At Renaissance School, a closer look at depression

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty federal grant will support a multi-disciplined team of Stony Brook University researchers with a unique take on the enigma that is depression. Combining experts in psychological health, pharmacological sciences and next-generation scanning technologies, the team hopes to better understand how inflammation in the brain is related to the leading worldwide disorder and its myriad forms – and it now has a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to…


Inward-looking summer tourism plan polishes LI ‘gems’

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone Department comes Discover Long Island, which has discovered another reason for Long Islanders to love summer. The season is already a favorite, obviously, in a region replete with world-class beaches and a thriving tourism trade. But Summer 2020 dawns under the slowly receding shadow of the coronavirus pandemic – and brings with it a “renewed sense of gratitude,” according to Discover…


Don’t discount the discount, and other PR principles

By DAVID CHAUVIN // As a marketing professional – and someone fascinated by the inventive ways in which brands engage their audiences – I often find myself torn between being scared about the potential overreach of targeted advertising and being excited about its possibilities. On one end, it is startling when the movie I hadn’t thought about in years – until a colleague quotes it in the office – suddenly appears at the top of…


Questioning the risks, rewards of re-opening

By MITCH MAIMAN // As an executive who grapples daily with phased re-openings and other issues of economic survival, testing is a major consideration. There are treatises on this subject alleging to provide answers, but still way more questions. First, let’s assume that a team wants to be socially responsible – that is, nobody wants to come to work sick with COVID-19, whether they’re showing symptoms or not. Let’s further assume that when we want…


LIPA weighs ‘retirement’ at ‘vintage’ Northport plant

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drawing direct parallels to several critical issues – including the COVID-19 pandemic – the Long Island Power Authority is pushing hard to push the Island’s steam-driven power plants into retirement. Accompanying the Northport Power Station’s annual Property Tax Report, LIPA on Wednesday released a Repowering Feasibility Study that shows “accelerating the retirement” of the Northport station could contribute to hundreds of millions of saved consumer dollars, while bolstering Albany’s overall environmental…


FindaTopDoc finds purpose in pandemic, and success

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island startup that was innovating telehealth long before the pandemic came calling has established a unique footprint in the Age of Coronavirus. The social-distancing requirements of COVID-19 have forced much of the traditional healthcare industry online – a virtually unexplored virtuality for many providers, but exactly where Islip-based FindaTopDoc LLC has operated since wife-and-husband co-founders Siobhan O’Grady and Anthony Casimano launched in 2009. From Day One, O’Grady – who…