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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

Now entering its final stages, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Numbers getting ugly across…


Cold facts, with Dr. Fauci: Virus surging, but NYS ready

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re thinking outside the box at different points along the COVID-19 vaccine distribution lines, and that includes New York State – where the thinking is decidedly inside the box, actually, and “America’s doctor” approves. Behold, the COVID Cold Chain, the logistical blueprint of a temperature-controlled, time-sensitive national distribution network that’s anything but Point A-to-Point B. As Pfizer and Moderna begin distribution this month of their novel coronavirus vaccines – with other…


Polls aren’t crystal balls (but they are solid-gold intel)

By DAVID CHAUVIN // No matter where you stand on the accuracy of the polls leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election, it’s not particularly hard to find supporting evidence. If you believe the polls were largely accurate, you can easily say: “Hey, the polls said Joe Biden was going to win by a fairly healthy margin, and that’s exactly what happened. FiveThirtyEight, for example, correctly picked all but two states! How much more accurate…


With election over, COVID is no longer a political issue

By TERRY LYNAM // As we move beyond what has to be counted among the most acrimonious election seasons in history, hopes for a new era of bipartisan collaboration hinge – at least in the short term – on whether elected leaders at all levels of government can stop politicizing the coronavirus. With the number of daily U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hitting all-time highs, it’s time for all elected leaders to set aside their…


As voting evolves, national voting laws must follow

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // Election Day, plus two: The votes are still being counted, with paper-thin margins in key states. The President of the United States wants the counting to stop here, but not there. The world waits. “Democracy in action,” “every vote counts,” “all politics are local” …  these timeless idioms have never been truer. We are witness to an historic election with an unprecedented national voter turnout. From a broad perspective, this proves we…


Ya think? ‘Unconscious bias’ favors Biden’s ‘likability’

By GREGORY ZELLER // An Adelphi University psychology professor who’s deep into unconscious processes has gone where few election polls dare to tread – calculating not just what people think, but why they think their thinking makes them think that way. Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology Professor Joel Weinberger predicted President Donald Trump’s 2016 upset win not based on polls or positions, he says, but on the voter mindset. Specifically: How unconscious thoughts have…


Pay attention: TikTok has already changed the world

By DAVID CHAUVIN // For those who don’t regularly interact with Generation Z, TikTok’s meteoric rise to the forefront of public attention is somewhat bewildering. Throw in the president’s public feud and the battle over TikTok’s pending “sale,” and suddenly the video-sharing app seems everywhere. As trivial as the entire saga can seem, it’s really the opposite: TikTok is fundamentally changing social media and the ways people create and interact with content. And even with…


Suffolk IDA signs off on Spectronics Corp. move

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of President Trump’s most vocal corporate-sector critics will keep his international manufacturing business on Long Island, with help from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA has issued preliminary approval of an economic-incentives package that will help Spectronics Corp. relocate to Melville from Westbury, where the manufacturer of ultraviolent and fluorescent-lighting equipment no longer fits comfortably on Brush Hollow Road. Spectronics’ longtime 94,745-square-foot Westbury home is actually too big,…


Phase Four arrives on LI, with bombs bursting in air

By GREGORY ZELLER // Strap yourselves in, Long Island, but keep strapping on those facemasks. And batten the hatches for some political fallout, too – Phase Four has arrived, with fireworks. Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of President Donald Trump’s more vocal critics, pulled no punches in Monday’s daily briefing, in which the governor announced strong COVID-19 numbers across the state, confirmed that indoor dining in New York City is on hold indefinitely and essentially accused…


A pinch of extra personality for Hamptons meal maker

By GREGORY ZELLER // A celebrity chef with connections to Bobby Flay, Bloomingdale’s and President Donald Trump will spice up the menu of a Hamptons-based meal service. Honest Plate – launched in January by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Ashley and Diana Heather, along with well-known regional chefs Jon Albrecht and Nick Reisini – has recruited culinary king David Burke to cook up exclusive meals following the startup’s clean-eating mantra, which combines plant-forward and Whole30 models. As Hamptons-based…


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…


Healthcare pros watching Congress, Trump closely

By ALLISON JUMETT // It has been a challenging, frightening time for everyone, but especially for those of us working in healthcare. Amid all the suffering and anxiety brought about by COVID-19, healthcare workers on the front lines have continued to show up and display strength, faith and courage in taking care of the most vulnerable. During these difficult times, I have never seen such dedication displayed by my co-workers in healthcare facilities across the…


Busy Cuomo reverses one mistake, warns of another

By GREGORY ZELLER // It was a busy Mother’s Day for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Sunday reversed a key (some say costly) pandemic position, issued a dire warning about children’s health and lambasted federal recovery policies. The governor also made a bold proposal to Washington regulators poised to issue new recovery legislation this week: the “Americans First Law,” which prevents companies that don’t return to pre-pandemic employment levels from receiving post-pandemic stimulus packages. The…


Feds eye stopgap hospitals at SBU, SUNY Old Westbury

By GREGORY ZELLER // The federal government will construct four emergency hospitals across Downstate New York, including two on Long Island, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Stony Brook University and SUNY College at Old Westbury campuses have been identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as potential sites for temporary hospitals, along with Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Westchester County Center – and on Sunday, President Donald Trump announced…


Brand authentication: Keeping it real in the Digital Age

By DAVID CHAUVIN // In theory, being authentic should be easy. How hard can it be to be yourself – the one person you know better than anyone? Unfortunately, marketing history is full of stories of otherwise-sound brands misunderstanding themselves or the customer relationships – time and time and time again. In search of advertising buzz, a brand refresh or the ever-elusive viral marketing campaign, marketers will often lose sight of what draws people to…