Robert Quarte

No. 508: Boomgaarden rocks, Judy Garland sings, industrial forces go home and gougers get theirs

  Big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just any Wednesday but the day Long Island engages Phase 2 in Albany’s official reopening playbook – an important step for those still following the social-distancing rules (including you, we hope). That means it’s June 10 out there – Army Day in Jordan, Navy Day in Italy and, here in the States, National Iced Tea Day, defending the nation from thirst. Well, that’s new: Today…


‘Scary optimism’ as local business girds for 2017

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island business leaders gave the local economy a resounding thumbs up on Thursday, predicting growing revenues, profits and pricing power at an annual economic forecast breakfast hosted by accounting firm AVZ. The less good news: 58 percent of business managers responding to AVZ’s accompanying economic poll said they have no plans to hire additional workers in 2017, and 5 percent said they expect to cut staff during the year. Another…