Steve Bellone

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping 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.     Poll: More than half of Metro New Yorkers won’t accept…


Planes, trains, autos: Wheels up on LIMA ‘ground hub’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A key component of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic investment has taken flight – actually, broken ground – at Long Island MacArthur Airport. This week, a gaggle of state and local politicos joined regional rainmakers to mark the beginning of work on a new “intermodal facility” at the Islip aerodrome, designed to increase air traffic by facilitating easier ground transportation. The project will renovate an existing airport building…


Long Island’s helping hands need a hand, and a plan

By JEFFREY REYNOLDS // COVID-19 has driven Long Island’s economy into a deep recession, creating budget gaps of more than $750 million in each county and shuttering – perhaps permanently – thousands of “non-essential” small businesses: stores, iconic restaurants, gyms, hair salons and other enterprises. Most of our region’s health- and human service-focused nonprofit organizations, on the other hand, were deemed “essential.” They remained open and sprang into action, marshaling volunteers and resources and collaborating…


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…


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…


IDA eyes better (maybe not bigger) StartUp Connect

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the hottest nights of the year at The Paramount is coming Oct. 3, with nobody whatsoever set to take the stage. But don’t let the lack of smoke machines, classic heavy metal bands or Jim Breuer fool you. It’ll be standing-room-only in the Founder’s Room when the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency stages its annual StartUp Connect event, an always-engaging moshpit of innovators and investors rocking with potential. Now…


Bethpage backs a new gear for Suffolk tourism

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious “micro-mobility” program will look to change traffic patterns, pedestrian potential and carbon footprints in four Suffolk County communities. County Executive Steve Bellone announced this week that Bethpage Federal Credit Union will sponsor Bethpage Ride, Suffolk’s digitally enabled rent-a-bike program, coming this summer to downtowns in Patchogue, Babylon and other county hotspots. Billed as a first-of-its-kind for Long Island, Bethpage Ride – modeled after big-city bike-share efforts like Citi Bike…


Stakeholders unite to support pharma/nutra’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // With more than 150 companies and 9,800-plus employees, the pharmaceutical/nutraceutical industry is already a Long Island cornerstone – and some major regional stakeholders want to see it grow. On Tuesday, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency and the Workforce Development Institute officially introduced “Driving Suffolk County’s Innovation Economy: The Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Growth Factor,” a 48-page report detailing pharma/nutra’s impressive growth over the last decade and the unique obstacles the industry faces on…


Study: Park is the place for ‘tradeable’ opportunities

By GREGORY ZELLER // It already plays a central role in the Long Island economy, but the economic power of the Hauppauge Industrial Park has barely been scratched. So says a new “opportunity analysis” of the Northeast’s largest business park, prepared by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency and the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island and announced Wednesday by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Hauppauge Industrial Park: Regional Competitiveness and Growth Strategies” spends 160…


Cuomo, Island allies ready to rumble over tax cap

By GREGORY ZELLER // With one of his biggest legislative accomplishments – and most significant Long Island-centric reforms – facing imminent extinction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and political allies rallied Sunday in Nassau County. New York State’s 2 percent annual property tax cap, a temporary measure that took effect in 2012, expires in 2020. Earlier this month, Cuomo vowed to reject any new executive budget that didn’t make the tax cap permanent – and he renewed…


In Holtsville, a crowning clean-gen achievement

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s food-and-beverage king has completed an ambitious solar installation promising royal benefits – for itself, and for the regional power grid. Along with its partners at New York City-based EnterSolar, major league distributor J. Kings Food Service is celebrating its new 771-kilowatt rooftop solar installation, permanently affixed atop the 44-year-old titan’s Holstville headquarters. The distributor and the circa-2005 energy company were set to commemorate the solar system’s completion with a…


Hempstead, Southampton earn downtown-demo dollars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island downtown-redevelopment efforts will be bolstered by a cool million, each, in state funds. Round Five of the Restore New York Communities Initiative doles out a total of $81 million to 71 statewide projects, including $1 million stipends for demolition projects in downtown Hempstead and downtown Southampton – both clearing the way for modern multi-use developments. The latest round of competitive RNYCI funding was dispersed in the FY2017 state…


Busy Chu takes reins at Plainview’s Edgewise Energy

By GREGORY ZELLER // Plainview-based Edgewise Energy has done the C-suite shuffle, with Sammy Chu rising to chief executive officer. Co-founder Chu, formerly chief innovation officer, succeeds co-founder James Emlock, who remains chairman of the Plainview-based energy-systems integrator. Edgewise – which develops and aggregates regional energy projects, creating efficiencies that benefit both the electric grid and commercial customers – has also added two new executives. Dan Kartzman, formerly a senior advisor on market development at…


IDA’s numbers look right to Broadridge Investor Coms

By GREGORY ZELLER // An investor-communications specialist will upgrade and expand in Suffolk County, with a little help from the county’s Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a transaction that would help Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, a subsidiary of Lake Success-based Broadridge Financial Solutions, renovate two existing Suffolk County offices and make equipment upgrades at three of the subsidiary’s properties. Among the projects on Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions to-do list:…


In REDC love fest, CSHL kicks off $75M makeover

By GREGORY ZELLER // There was another major advance for biochemistry Thursday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, but this one didn’t involve gas chromatographs or infrared spectrometers or a single test tube. Just a shovel. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a host of regional and state representatives on hand, the world-class scientific research facility officially broke ground on the renovation of its Demerec Laboratory, one of four CSHL laboratories being remade with a big assist…