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No. 266: Luminati back at the dance, LIREDC on top and the LIRR on track three

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Glad tidings: Happy Friday, readers old and new, and a special hello to Innovate Long Island’s newest sponsor, Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Welcome to the show! Yellow peg: One of the great board games in history was “first conceived” on this date, according to ThoughtCo.’s unofficial History of Trivial Pursuit, which pegs Dec. 15 as the day Canadian newspapermen Chris Haney and Scott Abbott – over a game of Scrabble, natch – invented the future cultural phenomenon. (See what we did there, with the yellow peg?) We love a good trivia challenge, along with story tips, calendar... Read More
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IDA’s numbers look right to Broadridge Investor Coms

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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-d... Read More
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With ‘Fellows’ effort, SBU podcasts a wider net

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By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a big week for podcast innovations on Long Island. Just days after the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell launched a serialized podcast following the real-life adventures of first-year medical students, Stony Brook Southampton – in partnership with Connecticut-based WSHU Public Radio – has announced a first-of-its-kind Audio Podcast Fell... Read More
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After decades of debate, $2B LIRR ‘third track’ is a go

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By GREGORY ZELLER // All aboard – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a roughly $2 billion deal to design and build the Long Island Rail Road’s long-debated “third track.” The contract approved Wednesday by the MTA Board of Directors with Lawrence-based 3rd Track Constructors – a joint venture uniting New York City-based Dragados USA Inc., Lawrence-based ... Read More
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Long Island REDC rebounds with ‘Top’ $84.3M haul

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council is back on top, once again ranked as a “Top Performer” in Albany’s annual REDC sweepstakes with a hefty $84.3 million haul. That’s terrific news for the “priority” and “regionally significant” projects on the LIREDC’s 2017 wish list, which included funding for a waterfront revitalization effort in Greenport, a new technology-focused Digital Ballpark business incubator in the Wyandanch Village development and 31 other projects that... Read More
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No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

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Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater depth, were all patented on Dec. 13. See, that’s the kind of stuff we love to hear about at ... Read More
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Debrief: Bill Lindsay III is on a manufacturing mission

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Lack of skilled workers and overregulation are among the issues undercutting Long Island manufacturers. And they’re in the crosshairs of the Long Island Manufacturing Task Force, unanimously approved this month by the Suffolk County Legislature. Legislator William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), who introduced the task force bill, will chair the pro-production panel, formed in response to 8,000-plus job openings at Long Island factories (as counted by the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute) and other frightening factors. With representation from Suffolk’s departments of labor and economic development – as well as the county’s ... Read More
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Real-life drama paces new Hofstra/Northwell podcast

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By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s “Real World” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” in a new Zucker School of Medicine podcast, which dives deep into the lives of first-year medical students. Providing a “rare and intimate look into the daunting first year of medical school,” the 10-episode podcast “Making an MD: Year One” follows four students during their earliest days at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The free-subscription series is produced and narrate... Read More
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All dressed up, and somewhere to go at LIU Post

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Christmas is coming early to Long Island University, which is receiving not one but two special gifts this week. LIU Post’s College of Management is slated to taken possession of 25 top-of-the-line mannequins created by Ralph Pucci International, a New York City designer known internationally for its furniture, fine art and distinctive, pliable, anatomically proportionate mannequins, among other top-drawer offerings. The mannequins, donated by the ... Read More
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Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

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By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick. That’s thanks to a clever alliance between Port Jefferson-based parent company Telephone Science Corp. – owner of hugely successful robocall bloc... Read More
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CSHL conference lands a bull’s eye on Lyme detection

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A gaggle of academic, public health and commercial-healthcare specialists gathered under Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s mighty banner have published findings that could rewrite the book on Lyme disease detection. When the laboratory-diagnostics experts convened for a 2016 Banbury Center meeting – such gatherings, held at CSHL’s on-campus think tank, are generally regarded among the best international scientific workshops – they focused on Lyme, and specifically, earlier detection of a disease that strikes anew some 300,000 times a year in the ... Read More
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No. 264: Tribute to a friend

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The outpouring of affection and well-wishes that followed the passing of Innovate LI founder and Publisher John Kominicki is deeply appreciated. We loved him, too. We’ll remember the humor, the wit, the generosity of spirit, the innovative vision. And we’ll especially remember the work ethic, which reminds us that time – and newsletters – stop for no man. So keep those story suggestions, calendar items and other new-economy tips coming at editor@innovateli.com. Anyone who knew him knows he’d have it no other way. BUT FIRST, THIS Tax attac... Read More
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Northwell, Cigna work it out, call off divorce

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It turns out reports of Northwell Health’s split with the Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. have been somewhat exaggerated. That very nearly wasn’t so: The health system’s hospitals, physicians, laboratories, home-health providers and other facilities and services came this close to parting ways with Cigna. But all Northwell doctors and facilities will remain in the Cigna fold as of Jan. 1. With renewal negotiations at an impasse and the current contract between the New Hyde Park-based health system and the Connecticut-based insurer set to expire Dec. 31, Cigna – in a... Read More
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Clots (or not) to be thankful for in HeartMate advance

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A cutting-edge Manhasset hospital is the first in the region to offer new hope to patients with advanced heart failure, in the form of a revolutionary implanted pump. North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital has become the first on Long Island equipped to implant the Heartmate 3, the newest generation of a left ventricular assist device developed by Illinois-based medical-device maker Abbott Laboratories... Read More
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Icon, journalist, husband, father, friend

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A cornerstone of Long Island journalism for the past two decades, Innovate Long Island founder and Publisher John Kominicki passed away early Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 62. Kominicki, who spent 15 years as publisher of the regional business journal Long Island Business News, launched the Innovate LI website in 2015. Earlier this year, he was also named publisher and executive editor of the Long Island Press, where he helped revive the publication’s dormant print operations. Known for his gifted pen, super-sized wit (particularly behind a microphone) and larger-than-life presence, Kominicki boasted a journalism career as varied as it was successful. ... Read More
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No. 263: Siemens smarties, lucrative leads, hanging with Chad and singing the socioeconomic blues

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Welcome to Dec. 6: A red-letter date in history known best for the ratification of the slavery-abolishing 13th Amendment (1865) and the first recording of a human voice (Thomas Edison’s rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” 1877). Happy birthday: Joyce Kilmer, Ira Gershwin, Agnes “Endora” Moorehead, Dave Brubeck, Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, Otto Graham, Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Charles Bronson, Craig “Craigslist” Newmark, Will Shriner, Steven Wright, Judd Apatow and Zeller, yes, Innovate’s Zeller, all unleashed upon the world on this date. Send your birthday wishes for Agnes Moorehead or whomever to ... Read More
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Applied DNA is talking Turkey (and West Africa, too)

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences is in one of those modes again: another week, another big leap into a potentially lucrative geographic or vertical market. This week, it’s geographic, with a new federal mandate in the Republic of Turkey aiding the Stony Brook biotech’s efforts to develop new business there. Applied DNA on Tuesday announced plans to introduce DNA-tagged fertilizer to Turkey and countries in West Africa and Asia, amidst strong interest in the use of the company’s molecular-tagging technology, which follows a successful test run. According to the biotech – which demonstrated its chops for regional cus... Read More
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Debrief: Feinstein’s busy Bouton strengthens his grip

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It’s been a busy two years since Chad Bouton left independent R&D giant Battelle and hitched his wagon to the Feinstein Center for Medical Research, joining forces with bioelectronics pioneer and Feinstein Center honcho Kevin Tracey. But perhaps no stretch has been busier than this last month, in which the director of Feinstein’s Center for Bioelectronic Medicine earned the top prize ... Read More
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Northwell sings the praises of $15 million CHIOR

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Heralding “an incubator for innovation,” Michael Dowling and the Northwell Health system have opened the doors of the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research. Dowling, president and CEO of the New Hyde Park-based health system, presided over a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event in November, officially christening the 20,000-square-foot, $15 million Manhasset facility, part of the Feinstein Institute for M... Read More
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The case of the $2M (and counting) stay-home dad

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Philip Smith follows plenty of leads. It makes sense the Port Jefferson native and lifelong Suffolk County resident would land in the lead-generation business. Smith is a true entrepreneurial detective, more apt to study a problem than to charge ahead, always picking up clues to unravel the bigger mystery. It’s evident throughout his tactical business career. After earning an online degree from the University of Phoenix, the then-23-year-old started his first company in 1998: We Link You Internet Services, which first thought to capitalize on the dial-up Internet boom but later partnered with another startup, Ezzi.net, and refocused on webhos... Read More
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No. 262: Mission Disrupt, Topspin Partners and a climate change national park in Jersey

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TGI December: Let’s not mince words – this week was a slog, after the stuffed-belly, four-day respite of the Thanksgiving holiday. But Friday is upon us again, as is December, which in addition to the holidays you know boasts National Pie Day (today), World Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and, believe it or not, Monkey Day (Dec. 14), which as of 2000 is actually a thing. Please use this information responsibly. And tell us about your favorite December event – and any startups, new tech, story corrections or calendar additions we should know about – at editor@innovateli.com. ... Read More
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With first national campaign, an even bigger Mission

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Sprinting out of the Walk Before You Can Run File comes Dean DeCarlo, who’s landed a first-ever national account for his upstart digital-marketing firm Mission Disrupt Ltd. While the big-time score – developing a national digital strategy for ACCSES NJ, a not-for-profit advocating for persons with disabilities in New Jersey – comes several weeks before the Westbury startup’s second anniversary, DeCarlo and his team took the slow-and-steady ... Read More
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As biopharma blossoms, ace DNA producer locks in

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences has long proclaimed textiles – your cotton shirt, your leather shoes and the industries that produce them – as its primary vertical market, the ideal sector in which to apply its patented DNA-based security and authentication protocols. But a wholly different use for its coveted DNA supplies may soon eclipse textile-tracking as the Stony Brook biotech’s primary moneymaker. That’s the word from President and CEO James Hayward, who on Thursday announced multiple research-and-development pilots in... Read More
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E-whupped retail developers extoll mixed-use planning

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The experts have spoken, and their message about the future of retail real estate is clear: Mix it up. Faced with rising e-retail options and dwindling attendance at brick-and-mortar shopping malls, property owners will need to incorporate mixed-use development into their future plans, including combined retail and residential uses. So say AvalonBay Communities Senior Vice President Matthew Whalen, Perkins Eastman Architects principal Stanton Eckstut and ... Read More
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No. 261: H2M’s Diamond Award, Riptide winners, Comtech at the switchboard and origami skeletons

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And you were there: Congratulations, dear readers (including new subscribers Sue, Rod, Jessie and Sergio), on surviving Thanksgiving with the family, Black Friday at the mall and Cyber Monday on the ’net – the largest online-shopping day in U.S. history, it turns out, with some $6.59 billion in digital transactions counted by our friends at Adobe. Tell us all about your contribution to the record – and any story tips, calendar items or eggnog recipes you’d like to share – at editor@innovateli... Read More
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In $2 million startup, 11,000 wines and one full circle

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By GREGORY ZELLER // As the latest cog in a multistate corporate wheel likely to spin past $3 billion in revenue next year, Total Wine Spirits & More is not your typical startup, for Westbury or anywhere else. And it’s not particularly innovative – though actually it is, contorting Maryland-based Total Wine & More’s proven formula (170-something stores and counting) to squeeze through New York State’s regulatory hoops (more below). But if the megalithic retailer is simply replicating a recipe – equal pa... Read More
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Comtech inks $96.2M in new emergency-call contracts

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based communications cornerstone will manage a 911 emergency network and wireless 911 services affecting millions of U.S. customers, according to a series of new deals. Melville-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has announced a multitude of new contracts with “a major U.S. telecommunications company” providing for various 911-related services. The first deal – involving Comtech’s Safety and Security Technologies group, part of the company’s Commercial Segment – involves the implementation, maintenance and operational support of “wireless enhanced 911 solutions.” The multi-year, $73.8 milli... Read More
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Northwell’s ‘Health Story’ dives into Maria’s devastation

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Northwell Health’s latest “Health Story” takes listeners into the heart of the storm, both literally and figuratively. The newest episode of the New Hyde Park-based health system’s monthly podcast follows a 27-member Northwell Health team – including physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and administrators – that joined a larger contingent organized by the Greater New York Hospital Association in response to Hurricane Maria, which left a major humanitarian crisis in its wake when it devastated Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands in September... Read More
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Island gets the lead out, with Albany’s help

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Four Long Island projects are included in a $20 million state funding package for municipal projects replacing residential water-service lines made from lead. Twenty-six individual projects – including jobs in Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead and Southold – are included in the statewide package, announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The pipe-replacement effort, part of the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, targets service pipes containing lead, which become a health risk whe... Read More
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No. 260: Northwell’s innovation winners, SUNY medical schools feeling the pinch and SAFE RIDE LI thanks to MADD and Uber

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Gobble gobble: And all that good stuff, dear readers. The Innovate LI team is looking forward to some quality family time over the holiday weekend, so no Black Friday newsletter. We’ll catch up with you Monday – but we’ll still be checking editor@innovateli.com for story tips, calendar items and leftover-stuffing recipes. Blackout warning: “Black Friday” you know, but “Blackout Wednesday?” That’s the term of choice in a joint statement from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Uber, who are teaming up to offer free rides to Long Islanders tonight – the night before Thanksgiving, when spirits tend t... Read More
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Northwell innovators think outside the box, and in

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Bioelectronics and “smart” tech won the day in the Northwell Health 2017 Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which invited the New Hyde Park-based health system’s 63,000-plus employees to submit groundbreaking healthcare ideas for a shot at project-development funding, eventually came down to two champions at Northwell Health’s Made For Big Ideas Showcase in October – a bioelectronic device designed to reduce premature births and a “smart” laboratory container that knows when a biological specimen is inside. The teams beh... Read More
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NYU Winthrop’s blood-loss program a gain for civilians

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Law enforcers, educators and other potential civilian responders to trauma situations are benefitting from an NYU Winthrop Hospital program built around a critical emergency skill. The literally named Stop the Bleed program is designed to educate anyone – civilian or otherwise – on field techniques for staunching blood loss. While certainly applicable to victims of automobile crashes or other accidents, Stop the Bleed is focused specifically on empowering citizens in a bigger crisis, such as a mass shooting or terrorist attack. Billed by the Mineola hospital as “the first large-scale program of... Read More
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Driver-friendly app keeps on trucking, all the Thruway

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By GREGORY ZELLER // When you hit the road on Thanksgiving – and according to AAA, 51 million of you Innovate LI readers/U.S. residents will do that – your trip through New York State can be virtually enhanced. The New York State Thruway mobile app, now available for free download on Android and iPhone devices, provides motorists with real-time traffic and navigatio... Read More
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Defense Logisics Agency re-ups on DNA markers

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A federal contract extension will keep Applied DNA Sciences knee-deep in microcircuits for another year at least. The Stony Brook biotech said Monday that the Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a one-year extension of a 2014 deal through which the supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist applies its SigNature DNA biomarkers to microcircuits at the DLA’s Ohio... Read More
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For SUNY medical schools, difficult choices ahead

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By GREGORY ZELLER // With various D.C. follies choking off federal funding, SUNY’s academic medical centers are starting to feel the pinch. And the State University’s teaching hospitals – including Stony Brook University Hospital – may have to roll back certain services to remain solvent, according to a top SUNY officer. As reported this week (subscriber content) by Politico, Ricardo Azziz, SUNY’s chief officer of academic heal... Read More
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No. 259: Ken White gets Debriefed, celebrating the Moon walk’s 50th and Ronkonkoma Hub gets good news

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Happy Friday, folks: And congrats on your successful completion of another work week (except you weekend-hustling self-made types, bless your entrepreneurial souls. For you, congrats for your hustle). Those of you lucky enough to put your feet up should drop us a note at editor@innovateli.com – story tips, events, corrections and stimulating socioeconomic conversation always welcome. What a day for debuts: In no particular order, Gordon Lightfoot, Danny DeVito, Rock Hudson, Martin Scorsese, Tom Seaver, RuPaul, Sophie Marceau, Lorne Michaels, Howard Dean, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and a host of other names you... Read More
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Suffolk IDA package gives relocating PT firm a leg up

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Whitestone-based physical therapy network has received a shot in the arm from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Thursday offered preliminary approval for an economic-development incentives package that will allow PPT Management LLC, a multistate provider of physical rehabilitation and hand-therapy services, to close its administrative offices in Queens and Nassau County and establish a new corporate headquarters in Melville. PPT Management, which was founded in 1998 and currently boasts... Read More
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Debrief: Ken White eyes tomorrow’s workforce, today

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When last we chatted up Ken White, the manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs was jazzed about the progress the then-three-year-old Long Island STEM Hub was making on its mission to educate a high-tech next-gen workforce. Launched in 2012 as part of the community-driven Empire State STEM Learning Network, the science/technology/engineering/mathematics program – managed by BNL and the ... Read More
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Ronkonkoma Hub (finally) gets its IDA incentives deal

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The ambitious Ronkonkoma Hub development project has at long last secured an incentives package from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. The tax-abatement deal has been a long time coming: Phase 1 of Tritec Real Estate Co.’s $538 million, transit-oriented commercial and residential master plan actually earned unanimous approval in 2014 for a Brookhaven IDA economic-benefits package. But the long-discussed project – “soon expected to break ground,... Read More
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Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes will be on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum starts the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in that g... Read More
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No. 258: Northwell’s big week, Winthrop’s ambitious diabetes study and the Center on Rural Innovation

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Welcome, dear readers: To another Wednesday edition of your exclusive Innovate LI newsletter, coming to you on this Ides of November. Before we highlight another busy week in Long Island socioeconomics, a gentle reminder to send your congratulations, corrections and questions to editor@innovateli.com. We love hearing from you. It’s Nov. 15 out there: On which we remember late greats including German-British Astronomer William Herschel (born 1738, discovered Uranus and a bunch of moons), American artist Georgia O’Keefe (born 1887, founded “American modernism”) and Judge Joseph Wapner (born 1917, presided over “The People’s Court”), am... Read More
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Northwell’s big week only starts with a vascular first

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By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s only Tuesday, but Northwell Health has already had a very busy week, featuring two new accreditations – including a first-of-its-kind vascular/endovascular honor – and a national post for a Northwell physician. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced Monday that Harris Nagler, a urologist at Northwell Health’s Lake Success-based Smith Institute for Urology, has been named president of the American Urological Association’... Read More
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NIH grant links LI researcher to top diabetes study

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A multiyear federal grant will plug a top Long Island researcher into medical science’s foremost diabetes study. Alan Jacobson, chief research officer at Mineola-based NYU Winthrop Hospital, has secured a $4.23 million stipend from the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term neurocognitive effects of type 1 diabetes. The five-year grant will help Jacobson better understand how the disease – which affects more than 1.25 million Americans, according to the NIH – affects brain functions. That data will then inform the international ... Read More
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Digital-writing pro lends a hand to the caregivers

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A new alliance with a national caregiver-support network is among the biggest deals to date for digital-writing specialist FJD & Associates. The 2010 Westbury-based startup, which distributes high-tech document and data-capture solutions for paper and tablets, has announced a partnership with Caregiver Support Services, a Nebraska-based 501(c)3 dedicated to the wellbeing of personal and professional caregivers who look after homebound patients. Financial terms of the distribution deal were not disclosed, but according to FJD & A... Read More
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Orbit rises above ‘issues,’ but Lifetime suffers 3Q loss

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ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP.Headquarters: HauppaugeIndustry: Capital goodsOTC: ORBT Reporting Date: Nov. 9, 2017Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2017Quarter Ended: Sept. 30, 2017 Numbers: Net sales were reported as $5.00 million, down 8.8 percent from the $5.48 million reported for 3Q FY2016. But year-over-year reported net income rose – from $455,000 (11 cents per diluted share) to $699,000 (19 cents per diluted share) – and earnings before EBITDA held virtually steady ($5... Read More
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Melville architects H2M build onto New Jersey team

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Melville-based consulting and design firm H2M architects + engineers has drawn up a key addition in the Garden State. On Friday, H2M announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based civil engineering/land surveying expert Schommer Engineering Inc. SEI’s planning and design team will move into H2M’s office in Parsippany, NJ, and will focus on the real estate, municipal water and industrial markets, the Melville mothership said in a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the addition of namesake Rusty Schommer and his SE... Read More
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No. 257: Kids at work, cereal milk and crack pie, doing the math and selling Dylan’s guitar

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A happy end of the week: Welcome once again to Friday, dear readers. While many of you are enjoying the start of a three-day weekend, please remember that doesn’t excuse you from sending complaints, compliments and hot story tips to editor@innovateli.com. Some of the best Innovate LI content this week came from our inbox. Who’s next? Day trader: It’s Nov 10, and that’s swell, but let’s skip ahead a day for a few interesting Veteran’s Day factoids. The holiday originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an... Read More
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A co-working facility for mom and pop, literally

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From Albany’s corridors of power to the local co-working facility’s unassuming cubicle, there’s plenty of support for the little guy. Entrepreneurs can leverage the overhead-cutting benefits of a shared-office environment, the tax-cutting delights of a Startup NY-type incentives program and a dozen other concerted efforts designed specifically to boost their startups. But these socioeconomic engines largely stall when it comes to one fairly common truth about risk-taking business-starters: They’re often thirtysomething second-career types, and many have small children. This reality r... Read More
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At Stony Brook’s CEWIT, never too old to incubate

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University business-development program known primarily as a haven for startups has opened its doors to a 24-year-old tech innovator. Islandia-based “medical informatics” firm ZyDoc Corp. has been accepted into SBU’s Incubator Program and will move a research-and-development team this month into the university’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. Although CEWIT’s own mission statement lists “new enterprise d... Read More
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TCJA: Too soon to panic (but not to start planning)

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By TIMOTHY McHALE and ED McWILLIAMS // Finally, after months of fanfare and blueprints (and endless requests from our managing partner, Ken Cerini, to put out content on what a potential Republican tax plan would mean for our clients), the House Ways and Means Committee has released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While previously released frameworks offered few details, the TCJA comes in at a robust 429 pages – worthy of a seismic shift in tax law, more so than anything released in the past 30 years. Our Tax and Business Advisory team has now had some time to read and digest the proposal, and... Read More
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Mixed Misonix feeling good, backlog clips CPI’s wings

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CPI AEROSTRUCTURES INC.Headquarters: EdgewoodIndustry: Capital goodsAMEX: CVU Reporting Date: Nov, 8, 2017Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2017Quarter Ended: Sept. 30, 2017 Numbers: First-quarter revenue was reported as $20.7 million, down 6.3 percent from the $22.1 million reported for 1Q FY2016. Gross first-quarter profits slipped year-over-year from $5 million to $4.9 million, while net income and earnings per diluted share both held steady, at $1.7 million and ... Read More
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No. 256: Historic places, earning potential, winning students and will.i.am doing customer service

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Good day, comrades: Take a bow this Nov. 8, dear readers, if you were around 100 years ago today, when Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin took over following Russia’s October Revolution of 1917. (Just, you know … bow carefully.) Welcome new readers Ted, Joseph, Diane and Daniel, and please share your thoughts at editor@innovateli.com. Story tips, corrections and back-pats gratefully accepted. Shed no tiers for them: Heartfelt congratulations to our friends at Uniondale law firm Farrell Fritz, which earned a ... Read More
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After curing what ailed it, ‘TopDoc’ startup soars

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By GREGORY ZELLER // And you thought medical school took forever. It’s been 10 long years since husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Anthony Casimano and Siobhan O’Grady launched their online appointment-setting service for local doctors and dentists. But it was just three years ago that the floundering startup found its path, thanks to some skilled digital programmers and an evolved business plan. Built around a proprietary, comprehensive and free public database featuring 1 million-plus board-certified providers, FindaTopDoc.com is anything but floundering now – though Casimano admits it took the Islip-based tech firm the better part... Read More
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CPI Aero catches Lightning, again, with new F-35 deal

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The world’s most advanced warplane will get a lift from a longtime Long Island defense contractor. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures Inc. has been awarded a $15.8 million contract by the Lockheed Martin Co. to manufacture assemblies that open and close cockpit canopies on all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation jet that combines advanced stealth capabilities with fighter-plane speed and agility. The multi-year deal, announced Monday by CPI Aero, is with Lockheed Martin’s Texas-based Aero... Read More
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Napco locks up record, Henry Schein weathers ‘canes

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HENRY SCHEIN INC.Headquarters: MelvilleIndustry: HealthcareNasdaq: HSIC Reporting Date: Nov. 6, 2017Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2017Quarter Ended: Sept. 30, 2017 Numbers: Net sales were reported at $3.2 billion, up 10.3 percent over 3QFY2016. Net income was reported at $138 million (87 cents per diluted share), up 3.2 percent and 6.1 percent, r... Read More
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Northwell opens post-op Cardiac Rehab Center

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s only heart-transplant program now has its own recovery center. Leveraging an expanded slate of cardiovascular services at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, including Long Island’s first and only heart-transplant program, the Northwell Health system officially cut the ribbon last week on its pioneering Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of a $500,000 investment by the New Hyde Park-based... Read More
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Applied DNA earns new SigNature patent, more T’d up

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences has added two new U.S. patents to its impressive collection – at least, a new patent-and-a-half. The Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist announced this week the arrival of U.S. Patent No. 9,790,538, covering “Alkaline Activation for Immobilization of DNA Taggants” – essentially, protecting the core technology powering Applied DNA’s SigNature T molecular tags. The biotech also announced a Notice of Allowance on U.S. Patent Application 15/027,454, covering the compa... Read More
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Historical NY innovators get National Register nods

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The founders of Long Island’s circa-1800s “Squiretown” and a boathouse belonging to one of America’s first movie stars may soon enjoy new places in history – literally. Twenty-one statewide properties, including four on the Island, have been nominated for inclusion on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places by the NYS Board for Historic Preservations. Included in the board’s recommendations are an off-Broadway New York City theater that played a key role in LGBT history and the final resting place of human-rights pioneers Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, among other hi... Read More
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Nathan’s sizzles in second, ‘pressure’ crushes Aceto

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NATHAN’S FAMOUS INC.Headquarters: WestburyIndustry: Consumer servicesNasdaq: NATH Reporting Date: Nov. 3, 2017Reporting Quarter: 2Q FY2018Quarter Ended: Sept. 24, 2017 Numbers: Revenues were $31.60 million, up 12.8 percent from the $28.01 million reported for 3Q FY2017. Net second-quarter income was $3.12 million, up 24.4 percent year-over-year from $2.50 million. Earnings per diluted share was 74 cents, up 23.3 percent from the 60 cents reported for the same qua... Read More
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No. 255: Good boardrooms, better breast surgeries, best way to drink Scotch

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That’s a wrap: It’s Friday, friends, and the end of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. Welcome new readers Betty, Beth and Elizabeth – we assume that’s three people – and please remember to tell your friends all about us. Please also jeer us, revere us and otherwise keep us in the loop at editor@innovateli.com. Remember, it’s your innovation economy – we just chronicle it. Those were the days: It’s Nov. 3, the 25th anniversary – can you believe that? – of Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton’s 1992 win over one-term President George H.W. Bush. Fair to say presidential p... Read More
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As Mount Sinai looms, South Nassau keeps expanding

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By GREGORY ZELLER // With a potential health-system merger still under discussion, South Nassau Communities Hospital is plowing ahead with its ambitious infrastructure-modernization effort. The latest additions: two state-of-the-art surgical suites designed to accommodate larger surgical teams and the latest high-tech surgical gadgetry. The Oceanside hospital announced the completion of the $7 million surgical renovation this week, roughly one month after ... Read More
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At Port Jeff comics shop, doing the time warp, again

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Holy old school! In a digital era decidedly defined by screens large and small, a forward-thinking entrepreneur is turning back the clock by inviting customers to turn actual pages. At a minimum, un-caped crusader Joshua Darbee is turning heads at Red Shirt Comics, a relative newcomer that’s already feeling right at home in downtown Port Jefferson. Since opening in May, the friendly neighborhood industrialist has made plenty of fans, attracted precisely by what Darbee envisioned as the 1,000-square-foot shop’s biggest draw: a large selection of real-world artworks customers can truly have and hold. “Digital is definitely ... Read More
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254: A strong 4th quarter, a new STREAM center, members-only beer club and 71 Michelin stars

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NOVEMBER ALREADY!?!: Yep, it’s Nov. 1, also known as All Saints Day – a national salute to all the professional parents who double-time it on Oct. 31 to meet deadlines, file reports, run staff meetings, connect with customers, complete inventories and otherwise TCB so they can rush home to take their kids trick-or-treating. We’d like to tell you to go ahead and kick off early today, but you kind of did that yesterday, didn’t you? Instead, we’ll welcome readers old and new, invite you to send comments and story tips to editor@innovateli.com and dive straight into this already-busy week for the Long Island innovation econ... Read More
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Moustache: Membership (and growth) have privileges

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By JIM McCUNE // The first rule of the Society for Fine Liquid Provisions: You always talk about the Society for Fine Liquid Provisions. This ain’t “Fight Club.” The members-only beer club, the brainchild of Moustache Brewing Co. co-founders Lauri and Matthew Spitz, is one of the more intriguing methods for releasing popular and rare beers, without the chaos and hurt feelings that come with the antiquated “first-come, first-serve” model. It works something like th... Read More
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MSC Industrial finishes strong, rolls into FY2018

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MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECTHeadquarters: MelvilleIndustry: Capital goodsNasdaq: MSM Reporting Date: Oct. 31, 2017Reporting Quarter: 4Q FY2017Quarter Ended: Sept. 2, 2017 Numbers: Net sales were $753.8 million, an increase of 1.2 percent over the $745.1 million reported for 4Q FY2016. Fourth quarter net income was $60.7 million, down 1.8 percent year-over-year, but diluted earnings-per-share jumped 4.9 percent, from $1.02 last year to $1.07 in the final three months of FY2... Read More
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NYIT: Quick consequences from ‘fast’ American food

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By GREGORY ZELLER // With all that Halloween candy about and 15 pounds worth of holiday season set to brutalize your belly, the New York Institute of Technology shares these cheerful tidings: The “average American diet” is basically a shortcut to diabetes. Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury have gathered “compelling evidence” that exposure to a typical “western diet” – featuring relatively super-sized levels of fat and sugar – significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular... Read More
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Albany stamps out e-cigarette use in public places

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By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d better put that out, or turn it off, or otherwise knock it off: In New York, e-cigs are now illegal in the workplace and everywhere else smoking is prohibited. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation adding electronic cigarettes to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, a circa-2003 law regulating smoking in restaurants, offices and other work and public places. Kemp Hannon: Toxic avenger. Although “marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes,” ... Read More
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Nor’easter zaps 90K, despite post-Sandy ‘hardening’

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days after trumpeting its hardened infrastructure, PSEG Long Island faced a stiff test Sunday – the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – as a massive nor’easter pummeled the region. So how did the utility fare? Roughly 36,000 Long Island customers were reportedly without power early Monday morning, after the “perfect storm” convergence of a one-time tropical system and a powerful cold front battered the Island with torrential rains and 75-mph wind gusts, leaving significant flooding and a virtual forest of downed tree limbs in its wake. ... Read More
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We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

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By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries and students benefitting from We Connect the Dots’ efforts ain’t s... Read More
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LICA cooks up tasty Food & Beverage investor forum

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Bring your appetite to the Long Island Capital Alliance’s next Capital Forum. After three quarterly innovator-meets-investor events with a decidedly high-tech flavor – early-stage technology in March, cybersecurity in June, healthcare in September – LICA will wrap up its 2017 series with a Food & Beverage Capital Forum, spotlighting “premier growth companies” in the gastronomical realm. As always, the event will feature a handful of what LICA calls “dynamic, emerging companies” – including some from Long Island – making short presentations to a panel of industry professionals, before an audie... Read More
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No. 253: Joe Ficalora’s brighter bottom lines, nerds and nurses, Mark Twain and the man in the moon

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You did it: Welcome to Friday, readers old and new, and great work making it this far. It’s been another busy week for Long Island innovation, but before we get to all that, a quick reminder: Our weekend is never complete without your comments, concerns and hot story tips. So, tell us all about it at editor@innovateli.com. Back in black: This Oct. 27 marks the 20th anniversary of Wall Street’s 1997 Black Monday “mini-crash,” wherein the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 554 points and regulators closed U.S. stock markets for the first time since Reagan “forgot to duck” in 1981. ... Read More
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With ESD’s help, Seviroli plans a new pasta course

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A maker of “artisan dining at home” selections is expanding its foodie-friendly Long Island footprint. The Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine, announced Thursday that Seviroli Foods Inc. will grow its regional presence with the acquisition of a 33,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility in Garden City. Leveraging $350,000 in performance-based tax credits offered through ESD’s Excelsior Jobs Program, the com... Read More
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A toast, to craft beverages: Albany eases labeling laws

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Long Island’s bubbling craft-beverage industries: New state laws make it easier to register brand labels for your innovative alcoholic brews. Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation cutting some of the regulatory red tape slowing down vintners, mead makers and other industrious craft brewers – specifically, eliminating rules that required brand-label registration requests to be filed with the New York State Liquor Authority by certified, registered or overnight mail. Playing half a pace beyond the Pony Express, the paper-pushing was a drag on microbreweries and vineyards eager to commercialize their homegrowns. Bu... Read More
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NIH triples up on Feinstein Institute brain specialist

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Three brain-focused research projects at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will benefit from more than $1 million in federal funding. The Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D arm of the Northwell Health system, announced Thursday that the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative has allotted two stipends to support projects led by Feinstein Associate Professor Ashesh Mehta, Northwell’s director of epi... Read More
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Global honor for Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

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Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship has snagged a prestigious international honor. The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, an international collaboration of more than 225 university-centered entrepreneurship programs, has named the Hempstead-based university’s two-year-old center one of its two 2017 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Centers. The award is bestowed annually to the best university-based entrepreneurship hub in operation fewer than five years. The GCEC judges split the award this year between Hofstra ... Read More
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No. 252: Canon schooling future authors, CPR for ATF and Hofstra is looking for a few good men and women

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Over the hump we go: Happy Wednesday, Innovators, and a special shout-out to all our new readers. Welcome to the show, share any and all thoughts at editor@innovateli.com and please, as a sage man once said, no wagering. Happy birthday this Oct. 25 to the Airbus A380, the double-decked world’s biggest passenger airliner, which made its historic first passenger flight 10 years ago today – a Singapore Airlines route connecting the Asian city-state and Sydney, Australia. Fewer labor pains: A week after reporting that Long Island’s private-sector job count was on the ropes in September, the New York Department ... Read More
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Long Island Iced Tea spikes 3Q with net sales surge

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LONG ISLAND ICED TEA CORP.Headquarters: HicksvilleIndustry: Consumer non-durablesNasdaq: LTEA Reporting Date: Oct. 24, 2017Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2017Quarter Ended: Sept. 30, 2017 Numbers: Total net sales rose a healthy 26 percent year-over-year, with the third quarter’s projected overall haul of $1.64 million easily outpacing the $1.30 million reported for 3Q FY2016. The company did not release net income data in its preliminary third-quarter... Read More
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In Impish Lee’s body-positive world, no size fits all

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Department of Irony comes this cultural truism: In a land where most consumers qualify, the plus-sized get shortchanged when it comes to fashion. There are exceptions, but by and large, the large have less to buy when it comes to trendy fashions. And that’s doubly true regarding intimate apparel, according to the big brains behind lingerie customizer Impish Lee, who not only recognize the market’s shortsightedness but are banking on it. Sisters Kali and Noelle Ventresca, who ... Read More
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With Canon’s help, Jericho’s ‘Future Authors’ dish it out

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A “valued nexus” between a Long Island School District and a global imaging supergiant has been energized in a surprisingly tasty way. Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Melville-based Canon USA Inc., has brought its lauded Future Au... Read More
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With license and library deals, biotech spreads its DNA

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By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a banner month for Applied DNA Sciences, with two new deals both reaffirming the biotech’s scientific value and significantly extending its commercial reach. On Friday, the provider of DNA-focused supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies announced that its SigNature molecular tag technology had been added to global materials-innovator Material ConneXion’s prestigious library – exposing Applied DNA’s wares to scientists, manufacturers and makers around the world, a potentially enormous commercial coup. The Stony Br... Read More
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At Northwell, ATF handles the arrests (cardiac, that is)

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The heavyset, middle-aged man was down and in clear cardiac arrest. With no healthcare professionals standing between him and certain death, the two federal agents swooped in. In a tense moment usually reserved for your favorite 10 p.m. crime drama, the dramatic scene played out Thursday at the Northwell Health system’s Patient Safety Institute, where “tactical medics” from the ... Read More
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No. 251: Passing the healthy breast test, the Island’s jobs need work and the Piano Man has a good life

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It’s Friday: A happy end to the week, everyone, and a warm Indian Summer welcome to new readers Blanche, Jermaine, Marc, Ellen, and Ted. Happy to have you with us. It’s National Mammography Day, observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. Remember to look up tonight: The annual Orionid Meteor Shower peaks after midnight. Needs work: The number of private-sector jobs on Long Island in September increased by about 8,500 over jobs reported in September 201... Read More
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No. 250: Bionic eyes, cop cameras in the classroom and Brickhouse finally turns legal

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Howdy: Yep, it’s Wednesday out there. Welcome new readers Norm, Beth, Jiv Monkey, Sandeep and three more who go by numbers. Happy to have you aboard. Don’t forget to send story ideas, news, promotions, carps, complaints and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. Brand incubator: Roosevelt Field has established a scalable retail platform to help startups and established brands find their footing or launch new products and directions. And, believe it or not, it’s b... Read More
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Kelloley, the startup that finally saw the light

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Some innovators are born knowing what they’re meant to do. Some figure it out along the way. And some require a little divine intervention. There was never any doubt Stacey Foley would run her own business, at least not for Stacey Foley. But what kind of business? Even the entrepreneur didn’t know. Her path was illuminated, somewhat, by the Swarovski Crystal craze of the last decade. A big fan of the sparkly products, Foley started crafting her own crystalline jewelry – and motive quickly met opportunity. “Owning a business was something I always wanted,” she told Innovate LI. “And I really... Read More
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In Uniondale, Memorial Sloan Kettering is beaming

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A leading cancer-research and treatment institution is making headway in the significant expansion of its Long Island footprint. The New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – which already maintains treatment facilities in Rockville Centre, Commack and Hauppauge – trumpeted Thursday the coming of its new 114,000-square-foot cancer-treatment center in Uniondale, adjacent to NYCB Live, the new moniker of... Read More
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11 Island instructors join New York’s ‘master’ ranks

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York State Master Teacher Program has opened its books to welcome a host of new instructors, including 11 representing Long Island school districts. With a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the statewide professional network – which seeks to identify and reward the state’s best K-12 instructors – has added 214 additional “masters,” including 26 with STEM-content certifications and 14 others certified in “technology education,” covering a range of computer science and tech courses. Long Island’s newest “master teachers” include Neel Chugh (Gre... Read More
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‘Sim baby’ lives as LIU Post opens care simulator

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Championing an “experiential approach to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals,” Long Island University has raised the curtain on the Inter-Professional Learning Institute Simulation Laboratory. The LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 14 to officially open the state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab, designed to promote collaborations b... Read More
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At Patchogue’s BrickHouse, 21 and all grown up

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By JIM McCUNE // The South Shore’s Patchogue Village has undergone a major revitalization in recent years – new shops, bars and restaurants seem to open every day, and the unprecedented transformation has turned Main Street into a spectacle, and a hot year-round destination. At the heart of it all is Patchogue’s oldest commercial building, at 67 West Main St. Built in 1850 by John Havens from fieldstone and ship ballast – plentiful materials at the time – it served originally as the J.S. Havens General Store. But it’s best identified today by its current occupant: the BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant. The journey from hist... Read More
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At Farmingdale State, ‘body cams’ in the classroom

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island college is employing body-worn cameras in the classroom – but no, professors are not keeping a third eye on students. In what it describes as a first for U.S. colleges and universities, Farmingdale State College has brought “body cams” into the mix of its criminal justice program, instructing tomorrow’s law enforcers (and attorneys) on the pros, cons, do’s and don’ts of an increasingly common law-enforcement technology. That “increasingly common” part is the crux, according to FSC, though hard statistics on the actual use of law-enforcement body cams are difficult to find. The ... Read More
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For some blind patients, ‘Bionic Eye’ lets there be light

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By GREGORY ZELLER // After 20 years of total blindness, a Port Jefferson woman is beginning to see the light. Linda Kirk, 67, has been sightless for more than 20 years – but just 10 minutes after a surgically implanted retinal device was activated in her left eye, Kirk was able to distinguish light from dark. Soon after, she was perceiving movement, even some shapes. And while she described what she was seeing using terms like “puffy white lights” and “vertical cheddar puffs,” that’s light-years beyond the total nothingness she could see since retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that whacks out the retina’s ability to sense light, robbed her of her vision two decades ago. It’s al... Read More
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At Roosevelt Field, a 21st Century retail rewrite

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By GREGORY ZELLER // With the holiday shopping season spooling up, and brick-and-mortar retailers facing ever-stiffening e-commerce competition, an innovative “turnkey retail platform” is set to debut at Roosevelt Field. Simon Property Group, the Indiana-based manager of an enormous global portfolio of retail and entertainment destinations, is preparing to flip the switch on The Edit@Roosevelt Field, a first-of-its-kind “experiential retail space ... Read More
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States weigh legal response as Trump guts Obamacare

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By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not quite “Cuomo to Trump: See You in Court.” But in a scathing rebuke Friday of the Trump administration’s attempts to shatter Obamacare by executive decree, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo swung the door to a litigious civil war wide open. One day after signing an executive order allowing the sale of some health insurance plans that are exempt from certain Affordable Care Act regulations – including rules ensuring coverage for some pre-existing conditions – President Donald Trump on Frid... Read More
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Comprehensive guide offers solid, free tech-biz advice

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A regional accounting giant is offering some solid – and absolutely free – business-building advice to early-stage tech firms. Bohemia accounting firm Cerini & Associates LLP has published “Business Insights: Technology Industry,” a comprehensive guide designed to steer startup (and older) technology companies in the right fiscal direction. Noting a “technology explosion” over the last 20 years, the 28-page guide offers step-by-step advice based on Cerini & Associates’ “decades of experience working with technology-based companies.” Topics include early-stage funding, R&D tax credits, equity-based compensation,... Read More
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No. 249: Plain talk, the Amazon HQ thing and how to look awesome for the rest of your life

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It’s Friday: A happy end to the week, everyone, and welcome new sponsor PSEG. Today is National Train Your Brain Day, meaning it’s OK to sudoku at work. Billy Joel released “52nd Street” on this day in 1978. It became the eventual record of the year. Yes, but what was the album’s top hit? Answer after the news. Going viral: Vaccine creator Codagenix, the star of Farmingdale State College’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, has landed a $1.5 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health and another $1.5 million in private fund... Read More
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Codagenix scores again: $3M to hunt down deadly RSV

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $3 million in public and private investments has set Codagenix Inc. on the trail of another nefarious disease. Already developing vaccines for Zika virus, the mutating menace Influenza A and a host of other viral villains, Codagenix will now focus its vaccine-creation might on Respiratory Syncytial Virus through a $1.5 million Phase II Small Busi... Read More
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In REDC love fest, CSHL kicks off $75M makeover

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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 from Albany. Cold Spring Harbor ... Read More
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No. 248: Cancer, flu and Alzheimer’s progress, less Time and please squeeze from the bottom

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Happy Wednesday: Welcome new readers Bob, Craig, Gita, Phil and Elissa. Happy to have you all aboard. John Rand received a patent for the collapsible toothpaste tube on this day in 1841. “Saturday Night Live” premiered in 1975 with George Carlin as guest host. Happy birthday Henry John “57 Flavors” Heinz. Leave the driving to them: Entrepreneur Kevin Bowker was schlepping a vanload of pals to a craft beer event one day, when inspiration hit. Transportation. Today, Bowker’s Tapped Enterprises runs a growing fleet of buses that get beer and wine tourists there and safely back again. (Sure ... Read More
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LICA leader among judges at CEWIT2017 pitch-a-thon

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As part of CEWIT2017, Stony Brook University is hosting the International Skyscraper Pitch Challenge, a mini pitch-a-thon that gives participants a chance to hone their presentation skills with the help of top professionals. The open challenge, scheduled for the morning of Nov. 7, gives presenters two-and-a-half minutes to state their “elevator speech.” That’s “a long elevator ride indeed,” according to the program website, hence the “skyscraper” – but it’s a tough window in which to properly elucidate a business strategy, a critical skill for entrepreneurs in search of working capital. To that end, the best... Read More
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VOXX steers around second-quarter engine failure

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VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORP.Headquarters: HauppaugeIndustry: Consumer non-durablesNasdaq: VOXX Reporting Date: Oct. 10, 2017Reporting Quarter: 2Q FY2018Quarter Ended: Aug. 31, 2017 Numbers: Earnings spiked to $17.11 million (71 cents per share), up from $3.02 million (12 cents per share) reported for Q2 FY2017. But net sales dipped 4.1 percent year-over-year, from $118.33 million to $113.47 million, and operating expenses for 2Q FY2018 were reported as $38.7 million... Read More
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They were brew-tours before brew-tours were cool

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Before everyone and their brother was offering bus tours of Long Island’s brew pubs and vineyards, there was Tapped Enterprises. The Ronkonkoma-based brainchild of President Kevin Bowker actually launched in 2008, first as a purveyor of what the founder called “dorm décor” – posters, flags and other beer-themed accouterments for the college set. But by 2012, still years before leave-the-driving-to-us tours of Long Island’s craft-beverage scene were in vogue, the enterprise had tapped a whole new vertical. Bowker, a Bryant University gra... Read More