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SEYMOUR LIEBMAN on being named among the 50 most influential people on Long Island.
Seymour Liebman Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Senior Executive Officer of Canon Inc., and Vice Chairman of Canon Solutions America, Inc.
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The process of selecting honorees for the Power List is so highly secretive even the NSA doesn’t know who’s on it until it comes out. Okay, that’s probably not true. The point is we typically play it pretty close to the vest. The Power List issue has particular meaning to the Press staff as it was actually our debut issue in 2003. Although we began publishing bi-weekly as The Island Ear in 2002, the Power List in January of 2003 was our official start in the alternative publishing world. From the beginning we sought to identify the people who impacted life on Long Island and shaped its image. From our first introductory editorial in 2003: “We were looking for more than mere celebrity or financial clout. We wanted those who made the most of their resources, whatever those resources were. We tended to reject those who held big titles but used them to little effect… We insisted on real Long Islanders, not pseudo-Islanders with country homes in the Hamptons.” The original list included lesserknown figures like independent music promoter Christian McKnight and DOT acting director Tom Oelerich, alongside highly visible and prominent leaders such as former Senator Alfonse D’Amato and New York Islanders owner Charles Wang. Topping the list that year (as his son James would in later years) was Cablevision founder Charles Dolan. And even though Robert Moses was deceased for more than two decades, we even put him on the list. (We have since revised this policy. Only the living may appear.) Our strategy hasn’t changed much, and—for better or for worse—neither has many of the names. Therefore, in order to prevent the list from becoming stale with perennial “Power Listers,” we created the Power List Hall of Fame for individuals who made the list five times. It’s like raising a star athlete’s jersey to the rafters. But instead of a jersey, we commission a caricature likeness of this individual that is sometimes flattering and sometimes, well, not so much. Coming into this year, however, we faced a problem. There were so many Power List Hall of Famers continuing to expand his or her influence that it has grown increasingly difficult to exclude them. After many intense negotiations, (i.e. a couple of beers) the Press decided upon a significant rule change. From this point forward Hall of Famers will once again be considered for selection among their peers with the exception of those who are being inducted within the year. It’s important to understand when considering this list as a whole that it is not a wish list but a mirror. Every year we point out that the list is predominantly
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filled with white men. Once again, 2013 offers no exception. It is, however, interesting to note that the composition of this year’s list might be looked at as somewhat of a bellwether with respect to our economy. There is broad representation of the healthcare field from research and technology to hospitals and advocacy. As usual, there are far too many political people on the list and still more who are likely incredulous that they were not included. But this too is a reflection of Long Island, a place where politics is inseparable from daily life. Lastly, a note on our editorial prerogative. Every year there are a few people who had the power to inspire this newspaper. Take, for example, Andy Stepanian, who embodies activism and speaks truth to power so softly it humbles the most outspoken among us. Or Gerard Depascale and Liam Neville, who took on a giant to shine light in the darkness and clear a path for others to follow. They lost their battle but won our hearts. Theirs are the stories we ache to tell throughout the year and we thank them for allowing us to do so. For all those who are reading this issue and wondering whether or not your name will ever appear on the Power List, a few words to the wise: Those who lobby for inclusion on the list never make it. (We’re petty like that.) Also, substance wins over style. Enjoy the issue. Jed Morey Long Island Press Publisher
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In 2008, the Long Island Press Power List Hall of Fame welcomed its first class of inductees—people who had made the Power List for five years, people whose power had been clearly established. This year, we changed it up a bit, allowing all previous Hall of Famers to return to the mix, the discussion, the running once again. So this year’s crop not only signifies five years of excellence, but ushers in a new era of power across the Island, a new beginning. Congratulations, power elite!
Steve Bellone Suffolk County Executive
His hair may be a touch grayer, but Bellone’s smile is still just as bright as when he delivered his first speech as Suffolk County executive. By all accounts, he’s brought a much-appreciated different tone to the H. Lee Dennison Building. There have been some rocky patches, to be sure—Superstorm Sandy probably the worst of them—along with closing the Foley Skilled Nursing Facility when his proposed sale hit a snag. But Bellone weathered those strong winds, with bipartisan support in the Legislature for many of his initiatives and praise for his leadership during the recovery effort. His focus on reducing county expenses, trimming payroll, even cutting his own salary, is on track to save taxpayers a lot of money. But, unfortunately, the county still faces a deficit of many millions, in part the legacy of his predecessor, but as time goes by, these fiscal problems are resting squarely on his shoulders. Let’s hope Steve never loses that winning smile.
Resi Cooper CooperHill LLC President
Cooper gets things done. When former First Lady Hillary Clinton became U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), it was Cooper who represented her interests on Long Island. When the business leaders of LI wanted to establish Accelerate Long Island as an organizational hub to harness the collective potential of the Island’s technology companies, it was Cooper who was tapped to pull it together. And while she is unquestionably one of the Island’s top business consultants with connections that range from the East End to the White House, she maintains a low profile— preferring to put her clients’ interests ahead of her own public image. This might not make Cooper a household name any time soon, but there’s a good chance her number is on the speed dial of most Power List Hall of Famers. And since her former boss is the odds-on favorite to be the next POTUS, even some of them might have trouble getting through soon.
Cablevision President & CEO From the New York teams we root for to the Long Island news we live for, we owe a lot to the company James Dolan keeps. For one thing, when was the last time Knicks fans had a season with as much excitement and heartache as the one just passed? Oh, yeah, it was last year with “Linsanity.” But this year, thanks to an owner who “looks out” for him, Carmelo Anthony had a better cast of characters on the court when it counted, and they all got further in the playoffs than the Knicks have in many a moon. And let’s not forget the New York Rangers, who were so hot at MSG, the ice was on fire—and this came after a season-threatening league lockout. Sure, Big Jim Dolan has his prickly side, with or without his goatee, and he never suffers fools gladly—even if they are his paying customers—but we are the lucky ones because he’s got the blues down to his very soul.
Farmingdale State College President
Under the steady guidance of Dr. Hubert Keen, Farmingdale State College continues to grow in structure and stature, garnering more admiration for its academic offerings, its “smart” classrooms and its verdant campus. The new $25 million Campus Center opened this year as part of a $185-million capital improvement project. Farmingdale College has consistently ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the north in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, rising from No. 39 in 2012 to No. 31 this year. And when compared to only public colleges in this region, Farmingdale College scored impressively again in the top ten, coming in at No. 8. They also scored extremely well in regard to student loans, a subject that hits students hard. Farmingdale College was the only SUNY school (and the only Long Island college) listed in the “least” debt category in the section, “Student Debt Load at Graduation.” That accomplishment is another feather in Dr. Keen’s cap, as his school reached its 100th anniversary with plenty to celebrate.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union CEO
Long Island is lucky to have Kirk Kordeleski as one its most visible and approachable business leaders. As the Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s CEO, this communityminded banker not only guides the financial interests of a multi-billion-dollar institution, he also oversees the enormous contribution of time and effort that the Island’s largest credit union gives unstintingly to the projects and programs that make a difference in so many of our lives. It’s no wonder his peers at the Long Island Association made him their new chairman—the first time someone from the credit union industry got the post. Kordeleski is dedicated to ensuring that small and large companies collaborate for the good of all in a region that all too often takes the Island’s economy for granted. Take the Bethpage Federal Credit Union (BFCU) Air Show at Jones Beach, which draws on the credit union’s start at Grumman, to draw attention to the amazing achievements in defense and aerospace that made the Island what it is today. And it’s Kordeleski’s voice listeners occasionally hear promoting WFUV-FM’s corporate underwriting campaign. The man is tuned in on so many levels it’s amazing.
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Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate Owner It’s a classic story of being at the right place with the right price. Gary Melius, a successful Long Island developer, bought Otto Kahn’s fabled Oheka Castle and the remaining 23 acres of the financier’s estate for a mere $1.5 million in 1984, and the rest is history. Over the years, he’s made the French-style mansion the Island’s most luxurious wedding palace for fairy tale nuptials and is host to the rich and famous. Melius has managed to keep revenues in the multi-million mark year after year, despite the Great Recession that has dogged many other high-end venues. The classy castle is part of the Five Star Alliance and the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, where the powerful and the plentiful gather in lush surroundings that recall the glorious days of the Gold Coast at its best. From his card games to his noteworthy power lunches, to his politicking for the Independence Party line, Melius carries on in a tradition and style that Kahn would surely applaud.
Stuart Rabinowitz Hofstra University President
Nobody embodies Hofstra University like Stuart Rabinowitz. He was dean of Hofstra’s law school when the board of trustees chose him in 2001 to become the eighth president of LI’s largest private college. Nassau County can also rely on him as someone with a vested interest in whatever future the Nassau Hub holds. Rabinowitz has been a central figure in re-imagining Long Island; after all, the key to our collective success can be found in the students that walk through the halls of his institution. To wit, when NY Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled a group of leaders to represent LI in the application for major grant funding, it was Rabinowitz who led the committee. Hosting the second 2012 presidential debate certainly put Hofstra—and LI—on the national map, especially in a forum that let Long Islanders speak their minds to the men who would shape their lives. His most recent, and very ambitious project is the Hofstra-North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. When all is said and done, Rabinowitz has proven that the value of a liberal arts education lasts a lifetime.
RXR Realty CEO
Scott Rechler’s reach extends far beyond his Uniondale-based office of RXR Realty. Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment, Rechler is the vice chair on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In Manhattan his firm closed on the $920-million acquisition of the StarrettLehigh building with a fabulous view of the Hudson River, acquired 450 Lexington Avenue and took control over 75 Rockefeller Plaza, to name a few trophies. In Glen Cove, his company is hard at work redeveloping the prime waterfront sites in the Glen Isle project. With more than $6 billion in assets under RXR’s purview and some 19 million square feet, Rechler could rightly be considered Long Island’s reigning king of real estate. He’s also involved with the Long Island Children’s Museum and the Association for a Better Long Island, a key lobbying group. Rechler is a man to be reckoned with.
Nassau County’s Late Presiding Officer
No doubt it would amuse Peter Schmitt immensely that a 423-acre nature preserve in Massapequa will forever honor his name. As supporters and opponents knew well, Schmitt was most at home in the rough and tumble world of Nassau politics, giving as good as he got in Mineola’s corridors of power. He may have found time to hike the Greenbelt Trail, but he got his exercise mostly on behalf of the Nassau Republican Party, and nothing gave him a better workout than Democratic legislators’ attempts to raise taxes or block his spending cuts. The Nassau Legislature will never be the same without his quick wit, biting satire and acerbic barbs. Schmitt, the original member of the 17-year-old body, was its presiding officer since 2009. We will truly miss him.
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Desmond Ryan—or Des, as he’s known in the political circles of Albany, D.C., and the rest of the solar system, for all we know—is an outspoken advocate for the best of Long Island, not just its betterment. Elected officials have learned to ignore his counsel at their peril. Of course, it helps that he’s carrying water for several of the most influential developers in our region, but nobody is more willing to take on the battle against short-sighted NIMBYism. He’s a proponent of growth and economic development, two key factors without which LI will perish. And that’s no bull. Ryan isn’t one to mince words, and given his long tenure at the nexus of politics and policy, he has the experience to make a difference and the influence to get the job done. Oh, he may be more comfortable working behind the scenes when it suits him, but he’s not afraid to stand up and speak out when silence is not an option.
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1. Michael Dowling
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System President & CEO Michael Dowling, whose lengthy career has included top positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield and the New York State Department of Health, has served as president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ health system, the largest healthcare provider in the region—with 16 hospitals, more than 9,000 physicians, 10,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals—since 2002. Under his leadership, North Shore-LIJ has partnered with GE Medical Systems and Harvard University School of Public Health to form the Center for Learning and Innovation, an internal university for North Shore-LIJ staff to improve their professional skills and create a culture of learning. Dowling has also formed alliances with various medical centers, including Montefiore, to increase innovation and improve patient care. He has expanded the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research—ranked in the top 5 percent of all institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health—and thus accelerated research efforts in the areas of immunology, neuroscience and Alzheimer’s disease.
2. James Simons
Renaissance Technologies Founder & Simons Foundation Chairman James “Jim” Simons is an American hedge fund manager, a mathematician and a philanthropist. Thanks to his multi-billion-dollar fund, Renaissance Technologies, he ranks No. 82 on the Forbes World’s 2013 Billionaires List, with a net worth of $11.7 billion. The former chairman of Stony Brook University’s math department could easily be the richest Long Islander. But at this point, who’s counting? He still chairs the Stony Brook Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing “the mission and goals” of Stony Brook through philanthropic gifts and grants. He’s also encouraged math literacy (he founded Math for America) and promoted autism research. His Paul Simons Foundation, named for a son killed in a car crash when he was 34, supports education, science and health. His Nathan Simons Foundation, named for a son who drowned in Bali when he was 24, supports health-care work in Nepal. Simons has made a difference putting his fortune to work.
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3. Alfonse D’Amato Lobbyist, retired u.s. senator
The fact that D’Amato hasn’t held public office in nearly 15 years doesn’t seem to have negatively impacted his influence on local and national affairs. Few public officials have enjoyed a second-half to their careers as much as the former senator from New York. D’Amato’s legacy and current influence are so enduring it’s hard to imagine he was once a long shot from Island Park. Although his opinion is frequently sought by national talk shows and his consulting firm, Park Strategies, does business with firms across the country, D’Amato is a Long Island boy at heart. There’s a better than even chance that when there is a project or issue of significance on LI, all roads lead back to Senator Al.
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4. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.
Stony Brook University President
For the past four years, Samuel Stanley has led one of the nation’s most prestigious research institutions: Stony Brook University. A champion of academic and industry collaborations, Stanley serves as vice-chair of Brookhaven Science Associates, which co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory. He also serves on the board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. A renowned biomedical researcher who holds multiple scientific patents, Stanley isn’t limited to the lab. He serves on the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, working to improve the economy through projects related to renewable energy, information technology and biotechnology. After all, he is at the helm of an institution that generates an estimated $4.7 billion annually in regional economic impact. With the newly created New York Energy Policy Institute on campus—a consortium of research centers and experts to advise the state on energy policy—Stanley literally holds our future in his hands.
Some may be scratching their heads right about now and muttering to themselves: “What, no Alec Baldwin this year? Still no Lindsay Lohan? Howard Stern spurned yet again? No love for LL Cool J? What’s up with that?” Patience, people, and we shall explain how we compiled the 2013 Power List, which includes Long Island luminaries like Canon USA’s Seymour Liebman, Rep. Peter King, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, Bethpage Credit Union’s Kirk Kordeleski, and Epoch 5’s head Katherine Heaviside, to name but a few.
5. Seymour Liebman
Canon U.S.A. Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
In recognition of all that Liebman has done for his company in America, he has been promoted to senior executive officer of Canon, Inc., the first non-Japanese to be honored by this innovative provider of digital solutions for consumers, businesses and industrial markets. We can’t think of any other corporate business leader on Long Island who’s done so much to restore confidence in our region as a place with a promising economic future and a talented workforce to get the job done right. Thanks to Liebman’s vision, Canon U.S.A. has a brand-new corporate headquarters in Melville that is not only state of the art but LEED-certified. The way we picture it: He’s made Canon a booming success.
For 11 years now the Long Island Press has carefully, dutifully, diligently, and, yes, sometimes agonizingly, examined and weighed the contributions Long Islanders have made. Who has exerted influence? Who has perfected the art of persuasion? Who has made a significant difference in our daily existence? Then, we gauge what impact these particular people have had on our collective lives, whether in the social sphere of politics, economics, philanthropy, science, the arts and business, or some other equally worthy category.
Notoriety does not equal power, and being famous for being famous is not a distinction. We have other criteria in mind. Power may be fleeting for some, permanent for others. After all, Long Island is a patchwork of disparate communities without a true geographic or economic center.
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6. Thomas DiNapoli
new york state comptroller
DiNapoli’s ascendency to New York State Comptroller is a familiar story to Long Islanders who follow local politics. But for many outside of the Island, DiNapoli seemed like a curious choice to follow the disgraced Alan Hevesi. The popular former assemblyman was elected by his colleagues in the wake of Hevesi’s resignation to restore confidence in the position of state comptroller. DiNapoli has withstood the criticism of the NYC papers that seemed determined to make a mockery of his election and gained the support of New Yorkers with his re-election over Republican Harry Wilson in 2010. DiNapoli’s work ethic and integrity have won over critics and repaired the reputation of an office plagued by scandal.
The South Fork and the South Shore can sometimes feel like two different countries. Yet Long Islanders somehow find a way to keep it all together, sort of like a Jackson Pollock painting of crazy colors and somber tones that amazingly fits on one canvas. Some of the choices may seem subjective to those on the outside who wonder how we can possibly winnow down the list from the hundreds, if not thousands, of interesting, compelling, inspiring, hard-working, imaginative, innovative, creative Long Islanders worthy of consideration. Once we finalize our selections, we have joy for those who “made it” and a heavy heart for those who didn’t. The selections are not arbitrary, rest assured. There is a method here, and we gladly persevere with this task because the goal never varies: To convey a more comprehensive portrait of just who we are and how we came to be at this place and this time, on this Island. So, while the Baldwins and Lindsay Lohan may not have made the list this year, many other deserving—and powerful—Long Islanders did, and we salute them all!
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7. Thomas Spota Suffolk County District Attorney
The third term seemed to work like a charm for Spota, but will a fourth? The jury’s out on that one, but Suffolk voters will have the last word on Nov. 5. They had approved the three-term limit for county legislators and other county elected officials, including the district attorney, in 1993, but Spota challenged that constraint and won. Now Spota is sitting pretty like the cat that swallowed the canary. He’s got the Democratic and the Republican nods, as well as the Conservative and Independence lines. In other words, the 71-year-old crime fighter has got all of his bases covered. Maybe with nothing to lose, he’ll finally reveal what led him to cut a deal with former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, making him empty his war chest and announce a career change before the voters had the chance to speak. This time, at least, Spota has made it easy for voters to find his own name on the ballot.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2008
8. Charles Wang
Hall Of Fame Class of 2011
9. Kathleen Rice
New York Islanders Owner
The puck dropped, so to speak, and Charles Wang made it official: The Islanders will leave the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Come 2015, they’ll play at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center. It wasn’t as if Wang didn’t try to keep them in Uniondale. The Lighthouse Project reached for the stars, only to fall short when Hempstead Town politics cut it down to size. A $400-million referendum would have let Nassau taxpayers do what he wouldn’t—or couldn’t—do for himself: pay for a new arena. He had the unions and Nassau’s Republican County Executive Ed Mangano on the same side, but it was all for naught. The voters came out on that hot August day to ice the deal. And so, here we are, the last professional sports team to call Nassau home will soon be gone, and Wang won’t have to worry about the Hub ever again. Maybe he can focus on just winning the Stanley Cup instead.
Nassau County District Attorney
Nassau’s top-elected Democrat has hit her stride as she seeks a third term this fall, leaving no sacred cow un-slayed. Not shying away from Republicans who accuse her of partisan probes, her office continues to investigate apparent campaign fliers from Mangano’s office allegedly distributed by county workers on the taxpayers’ dime. She flipped the script when busting 104 alleged Johns who replied to Internet prostitution ads instead of just rounding up prostitutes, and she now refuses to use condoms as evidence against the sex workers in the hopes that they won’t shy away from using them. And, yes, she convicted the former second deputy Nassau police commissioner of covering up a burglary as a favor to his friend—proving she’ll not stand for corruption, even when it’s a member of law enforcement’s top brass. She’s come a long way from defining herself as simply the tough-on-drunken-driving prosecutor.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2012
10. Bill O’Reilly
Fox News Host
Bill O’Reilly doesn’t try to hide his Long Island roots—he embraces the community values he learned growing up in Levittown. As one of the most entertaining commentators on Fox News, O’Reilly can be counted on to deliver the truth the way he sees it. And year after year millions of viewers of The O’Reilly Factor have liked what they see—and what he says. But don’t try to pigeonhole him as a right-wing pundit. His views are more diverse than that. And as if pontificating nightly for the nation weren’t enough, O’Reilly has found the time to pen best-selling books like Killing Lincoln: The shocking assassination that changed America forever and Killing Kennedy: The end of Camelot. Personally, we have a soft spot for Pinheads and Patriots: Where you stand in the Age of Obama for its no-holds-barred pique. But that’s just us.
11. Doon Gibbs
Brookhaven National Laboratory Director
12. Edward Mangano
As the newly appointed director of one of the nation’s most advanced scientific research facilities, Doon Gibbs has to be conversant in a wide array of mind-boggling subjects that befits his role as the guiding force of 3,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $700 million. He’s seen the potential of BNL’s National Synchrotron Light Source II to probe matter and the ability of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider to glimpse the universe within a few millionths of a second after it was born. And to think that he can do all this and more in Brookhaven! Let’s hope that Gibbs can keep persuading the know-somethings in Congress not to be swayed by the know-nothings when it comes to federal funding for this important facility so America can stay on the cutting edge of science and technology.
Everybody from both sides of the aisle agrees that Ed Mangano is one hell of a nice guy. In fact, one of his past opponents, Diane Yatauro, the former Democratic minority leader of the Nassau County Legislature, went even further: “Ed is a great guy!” Of course, running one of the richest counties in the country doesn’t mean he’s not going to step on somebody’s toes occasionally—especially when he’s struggling to overcome Nassau’s multi-million dollar budget deficit while under the stern gaze of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority as well as Wall Street bond agencies. This Bethpage son of an ironworker has drawn fire from the public unions for his layoffs and budget cuts. But he says he’s kept such a tight grip on taxes that he deserves another term. The guy he barely beat the last time, Tom Suozzi, may have something to say about that. We’ll see where this nice guy finishes the race in 2013.
Nassau County Executive
13. Bruce Stillman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory President & CEO Besides holding the top spot at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1979, Bruce Stillman is the director of the Cancer Center, whose international award-winning research focuses on how chromosomes are duplicated in cells and how deviations in this process leads to cancer. Stillman succeeded Nobel Laureate James D. Watson in 1994 as director of the lab and was appointed president in 2003. With five honorary doctorates, Stillman is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and advises a number of other research organizations, including the M.I.T. Cancer Center and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. He also currently serves on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. Under his leadership, CSHL has been ranked as the No. 1 institution in molecular biology and genetics research.
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14. Steve Israel
U.S. Representative (D-Huntington) Now in his seventh term, Israel is a heavyweight in the Democratic Party. His role expanded recently with his appointment as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm of House Democrats, making him a powerhouse in party politics. In March, Israel was also appointed to the U.S. Military Academy board of visitors, which provides advice to the president regarding USMA matters. A staunch advocate for the middle class, Israel played a lead role in the lobbying effort to pass a Hurricane Sandy aid bill to allocate federal funding to Long Island and other areas crushed by the Oct. 29 storm. Israel has also dedicated much of this time to veteran affairs—successfully securing $5 million in overdue benefits for LI’s military vets.
16. Theresa A. Regnante United Way of Long Island President & CEO
As the leader of 48-year-old nonprofit United Way, Theresa Regnante unites 110 community partners in supporting strategic initiatives to improve education, income stability and health throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Under her leadership, the organization procured $1.5 million in government, corporate and private grants to establish a workforce training center for the unemployed and underemployed. Regnante has worked hard to balance United Way’s social mission with the strong entrepreneurial initiatives and business management integral to running such a successful nonprofit organization. Her efforts have stabilized the organization both administratively and financially, with overall revenue growth of more than 43 percent. Hurricane Sandy met her match in Regnante who led efforts to coordinate communication between nonprofits during Long Island’s darkest days.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2008
17. Dean Skelos
New York State Senate Republican Leader (R-Rockville Centre) Dean Skelos is now serving in his 15th term in the New York State Senate as the Republican leader and co-leader of the state’s first-ever bipartisan governing coalition. Skelos holds an abundance of power in the Senate, and his amicable relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo has fostered a productive environment that has eluded Albany for years. Skelos was crucial in the governor’s quest to pass same-sex marriage in 2011 and in producing early state budgets two years in a row—yet the Republican leader made a name for himself long before Cuomo arrived in Albany. Skelos stood up for suburban residents when he wrote the law eradicating the widely unpopular “commuter tax” and authored Megan’s Law, which established a sex offender registry in the state.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2009
15. Kate Murray Town of Hempstead Supervisor
In 2003, Kate Murray became the first female to get elected to Hempstead Town’s top office in its 369-year history, no small feat. She’s been at the helm of America’s most populous township now for the last decade, but her toughest challenge came last year when Superstorm Sandy ravaged at least a dozen South Shore communities in the township and knocked out power for up to two weeks in some neighborhoods. She actively aided resilient local residents and struggling businesses. Thanks to her office’s help, so many are now back on their feet that Murray recently declared the town “open for business.” Many Islanders fans will forever misplace blame on Murray for driving the home team to Brooklyn, but time may heal that wound if a more realistic development takes hold in Uniondale. Murray has finished laying the groundwork for new development in the hub, balancing the needs of the existing community with the desires of those looking for something new and visionary.
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The Cherrywood Foot Care located in Bellmore was recently voted “Best Podiatrist on Long Island” by the Long Island Press for good reason. Dr.Burke and the staff of Cherrywood Foot Care offer cutting edge emerging technologies that treat many ailments as well as boasting a friendly staff and a modern office. Cherrywood Foot Care is a leader in podiatry. It’s not only affiliated with two local hospitals but also has a state of the art operating room within the office. The Board Certified Foot Specialists offer the best quality medical and surgical care and offers only the latest technologies that include diagnostic ultrasound, digital radiography and the latest in laser technology for treatment of fungus nails. In fact, Cherrywood Foot Care is one of only a handful
of podiatrists in the country offering laser therapy for fungus nails with one of the most advanced laser systems. Dr.Burke has advanced training in the treatment of many of these pesky problems and utilizes many of the most advanced techniques that include shockwave therapy- The place is known as a center of excellence for utilization of the Ossitron Shockwave Treatments- and minimally invasive surgical technique which uses a tiny camera that is inserted through a small incision commonly called an Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. The office treats a number of ailments that range from Athletes Foot to Metatarsalgia to Crush Injuries. One of the most popular treatments being Gout. Gout is a metabolic disorder that occurs when crystals deposit in the joints resulting in an acute arthrtis attack. The most commonly effected area is the big toe. Symptoms of gout include waking up in the middle of the night with throbbing pain in the big toe, which is visually swollen, red hot and extremely painful. The pain can last for a few hours to several days and then subsides, only to return a few months later. Gout is predominantly a disease of adult men. Interestingly, diets heavy in red meat, rich sauces, shellfish, and alcohol have been linked to it with other foods like lentils and beans, also exacerbating gout attacks. Luckily, gout is treatable and can be controlled by with prescription medications and diet. While suffering from gout, the application of ice or other cooling lotions will help ease pain and swelling. Other treatments include rest, anti-inflammatory medications and cortizone injections. While being treated for Gout or other such ailments, Cherrywood Foot Care is the best for both the patient’s health and comfort. Cherrywood Foot Care offers great accommodations for patients. The ultra modern office has in-treatmentroom television, digital dictation as well as a spacious comfortable waiting area with patented podiatric digital educational programming for patient viewing. Put your “Best” foot forward.Call us today to see why we were voted #1 BEST Podiatrist On Long Island!
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Clockwise from top left: Crest Hollow Country Club, Glen Oaks Club, Four Food Studio and Cocktail Salon, Tellers Chophouse, Havanas Cigar Club at The Carltun, Library Café
Where the In-Crowd Goes
Securing reservations at venues where the elite meet to eat is more often than not easier said than done for nonsocialites. Although some movers and shakers regularly break bread while rubbing elbows with the proletariat, those tasked with making back-room deals mostly pull out their VIP cards to dine in exclusivity.
Cipollini Trattoria and Bar, Manhasset
Nestled within the chic Americana Manhasset is this marble-clad, Manhattan-style Italian ristorante where well-dressed patrons hammer out deals to the sounds of brick-oven pizzas turning out pies, cinema from the motherland playing on plasma screens and a lively bar scene.
Havanas Cigar Club at The Carltun, East Meadow
Cigar clubs are to powerbrokers as forests are to bears, so it stands to reason that one of Long Island’s classiest smoking rooms is also among its most high-octane networking destinations. This jewel within Eisenhower Park features private dining in “The Cuba Room,” walk-in humidors and regular appearances from the A-list.
Tellers Chophouse, Islip
One cannot hammer out important business over burgers and fries. Just
ask any number of power brokes who regularly make reservations here, at one of LI’s top steakhouses, conveniently right next door to town hall.
elegant restaurant established in the restored colonial-era home of Hendrick Onderdonk, who once hosted George Washington.
Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury
Sebonac Golf Club, Southampton
If there was a country club district on LI, this power hotspot would be at the top of the list. Most of the high-profile powerful events on LI are held within its walls and it’s left many palms raw from all the gladhanding that goes on.
Four Food Studio and Cocktail Salon, Melville
This $4 million venue is decorated seasonally, but the focus often shifts away from the food and toward the lounge’s networking and mingling elite.
Hendrick’s Tavern, Roslyn
Anyone who thinks the era of Gold Coast residents controlling the other 99 percent are over might not like to overhear conversations at this classically
The host of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open, this course was built to be particularly eco-friendly and offers a picturesque backdrop of the Peconic Bay. Interested in joining? Good luck— memberships start at $1 million.
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury
The location of this place speaks for itself. It’s so exclusive, even the website is members-only!
Panera Bread, multiple locations
Those who haven’t canceled their subscriptions to LI’s monopolistic daily yet know that anyone searching for a sit down with the Suffolk County executive need not look any further than their local sandwich, soup and salad franchise.
Sweet Hollow Diner, Melville
How do the elite like their eggs cooked? It’s typically packed at lunchtime, so patrons never know who they’ll be sitting next to...
Library Café, Farmingdale
Perhaps it’s the mouthwatering menu of Author’s Martinis, central location or that saying “I’m going to the library” sounds a lot better than “I’ll be at the bar.” Whatever the reason, be sure to be well dressed before bumping into local lawmakers and the like here.
Oheka Castle, Huntington
It’s no coincidence that the second largest private residence in the nation and LI’s most notable relic from the Gilded Age continues to draw the region’s aristocracy like moths to the flame for whatever freaky Eyes Wide Shut parties presumably are thrown here.
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Hall Of Fame Class of 2011
18. Peter King
U.S. Representative (R-Seaford) Long Island’s last Republican Congressman still makes waves when he speaks, and we can be thankful for that, although sometimes we just wish what he says would be washed away with the tide like flotsam off Jones Beach. But in fighting for New York’s rightful share of federal relief following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy—even if it meant crossing swords with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who voted against the measure yet had the audacity to show up at a New York State Republican fundraiser with his 10-gallon hat in his hand—King pulls no punches, whether he’s in the ring, or on the ropes. Having given up his chairmanship of the House Committee on Homeland Security, our Congressman hasn’t lost the spotlight—nor his love for it. Calling journalists who reported Edward Snowden’s leaks “traitors” ranks right up there with his Inspector Javert-like hunt for domestic Islamic terrorists. But he’s still our guy, and power is his middle name.
20. Charles Vigliotti Long Island Compost President & CEO
19. Patrick Foye
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director With billions of dollars riding on capital projects and millions of people depending on the reliability of the Port Authority’s tunnels and bridges to get to their jobs, Patrick Foye has a lot going on these days. The shiny new World Trade Center is now a crowning achievement as it rises once again to take its place in the city’s fabled skyline. And, after decades of press releases, the James A. Farley Post Office building is finally entering phase one of an ambitious construction project that includes extending the train tracks from Penn Station to what will someday become Moynihan Station and Amtrak’s new home. That’s the good news. The $13 tolls are a huge pain in the wallet, but it is what it is. We can only imagine the balancing act that Foye has to perform to keep his two bosses happy: Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We wouldn’t wish that on anybody.
Waste disposal is a dirty, volatile and difficult business, even when most of what you dispose of is organic. Together with his brothers, Dominic and Arnold, Charles Vigliotti has been tackling the issue of organic waste disposal with the fervor of a mad scientist for years. Most entrepreneurs would be content handling the Island’s grass clippings and yard waste, which have turned Vigliotti’s Long Island Compost into a significant enterprise and important part of our regional environmental plan. Not Vigliotti. Long Island Compost, with the enthusiastic support of both the DEC and local environmental groups, is about to embark on a combined renewable energy and organic waste disposal project that could transform the way the region thinks about and handles waste.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2008
21. Bishop William Murphy Bishop of the Rockville Centre Diocese
Bishop Murphy continues to face tests as the faithful leader of the reported 1.4 million Catholics residing within the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He’s said that closing a half dozen LI parochial schools last year and ordering another five to work together to find efficiencies will stave off future closures and keep the system lean and mean. He stood his ground when national LGBT advocacy groups petitioned him to reinstate a gay volunteer who was dismissed for publicly opposing church teachings by marrying another man. Bishop Murphy never wavers in his management style for Church affairs and doesn’t send mixed messages, he’s true to his beliefs, whether we agree or not.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2010
22. Kevin Law
Long Island Association President & CEO Some call Kevin Law the Long Island Chairman because he’s played so many vital roles here, from being the chief deputy Suffolk County Executive to the president and CEO of the Long Island Power Authority. Now he heads the largest business organization in New York, championing initiatives like Accelerate Long Island, a high-tech partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Among his other civic duties, he co-chairs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. He’s advised Cuomo on what to do with LIPA’s restructuring, assisted Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in choosing a new police commissioner and consulted with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on picking a developer for the Nassau Coliseum. Busy? You bet, just the way he likes it.
23. John Cameron Cameron Engineering Founder & Managing Partner
Forget the Caithness Power Plant, just figure out how to harness John Cameron’s energy and Long Island’s problems would be solved. As founder and managing partner of one of the most successful engineering firms on LI, Cameron’s company was tapped by the City of Long Beach, Island Park and other municipalities to help with recovery from Superstorm Sandy. He also broke ground on Hofstra’s new North Shore LIJ Medical School. Last fall, Cameron acquired another engineering firm in mid-town Manhattan, so his base is expanding. Meanwhile, as chairman of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, he is charged with trying to make the Island a better place far into the future, hence its new LI2035 website. How he finds time to hit the surf, his passion from childhood, is another amazing aspect of this tireless champion of our community.
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25. Fred Brewington Civil Rights Attorney
You do not want to be on the wrong side of Brewington who earns a living being on the right side of history. This leading civil rights attorney is one of the few who actually gets results. He led the legal fight that created council districts in the Town of Hempstead, where minorities were politically discriminated against. He won a $7 million settlement for the family of Jo’Anna Bird, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend despite a restraining order, prompting new Nassau County police protocols after authorities were found to have failed to properly investigate domestic violence calls at her home. And the Hempstead-based lawyer is now fighting alleged housing discrimination in Garden City in a nearly decadeold lawsuit that went to trial in June. Keep his number handy, police brutality victims.
26. Stanley Bergman
Henry Schein, Inc., Chairman & CEO
Hall Of Fame Class of 2011
24. Sal Ferro
With net sales of $8.9 billion and $367.7 million in profit last year, this giant health-care product and dental service provider based in Melville is thriving in 24 countries and employing more than 15,500 people around the world. From its humble beginnings as a pharmacy in Queens, Henry Schein has grown into a Fortune 500 powerhouse. It’s rated top in the industry for social responsibility, global competitiveness and quality of products, services and management. Keeping it true to its roots is today’s chairman and CEO Stanley Bergman, who’s been an integral part of the enterprise for more than two decades. Whether he’s serving on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera and New York University, to name a few of his many affiliations, Bergman continues to make Henry Schein the best in the business.
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For several years Ferro, president of Alure Home Improvements, has been the face of home remodeling on Long Island, aided in large part by Alure’s participation in the wildly popular Extreme Makover: Home Edition television program. Although the show finally ran its course, Ferro’s Alure has kept marching forward. As the Press staff hunkered down in temporary offices during Superstorm Sandy, Ferro was one of the first people to reach out to the media with a simple message: make sure the Island rebuilds with local contractors, not out-of-state, fly-by-night storm chasers. Under Ferro, Alure has consistently placed the community first—as evidenced by his support for dozens of local charities—and his company’s success is a reflection of this mantra.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2012
27. Nancy Rauch Douzinas Rauch Foundation President
Whether promoting programs to help disadvantaged children, protecting the Pine Barrens, or bringing together Long Island’s nonprofit, business and government leaders to forge a new approach to solving our region’s problems, Nancy Rauch Douzinas has made the Rauch Foundation an instrument for transformation since its inception in 1961. Thanks to her support of the Long Island Index, a project that gathers and publishes important data in an unbiased manner, policymakers can start with the facts. The 2011 Index was a definitive status report on the quality of life on LI. In 2013, the Index examined how the Long Island Rail Road could propel the Island’s economic future. Douzinas knows she doesn’t have all the answers, which is what makes her curiosity so compelling and so worthwhile.
28. Katherine Heaviside
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Epoch 5 President
Keeping her cool while dealing with some of the hottest controversies on Long Island is one of many attributes of Katherine Heaviside, who heads the Island’s top public relations firm. The New York Times once crowned Heaviside with the regal title “The Crisis Queen.” She can defuse even the touchiest situation. With her guidance, Veolia Transportation transformed the MTA’s Long Island Bus into the Nassau InterCounty Express, NICE, for short. Over the years, she’s represented Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Rechler Equity Partners, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s, King Kullen and Adelphi University, as well as Cablevision. Now she’s promoting the Madison Square Garden Company in its bid to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum. As she put it, she probably couldn’t help Carmelo Anthony on the court, but nobody should take her lightly. “I may be outsized, but I’m not outplayed!”
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29. Robert A. Scott Adelphi University President
Robert A. Scott, ninth president and professor of anthropology and sociology at Adelphi University, is the only person to hold the three top positions in American higher education: head of a public institution, a state coordinating board and a private university. Aside from authoring more than 200 scholarly essays and articles and hosting the awardwinning “Exploring Critical Issues” TV program, Scott has represented the United States in international negotiations with UNESCO, the Council of Europe and countries in the Asia/Pacific region. Under Scott’s leadership, Adelphi University was elected as an affiliate of the United Nations, enrollment increased nearly 40 percent, undergraduate enrollment by 66 percent and total assets of the university to more than $300 million, up from $142 million. Keeping with his vision of Adelphi as the “engaged” university, deepening its ties with the Long Island community through on-campus cultural events and social health initiatives, has been a top priority of Scott’s administration. Adelphi is better off, thanks to him.
Hall Of Fame Class of 2008
30. Joseph Mondello
Nassau County Republican Party Chairman
Some may have dismissed this kingmaker’s power a decade ago when Democrats won county executive seats and legislative majorities in Nassau and Suffolk counties for the first time in a generation. But those who dared do that have since learned that Chairman Mondello is always a force to be reckoned with. He turned back the tide four years ago when the GOP ousted the Dems and won back the legislature and executive seat in this historically Republican stronghold. Considering how increasingly difficult it is for the right wing to win in such a reliable blue state like New York, he may have his work cut out for him keeping Ed Mangano in the county’s top job this November, but Ol’ Joe has proven plenty of naysayers wrong before.
31. Mark Fasciano Canrock ventures managing director
Mobile ticketing on the LIRR. Digitally determining public sentiment about a national brand. An online platform that helps non-profits grow. These concepts may seem disparate but they have one thing in common: Mark Fasciano. Canrock Ventures is a Long Island-based early stage venture capital fund that invests in technology companies. Venture capital firms are abundant, but what makes Fasciano and his partners unique is their dedication to mining and attracting talent right here on LI. From nabbing incubator companies from Stony Brook University to providing startups a place to work at Thought Box, a collaborative incubator space in Hicksville, Fasciano is helping LI reinvent itself for the future.
32. Marty Scheinman Arbitrator
You could call Marty Scheinman the master of the middle. As a nationally known arbitrator, he is the ultimate dealmaker in contentious conflicts that have roiled industries as diverse as publishing, brewing, and trucking—as well as places like Vassar College and Nassau County. While others may throw up their hands when a disagreement seems so intractable and entrenched as to defy the meaning of finding common ground, Scheinman gladly goes in where others fear to tread. And he bridges the great divides time and time again, handling more than 10,000 contract disputes throughout the United States. He’s also helped resolve more than 100 private claims of discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual preference or sexual grounds. This Sands Point resident is on the board of overseers of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and a founding board member of Equality Long Island, which advances equality and justice for GLBT Long Islanders. When push comes to shove, Scheinman gladly rolls up his sleeves and perseveres until a compromise is the only logical conclusion.
33. David Kilmnick
Long Island LGBT Services Network CEO
This local gay and lesbian rights advocate has come a long way in his 20 years of combating homophobia. Kilmnick has expanded what started as Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) in the ’90s into the regional Long Island LGBT Services Network, which outgrew its Bay Shore community center, opened a satellite facility in Garden City two years ago, and announced that this summer a third center is set to debut in the Hamptons. He’s also recently made headlines organizing the nation’s first LGBT PTA. He has long since proven himself to be an effective leader dedicated to political advocacy, to helping senior members of the LGBT community and to annually providing more than 25,000 Long Islanders with health and social services.
34. James Carver
Nassau Police Benevolent Association President You can take the cop out of the streets, but you can’t take the streets out of the cop. Look no further for proof of that adapted idiom than Carver, who represents the 1,374 rank-and-file police officers patrolling Nassau County who are regarded as the department’s “backbone.” Starting out as a New York City transit cop before switching to Nassau in the ‘80s, Carver became a union delegate in the ‘90s and the PBA’s top cop six years ago. While critics often blame generous police pay for the county’s fiscal woes, this seasoned officer draws on his experience chasing crooks while leading the court fight to overturn a two-year-old wage freeze—especially after officers are doing more with less amid a controversial cost-cutting precinct realignment.
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35. Richard Schaffer
Babylon Town Supervisor
As supervisor of the Town of Babylon, Richard Schaffer comes back into town hall no doubt a little wiser than when he held the post from 1992 to 2001. On his watch, he’s had to deal with the onslaught of Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath when LIPA struggled to restore power to his constituents and many residents suffered irreparable losses. As Suffolk County Democratic chairman, Schaffer has been on a winning streak, however, holding on to a Democratic majority in the legislature and advising his protégé and Babylon Town predecessor, Steve Bellone, who replaced Steve Levy as county executive. These days Schaffer has his hands full just keeping his township on a steady footing in an unforgiving economy. It’s a tough job, but he’s up to the task.
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36. Jay Jacobs
Nassau County Democratic Chairman
37. Michael Posillico Posillico Group Executive Vice President
Michael Posillico’s company is a leader in brown-field remediation. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. As the chairman of the League of Conservation Voters for Long Island, he puts his principles into action. His professional expertise at the helm of a far-sighted company like the Posillico Group is making a difference. Glen Isle, one of 16 national Environmental Protection Agency showcase projects, is set to transform more than 50 acres of Glen Cove’s contaminated waterfront into the largest mixed-use, smart-growth development on LI. His firm is also building the new sewage treatment plant in the Hauppauge Industrial District for Suffolk County. For five consecutive years, Posillico Group has been ranked by Engineering News Record as one of the “top 400 contractors in the United States.” Whether he’s solving complex construction challenges or cleaning up the environment from past neglect, Posillico has got it covered.
Holding one political position for a long period of time is no walk in the park, yet Jay Jacobs has managed to carry the torch for Nassau Democrats successfully for a dozen years. Jacobs took over in 2001 and his party eventually rolled to victories in races for county executive, comptroller and district attorney. Under his leadership, Democrats held the majority in the county legislature for his first six years as chairman. Though no longer the chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, Jacobs is still a very busy—and very powerful—man. Besides operating three sleep-away camps and founding Project Heal the Children, a program providing free summer camps for 9/11 victims’ children, life for the chairman will get even more eventful this year as former Democratic Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and ex-Comptroller Howard Weitzman attempt to regain seats they lost in 2009.
38. Adrienne Esposito
Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director From defending Long Island’s drinking water and waterways against pollution, raising awareness about public health dangers, toxic threats and the preservation of ever-diminishing wildlife habitat, to sounding the alarm over climate change, fracking and a host of other environmental concerns ranging from pesticides to pharmaceutical waste, Adrienne Esposito has been an outspoken and impassioned advocate of LI’s environmental health for nearly 30 years. No battle is too big, no challenge too daunting, no offender too powerful. That’s true for the environmental disasters she and CCE tackled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, as well as the myriad challenges facing LI’s precious natural resources each and every day. Perhaps that’s where Esposito derives some of her strength, perseverance, sheer determination, and the unwavering belief that doing what’s right will somehow always triumph in the end.
39. John Collins
Winthrop-University Hospital President & CEO A member of the Winthrop team for more than a decade, John Collins was named president and CEO of the hospital in 2009. During his time at the top, Collins has managed their financial operations —a 591-bed major teaching hospital that is also a New York State-designated Regional Trauma Center, Perinatal Center and Stroke Center. Under Collins’ leadership, Winthrop was recognized in the first-ever edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings for 10 high-performing specialties and as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals for demonstrating high-quality care in the specialty of pediatric diabetes and endocrinology. Since becoming president and CEO, Collins has overseen the acquisition of 24 practices, involving more than 115 physicians and 40 physical locations from Shelter Island to Queens, extending care to more than 2,000 additional patients every day.
40. Jeff Reynolds
Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICAdD) If sobriety were elevated from a state of mind to a political state, this tireless advocate fighting against Long Island’s deadly heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic would be president. He’s been on the front lines well before federal authorities were rounding up crooked doctors selling prescriptions and local police began proactively combating chemical dependency via public outreach efforts. Although there have been significant advancements—New York State’s passage of the Good Samaritan law granting immunity to drug abusers who call 911 to report overdoses, for example—the epidemic is still claiming lives. And as long as his phone keeps ringing off the hook, Reynolds will continue sounding the alarm and rallying the troops of loved ones left in the wake of this scourge.
42. Paul Pontieri
41. Gwen O’Shea
Patchogue Village Mayor
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island President & CEO
Mayor Paul Pontieri has a reason to be excited about what’s happening in downtown Patchogue. When the TRITEC development is complete, he’ll have overseen the addition of 40,000 square feet of new retail, 15,000 square feet of new office space and 291 rental units—all in the heart of his village. Plus he’s also pushed for 45 affordable units for artists with the hope that they’ll help create “a mini-Soho.” Those are just the highlights of this ambitious mayor’s agenda to grow his community with a wellthought-out plan that will bring tax revenue and young people to make Patchogue a thriving destination that is more than just a train stop, a dock to Fire Island and a performing arts theatre. It’ll be a place with a future.
Gwen O’Shea knows that for too many Long Island families today the American Dream seems to mean working hard to just barely get by—and that’s not right. She also understands the peculiar pressure that Long Island’s high cost of living puts on families here, which means that those earning under $38,000 a year are considered impoverished while those making $85,000 can struggle, too. And she’s outraged that on Long Island, one of the richest places in the country, 100,000 kids know hunger firsthand. Sustaining the safety net in this harsh era of government cutbacks—from all sides—is a full-time job for O’Shea. Just a few years ago conservatives tried to label ketchup a vegetable so they could trim the food-stamp program. Now she has to resist efforts by Republicans and Democrats in Nassau and Suffolk to balance their budgets on the backs of the poor. O’Shea is a champion for those most in need of one.
43. Matt Whalen
Avalon Bay Vice President for Development
44. Andrew Stepanian
Who but Matt Whalen could have imagined that the Town of Huntington would ever approve his plan to build a 379-unit development on a plot of land within walking distance of Huntington’s Long Island Rail Road station? He did have to downsize it to win community support and overcome the NIMBY-naysayers, but he persisted, and he got the town board’s backing. And so a mix of affordable and higher-end apartments to address the Island’s severe housing shortage is addressed, one place at a time. The initial 210 units of Avalon Rockville Centre were leased and occupied within seven months, and another 139 apartments are on track. AvalonBay’s Mitchel Field, which is nearing completion, offers 160 rental apartments, 44 rental town houses, and 19 single-family homes for sale. Next up, Whalen hopes to begin a big rental project at a former oil distribution and storage facility on Manhasset Bay. Good going.
Sparrow Media Co-Founder & Activist As co-founder of grassroots publicity and creative direction agency The Sparrow Project, Andrew Stepanian has given a voice to dozens of activists and causes, amplifying their message while exponentially increasing the influence of their campaigns and actions. As an activist himself, Stepanian has faced off against the power elite time and time again in the name of what’s right and just, no matter how deep their wallets, how overwhelming their numbers, or how twisted yet socially acceptable their propaganda may be. He’s been in the crosshairs of the Koch Brothers, printed and distributed Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, and organized too many rallies to list here, for example. (Most recently, in support of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.) Whether it’s raising awareness about the unconstitutionality of the NDAA, the oppressive imprisonment of Wikileaks whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning and hacktivist Jeremy Hammond, or animal rights, Stepanian, through it all, has remained steadfast in his mission and work. He is a champion of the disenfranchised, the abused, the truth-seekers; a tireless advocate of equal rights, and quite frankly, a force to be reckoned with.
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45. Nancy Engelhardt energEia partnership director
Nothing inspires collaboration more than a crisis. Nowhere was this statement more validated than during Superstorm Sandy. Yet, sometimes it’s easier to respond to a singular event like Sandy than to address massive, slow-moving crises like racism, poverty, and a deteriorating environment. It’s why her work is so important. Engelhardt—along with Edward Thompson and Paul Tonna—founded the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a regional stewardship program that has graduated more than 250 leaders on Long Island. Many of her graduates have appeared on this list over the years and all are deeply committed to building a brighter future on LI for future generations.
47. Dr. Faroque Khan
Islamic Center of Long Island Board Member
More than 30 years ago, a group of concerned Muslim Americans on Long Island gathered in Dr. Faroque Khan’s home to lay out the blueprint for what would eventually become the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, a peaceful place of worship where congregants now number in the thousands and where local officials and other religious leaders meet for frequent discussions. Khan has grabbed the mantle as unofficial spokesman for the Muslim-American community on LI ever since he retired as Chairman of Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center. He has become a soothing voice for a community that has been discriminated against since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He has also spoken out to defend them on a number of occasions, including two years ago when Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) first held his controversial Muslim Radicalization hearings, and most recently in the wake of the Boston bombings. Khan remains a tireless advocate for inter-faith respect and understanding.
46. Jack Schnirman Long Beach City Manager
Long Beach was already in the midst of a fiscal crisis during Schnirman’s first year in office when Mother Nature dealt the cash-strapped city another major blow: Superstorm Sandy. The barrier island was battered and its iconic boardwalk blasted to smithereens. But since the devastating hurricane slammed Long Beach, Schnirman has led efforts to rebuild “stronger, smarter and safer” and has secured federal funding for many of the seaside community’s rebuilding efforts, including a redesigned boardwalk scheduled to open in November. Schnirman arrived in Long Beach with serious credentials: He served as Chief Deputy Supervisor in Brookhaven Town, where he supervised 1,200 workers and implemented a 3-1-1 non-emergency hotline that saved the town more than $2 million. His resumé includes stints in the private and non-profit sector. He might also want to consider adding “miracle maker” from now on, too.
49. James Coughlan & Robert Coughlan TRITEC Real Estate Principals
Photo by Jim Lennon www.jimlennon.com
48. Gerard DePascale & Liam Neville
These two brothers, James and Robert Coughlan, have created a groundbreaking real estate company that has put a survey’s stake through the heart of Long Island’s defeatist attitude, typified by the pessimistic adage: “It’ll never happen.” Working with an array of commercial clients since 1986, with offices in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and East Setauket, they’ve built mid-rise office buildings, hotels, medical facilities, industrial parks, and, perhaps most important in a region like ours where affordable housing is an all-too-rare luxury, multi-family residences. With their expertise and perseverance, the Coughlans have made TRITEC’s New Village at Patchogue a dream come true, and made Mayor Paul Pontieri’s vision for a revitalized downtown a reality. Could it become the coolest destination in Suffolk County west of the Hamptons? Why not?
Hicksville Nuclear Waste Site Whistleblowers
When Gerard DePascale and Liam Neville contracted rare, life-threatening diseases from unsuspectingly working atop a former nuclear waste site in Hicksville, they could have simply resigned themselves to their illnesses and given up. Instead, they sounded the alarm, speaking out about the dangers the underground chemicals still pose to the surrounding community, its residents, former co-workers and the countless children who visit Nassau County’s Cantiague Park. They filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by the site’s current owner, Verizon, and won—though a federal judge overturned the jury’s decision. Every step has been a tremendous struggle against immeasurable odds for these two, but they continue to fight, not just for justice for their families—but justice for the countless others affected, afflicted, and those who’ve even died because of the contamination. The pair embody true power: that which energizes and inspires others, that which strives to right a horrible wrong for the public good, and that which selflessly spreads hope in the relentless pursuit of the truth.
50. Rosalie Hanson Civic Activist
As the founder of Long Island Citizens Against Redundant Expenditures (LI CARE), Rosalie Hanson led the struggle against the exorbitantly high taxes in the Gordon Heights Fire District of Brookhaven Town, whose residents reportedly paid the highest rates on LI. It was a long, uphill battle that ultimately paved the way for the passage of the “New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act,” which grants taxpayers the ability to dissolve or consolidate layers of local government and special taxing districts. Her non-partisan group successfully petitioned for the fire district’s dissolution, and as a result cut their property taxes. Hanson is always on fire when it comes to civic responsibility. She’s also president of the Robert S. Still Republican Club, and a trustee on the board of Long Islanders for Educational Reform, which addresses the issues of escalating school taxes and preserving quality education. She takes her citizenship seriously.
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Since 2008, any Long Island Press Power Listers who have graced the list five times have graduated into the elite Power List Hall of Fame. That tradition will continue, although with a twist: Beginning this year, Hall of Famers are eligible once again to rank within the annual Power List itself, since true power knows no boundaries! Congratulations to all past, present and future inductees to this coveted distinction! Caricatures by Norman Sonne / Faces by Norm www.gardensidegraphics.com
2008 from Left to Right 1. Michael Balboni Cardinal Point Strategies 2. Bob Catell Former National Grid USA Executive Chairman 3. Alfonse D’Amato Former U.S. Senator/Park Strategies Founder 4. Gary Dela Raba Former president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association 5. Thomas DiNapoli New York State Comptroller 6. Arthur “Jerry” Kremer Empire Government Strategies Chairman 7. Joseph Mondello Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman/Former New York Republican State Committee Chairman 8. Bishop William Murphy Diocese of Rockville Centre 9. Dean Skelos New York State Senate Majority Leader (R-Rockville Centre) 10. Thomas Spota Suffolk County District Attorney 11. Shirley Strum-Kenny Former President of Stony Brook University 12. Richard Schaffer Suffolk County Democratic Committee Chairman 13. Thomas Suozzi Former Nassau County Executive 14. The Skolnick-Sky Family Co-directors of Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre 15. Charles Wang New York Islanders Owner
2009 from Left to Right 1. Laura Ahearn Parents for Meganâ€™s Law and The Crime Victims Center Executive Director 2. Steve Levy Former Suffolk County Executive 3. Jon Cooper Former Suffolk County Legislature Majority Leader (D-Lloyd Harbor) 4. Kate Murray Town of Hempstead Supervisor 5. Rev. Allan Ramirez Brookville Reformed Church Pastor
2010 from Left to Right 1. Evelyn Ain Autism United President, Spectrum Magazine Publisher 2. Jeff Frayler Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association President 3. Steve Israel U.S. Representative (D-Huntington) 4. Jay Jacobs Nassau County Democratic Chairman/ Former New York State Democratic Chairman 5. Richard Kessel Former New York Power Authority President and CEO 6. Kevin Law President of the Long Island Association 7. David Mejias Former Nassau County Legislator (D-Farmingdale) 8. Robert Zimmerman Zimmerman-Edelson, Inc. Co-founder and Partner 2011 from Left to Right 1. Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III President of SUNY Old Westbury 2. Sal Ferro Alure Home Improvements President 3. Peter King U.S. Representative (R-Seaford) 4. Jerry Laricchiuta Nassau County Civil Service Employees Association Local 830 President 5. Frank MacKay Independence Party of Suffolk County, New York State and the National Independence Party of America Chairman 6. Kathleen Rice Nassau County District Attorney 2012 from Left to Right 1. Michael Dowling North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems President and CEO 2. Bill Oâ€™Reilly Fox News Commentator 3. Nancy Rauch Douzinas Rauch Foundation President 4. Bill Savino Managing Partner, Rivkin Radler, LLP 5. James Simons Renaissance Technologies, Inc. Founder and Chairman
Michael J. Dowling on his selection to the Long Island Press Power List. Your leadership and vision continue to elevate the stature of the North Shore-LIJ Health System across Long Island and the nation. Thanks to your innovative spirit and “no excuses” advocacy for our patients, we’re succeeding in transforming the delivery of healthcare in the New York metropolitan area – all for the betterment of our communitities. Richard D. Goldstein Chairman, Board of Trustees
Ralph A. Nappi President, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation