HIA-LI Reporter Newspaper - February 2023

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LABEL HIA-LI LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: PG 7 A letter from the HIA-LI President & CEO, Terri Alessi-Miceli HIA-LI’S HEARD AROUND THE ISLAND: PG 39 News, Updates, Events, and Promotions from our member companies! HIA-LI’S INDUSTRY LIST: PGS 34-35 Accounting, Banks & Credit Unions VOLUME 42 • ISSUE 2 • FEBRUARY 2023 ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR LONG ISLAND SPECIAL SECTION: HIA-LI’S ECONOMIC SUMMIT | P.18-19


February 2023



Technology For Business Committee Meeting


Membership Committee Meeting


Small Business Task Force Solution Series: Funding For Small Business


Human Resources Committee Meeting

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Energy Utility & Infrastructure Committee Meeting


Education/Workforce Committee Meeting


Manufacturing/International Trade Committee Meeting


Trade Show Committee Meeting

FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Business Acceleration Committee Meeting



Economic Development In The Town Of Islip


HYPE Committee Meeting


Social Responsibility Committee Meeting



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Dear HIA-LI Member:

We are excited to announce that 2023 is off to a successful start! On the heels of our well-attended 45th Annual Meeting and Legislative Program in January, we just held our 29th Annual Economic Summit with a standingroom only crowd. We have received the message that these challenging financial times are at the forefront of our members’ minds; we will continue to host programming that educates, assists and supports the region as we all navigate this bumpy road.

These days, it’s more critical than ever for Long Island businesses to be visible and prominent as we continue to move past the pandemic. The HIA-LI’s resources serve as an important lifeline for the Long Island business community to connect and grow. Our committee meetings and events are here to help your business connect and grow. We are happy to welcome you back live and in person, supporting the efforts of our members and the business community at large.

We are happy to announce that we have implemented a new website and database as of the first of the year; it is extremely userfriendly and we hope you will enjoy interacting with us online as well as in person. Please remember that your membership includes every single member of your organization so encourage your employees to get involved and join us at an event or meeting. Check out our current committee list to see which committees are of interest to your team. To join a committee, it’s as simple as sending us a message or creating a login on the new Infohub and selecting which committees are appealing. We’ll be happy to add you to the corresponding committee lists to ensure you receive agendas and upcoming educational programs.

This is an ideal moment for real expansion-and the HIA-LI continues to stand ready to help champion the success of the Long Island business sector. Through teamwork, dedication, and commitment, let’s work together to make our region stronger than ever.

Partners in Business,

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This month, the HIA-LI held its Technology For Business Committee Meeting discussing the topic of social media importance in a business environment and how they have and can be utilized for the upcoming year. Social media presence grows larger in terms of its impact on how well-known an organization or product may be within a region. Taking advantage of these platforms is crucial to staying ahead of the competition. Thank you to Manny Morales of 2M Technologies, Inc., Anthony Lucidi of Lucidi Technical Solutions L.L.C. and Susie Henaghan from Techworks Consulting, Inc. for presenting February’s meeting and to all attendees both in-person and through Zoom for joining us!

For the HIA-LI’s monthly Human Resources Committee Meeting, we would like to give a special thank you to Kiki Orski for presenting on ways to enhance collaboration, boost productivity and improve organizational results in your business for future years.

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all those who attended!

The HIA-LI’s Health & Wellness Committee met to discuss the importance of mental health in the workplace. With more recent years, employee morale and mental health awareness have been a growing concern and focus to many work environments across the region. Ensuring the well-being of a company’s staff will allow for more positive outcomes and results. Thank you to our guest speakers Colleen Merlo, CEO of Association for Mental Health and Wellness and Ron Villano, Founder & Director of Family & Personal Counseling for taking the time to speak with our group about available resources for businesses and individuals.

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month, HIA-LI would like to thank Long Island Egress Pros for hosting our Membership Committee Meeting presented by Joe Hart from NS Capital LLC. We would like to give a special thank you to Jonathan Berdinka with Chick-fil-A Restaurants for catering and to


The HIA-LI held its February Education & Workforce Committee Meeting focusing on the topics of the Department of Computer Security and careers related to technology & law enforcement. We would like to give our thanks to committee co-chairs Linda Furey of Junior Achievement of New York and Marie McCallion of Stony Brook University College of Business for organizing today’s meeting. We would also like to thank our presenters Dr. Nazrul Islam of Farmingdale State University Chair of Security Systems, and Sean Ogonowski of Lieutenant Of Public Safety, Suffolk County Community College & Curriculum Advisory Board at Farmingdale State College.


UPS Teamsters Contract Negotiations Update

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We are certain that many members of HIA-LI utilize UPS for their shipping needs. On January 3rd, 2023, our company, ICC Logistics Services, Inc., published an article that described the challenges that shippers will face this year due to the upcoming UPS/ Teamsters Contract negotiations, (the agreement expires on July 31st, 2023). Our article provided some history and insight regarding how shippers will experience anxiety and risk this year, due to the contentious relationship that has developed between the Teamsters and UPS. Our article suggested that these negotiations will be “Loud & Late”, and that there would be a great deal of saber rattling. Well it looks like the predictions that we made have come to fruition very quickly!

On January 9th, 2023, the Teamster Leadership team kicked off a National Screening Committee meeting in Washington, DC to review proposals for the National Master Agreement negotiations. The committee was tasked with reviewing more than 4,000 pages of national proposals submitted by locals to the Package Division. In total, the Division received more than 11,000 Master Agreement proposals. There were some very fiery and aggressive statements made during this kick-off meeting;

“We’re going into these negotiations with a clear message to UPS that we’re not going past August 1,” stated Teamster

President, Sean O’Brien in his remarks to the committee. “We have to deal with 22.4s, PVDs, subcontracting, parttime wages and other issues that we’re taking a hard line on with the company.”

General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman stated that “Sean is going to pick a fight with this company, and that fight is to get the very best contract we can get for our members. This contract is going to be unlike the contracts of the past 25 years where UPS comes in and says they want a cost-neutral contract. It’s not going to be a costneutral contract. We’re going to take from them what our members deserve.”

However, UPS CEO Carol B. Tomé, who will be sitting in on her first contract negotiation, has said she expects the agreement to yield mutual benefits. Which helps to solidify the fact that the two parties are approaching these negotiations with very different expectations.

The teamsters have also publicly stated that they have amassed a $350 million strike fund and shortened the time it takes for members to receive a payout from eight days to one. President Sean O’Brien has stated that “That’s some pretty good leverage. So, obviously the Teamster leadership has remained consistent in their promises to take a hard stance against UPS with their new agreement.

UPS leadership has not made many public statements about these negotiations up until this point. Besides the comments listed above, Carole Tome stated on the company’s July 26th earnings call, that “We’re going to leave the negotiations at the bargaining table,” according to a transcript from Sentieo.

She has also suggested that UPS Teamsters already receive better compensation than the rest of the delivery workforce.

“Our workforce is very different than a lot of the workforces that you hear in the media every day that are trying to be organized. They’re not paid the way that our Teamsters are paid. These are great jobs that we value very much,” she said.

Based on the way that UPS has handled communications related to UPS Teamster Contracts in the past, we don’t expect to see a lot of public statements being made by UPS Leadership as these negotiations progress. UPS has historically chosen to keep customers updated about labor negotiations through direct contact from their management team. Typically, these communications are strictly verbal, which makes it harder for shippers to share details of the negotiation process with others in their organization. So, this will only add to the anxiety that UPS customers will be facing during these negotiating sessions.

So, given the expectation that Teamsters leadership will continue to threaten and publicize their fight with UPS, while UPS leadership will limit their public comments, it will be extremely important for shippers to develop ways to obtain accurate and up to date information about the progress of these negotiations. Therefore, the ICC Logistics Services team is committed to staying close to this situation to ensure that we provide the most accurate and up to date information possible.

We will utilize our long term experience, expertise, unique insight and resources to provide timely and meaningful updates to HIA members and our customers. Don’t hesitate to reach out to ICC Logistics for questions related to this, or for help with any of your other Logistics needs. You don’t need to navigate the complicated and unpredictable world of logistics alone.

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This month, the HIA-LI hosted its New & Prospective Member Meeting to welcome and introduce its attendees to our services and benefits that have reached across Long Island for over 45 years. We would like to give a large thank you to all who attended and are looking forward to having many more events and meetings with everyone on board. Welcome to the HIA-LI!


(NASDAQ: AMPG) Headquarters to learn more about its facility and history of designing and manufacturing uniquely-made radio frequency components for various markets. We would like to give a very special thank you to CEO Fawad Maqbool, Chief Operating Officer Jorge Flores and Chief Financial Officer Louisa Sanfratello for allowing us the opportunity learn more about their organization!

The HIA-LI took a personal tour of Amplitech Group, Inc.

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HIA-LI Annual Schol arship Awards

By helping a student stay on Long Island for college, you directly help improve the Long Island workforce

In June e very year, se veral $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to children of employees at HIA-LI companies who will attend a college or trade school on Long Island. All children of HIA-LI members’ employees are eligible to win. Your company ’s donation for this worthwhile investment in Long Island’s future is appreciated. Thank you for your consideration and anticipated gener osit y.

Name: E-mail: Company: Address: Phone: Fax: Donation: $ Check Visa MasterCard AMEX

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Please make checks payable to The HIA-LI Schol arship Fund • M ailing Address: HIA-LI, 225 Wireless Blvd., Suite 101, Hauppauge NY 11788. For more inform ation or to request a scholarship application, Call the HIA-LI office at 631-543-5355 or
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S u ggest e d D o n a t i o ns : Summa Cum L aude: $1,000 (and up) Receive Complimentary Ticket to Scholarship Awards Luncheon Magna Cum L aude: $500-$999 • Cum L aude: $101-$499 • Dean’s List: $100


HIA-LI Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility: Nonprofit and for-Profit Sectors Collaborate to Support Those in Need

Corporate social responsibility describes a company’s promise to maintain beneficial and ethical practices in each aspect of business and is often illustrated by the process by which a company uses its position to promote charitable acts for the public good. By implementing corporate social responsibility practices, businesses and corporations can attract talented candidates who share the same values as their company. Many companies on Long Island sponsor or underwrite annual fundraisers and special events to support local charities that address a variety of issues including, children’s health services, disability programs, Veterans causes, affordable housing, and hunger and food insecurity. A number of corporations offer an internship program for vulnerable youth, and some job-seekers might be more drawn to your company because of your social responsibility portfolio.

Demonstrating corporate social responsibility can

also help a company build their customer base and encourage existing customers to continue purchasing their products and services. For instance, some customers might continue to return because they want to help support a company’s initiatives to fund a local charity or environmental project, or they could continue to buy from a business because they know that they value employee welfare. Corporate social responsibility can also be helpful in spreading awareness about one’s company, further enhancing your brand identity and associating it with initiatives geared toward the greater good.

The HIA-LI has convened a new Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility that is being cochaired by Meredith Michaels, Chief Development Officer of Big Brothers/Big sisters, and Paule Pachter, President & CEO of Long Island Cares, Inc. The committee focuses on establishing a

proactive dialogue about how CSR is employed by Long Island companies and what benefits exist for companies and non-profit organizations working together. Members have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers representing local companies that have a significant CSR profile, and the HIA-LI will support these efforts by showcasing excellent examples of CSR within the HIA-LI community.

If a business maintains corporate social responsibility as a part of its identity, then it might also encourage its employees to take on the same beliefs and values within their communities and beyond. Therefore, by establishing corporate social responsibility within a company’s business practices, corporations have the potential to help employees transform themselves into wellrounded members of communities who can make a difference on an individual level. By using corporate social responsibility to promote charitable initiatives at a local, national or international scale, a company can promote awareness about those initiatives to its customers and the existing community thereby encouraging others to support or donate to charities as well.

Our new CSR Committee is scheduling their meetings for the 2023 program year, and if you would like to participate, please contact the HIALI offices.

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2023 Editorial Calendar

January 2023: 2022 Long Island Forecast

Industry List: Financial Services & Insurance Companies

Ad Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6th

February 2023: The Economic Forecast for Long Island Business

Industry List: Accounting, Banks & credit


Ad Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3rd

March 2023: Long Island Tradable Sectors

Industry Industry List: Manufacturing & Distribution Ad Deadline: Friday, March 3rd

April 2023: Doing Business In The Long Island

Innovation Park

Industry List: Manufacturing & Distribution

Ad Deadline: Friday, April 7th

May 2023: Doing Business At The Largest B2B

Trade Show

Industry List: Law/Legal Services & Consulting Services

Ad Deadline: Friday, May 5th

June & July 2023: What to do on Long Island, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Annual Golf Outing

Industry List: Educational, Institutions, Staffing, Workforce

Development, Event Planning, Hospitality, Restaurants

Ad Deadline: Friday, July 7th

August 2023: Innovative Trends in Technology

Industry List: Info Services & IT Services

Ad Deadline: Friday, August 4th

September 2023: Honoring Long Island

Business Excellence Industry List: Not-for-Profit, Health & Wellness

Ad Deadline: Friday, Sept. 1st

October 2023: The Future of Energy

Industry List: Energy, Environmental & Engineering

Ad Deadline: Friday, October 6th

November / December 2023: Women in Leadership on LI, HIA-LI 45th Anniversary

Industry List: Advertising Agencies, Marketing & PR Firms Ad Deadline: Friday, Dec. 1st

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HIA-LI’S 29th Annual Economic Summit

The HIA-LI hosted our 29th Annual Economic Summit discussing the findings of our 2023 Long Island Economic Survey distributed by Citrin Cooperman and Adelphi University. Our distinguished panel of experts provided their valuable insight into the survey results to aid in projecting the future of Long Island Business. A special thank you to our event sponsors, attendees, and NYS Congressman Nick LaLota for taking the time to address our audience.

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Choosing The Right Flooring For An Office

Choosing the right flooring for your office can be a daunting task, but it’s an important one. Flooring sets the tone for the entire office space and affects everything from employee morale to overall productivity. In this article, we’ll discuss the factors to consider when choosing the right flooring for your office.

Purpose and Functionality: The first factor to consider is the purpose and functionality of the office space. Is the space primarily used for meetings, conferences, or general work? Does it have heavy foot traffic or is it only used occasionally? Is the space used for presentations or events? The answers to these questions will help determine the type of flooring that is best suited for the space.

Durability: Durability is a critical factor when choosing flooring for a commercial space. Office flooring should be able to withstand heavy foot traffic and the wear and tear of daily use. Carpet tiles, hardwood flooring, and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) are all durable options that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

Maintenance: Maintenance is an important consideration when choosing flooring for an office. Some flooring types, such as carpet, require regular cleaning and maintenance to keep them looking their best. Other flooring types, such as LVT, are low-maintenance and require only occasional cleaning. Consider the time, effort, and cost involved in maintaining each type of flooring before making a decision.

Comfort: Comfort is another key factor to consider when choosing flooring for an office. A comfortable floor will enhance employee morale and improve overall productivity. Carpet tiles and soft flooring options, such as rubber or cork, are known for their comfort and are ideal for office spaces.

Aesthetics: The aesthetic appeal of a flooring is important for creating a professional and welcoming environment in an office space. Flooring should complement the office’s décor, color scheme, and overall style. A variety of flooring options, including carpet, hardwood, and LVT, are available in a range of colors and patterns to fit any aesthetic.

Cost: The cost of flooring is an important consideration when choosing flooring for an office. Some flooring options, such as hardwood, can be expensive, while others, such as LVT, are more affordable. It’s important to consider the initial cost of the flooring, as well as the ongoing cost of maintenance, before making a decision.

Sustainability: Sustainability is a growing concern for many businesses and is an important consideration when choosing flooring for an office. Flooring options, such as carpet tiles made from recycled materials or LVT made from renewable resources, can help reduce a business’s carbon footprint.

Indoor Air Quality: Indoor air quality is an important consideration when choosing flooring for an office. Flooring materials, such as carpet and LVT, can emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can leave residual odors. To improve indoor air quality, it’s important to choose flooring options that are low-emitting and made from sustainable materials. Additionally, some

flooring materials, such as carpet, can trap allergens and pollutants, which can negatively impact indoor air quality and cause health problems for employees or visitors with allergies or respiratory issues. Flooring with low-emitting materials, such as LVT, can help improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of health problems.

Installation: Installation is another important consideration when choosing flooring for an office. Some flooring options, such as carpet tiles, are easy to install and can be done by a professional in a matter of hours. Other flooring options, such as hardwood, may require a professional to install and can take several days to complete. Consider the installation process and the disruption it may cause to the workplace before making a decision.

Safety: Safety is an important factor to consider when choosing flooring for an office because it can greatly impact the well-being of employees and visitors. The flooring material can affect slip resistance, which can lead to slips, trips, and falls. This is particularly important in areas where there may be water, such as bathrooms, or areas where employees or visitors walk frequently, such as hallways and entranceways. safety is also a factor to consider in terms of fire resistance. Some flooring materials, such as carpet, are highly flammable and can contribute to the spread of fire in the event of a fire. Hard flooring materials, such as ceramic tile, are noncombustible and provide a higher level of fire resistance.

In conclusion, the floor you choose for your office is more than just a color scheme. The right materials in the right space make for a safter, more efficient and happier workspace for everyone in the office.

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When the nonprofit Canine Companions requested a free energy assessment, we discovered that installing LED fixtures and other energy efficiency measures could save them nearly $2,000 a month. And with available PSEG Long Island rebates, the installation was affordable. Today, those changes have meant more funds for the mission of providing service dogs to Long Islanders with disabilities. And that means a better Long Island for us all. *Actual

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Trauma Counseling Can Make the Difference Between Surviving and Living



When a crisis occurs, no one expects it and our reactions to the event often include shock, rage, sadness, fear, and disbelief over what just occurred. Whether it is the suicide of someone close, an accident, violent crime, perhaps a natural disaster, or any significant occurrence – these situations all come with emotional consequences. In the immediate aftermath, survivors often feel hopeless, disoriented, afraid, and in emotional shock. This is especially true for children since they often don’t yet have the maturity or vocabulary to effectively express their feelings. The effects of trauma can have short and long-term implications. Seeking help can often make the difference in how you get through and, with time, manage to make it part of your past without letting that one occurrence overwhelm your existence.

There are healthcare professionals specifically trained to help those impacted learn coping skills, validate their experience, and help them come to terms with their current environment. Therapists can provide an array of critical interventions all with

the goal of mitigating and reducing the harmful longterm effects of trauma. This type of support can be provided to individuals, families, and larger groups. Sadly, counseling resources for groups are needed now more than ever due to the increased rates of young people committing suicide, overdose deaths, and the far too many random acts of violence our communities are experiencing in school settings and the workplace. Another facet of trauma for those facing the suicide of a loved one is that research has shown that having survived a suicide loss is one of the greatest risk factors for committing suicide. Therefore, we believe that every suicide postvention is a potential suicide prevention.

Trauma may leave a lasting and detrimental impression, but not all are sudden – some build over time. The COVID-19 pandemic is just such an example. It has been a public health crisis which created widespread distress and hardship. The result has left many feeling traumatized and hopeless. Those with pre-existing mental health conditions, like anxiety or depression, have had symptoms exacerbated throughout the pandemic and, unfortunately, suicides have increased during this challenging time.

There are resources available offering support and care for those in crisis. Free program’s such as Family Service League’s (FSL) Community

Crisis Action Team and Joe’s Project (specifically post-vention suicide support) provide evidencebased crisis response by counselors trained by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Trained staff respond 24/7 to offer a safe space for people to voice their thoughts and process complex feelings while obtaining support, psychoeducation, guidance, and linkages to long-term mental health treatment as needed. Life’s greatest challenges should not be faced alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

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Post-event Trauma Care Hotline 1-888-FSL-CCAT (1-888-375-2228)

Family Service League (FSL), established in 1926, is a Long Island non-profit human service organization providing a safety net for people in need. FSL touches the lives of 50,000 people annually, addressing some of the most prevalent and pressing human needs facing Long Island communities. FSL delivers tangible help and crisis intervention across a spectrum of service areas including mental health counseling, addiction prevention & treatment, housing, job training, trauma counseling, early education, and family & senior support services. In all, FSL offers over 60 programs at 20 locations throughout Long Island and employs over 700 people.

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Where Are We Going In The Economy And Markets In 2023?


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Today’s set up for the macro economy and consequently the broad investment markets is akin to 2022 with a likely and welcomed recovery in the 2nd half of 2023. We see the current conditions as an extension of what we saw in mid-2021—namely, that something has shifted in the economy—that there is a “New Regime” at play and one that investors need to respect. This “shift”—in many cases a structural one—has at its underpinnings an augmented respect for stubborn inflationary conditions. From our lens, we see a Federal Reserve more focused on their inflation fighting mandate—more resolute in keeping rates higher for longer. The days of the “Fed Put” (where the Fed comes to the rescue of investors/ speculators with lower rates and stimulative policies in any major market turmoil) are over.

The beginnings of our macro thesis start in the mid1960s when the inflation that we saw in the 70s began to percolate. There was the spending on the Vietnam war coupled with LBJ’s “Great Society” spending and then Nixon’s removal of the US Dollar from the gold standard—all were inflationary. In addition, we had a Fed Chief at the time (Arthur Burns) that failed to


stay vigilant against inflationary pressures building in the economy; he cut too quickly as the political pressure at the time was to lower rates. Therefore, we believe, that the Powell Fed is being more resolute in its inflation fighting bona fides and, as such, we suspect rates might stay higher for longer.

Back to our mini macroeconomic history lesson— these inflation beginnings in the late 60s and early 70s were topped off by the energy crisis of the late 70s and at the end of the decade, investors were looking at an inflation rate in the high teens with interest rates soon to follow. Paul Volker took over at the Fed and started to raise interest rates aggressively, causing two (one nasty) recessions. We believe that the disinflation that was started through Volker’s interest rate rises was helped through a confluence of extraordinary circumstances that are unlikely to ever be repeated. In the early 1980s, we exported inflation to emerging markets, there was an increased supply of labor (hence, lower labor costs) from immigration and women coming into the workforce. Of course, we had technology to increase productivity with reduced costs—massively disinflationary. The topper was the crumbling of the USSR late in the decade which flooded the world with natural resources.

All of this led to a period of 40 years that had lower and lower inflation, allowing the Fed to lower and lower the cost of money (aka “interest rates”)—manna from heaven for investors taking on risk. An investor in the environment where interest rates keep going lower and lower, an environment where the Fed is

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

That quote is familiar to anyone who has ever attempted any project in business, school, or life in general. It’s been attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Sir Winston Churchill, among others. It’s good advice regardless of who first said it. For the most part, businesses pay heed to it. There’s budget planning, materials planning, and workforce planning to name a few.

The one type of planning that tends to get overlooked by small to mid-sized businesses is disaster planning. Why plan for something that might never happen? Because all businesses at some point experience a disruption to their operations and those that plan for it suffer the least from the event. If you want to protect the brand and reputation of your business, then business continuity planning is a must!

Potential for Disaster

Think about a disruption on a small, personal scale. Say you’re having 10 people over for dinner on a Sunday. You’re depending on the natural gas or the electricity being available to cook the meal. What if something goes wrong and you’re left without those things? What’s your back-up plan; order a pizza? That might work at home, but if you’re running a business and you’re expected to supply products and/ or services on time to your customers, that’s a different story. This is when you need to have a strong business continuity plan in place to be able to minimize your losses in a crisis situation and get back to business as usual.

To start, you need to know what you absolutely must have functioning in order to run your business.

● What are the critical operations you need in order to deliver the product or service to your customers?

● What members of your team need to be available to recover your operations?

● Who are your critical vendors and are they experiencing the same disruption you are?

● How are you going to control the news of

essentially telling you the investor to take on risk— that is an environment for a big Bull Market run. And it was—the last 40 years was indeed one of the best periods to be an investor in securities than ever before. An environment that sweeps under the rug any mistake, that allows M&A activity to flourish, that adds some zip to multiples across the board and shepherds in, at the end, a TINA (There Is No Alternative to equities) landscape.

We believe that 2020 in the monetary response to the Covid pandemic started us on a “New Regime”—a new macroeconomic landscape. The time of free money—even “cheap” money—is over. We are now entering a new regime where there is increased instability globally and domestically—a fragility to the economic and political environment. These conditions have consequences.

Given this New Regime, we envision a new playbook to combat higher inflation, higher rates, and increased volatility. A playbook that some (older) investors might recall. In our next column we will discuss the playbook we are using at ALINE Wealth to navigate these new and likely turbulent waters.

ALINE Wealth is a group of investment professionals registered with Hightower Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC, and with Hightower Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor with the SEC. Securities are offered through Hightower Securities, LLC; advisory services are offered through Hightower Advisors, LLC.

your disruption to keep customers from seeking other suppliers?

There’s a lot to think about when planning for a disruption of your operations.

Stop Thinking “It Won’t Happen to Us”

Business disruptions do occur and frequently. Because supply chains have become global, a disaster half-way around the world can significantly impact your business. If there’s any lesson to be learned from the Covid 19 pandemic, it’s the fragility of most supply chains.

Operational disruptions aren’t due to natural events alone. Man-made events like cyberattacks can have a disruptive effect on a business. Civil unrest at home and abroad can impact your operations.

No one likes to talk about the bad things that could happen. Thinking “that couldn’t possibly happen to me” is not a great risk mitigation strategy when you’re a business leader. It’s worth repeating again: Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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OSHA Injury & Illness Reporting 2022

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If you have more than 10 employees in the last year and you are not an exempt industry, you are required to maintain OSHA Accident Log 300 and OSHA’s Summary 300A (for all recordable or no accidents at all) and post it no later than February 1st of the following year, in a place where it will be seen by all employees, until April 30th.

If you have 20 or more employees and are in a high hazard industry you are required to submit form 300A by March 2, 2023. Remember non-mandatory or partially exempt industries regardless of size do not have to electronically file report to OSHA. (Examples of nonmandatory partially exempt are, some retail stores, legal services, offices, physicians, dentists, etc.)

Remember, whether your company is exempt or required to complete Log 300 & 300A and report Summary Log 300A information to OSHA annually in March you are still required to report to OSHA within 8 hours any work related death and in 24 hours any injury involving

the loss of one eye, any amputation or admission to a hospital (not a visit to an emergency room or admission for observation purposes only).

If you are unclear whether you are exempt or if you are required to keep OSHA Logs and need assistance in completing logs or reporting to OSHA electronically you can contact our office at:

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Robert P. Firmbach, CSP, CSC, CSS, ARM is the President of RPF Associates, OSHA, DOT and Fire Prevention Consultants. The company has been in business for 39 years and Bob has been in the Safety Profession for more than 50 years having achieved his CSP designation 47 years ago by examination.

As a fellow member of the HIA-LI we offer other members the opportunity to contact our office to ask us questions regarding any safety subject without charge.

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A Story Of Uncertainty And Opportunity

Analysis of the macroeconomic factors impacting the current commercial real estate market


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Many real estate professionals are feeling a lot of anxiety about the current commercial market, as key market indicators are fluctuating and most predictions for the overall economy include an upcoming recession. In this article, we’ll explore the current state of commercial real estate (CRE) and the various macroeconomic factors in play.


COVID kept workers at home, and many of them would like to continue that arrangement. It’s still unclear how this will play out as the threat of COVID fades. Office leases tend to be fairly long. Five-to ten-year terms are normal, with larger tenants often opting for 20-year terms. It’s likely that older, less ideally located properties will end up being demolished or repurposed as time passes.


Much of the US retail sector continues to recover from the pandemic’s negative impact as more shoppers have returned to brick-and-mortar retail. Retail vacancy rates are projected to broadly improve over the next two years, which will keep the bulk of this sector in recovery.

COVID accelerated the rapid growth in Internet retail sales, and this is a sector that will continue to grow as consumers have become used to expedited delivery timelines.


This sector has been the standout performer in the CRE market. COVID accelerated Internet sales, and demand for well-located industrial properties boomed. Consumers’ increased expectations about expedited delivery times have driven the market for industrial properties located near dense urban areas.

These last-mile properties are crucial to same-day or nextday shipping. Average overall rates of return for industrial properties are holding in the low 4% range, the lowest of any commercial property type. Another attraction of industrial properties is their triple net lease structure, which shields owners from rising expenses.


The multifamily sector continues to post solid fundamentals; a significant number of metropolitan areas were expected to end 2022 in expansion. While fundamentals may be impacted by the potential for an economic slowdown, the expected decline in single-family home sales could be a temporary boost to apartment occupancy.

One concern for this sector is its ability to sustain the huge increases in rental rates that occurred in 2021. Rental rates are now falling rapidly and could endanger older or overleveraged properties as inflation pushes up expenses while rents are declining.


With an average length of stay of less than two days, hotel revenues can rise and fall very quickly. As a result of the pandemic, hotel occupancy rates in the US plummeted to 24.3% in April 2020, while average daily rates declined to $73.88. As of October 2022, occupancy rates had rebounded to an average level of 67.2%, and average daily rates have increased to $155.63 (CoStar online data).

Current macroeconomic threats

The odds of the economy falling into recession are climbing, as the Federal Reserve boosts interest rates sharply to rein in inflation that’s lingering at a decades-high rate. As a result, consumer sentiment has plunged and threatens to derail consumer spending that supports two-thirds of the economy.

In 2022, inflation as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 9.1% over the year in June, its fastest pace in more than four decades. The rise in the index slowed to 8.5% in July, 8.3% in August and 8.2% in September, mostly due to the falling price of gasoline, suggesting that peak inflation was reached in June. However, core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, unexpectedly accelerated in August, with broad-based gains across many products and services.

Other recent data confirm a slowdown in activity. News of hiring freezes and layoffs, particularly in the tech sector, is widespread, suggesting that the labor market will slow in coming days. Business investment is at risk, with factories reporting slower new orders for their products. And with mortgage rates rising to levels not seen in years and housing prices still uncomfortably high, affordability has eroded, leading to a sharp turnaround in what had been a red-hot housing market.

In conclusion, the recurrent theme here is “anxiety” as a result of pressure from factors over which we have no control. Interest rates are high, and current inflation is even higher. A recession appears likely in 2023. The Federal Reserve is trying for a soft landing but there’s a chance it will fail. At the moment, it’s difficult to accurately predict the state of the CRE market in the coming months and years. Owners and investors need to stay nimble if they’re to avoid the macroeconomic pitfalls of the post-COVID age.

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company and is the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac is perhaps most known for its payroll deduction insurance coverage, which pays cash benefits when a policyholder has a covered accident or illness. The company provides financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. Aflac offers, Cancer, Heart Attack, Stroke, End Stage Renal Failure, Hospital, Accident, Short Term disability, Dental, Life and other insurance. Voluntary Supplemental Benefits help cover outof-pocket expenses that most insurance does not.

Aflac has NOTHING to do with Health Insurance. We don’t change or replace anything that is currently being offered. Aflac pays the policyholder CASH directly to their mailbox. That benefit can be used however they see fit and is tax free. Your health insurance pays the doctors, hospitals etc. Health Insurance DOESN’T pay you cash, Aflac Does!

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For nearly 20 years, Bond has served public and private sector clients throughout the New York City metro area and an ever-expanding downstate footprint that radiates out to the eastern reaches of Long Island and north into the Hudson Valley. Bond maintains offices in Garden City, Melville, New York City and Westchester.

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Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a nationally recognized, full-service firm of 285 attorneys working in 15 offices across five states, including two on Long Island. We represent clients in business transactions, litigation, real estate and construction, trust and estate, labor and employment, school law, higher education,

Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide legal and professional services to clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal and ranks as a BTI Elite law firm based on in-depth interviews of more than 600 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, notfor-profit organizations and individuals.

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Circuit is an on-demand electric shuttle service coming soon to Brentwood, Long Island. Circuit’s ultimate goal is to reduce congestion and its harmful effects on the environment while improving access to local transit and essential businesses. We work with innovative cities and forwardthinking partners to offer fleets of nimble cars that fulfill the first-mile last-mile gap and make mobility easier, smarter, more affordable, and fun. Download the Ride Circuit app now and request a ride from anywhere in our coverage area, including the Hauppauge Industrial Area, this summer! For a full list of service locations and more information please visit our website, ridecircuit.com.

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Thomas M. McNally has joined Harris Beach PLLC as a Labor & Employment Law partner. Tom brings experience in insurance defense law based on senior roles as national operations attorney, senior litigation counsel and vice president at Chubb, Ltd. He is also a respected community leader in Suffolk County. As chair of the Huntington Town Republican Committee, Tom is also a member of the Political Law practice.

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Habitat for Humanity of Long Island, in partnership with the Town of Southampton Housing Authority, will hold a ceremonial wall-raising for a new home in Riverside, New York, on Tuesday, February 14th, at 9:00 AM. Homeownership applications will be available onsite on this day for anyone interested. For more information on our homeownership program and eligible criteria visit www.habitatLINY.org.

Congratulations to all of the talented artists in the 16th annual Go APE exhibit at the Art League of Long Island!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing artwork with us. This year 40 high schools participated, with total of 136 students represented. Our juror, Shain Bard, spent a long and difficult time choosing the award winners this year. Congratulations to the winners! Her selections are:

artistry and craftsmanship.

The Krasnoff Theater at LIU Post was abuzz with anticipation on January 7 as students, educators and families from across Long Island joined together to participate in the unveiling of the 2023 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge, “CHARGED UPSM presented by Haas.” This annual event served as the official Kick-Off of the 2023 FIRSTLong Island season and included a live broadcast announcing the game directly to the Krasnoff Theater. Two hundred eager FIRST Long Island students, parents and coaches listened with rapt attention to FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and FIRST CEO Chris Moore.

On February 17, 2023, Paul Pontieri, Mayor, Village of Patchogue, will be the guest speaker at LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) at the Candlelight Diner, located at 56 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack, starting at 8:30 a.m. During the presentation, he will address the topic “Managing the Resources of a Municipal Government.” “‘Why have a Village?’ is a common question,” Mayor Pontieri said. “Unless you have lived in one, worked in one or did business with one, you will never understand. Having lived in the Village of Patchogue my whole life, worked in it for a number of years and now working with businesses that want to do business in the Village, you will find it is

On January 21, the Medford Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of Mark Medical Care, located at 2775 Route 112, Suite B in Medford. This is Mark Medical Care’s sixth location. Other locations include Deer Park, Freeport, Woodside, Ridgewood and Washington Heights. Mark Medical Care provides noninvasive treatment for varicose veins, circulatory issues, leg sores and uterine fibroids. Other services include lymphatic drainage treatments, facial rejuvenation, acne treatment, cellulite treatment and laser hair removal.

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP congratulates Partner and CoChair of the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estates practice group, Stephanie M. Alberts on recently being appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Law Section. In addition to the New York State and Nassau County Bar Association memberships, Ms. Alberts is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County and American Business Associates (ABA) of Long Island, Inc. In 2022, she was appointed to a two-year term as the Co-Chair of the NCBA’s Surrogate’s Court Estates and Trusts Committee. Ms. Alberts, an East Rockaway, NY resident, earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. from SUNY Binghamton.


Members of the Patchogue-Medford High School cheerleading team pose with a check from Gershow Recycling in the amount of $1,000 on February 8. The money will be used to pay for the costs associated with the trip to the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Championship, which will take place at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on February 10-12, 2023.In support of the local community, Gershow Recycling donated $1,000 to the Patchogue-Medford High School cheerleading team to help pay for the costs associated with the trip to the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Championship, which will take place on February 10-12, 2023 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It is a special moment for the team, since it is the first time in 20 years that they have qualified for the Nationals. Gershow has

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Art League of Long Island is proud to bring back the Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair to the scenic Heckscher Park in Huntington on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. Now in its 53rd year, this juried fair attracts thousands of discerning art lovers looking to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind art and craft to display in their homes or to wear as fashion statements. More than 80 artists and craftspeople will show and sell original works of art and handmade crafts such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, glasswork, photography, fiber art, wearable art and more. Prizes will be awarded to exhibitors who demonstrate superior

Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP has announced that Jessica Dubowski has joined the Firm as its new Associate. She has extensive experience in real estate, litigation, business, corporate, labor and employment law. Prior to joining the Firm, Jessica was an Associate with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where she represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes and government contract matters spanning the real estate and construction, financial and consulting industries. Her prior experience includes litigation and business consultation for small businesses, real estate associations, residential and commercial tenants and landlords in leasing and landlord-tenant matters, as well as litigation on behalf of homeowners in construction and development disputes. Jessica also has a broad range of experience in the real estate sector, having worked as an Affiliated Real Estate Broker with Saunders & Associates and founded East Landing Development LLC, a real estate investment and development company, in Hampton Bays. She is currently working on the historic renovation of 11 Shinnecock Road in Hampton Bays. She has served as a Clinic Student in the Civil Division

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of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York and as a Judicial Intern with the Kings County Criminal Court. She has also prepared amicus curiae briefs for both the United States Supreme Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Jessica earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and is an active member of the New York City Bar Association. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from the University at Albany. “I am excited to bring my unique experience as both a litigator and real estate broker and developer to Twomey Latham,” Jessica said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the real estate, employment and corporate departments to handle our clients’ business matters.” “We are proud to welcome Jessica to the Firm,” said John F. Shea, Senior Partner, Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP. “She brings a great amount of knowledge and experience in real estate litigation, business, corporate, labor and employment law, which will truly make her an asset to the Firm. For more information, call Twomey Latham’s Riverhead office to schedule a consultation at (631) 727-2180 or visit www.suffolklaw.com.

Ms. Pascal continued to work and produce fine art which celebrated the human spirit until 2022, at the age of 92.

Established in 1955, the Art League is not-for-profit visual arts center whose mission is to provide a forum and showcase for artists of all ages and ability levels, whether through art education in the studios, open studio time, or exhibition opportunities in the gallery and art fairs. Artwork on display in the gallery may be available for purchase. The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery is open free of charge Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 8:00pm; Fridays and Saturdays from10:00am to 3:00pm.

The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road, in Dix Hills. For more information visit www.artleagueli. org or call (631) 462-5400.

restorative future.

These programs are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Huntington Arts Council.*

To register for the workshops, visit the Art League’s website:


*The Huntington Arts Council request the following credit line with the Huntington Arts Council logo be included in all programs or printed materials

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The Art League of Long Island (ALLI) will be hosting a 3 part Workshop Series on LGBTQIA+ Art and Literature. The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road, in Dix Hill, NY.

The Art League of Long Island announces the retrospective exhibit of Cynthia Pascal in the Jeanne Tengelsen Gallery. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 15, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A celebratory remembrance introduction will be held from 6:00 – 6:30, followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition in the Gallery. The exhibition is on view through April 23, 2023.

Cynthia Pascal was an American Artist, born and raised in New York. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts, MSW, and PHD in Social Work and managed a practice as a psychotherapist for over 40 years.

Ms. Pascal studied painting with Arthur Sternberg in Old Westbury College and at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Her formal training provided a beginning structure that she soon broke from to create her own unique statement. She does not start out with a preconceived narrative when she paints and is always open to discover meaning in the process. Her work includes abstract, expressionistic, and impressionistic styles; all of which explore the depth and complexity of human emotion using women as her primary subjects. Acrylics are her primary medium, along with oils, pastels, and clay.

Ms. Pascal’s earlier work was comprised of hard-edged expressionistic paintings which made strong statements about the female in crisis; often fearful, resigned, tremulous, but always teeming with life. Her later works depict women in control, passionate, assured and living with conviction and joy. Almost all of her paintings portray women who appear to have a reservoir of personal experience within.

Many of Ms. Pascal’s works hang in private collections. She has exhibited at The Blue Door Gallery, The Whitman Art Gallery, The Eclectic Gallery, The North Shore County Gallery, The Universalist Church Gallery in Manhasset, and at The Bleeker and Terra Galleries.

The Art League of Long Island is proud to announce a workshop series exploring LGBTQIA+ art and literature led by queer artist Liv Cocozza (he/they). The workshops are sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council. The workshop series will take place on Saturdays from April to June and will culminate in an exhibition of works created during the workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Art League’s Jeanne Tengelsen Gallery.

The first workshop, “Queer History,” will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 1pm to 3pm. Students will learn to use symbols and visual cues to signal LGBTQIA+ history in their artwork while making abstract and symbol-based works of art.

The second workshop, “LGBTQIA+ Words,” will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 1pm to 3pm. Students will read excerpts of Queer writers’ current and past and create their own writing and visual books called zines. The final workshop, “Queer Art,” will take place on Saturday, June 10 from 1pm to 3pm. Attendees will learn about the current movers of Queer visual language and create a collaborative art piece to encapsulate the workshop series.

The exhibition, which will showcase works by the instructor and the students who have attended the prior workshops, from June 17 to July 29 in the Art League’s Strolling Gallery.

Liv Cocozza is a talented artist whose work explores the relationship between intimate queer experiences and the vulnerability of navigating medical and political spaces as a transgender person. Liv’s practice is highly influenced by queer political and art history, acknowledging the labor and efforts of those who came before them in queer and trans liberation. Liv aims to use the public paradigm of queerness, and their intimate experiences of queerness to form a path to a


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