HIA-LI Reporter Newspaper - January 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 46-47 News, Updates, Events, and Promotions from our member companies! HIA-LI’S INDUSTRY LIST: PGS 42-43 Financial Services & Insurance Companies VOLUME 42 • ISSUE 1 • JANUARY 2023 THE STATE OF HIA-LI & LONG ISLAND BUSINESS SPECIAL SECTION: HIA-LI’S 45TH ANNUAL MEETING & LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST | P.22-23

February 2023

HIA-LI UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Technology For Business Committee Meeting

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 9:00AM-10:00AM

Membership Committee Meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Health & Wellness Committee Meeting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Human Resources Committee Meeting

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 8:00AM-10:00AM

New & Prospective Member Information Meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Education/Workforce Committee Meeting

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 8:00AM-10:00AM

29th Annual Long Island Economic Summit

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Manufacturing/International Trade Committee Meeting

HIA-LI UPCOMING PROGRAMS

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

Business Acceleration Committee Meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 8:30AM-10:00AM

HYPE Committee Meeting

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Dear Valued Business Leader,

We thank you once again for your outstanding commitment and support of Long Island businesses. Because of businesspeople like you, the HIA-LI has continued to stay true to its purpose of being as member driven as possible.

Over the years, the HIA-LI has grown to represent tens of thousands of business professionals. We have been one of the recognized voices for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development for more than 40 years. Our community outreach has fed the hungry, supplied blood for emergencies, provided scholarships for Long Island college students, and strengthened businesses throughout the region.

We are continuing to spearhead initiatives to address problems affecting the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, formerly known as the Hauppauge Industrial Park, -infrastructure issues such as sewer capacity, roads, and transportation. And, while the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge is a primary concern, it is only one of our objectives. Since our membership encompasses Long Island business region for the benefit of our members.

HIA-LI has continued to conduct extensive focus groups with members and prospects and have identified several continued and new key initiatives that will help business survive and thrive now and in the future.

Long Island Economic Development

-Advocates for the growth and sustainability of the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, the largest in the Northeast, with an economic output of over $13 billion. Identifies and highlights additional Long Island transformation projects.

Workforce Development

-Connects business needs and institutions to better attract Long Island’s future workforce. Develops strategies to attract, train and retain employees for Long Island business.

Small Business

-Creates an environment of business success by branding, educating, and advocating for Long Island Small Business.

Women’s Collaborative

-Supports, educates, and advocates for women business leaders to affect positive change and growth.

Energy

-Promotes energy awareness and efficiency for Long Island business.

We encourage you to get involved through our committees in all our HIA-LI initiatives to help you and your business make a difference. It was Margaret Mead who once said, “Never underestimate the power of a few committed passionate people. It is the thing that can change the world.” Building off our member driven philosophy and having the courage to continue to forge forward together will allow us to better compete in this economy. Please join us for the ride … because the HIA-LI still means business-especially for the new year!

With much admiration,

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LETTER FROM THE HIA-LI
PRESIDENT & CEO
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COMMITTEE CORNER

This month, the HIA-LI would like to thank AHRC Suffolk Dennis Caroll for hosting our Membership Committee Meeting as well as our committee co-chairs Mark Businski and Lisa Mitnick. We are grateful to all members who had attended and are looking forward to another exciting year.

This month, The HIA-LI hosted its first Technology for Business Committee Meeting of 2023! We’d like to thank our committee co-chairs Anthony Lucidi of Lucidi Technical Solutions L.L.C. and Manny Morales of 2M Technologies, Inc for hosting this month’s meeting and a special thank you to all who attend to start off the year strong.

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COMMITTEE CORNER

This month, The HIA-LI kicked off its first Social Responsibility Committee Meeting of 2023! Thank you to Island Federal Credit Union for hosting, and to Long Island Cares, Inc | The Harry Chapin Food Bank CEO & committee co-chair Paule Pachter as well as all members for attending!

The HIA-LI Energy, Utility & Infrastructure Committee met this month for their first session of the year. Speakers included Scott Maskin, CEO of SUNation Energy & HIA-LI Board member and John M. Comack, Owner of Green Energy Technology by JGM who discussed the benefits of electric vehicles and how businesses can navigate the installation of charging stations. We also heard from Alexander Esposito, Co-Founder of Circuit who discussed their plans to offer affordable ride sharing services on Long Island and within the LIIPH. A special thank you to NYS Senator Mario Mattera for joining us to speak with our attendees about his involvement with the NYS Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee.

Thank you to HIA-LI Board Members Michael Voltz, P.E. of PSEG LI and Sott Maskin of SUNation Energy for coordinating this month’s meeting.

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COMMITTEE CORNER

HIA-LI’s HYPE Committee held its first meeting this month with a presentation by Diego Beas from Dale Carnegie. A special thank you to Miller Business Center for hosting this month’s meeting and to everyone who attended to start off 2023 with a gracious start.

HIA-LI’s Education/Workforce Committee met this month for a presentation from NY Venture, the state’s venture capital arm as they discussed their new Pre-Seed and Seed Matching Fund Program which offers early-stage businesses growth assistance from $50,000 up to $250,000 as well as other resources from Empire State Development.

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COMMITTEE CORNER

The HIA-LI’s Manufacturing/International Trade Committee hosted their first meeting of the year discussing “2023 Tax Saving Strategies for Manufacturers.” Panelists included top tax partners from Gassi, Citrin Cooperman, Summit Safety & Efficiency Solutions, and Mazars. A special thank you to Island Federal Credit Union for hosting this month meeting and thank you to our committee sponsor, Bank of America.

GOLD MEMBERSHIP

The HIA-LI’s Gold Membership spent this month with David Calone, Candidate for Suffolk County Executive. We would like to thank Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP for hosting this exclusive event! If you would like more information on all the HIA-LI membership offerings, please reach out to Jim Geier, Member Account Manager, at jgeier@hia-li.org.

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Devin Kulka, Kelly Murphy, And Michael Sabatini Join The Board Of Directors Of HIA-LI Organization Elects A New Slate Of Officers

HIA-LI, one of the region’s largest business advocacy organizations, has added three accomplished Long Islanders to its board of directors: The Kulka Group Chief Executive Officer Devin Kulka, Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Deputy Executive Director Kelly Murphy, and Citrin Cooperman Managing Partner Michael Sabatini.

“These three outstanding individuals each bring specialized expertise that will help HIALI achieve its organizational goals,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, President and CEO of HIA-LI.

“We are confident that they will all to make valuable contributions in helping to fortify our regional economy. I feel fortunate to work with such an outstanding team”

“Throughout their distinguished careers, these three new board members have consistently demonstrated their commitment to Long Island’s future,” said Carol A. Allen, newly elected Chairperson of the HIA-LI Board and President and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union. “They’re all certain to play important roles in shaping and fulfilling HIA-LI’s vision for our region.”

Devin Kulka, of Dix Hills, is Chief Executive Officer of The Kulka Group, a prominent construction company engaged in construction management, general contracting, property management and development. He has been a prolific fundraiser for Northwell Health and founded The Nexus Pro Group, which raises money for local charities. Mr. Kulka serves on the Board of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Long Island Builders Institute. He cochairs the Next Generation Committee for the Long Island Real Estate Group. Mr. Kulka is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the New York Institute of Technology.

Kelly Murphy, of Huntington, is Deputy

Executive Director of the Suffolk County IDA, where she has helped close transactions generating more than $1.3 billion in private investment and creating or retaining more than 16,440 jobs. Ms. Murphy previously served as Assistant to Suffolk County’s Deputy County Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning. Before that, she was Executive Director of the Community Development Agency and the Industrial Development Agency in the City of Glen Cove. Ms. Murphy serves on the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s Workforce and Education Committee. She is a 2016 graduate of Molloy University’s Energeia Partnership.

Michael Sabatini, of Holtsville, is Managing Partner of the Long Island office of Citrin Cooperman, one of America’s largest professional services firms. A Certified Public Accountant in New York State, he primarily serves middle-market companies in a range of industries with varied ownership structures. Mr. Sabatini previously spent 17 years at a global accounting firm, most recently as a partner in both its New York City and Melville offices. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sabatini holds both a Magna Cum Laude bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an MBA in Accounting from St. John’s University.

Also, Carol A. Allen, of Northport, former First Vice Chairperson of the HIA-LI Board who is President and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union, was elected to the position of Chairperson of the organization for a two-year term. She replaces Rich Humann, President and CEO of H2M architects + engineers.

“Rich Humann deserves the praise of the entire Long Island business community for his outstanding service as HIA-LI Chairperson,”

said Ms. Allen. “We are grateful to him for his dedication, his expertise, and his leadership qualities.”

“Carol Allen is one of Long Island’s most respected financial services professionals,” said Ms. Alessi-Miceli. “She has demonstrated her commitment to HIA-LI and we are excited by the leadership role she is taking on.”

Four additional HIA-LI Board members are assuming new responsibilities within the organization:

Anthony Manetta, of Babylon, CEO of Standard Advisors Group, which offers advisory services in corporate tax incentives, was elected First Vice Chairperson from his previous position of Second Vice Chairperson. Kevin O’Connor, of Great River, CEO of Dime Community Bank, was elected to the position of Second Vice Chairperson from his previous role as Corporate Secretary.

In addition, two rank-and-file Board members took on positions as new officers:

Alan Sasserath, CPA, MS, of Greenlawn, CEO of the certified public accounting firm of Sasserath & Co., LLP, was elected the organization’s Treasurer. And Michael Voltz, of South Huntington, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables with PSEG Long Island, was elected Recording Secretary of HIA-LI.

About HIA-LI

Now in its 44th year, HIA-LI is one of Long Island’s largest business advocacy organizations. It also represents the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, the largest industrial park in the Northeast. The park supports 55,000 jobs, produces $13 billion in goods and services each year, and accounts for eight percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product. For more information, go to www.HIA-LI.org.

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(L to R) Devin Kulka, Chief Executive Officer of The Kulka Group; Kelly Murphy, Deputy Executive Director of the Suffolk County IDA; Michael Sabatini, Managing Partner of the Long Island office of Citrin Cooperman; Carol A. Allen, President and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union; Anthony Manetta, CEO of Standard Advisors Group; Kevin O’Connor, CEO, Dime Community Bank; Alan Sasserath, CEO, Sasserath & Co., LLP; and, Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, PSEG Long Island.

Seniors Need To Be Lifted Out Of Poverty

While overall the number of Americans living in poverty might be decreasing for some, the number of people aged 65 and older living in poverty is on the rise. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of seniors living below the federal poverty line increased to 10.3% in 2021, up from 8.9% in 2020. This increase means that an additional 1 million older adults have fallen below the poverty threshold, culminating in nearly 6 million seniors in need of a “social safety net” to maintain an affordable quality of life in their later years. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) points out that, “this increase in poverty among older adults shines a glaring spotlight on the fact that Social Security and Medicare, the bedrock of retirement security for so many seniors, are not sufficient to lift all older adults above poverty.”

Additionally, the Senior Citizens League, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group surveyed many retirees who reported that they have spent

through their emergency savings and have applied for safety net programs just to survive in a time of rising inflation. In the past twelve-months, 33% of seniors surveyed reported visiting a food pantry and/or applied for SNAP assistance compared to 22% one year ago. Similar increases have been reported by seniors applying for rental assistance and help in affording to heat their homes. The story of seniors struggling to pay their rent, heat their homes, fill their medication prescriptions, afford their property taxes, or put healthy food on their tables is no different on Long Island.

When you consider who are our seniors on Long Island, you can’t help but think about our history. Seniors who are part of the “Baby Boomer” generation fought in our major wars and when they returned home to New York, they founded what many consider to be the first American suburb which would be Levittown. Long Island seniors

founded many of our regions’ small businesses and developed our local school districts. They’ve raised their families on Long Island, watched their children move from Long Island to other parts of the country, and now many are in need of our support.

Just look at the number of seniors that are experiencing food insecurity, and who turn to Long Island Cares and the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank to access nutritious meals, personal care products, household supplies, pet food, and to apply for government assistance. In November alone, a total of 2,549 seniors sought help from our local satellite centers that house our triage food pantries. Seniors make up 19.8% of all of the visitors to our satellite centers. Nearly 1,900 veterans seek assistance from our organization, and approximately 30% are seniors in need of food assistance. Our Mobile Pantry delivers food and other products to 88 seniors each month, and a total of 1,958 seniors receive home visits from our staff to receive food and to assess their current living conditions and need for further support.

We have an obligation to make sure that those seniors that need assistance receive the help they deserve in order to pay their bills, afford to live in a safe and comfortable home, obtain their medications, visit a doctor of their choice, and to put food on their table. If we fail to lift our seniors out of poverty then we have failed an entire generation of people.

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HIA-LI EVENT RECAP

HIA-LI’s Those Who Make a Difference

The HIA-LI ended 2022 off strong with our Those Who Make A Difference Celebration, honoring 4 outstanding individuals and their commitment to the Long Island business community. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate for an afternoon of good food and great entertainment. A special thank you to everyone who contributed towards our toy drive for Family Service League - Long Island Project TOY. Thank you to all the dignitaries & board members who joined us to celebrate.

Congratulations again to our Honorees:

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HIA-LI’S 45TH ANNUAL MEETING & LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

The HIA-LI hosted our 45th Annual Meeting and Legislative program on January 13th at the Radisson. Our public policymakers recognize that having a proper grasp on the needs of the regional business community is critical and this legislative program achieved that through hands-on, real-time interaction between government leaders and businesspeople.

A special thank you to the following individuals for participating in this program:

Moderator, Joe Campolo, Managing Partner at Campolo Middleton McCormick & HIA-LI Board Member. NYS Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for making opening remarks. Our panelists, Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick, Congressman Nick LaLota, Senator Mario Mattera , Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, and Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim.

We appreciate all of our board members, sponsors, and attendees for joining us and look forward to the many programs we have planned for 2023.

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An Egress window system services as a second exit or entrance in the event of an emergency such as a fire. The window size, interior height, and components must meet NYS & Federal Egress Code.

Egress Pros specializes in installing code compliant egress window systems (emergency escape windows) and basement walkouts. We are much more than an egress installer we are egress experts. At Egress Pros we spend a tremendous amount of time bringing awareness about egress, because we learned from speaking to various communities that most people don’t know what egress is, Over the years we have spoken with hundreds of firefighters, and all agree that basement fires are among the most dangerous and challenging fires to encounter at a house or office. It is frustrating and dangerous for first responders & homeowners because not only do countless homes not have egress, but some that do have

a system that does not meet code, which can provide a false sense of safety. Egress Pros has installed thousands of code compliant egress window systems throughout Long Island.

The Egress Pros system is built for ease and speed. Our exclusive quick release Tilt & Inswing egress windows with slider screens ensure a fast safe escape in the event of an emergency. The windows open into the room saving valuable space inside the well for first responders and family members. It all starts with egress education.

Our Pros spend time answering questions and working with every homeowner on egress code, best location in your home or office to install, and most importantly how to use your egress window system. Our installation team is the best in the industry. We hand dig every egress installation. Egress windows systems are install in one day. No mess, no stress. Egress Pros is licensed and insured from Manhattan to Montauk.

Egress Pros works as a sub with hundreds of contractors throughout LI. We are in stock with all egress components and windows. For homes that may already have an egress system we manufacture custom well covers in many different designs and materials. Installing an egress window system will not only provide fresh air, sunshine, peace of mind, and increase your home value; egress saves lives

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The Importance of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a common term these days, thanks to countless data breaches in recent history that were large enough to pique the interest of national news outlets. It’s become so common, in fact, that we nearly take it for granted that in the next 3-6 months we’ll receive yet another offer for “free credit monitoring” from data breach du jour. The frequency of reporting of these big attacks has had an ironic effect: rather than causing everyone to be more cautious and increase their security awareness, people may instead be inclined to accept these nefarious acts as “normal” and lower their guard.

At risk of sounding like Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody from the Harry Potter series, maintaining a secure lifestyle in the cyberworld we live in requires CONSTANT VIGILANCE. (Alright, alright HP fans, I know it was really Barty Crouch, Jr who said that, but just go with it.) The malicious actors at play are working constantly in the background to identify software breaches, vulnerabilities, and other loop holes to gain unauthorized access into common systems that we use every day. Thankfully, the good guys are also hard at work trying to expose and then patch those exploits by issuing regular software updates and raising awareness to the public.

The average person’s responsibility here can seem

quite easy, by contrast. All we need to do is keep our software up to date and stay on top of the latest bestpractices for security, also referred to as maintaining good “security hygiene”. Like brushing our teeth or bathing, good cyber security practices need to become part of our regular habits that we exhibit on a day-today basis. This includes things like:

• Good password management by leveraging a password manager that can generate unique, strong passwords and then securely store them on your behalf

• Taking care not to click bad links that come in the form of texts and emails from random strangers

• Being highly suspicious and even distrustful of weird emails that look “off” in some way, even if those emails appear to be coming from someone you know or work with

In addition to the personal, individual responsibility that we all must bear in our daily lives, companies and organizations must take steps to secure their work environments and their employees. We suggest a three-pronged approach:

1. Leverage known tools and processes to protect the organization from external threats. Firewalls, intrusion detection scanners, antivirus/anti-malware clients, and multifactor authentication are just a few of the array of resources available to greatly increase your organization’s protections. Many of these resources are available at a very affordable cost.

In addition to these tools, having a clear maintenance

strategy to regularly update server and operating system software (i.e., Windows Updates) is necessary to ensure you benefit from the work of those “good guys” mentioned earlier.

2. Protect the org from innocent mistakes. Maintaining a good antispam filter that leverages a regularly updated domain blacklist can go a long way to reduce the risk of a phishing attack. Ensure that your org has a thorough access control policy, where staff members have appropriately restricted access only to the company resources they use on a regular basis, including and especially officers of the company who tend to be targets of attack due to their broad reach within an org’s assets. Maintain good password policies and monitor the internal systems for suspicious activity.

3. Raise awareness with your employees. Researchers at Stanford University concluded that approximately 85 percent of all data breaches are caused by human error. The best defense against this staggering statistic is to regularly and frequently educate and train staff on techniques to raising their individual security hygiene, using the methods mentioned earlier. A team-effort is necessary to keep a company’s assets and future secure. It truly takes a village.

It’s never too late to raising your individual security hygiene or take steps to increase and maintain your organization’s security posture. Talk to your IT security provider and put a plan in place today. Even a small push here will go a long way to increase your safety and security.

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Enhancing Business Efficiency Through Outsourcing

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As the workforce continues to shift to accommodate more flexible and remote working conditions, businesses have discovered that many business functions can be completed from outside the office – and even by outsourcing the tasks completely. In our global, remote and hybrid workplace, many companies have turned to outsourcing for vital business functions including IT, HR and accounting and finance.

Accounting outsourcing options have evolved throughout the years – for example, some CPA firms now offer various levels of service that can be customized depending on a company’s needs, ranging from providing an entire accounting department to offering outsourced CFO services. As the accounting talent shortage continues to challenge companies across the board – according to Bloomberg Tax, there has been a 17% decrease in the number of employed accountants and auditors since 2019, while CFO reports 87% of finance and accounting managers are facing increasing difficulty to find general accounting, financial reporting and financial planning and analysis talent – many companies are incorporating accounting and finance outsourcing into their business planning.

There are many reasons businesses may choose to outsource their accounting and finance functions, ranging from optimizing time and internal resources to relying on the technical expertise of accounting firm professionals. Here are a few of the biggest accounting challenges companies face that can be addressed with a smart outsourcing plan:

Talent

Talent is becoming a huge challenge across all industries. Unemployment, the great resignation, and recruiting strategies are likely topics you have recently discussed and may be a concern for your organization. Accounting and finance personnel are no exception. In fact, it can be more challenging to find talented accounting personnel because of the availability of job roles and career options for individuals in the accounting industry. Instead of spending time looking for individuals that are the right fit for your company or addressing employee turnover concerns, many choose to outsource their accounting and finance function to experienced professionals.

Training

Training takes time and requires qualified individuals in place to conduct the training. Do you have this capability internally? And even if you do, does the person have the time and capacity to continually train staff? Just like finding the right talent, training can be a demanding and challenging responsibility that often requires a dedicated resource.

Time

How should you use your time most effectively? It’s important to stay focused on the things that enable you to grow your business and increase your bottom line. You can partner with an outside team to handle your

books and records, reporting and any other necessary financial tools, allowing you to focus on supporting your team, boosting growth and planning for the future. And to add to this, outsourced accounting professionals have identified ways to optimize efficiency while providing strategic advice along the way, saving you money in outsourcing costs.

Expertise

If you hire an individual or a team of people to handle your in-house accounting and finance duties, often they will have a certain level of expertise and a specific skillset in a particular area. When outsourcing to a firm, you gain access to the brightest minds across a wide range of skillsets including financial reporting, tax advisory, data analytics and much more. In addition, it’s not uncommon when highly compensated employees perform tasks more suited for a less experienced individual. Outsourcing will better match your needs with the right solutions.

Relationships

Outsourcing firms typically have a network of other professionals they have developed relationships with, including attorneys, insurance agents, bankers and much more. Your outsourced accounting professional can facilitate introductions to these individuals, who often specialize in particular industries. This could be a huge benefit, as these relationships are extended to you!

A team of experienced, knowledgeable professionals can increase efficiencies across your business and help you save costs, focus on your core business function and reach your goals. If you have questions or would like to discuss the benefits of outsourcing, contact us today.

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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

Unions

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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Central Business Systems wants to thank the Long Island and New York community for 75 years of loyalty and support. It has been an honor to serve your Business Technology needs for 75 years. We look forward to serving the community for much longer. We couldnt have done it without YOU!

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HIA-LI 2023 PROGRAMMING AT A GLANCE

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MAJOR EVENTS

Honoring distinguished Long Island executives & business leaders

[ ]January 13

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[ ]March 21

[ ]April 18

[ ]June 8

[ ]July 17

[ ]September 21

[ ]October 13

[ ]October 27

[ ]November 17

[ ]December 7

HIA-LI 45th Annual Meeting & Legislative Program -Radisson, Hauppauge

HIA-LI 29th Annual LI Economic Summit -Hamlet Golf & Country Club, Commack

HIA-LI Economic Development in the Town of Islip - LI MacArthur Airport

HIA-LI WHy Do Business in the Largest Innovation Park in the Northeast?

HIA-LI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program

HIA-LI 44th Annual Golf Outing - Nissequoge Golf Club, St James

HIA-LI 29th Annual Business Achievement Awards Gala - Crest Hollow, Woodbury

Workforce Development Conference & Young Professional Scholarship Program -Farmingdale College

HIA-LI 15th Annual Energy & Environmental Update

HIA-LI 13th Annual Women's Leadership Executive Program

HIA-LI 45th Anniversary Celebration

INDUSTRY SERIES / LEADERSHIP EXECUTIVE PROGRAMMING

Complimentary educational programming highlighting specific industries/executives

[ ]February 2

[ ]April 5 - Grassi Construction Survey

[ ]September 7 - Executive Insight Ft Small Business Owners

[ ]December 14

35th ANNUAL BUSINESS TRADE SHOW & CONFERENCE

Long Island's largest B2B Trade Show - make connections & close deals at one conference!

[ ] May 10 [ ] May 25 [ ] May 25

HIA-LI Pre-Trade Show Networking Event

HIA-LI 35th Annual Business Trade Show & Conference

HIA-LI 35th Annual Business Trade Show: Executive Program

NEW & PROSPECTIVE MEMBER INFORMATION MEETINGS

Get to know HIA-LI! Learn about our organization, get involved & meet other HIA-LI members!

[ ]February 10 [ ]April 21 [ ]June 9 [ ]August 17 [ ]October 20 [ ]December 9

MEMBER APPRECIATION NETWORKING

Complimentary networking with the HIA-LI business community and highlight of new HIA-LI members

[ ] January 25

Patrizia's [ ] March 15 [ ] September 13

T.O.A. Asian Fusion [ ] November 9

SMALL BUSINESS TASK FORCE SOLUTION SERIES

Programming designed by the HIA-LI Small Business Task Force to help small businesses thrive in a competitive economy .

[ ] February [ ] June [ ] September 12 [ ] November 7

SPECIAL NETWORKING EVENTS

Connect with the business community at unique Long Island venues [ ] August 10

Networking Boat Cruse & Networking at Lala's Lounge in Bayshore

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Our Mergers and Acquisitions practice is the cornerstone of our corporate work, helping clients close billions of dollars’ worth of deals over the past 10+ years. We succeed in this area because we understand that lawyers need to be deal makers, not deal breakers. Our attorneys and in-house financial experts work to creatively keep deals moving efficiently toward closing.

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Through a unique partnership with the Miller Business Center, HIA-LI members receive access to extensive and specialized business resources as well as personalized business research and reference assistance. For more information, please contact Anthony Forgione at aforgione@hia-li.org.

WELCOME DECEMBER NEW MEMBERS

BENNY MIGS PHOTO BMIGS@BENNYMIGSPHOTO.COM

(631) 831-8858

BRENTWOOD UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT KAREN.GROSS@BUFSD.ORG

(631) 434-2123

DISCENZA BUSINESS CONTINUITY SOLUTIONS DAVID@DISCENZABCS.COM

(203) 305-1299

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL OF SUFFOLK JCISEK@EOC-SUFFOLK.COM

(631) 289-2601 EXT. 162

ENGEL BURMAN GROUP EALBANESE@ENGELBURMAN.COM

(631) 923-0268

JEANNIE BYRNE TALENT TRANSITION NJBYRNE@7ORAH-EHS.COM

LNK INTERNATIONAL JYONKERS@LNKINTL.COM

(631) 435-3500

MEZZA LUNA

FNORDEN@OPTONLINE.NET

NEW YORK PHYSICAL THERAPY AND WELLNESS DEVIN@NYPHYSICALTHERAPY.NET

SUNRISE DAY CAMPS ASSOCIATION

SHARON.KAUFMAN@SUNRISEASSOCIATION.ORG

(646) 271-7979

TROPHY HUT

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WALTER F. CAMERON ADVERTISING JFRAME@CAMERONADVERTISING.COM

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INDUSTRY LISTS

LENDIO

Jenna Pappas | jenna.pappas@lendio.com | (631) 807-4850

NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE - LONG ISLAND

Brian Baumgarten | bbaumgarten@ft.newyorklife.com | (631) 391-2900

CAPITAL ONE BANK

Michael Mianulli | patricia.kielawa@capitalone.com

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC

Jim Barlow | James.A.Barlow@ampf.com | (516) 479-5871

ADALSAN, INC

Alfred Suzan | alsuzan@adalsan.com | (516) 334-5600

NS CAPITAL, LLC

Joe Hart | jhart@nscadvisor.com | (201) 675-1694

MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL GROUP

Tony Borelli, ChFC | aborelli@financialguide.com | (516) 391-0300

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FINANCIAL SERVICES & INSURANCE COMPANIES CAPITAL ONE BANK Michael Mianulli | patricia.kielawa@capitalone.com | (631) 316-5400 ALL COUNTY TAX RESOLUTION Bruce Ermolovich | ACTinfo02@gmail.com | (631) 924-1300 HUGH WOOD INC. Jennifer Sanborn | jsanborn@hughwood.com | (212) 509-7312 MAZARS USA LLP Donna Venezia | donna.venezia@mazarsusa.com | (516) 282-7267 BSB CONSULTANTS Philip Bellissimo | benjamin_horowitz@ajg.com | (516) 207-1888 GROUP PLANNERS, INC Lindsay Gullisken | lgullisken@groupplannersinc.com | (516) 804-3383 USI INSURANCE SERVICES Ben Kitzen | ben.kitzen@usi.com | (516) 419-4125 TONG ALSTER TONG & ASSOC Jonathan Tong | barbara.hillock@ampf.com | (631) 309-5700 PROTEGRITY ADVISORS, LLC Gregg Schor | gschor@protegrityadvisors.com | (631) 619-6745 PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP Douglas DiDominica | didominica.douglas@principal.com | (516) 459-8777 SIPOLA ADVISORY SERVICES LLC Steve Sipola | steve@sipolaadvisory.com | (631) 649-6417 BLUE OCEAN WEALTH SOLUTIONS - PAUL S FEIGNBAUM Paul Feigenbaum | pfeigenbaum@blueocean.us.com | (516)
(631)
686-7034 BLUE OCEAN WEALTH SOLUTIONS Raymond Disunno | RDisunno@blueocean.us.com |
849-1500
| (631) 316-5400 SCHOOLEY MITCHELL Kate Lumetta | kate.lumetta@schooleymitchell.com | (516) 266-6093 NATIONAL BUSINESS CAPITAL & SERVICES, INC Joseph Camberato | jcamberato@national.biz | (877) 482-3008 NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Anil Ramchand | aramchand@ft.newyorklife.com | (570) 470-1232 JAMES F. SUTTON INSURANCE James Sutton | jsutton@suttonins.com | (631) 774-5420 IMPERIAL COVERAGE SERVICES T Donzelli | mlegaspi@imperial-coverage.com | (631) 476-4015 HONICKER ALLSTATE AGENCY Brian Rommel | brianrommel2@allstate.com | (631) 524-5727 HKM ASSOCIATES Jeffrey Weiner | hkmassoc@gmail.com | (516) 394-2522 BORG & BORG INC Alex Borg | alexb@borgborg.com | (631) 673-7600 COMBINED INSURANCE Kevin Magrane | NOLONGERWITHCOMPANY@combined.com | (631) 497-5014 CARBONE AND MOLLOY INSURANCE Peter Carbone | ncarbone@carbonemolloy.com | (516) 333-2340 PREMIER BENEFIT PLANS, INC Aimee DiBartolomeo | aimee@premier-benefits.com | (631) 719-8205 PROFESSIONAL GROUP PLANS, INC. 2696 | difrancom@pgpbenefits.com | (631) 951-9200 NFP CORPORATE SERVICES (NY), LLC John Cooleen | john.cooleen@nfp.com | (212) 786-5613 SCHULMAN INSURANCE BROKERAGE, LLC Phillip Byer | phillip@schulmaninsurance.com | (516) 632-5225 SENIOR HEALTH PLAN SPECIALISTS, INC. Grace Luce-Horan | Grace@seniorhealthplanspecialist.com | (631) 559-7500
January 2023The HIA-LI Reporter Page 43 DECEMBER’S INDUSTRY LIST: FINANCIAL SERVICES & INSURANCE COMPANIES INDUSTRY LISTS FINANCIAL SERVICES & INSURANCE COMPANIES YOUR AD HERE To advertise in this newspaper please contact: Anthony Forgione at (631) 543-5355 or aforgione@hia-li.org Promote your products and sevices to over 8,500 HIA-LI members in digital. For more information on advertising opportunities, contact HIA-LI at 631-543-5355 » AFFORDABLE RATES & FREQUENCY DISCOUNTS » MAILED & EMAILED TO LONG ISLAND BUSINESSES ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS CARD PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC. Alisa Rosati | alisarosati@optonline.net | (631) 804-7901 GALLAGHER | michael_gallagher@ajg.com THE ARCHER FINANCIAL GROUP Thomas Archer | thomas@arcfin.net | (212) 330-9903 ADVERTISE YOUR INDUSTRY! To advertise in this section contact Anthony Forgione at aforgione@hia-li.org

Big Science Needs Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory is at the frontiers of discovery and just north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway. Brookhaven Lab is home to world-class research facilities, seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, and countless advances. Two major projects—the Electron-Ion Collider and the Science and User Support Center—among others are underway.

Brookhaven Lab relies on a growing, diverse team of businesses to provide laboratory and office supplies, personal protective equipment, tools, fasteners, furniture, and more. Learn about contract opportunities at Brookhaven Lab, including for small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, and minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The Lab’s Small Business Liaison can help.

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Brookhaven National Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy

NEW MEMBER PROFILES

Discenza

1299 Corporate Drive, Suite 1601

Westbury, NY 11590

203-305-1299

https://businessresiliencesolutions.biz/

WHAT I DO: I work with business leaders to transform their business into a resilient organization that can quickly recover from disruptions to their operations that could prove to be catastrophic or fatal.

HOW I DO IT: Working with you, your leadership team, and others in the company, we’ll determine what parts of the business are at risk for loss (e.g. facilities, supply chain, data) and then create a plan to help prevent their complete loss and to restore them as quickly as possible.

WHY IT WORKS: Imagine trying to drive across the country without a map of any kind. You may get there but probably not by the most efficient route and with several detours and dead ends along the way. The plans I create are the roadmap a company needs to restore their operations back to normal quickly and in the most efficient, cost-effective way.

If you are concerned about the resilience of your business, I invite you to have a conversation. Whether or not we decide to do business together, I am confident that our call will be full of insights and actionable steps that can help you protect your business when a disruption occurs.

Since 2001, We have grown to include over 100 employees across 16 offices located throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Queens. Our core values are the same today as they were in 2001: Friendly, Professional, Dedicated.

We work with patients to achieve their health and wellness goals. Whether that goal is to improve their overall wellness, recover from an injury, resolve pain, or anywhere in between, we work with each patient to create a customized treatment plan. Our experienced, compassionate, and dedicated physical therapists provide superior therapy for improved patient outcomes. We make getting physical therapy easy and hassle-free by accepting walk-ins and same-day appointments. And if patients can’t come to us, we will come to them. Our in-home physical therapy program is designed to get patients the care they need in the comfort of their own home.

Our entire team strives to create a warm, welcoming environment. Each office has courteous and helpful staff, convenient hours, plenty of parking, and most insurance plans and major credit cards are accepted. We also offer direct access, which enables patients to receive physical therapy without consulting their doctor or specialist first.

year-round programs and in-hospital recreational activities, all offered free of charge. Sunrise Day Camps are the only full-summer day camps in the world for children with cancer and their siblings.

NY Physical Therapy & Wellness

NY Physical Therapy & Wellness is an award-winning provider of physical, occupational and neurorehabilitation therapy services.

Sunrise Association

11 Neil Court Oceanside, NY 11572 516-634-4144

www.sunriseassociation.org

The mission of the Sunrise Association is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings worldwide. Sunrise accomplishes this through the creation and oversight of welcoming, inclusive summer day camps,

Trophy Hut

29 Rocky Point Yaphank Road Suite 5 Rocky Point NY 11778 631-473-3057

www.trophyhut.com

Trophy Hut is a family-owned awards dealer located in Rocky Point NY. We have been in business since 1974. We specialize in School and Corporate Sales in the award and promotional products industry. We currently serve most school districts on Long Island and our specialties include:

- Silk Screening Custom Apparel

- Banners and Signs

- Trophies and Plaques

- Custom Corporate Awards

- Trade Show Displays and Promotional Items

Here at Trophy Hut, we are dedicated to serving the local school and business community. We look forward to our future with the HIA. Please feel free to contact Paul or Kevin LoNigro with any questions you may have. We wish you all continued success for this year!

COMPLIMENTARY EXPOSURE FOR YOUR COMPANY!

New Member Profiles are complimentary to all new HIA-LI Members - It provides you with an opportunity to intriduce yourself to the Long Island business community and advertise your products and services! For more information or to submit a New Member Profile, contact HIA-LI at 631-543-5355.

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APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS, HONORS & OTHER HAPPENINGS

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP is delighted to announce that attorneys Vincent Costa and David Green have been elevated to Partners at the firm, effective January 1, 2023.Vincent Costa is a corporate lawyer with a focus on complex M&A transactions. Working with large corporations and high-net-worth individuals, he has closed countless M&A deals worth billions of dollars. He has successfully negotiated and led the CMM team on a variety of complex corporate matters including business divorces, buy-side and sellside mergers and acquisitions (asset and stock purchases and sales), and financings, with particular experience in the healthcare, retail, construction, manufacturing, and technology sectors. David Green, based in CMM’s Westbury office, represents all types of businesses and individuals in various areas of litigation. He achieves results for his clients by utilizing all available legal strategies to help them navigate a complicated legal system. Green has spent many years in courthouses successfully fighting for his clients. His experience includes complex discovery, trials, appeals, securing settlements, and alternative dispute resolution.

On January 13, Marc Alessi, an attorney, lobbyist and serial startup tech entrepreneur, was the guest speaker at LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) at the Candlelight Diner. During the presentation, he spoke about where wireless technology is headed on Long Island and how the technology and its needs are changing. He was joined by Haran C. Rashes, Associate General Counsel, Extenet Systems, Inc.

There is so much time and money spent trying to develop people who may not be a good fit for the energy field. The government continually funds job development training programs and trade schools continue to graduate students. The problem is, both deploy resources only to find a person unable or unmotivated to complete specific job tasks in the energy space and, unfortunately, it’s usually after a significant investment from all involved.

There are thousands of people across the country that simply need a chance to try something before they invest a ton of time and money into it. This topic is front and center in many discussions with the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island, or HIA-LI, of which Maskin and Dr. Bonahue are both active board members. The Long Island Innovation Park represents over 55,000 employees in all sectors and drives 13 billion in regional revenue. The HIA-LI continually fosters these types of partnerships.

The key differentiator for the SCCC class is the 16 hours working side-by-side with different levels of field personnel out on real job sites. Getting up early, working through the weather, climbing ladders and managing a proper safe jobsite. This, of course, is integrated with OSHA safety training, knowledge of tools, job site protocol and related products. After those 16 hours of field work, the student knows if it’s a good fit and we can also let them know if they have the skillset and drive to succeed in the space.

The Board of Directors for Long Island Elite (LIE) proudly presented UCP of Long Island (UCP-LI) with a donation of $110,000 at their recent holiday party in December of 2022. “This is the largest amount of money we have raised for any organization in a 12-month period in our 20-year history. We are so very proud of our members and their support of UCP-LI’s incredibly important mission,” said Frank Morizio, LIE Board President.

It took only one discussion with the newly-hired president of the local community college, Dr. Bonahue, to get this rolling.

“Suffolk is in the business of serving business,” said Suffolk President Dr. Bonahue. “When a company like SUNation comes forward with an urgent and significant workforce need, we will find the win-win partnership that provides students with the training that leads to good jobs and companies with the talent they need to grow.”

Stetson Cybergroup, Cerini + Associates, Pupfish Sustainability Solutions, and the Law Firm of Guercio + Guercio, announced the second info-session in their NYS EdLaw §2-d Data Privacy + Protection Series will take place in Hauppauge, NY on January 25, 2023, during Data Privacy Week. Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Data Protection Officers, Administrative Professionals and School Board

Members are encouraged to attend this no-cost K12 info-session, intended to provide mission-critical information to ensure educators understand NYS EdLaw §2-d and how to reduce the risk of a catastrophic cyberattack.

Donna J. Turetsky (resident of Roslyn) , Partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, has been elevated to Co-Chair of the firm’s Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Groups. Gregory J. Pond is her Co-Chair. She concentrates her practice on trust and estate administration, elder law, estate planning, special needs planning and guardianships.

SUNation Energy and Suffolk County CC Partner to Battle the Labor Shortage

Scott Maskin, founder of SUNation Energy, a Pineapple Energy company, along with Dr. Ed Bonahue, president of Suffolk County Community College, have successfully developed an innovative program to combat the local labor shortage in the local energy space. The Solar Installer Certificate program features an entry-level short curriculum coupled with a paid externship and guaranteed job interview once the student successfully completes the 50-hour class.

“To my knowledge, there are no programs of its kind currently operating,” said Maskin. “I’ve become fatigued with the endless discussions surrounding the shortages of labor in our space.”

Within three months a curriculum was developed, training materials were gathered and instructor, SUNation Vice President of Special Projects Brian Karp, a highly tenured professional in the field, and were ready to go. The 15 spots in the first class were filled quickly and five weeks later 15 of 15 candidates successfully completed the class.

“Bonahue’s team really stepped up to the plate and remains highly motivated to continue this public-private partnership,” said Maskin. “It was a simple pitch. The students are the crops, I’m the farmer and SCCC is the field. Let’s grow a new way of building a workforce.”

Five are now gainfully employed with SUNation and other students have been offered positions elsewhere. All are on their way to bright futures in the highest growth sector globally.

“The HIA-LI applauds SUNation Energy and Suffolk County Community College for developing this collaborative approach to workforce development specifically focused on augmenting Long Island’s energy sector,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, president and CEO of the HIA-LI. “By embedding on-site field work into the students’ program, employers will have greater confidence that they’ll be bringing on new hires who’ll truly be committed to the job. HIA-LI is pleased to be able to foster cooperative initiatives like this one.”

The goal for the solar installer program moving forward is to offer three to four courses annually. Enrollment for the spring class, beginning March 28, 2023, is already filling

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up and registration information can be found on SCCC’s website.

“This resource will fill my growth needs for years to come,” added Maskin. “Now we have to get the word out there.”

To honor his 34 years of service as a Supervising Judge in charge of administrative duties for the City of Glen Cove, its City Council unanimously passed a resolution to rename the city’s courthouse the Richard J. McCord City Courthouse. No other elected judge served in this courthouse which opened in 1995. A date has not been set yet. Richard McCord is Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. He has an in-depth understanding of bankruptcy law, representing creditors and debtors in all areas of corporate and consumer bankruptcy matters. He also lectures on bankruptcy issues throughout the course of the year. Since 1987, he has served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York. He also served as a Chapter 13 Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP is pleased to announce the promotions of the following attorneys to Partner effective January 1, 2023:

• Lisa M. Casa, Employment & Labor

• John P. Gordon, IDA Benefits & Government Incentives

• Brian W. Kennedy, Land Use & Zoning

• Alexander Leong, Employment & Labor

• Lindsay Mesh Lotito, Banking & Finance and Real Estate

• Erik W. Snipas, Land Use & Zoning and IDA Benefits & Government Incentives

Ms. Casa, a Massapequa Park, NY resident, earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.S. & B.A. from The George Washington University. Mr. Gordon, a Williston Park, NY resident, earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. Mr. Kennedy, a St. James, NY resident, earned his J.D. from Pace University School of Law and his B.S. from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Mr. Leong, a Great Neck, NY resident, earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Ms. Lotito, an East Meadow, NY resident, earned her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and her B.S. from Marist College. Mr. Snipas, a Lloyd Harbor, NY resident, earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.S. from St. John’s University.

property including retail, warehouse and office buildings. She also handles commercial lending matters, representing borrowers in refinances or in connection with an acquisition.

James McPeak Reminds Everyone to Thank All Those Who Care for Our Loved Ones on February 17 in Honor of National Caregivers Day - James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living, is reminding everyone that February 17 is National Caregivers Day and is urging everyone to thank those who take care of our elderly and infirm family members every day and recognize them for the hard work they do.

National Caregivers Day, which is held on the third Friday in February every year, honors these healthcare professionals who give their time and energy providing care to those who may require long-term care. Expert caregivers are trained to provide services around the clock in safe environments; this allows the family members to focus on the loved one’s healing process.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), there are 53 million caregivers nationwide. Of that number, 19% are unpaid. However, many of the paid caregivers wind up leaving their jobs. The National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP poll found that 23% of the healthcare professionals experienced a decline in their health. Other reasons why they quit, according to Sandata, include poor communication, long hours, lack of recognition, long commutes, poor training and low pay.

“On this day, we should take time out and recognize those who take care of our loved ones when we aren’t able to,” Mr. McPeak says. “Their job is a demanding job and many of them work through the day without receiving even as much as a ‘thank you.’ On February 17, let’s take some time to show our heartfelt gratitude for them and the work they do.”

For more information about McPeak’s Assisted Living, call (631) 475-0445 or visit www.mcpeaks.com.

Syosset High School students attended this year’s kickoff event for the 2023 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC), sponsored by FIRST Long Island and hosted by LIU Post. They gathered with more than 40 participating high schools on Saturday, January 7 at LIU Post’s Krasnoff Theater for a presentation and simulcast broadcast from New Hampshire. After the presentation, each team received a kit of parts, which they will use along with other materials to build a 120-pound robot for the upcoming competition to be held on March 20-26 at Hofstra University.

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce the promotions of Edward D. Baker and Bret Cahn to counsel effective January 1, 2023. Edward D. Baker, a Plainview, NY resident, is an estate litigation attorney. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Ed has been a Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star in Estate & Trust Litigation from 2015 to present, and was named in the 2023 Best Lawyers Ones to Watch in Litigation-Trusts & Estates. Bret Cahn, a Manhattan, NY resident, is an estate litigation attorney. He received his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo. Bret was named in the 2023 Best Lawyers Ones to Watch in Litigation-Trusts & Estates.

Jodi S. Hoffman, Partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, has been elevated to CoChair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Managing Partner Howard M. Stein is her Co-Chair. Ms. Hoffman’s entire career at the firm spans three decades of representing clients in all areas of real estate law. She focuses her practice on the representation of landlords and tenants in commercial leasing on a local and national basis. Additionally, she represents clients in commercial acquisitions and sales for various types of commercial

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