Long Island's Top 10 Corporations

1. CA Inc.
One CA Plaza
Islandia, NY 11749

# of Employees: 13,700
Annual Revenues: $4.32B billion

CA is one of the world's largest information technology (IT) management software companies, unifies and simplifies the management of enterprise-wide IT. Founded in 1976, CA serves customers in more than 140 countries.

John Swainson - CEO
Russell Artzt - Founder
Amy Olli - EVP
George Fischer - EVP
Jacob Lamm - EVP Strategy/Corporate Development
Michael Christenson - President/COO
Alan Nugent - EVP/CTO
Donald Friedman - EVP/Chief Marketing Officer
John Ruthven - EVP WW Sales Operations
Andrew Goodman - EVP WW HR
Nancy Cooper - EVP/CFO
Kenneth Handal - EVP Global Risk
James Bryant - EVP/Chief Administrative Officer

2. Cablevision Systems Corp
1111 Stewart Ave
Bethpage, NY 11714

# of Employees: 17,082
Annual Revenues: $7.230 billion

Cablevision Systems Corporation is engaged primarily in the business of cable television. The Company's businesses include the residential telephone and high-speed modem businesses; the commercial telephone and Internet operations of Lightpath; the New York metropolitan area sports and entertainment business, including Madison Square Garden, professional sports teams, Radio City Music Hall, MSG Network, News 12 Networks and Clearview Cinemas.

James Dolan - CEO/President
Charles Dolan - Chairman
Jonatha Schwartz - EVP
Kevin Watson - SVP
Victoria Salhus - SVP General Counsel
John Bickham - Pres Cable/Communication
Joshua Sapan - Pres Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Patrick Dolan - Pres News 12 Networks
Thomas Dolan - EVP/ CIO
Gregg Seibert - EVP Cablevision System Corp
Tom Rutledge - COO
Michael Huseby - EVP/CFO

3. Canon USA
One Canon Plaza
Lake Success, NY 11042

# of Employees: 12,000
Annual Revenues: $45b (Canon, Inc. revenue)

Canon USA is the domestic affiliate of Canon, Inc., a global leader in professional, business and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon products include color and black-and-white copiers, printers, image filing systems, facsimile machines, cameras and lenses, camcorders, semiconductor, broadcast, encoders/optoelectric components and optical equipment, flatbed scanners, and other specialized industrial products.

Yoroku "Joe" Adachi - President/CEO
Yuichi Ishizuka - SVP
James Sharp - SVP Systems Technical Support
Shunichi Uzawa - EVP/CTO/R&D
Tod Pike - SVP Sales Marketing
Masahiro Haga - SVP CFO
Seymour Liebman - EVP Chief Administrative Officer

4. Griffon Corp
100 Jericho Quadrangle
Jericho, NY 11753

# of Employees: 4,100
Annual Revenues: $1.28b

Griffon Corporation is a manufacturing company with operations in four business segments: Garage Doors, Installation Services, Specialty Plastic Films and Electronic Information and Communication Systems.

Ronald J. Kramer - CEO
Franklin H. Smith - EVP
Gary Abyad - Pres Clopay Plastic Products
Patrick L. Alesia - VP/CFO

5. Henry Schein, Inc.
135 Duryea Road
Melville, NY 11747

# of Employees: 12,550
Annual Revenues: $6.39B

Henry Schein, Inc. is the largest distributor of healthcare products to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets. Customers include dental practices and laboratories, physician practices, and veterinary clinics, as well as government and other institutions

Stanley Bergman - CEO/Chairman
Michael Zack - President International Group
James Breslawski - President/COO
James Harding - SVP/CTO
Mark Mlotek - EVP Corporate Business Development
Michael Racioppi - SVP/Chief Merchandising
Steven Paladino - CFO/EVP
Leonard David - SVP/Chief Compliance Officer
Gerald Benjamin - Chief Administrative Officer/EVP

6. JetBlue Airways Corporation
118-29 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: 718-286-7900

# of Employees: 8,902
Annual Revenues: $3.39b

JetBlue is a low-fare, low-cost passenger airline, which provides high-quality customer service. Since launching operations in February 2000, the airline has carried more than nine million passengers.

David Barger - CEO
Alex Battaglia - VP Airports
James Hnat - EVP Corporate Affairs/General Counsel
Russ Chew - President/COO
Joseph Eng - EVP Systems/Technology
Scott Laurence- VP Network Planning
Martin George - SVP Marketing & Commercial Strategy
Robin Hayes - EVP/Chief Commercial Officer
Ed Barnes - CFO/EVP

7. NBTY, Inc.
2100 Smithtown Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

# of Employees: 13,760
Annual Revenues: $2.33b

NBTY is a leading vertical integrated U.S. manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of high-quality, value-priced nutritional supplements in the United States and throughout the world. The Company markets more than 1,200 products under several brand names, including Nature’s Bounty®, Vitamin World®, Sundown®, CarbSolutions™, MET-Rx®, Puritan’s Pride®, Holland & Barrett®, Nutrition Headquarters®, American Health® and Home Health®.

Scott Rudolph - Chairman/CEO
Harvey Kamil - President/CFO
James Flaherty - SVP Marketing/Advertising
John Leahy - SVP, Wholesale Business
Hans Lindgren - SVP, Operations & Corporate Secretary

8. North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
145 Community Drive
Great Neck, NY 11021

# of Employees: 33,000
Yearly Revenues: $?

Serving Long Island, Queens, and Staten Island, the North Shore-LIJ Health System, headquartered in Great Neck, N.Y., strives to provide an unparalleled spectrum of services in the region. The 18 hospitals of the System include three world-class tertiary hospitals recognized throughout the N.Y. area for their clinical, teaching, & research capabilities. The System includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, psychiatric facility, and community hospitals dedicated to providing outstanding primary and specialized surgical care.

Michael Dowling - President/CEO
David Battinelli - SVP/Chief Academic Officer
Jeffrey Kraut - SVP, Strategic Planning/Marketing
Howard Gold - SVP, Managed Care/Business Development
Gene Tangney - SVP/Chief of Staff
Mark Solazzo - SVP/COO
Robert Shapiro - SVP/CFO
Lawrence Smith - SVP/Chief Medical Officer

9. Pall Corporation
2200 Northern Boulevard
East Hills, NY 11548

# of Employees: 10,600
Annual Revenues: $2.51b

Pall Corporation is the largest and most diverse filtration, separations and purifications company in the world.

Eric Krasnoff - Chairman/CEO
Donald Stevens - President
Sandra Marino - SVP & General Counsel
Roberto Perez - President Life Sciences
Lisa McDermott - CFO

10. Yellow Book USA
398 RexCorp Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556

# of Employees: 8,100
Annual Revenues: $1.89b

Founded in 1930, Yellow Book USA is one of the nation's largest publishers of Yellow Pages directories, with almost 600 directories in 41 states and the District of Columbia. It also publishes college directories, city and county directories, and a business-to-business directory serving Long Island, New York. Yellow Book USA is a subsidiary of Yell Group.

Joseph Walsh - CEO/President
Mark Cairns - Chief Publishing Officer
Patrick Marshall - Chief New Media Officer
Victoria Sharrar - SVP, Organizational Development
Gary Shaw - CIO
Jim McCusker - Chief Sales Officer
Jim Haddad - Chief Financial Officer
Tim Zalak - SVP, Mergers/Acquisitions


The 43rd Annual LI Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade - 6.7.09

KJ, 5, enjoys the sights and sounds of the 43rd Annual Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade (June 7) in Brentwood. The young Boricua proudly sports the traditional guayabera and pava while waving the red, white and blue flag of the Puerto Rican nation.

Thousands of islanders of Puerto Rican heritage, Latinos of all nationalities (Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, et al), and many nonLatinos as well, came out to what is Long Island's most festive Spring ethnic fiesta.

Below are wonderful photos of the parade by Newsday's Ana Gutierrez. Click on the photos for a large view and click here for the full series.

Click here a Ana's video of the parade.

Link: Thousands watch LI's Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day parade by Laura Rivera (Newsday)


Latina Hat Luncheon

Dilcia Granville of Elmont is all smiles in a dynamic, chic straw hat with a turned-down brim, giant bow and fuchsia flowers. (Photo by Gina Tomitz). Newsday
The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently held it's Latina Hat Luncheon and Golf Outing at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park. Below are links to the photographs of this important annual event.

Founded in 1988, LIHCC seeks to advance the business interests of the Latino communities of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Photo Links:
Newsday Photo Series
Latina Hat Luncheon and Golf Outing 2009: 80 images (Photobucket)


Guitarist Bryan Vargas on His Brooklyn Neighborhood

Latin Jazz guitarist Bryan Vargas (Bryan Vargas & Ya Esta) talks to Clinton Hill Blog about what he likes about his Brooklyn neighborhood:

What I love most about the neighborhood is the general vibe. I truly feel relaxed as I walk down the streets. Other Brooklyn brownstone neighborhoods have a hustle and bustle that we just don’t have here. Folks here are CHILL. People get along. They help each other out. They play with each other’s dogs. It’s a great place to live.

I also love the food. We have some of Brooklyn’s best restaurants, and I love the fact that I never have to leave the neighborhood to eat if I don’t want to.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love Ft. Greene Park. I think it’s the greatest small park in all five boroughs. It has a peaceful serenity to it that you feel as soon as you step foot on the block.

I’ll save what I DON’T like about the ‘hood for another time. For now we can stay positive!



Latino Films @ the Brooklyn International Film Festival - June 5 -14, 2009


Falling Awake" is the powerful story of Jay (Andrew Cisneros), a young man struggling to find his identity in The Bronx in a house crowded with family members and a neighborhood filled with loyal friends and dangerous enemies. A gifted musician, Jay hopes to leave it all and pursue his dream of composing and performing music. Once he meets Alessandra (Jenna Dewan), a beautiful young woman who lives in Brooklyn, his determination to defy the expectations of his frustrated, angry father become even stronger. Yet Jay is tied to his home through loyalty to his friends and to his brother, who has returned unexpectedly from service in the Marines. As he reaches toward a wider world, he is pulled back over and over by the cycles of anger and violence that have defined his life and neighborhood for so long. It takes love, a change of heart and a new understanding of life's elusive chance at happiness to finally help Jay make the long, uncertain leap to a fresh chance.

DON ROBERTO'S SHADOW by Juan Diego Spoerer & Håkan Engström

A boy travels to a saltpeter office with his family, to the city of Chacabuco in the Chilean desert, where he walks along the old buildings. The years pass by and, as the wind erases the days and hours from yesterday, the boy is now grown up, a lonely old man, and that old man decides to move to Chacabuco.

SIRENS (SIRENAS) by Alejo Levis

She lost the baby. She stares out the window. Every night when he arrives home, an argument. One day she told him, a few black women on the street walked strangely, like dancing, they looked like dark sirens.

FLYING LOTUS by Daniel Garcia

Concentrate produced this music video for Flying Lotus. The video, 'Infinitum' was directed by Daniel Garcia

COTTON CANDY by Aritz Moreno

The cold always complicates things.


XII. Brooklyn International Film Festival
BiFF 2009 Trailer YouTube

Meet Alfonso Quiroz - Queens City Council Candidate, D25

Update: 6.5.09 - Alfonzo Quiroz, who had hoped that the term limit override would be ruled illegal, has pulled out of the race given that final appeals have been lost in that case.

On September 15, 2009, the people of Jackson Heights, Corona (including Lefrak City and Sherwood Village), Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Rego Park have the chance to send a Latino to the City Council: Alfonso Quiroz.

Like Obama, Alfonso is a community organizer from the South Side of Chicago. A fourth-generation American of Mexican, German and Ukrainian descent, Alfonso grew up in a middle-class, union family; his dad was a Steelworker union member.

When he was 22, Alfonso served as a White House Intern during the Clinton Administration in the office of Hillary Clinton. In 2000, Alfonso served as a political aide in Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign.

After the 2000 presidential race, Alfonso settled in Queens and learned about city government as a member of Mark Green’s 2001 mayoral campaign. He subsequently worked for MTV News and then in the office of current City Council Member Helen Sears. After leaving Sears’s staff, Alfonso took a PR assignment with ConEd.

In June 2008, Alfonso was sworn in to a second term on the Queens Community Board 3. He is also a member of the Citizens Advice Bureau, the JFK Democratic Club, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York and is active in the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Star Of Queens
Gay Candidate Series: Alfonso Quiroz
Alfonso Quiroz: JFK Democratic Club City Council Candidates Night