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New Interactive Map Shows Where Long Island Has Multifamily Housing


Long Island makes planning decisions locally but competes for business regionally, and it’s currently losing out because it lacks sufficient housing options, especially for young Long Islanders who are leaving the area in dramatic numbers. A key step in tackling the problem is to understand where multifamily housing exists (or is absent), an understanding local

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Unconventional Wisdom from John Kominicki: Gov. Cuomo’s Third Track Express is Wisely Asking Folks to get on Board


One of Samuel Goldwyn’s best lines: “It’s absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.” The same might be said for the proposed third track of the Long Island Rail Road. First suggested more than a decade ago, the extra rails would clear a bottleneck between Hicksville and Floral Park, where five LIRR branches carrying more than

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Threat to Our Water Quality Demands Action


Long Island is facing its greatest economic and environmental challenge ever. The quality of the source of our drinking water and surface water has declined precipitously. We’re seeing it everywhere. Beaches are closing. So are shellfish beds. Hundreds of thousands of fish have been killed. Turtles, too. Why? The answer is nitrogen contamination. It comes

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Op-Ed: Here’s How Towns and Villages Can Fix Long Island’s Critical Housing Shortage

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Long Island faces a critical need for multifamily housing. This challenge needs to be addressed locally through actions that require sound planning and an engaged community. The good news is that small modifications in zoning can generate the housing Long Island needs, if only enough towns and villages embrace the changes. There is no question

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OP-Ed: Help Young Long Islanders Find Places Here They Can Afford


More than ever, Long Island residents are struggling to pay for housing. Since 1980, the Island has lagged behind regional competitors like Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley in residential construction. With comparatively little new housing stock and variety, home prices and rents in Long Island have soared. That has made those other areas more

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