March 10, 2015

Long Islanders Overwhelmingly Support Pre-K Education

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Long Islanders overwhelmingly support pre-K education, according to a recent public opinion survey. Eighty-seven percent of Long Islanders said that it is important for children to attend a preschool for at least a year in order to succeed in school. Seventy-four percent also supported the use of public funding for voluntary pre-kindergarten programs for all families. 

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February 10, 2015

Long Island Index Releases Report that Offers Strategy for Ending Long Island's Economic Stagnation

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, today released a report that examines the impacts of Long Island-wide initiatives that could address some of the region’s most intractable economic issues.

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January 23, 2015

New Studies by Erase Racism and the Long Island Index Highlight Inequities in Education on Long Island

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ERASE Racism and the Long Island Index each released a new study on inequities in education on Long Island at an education forum convened by ERASE Racism in Melville this morning.

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December 17, 2014

New Survey Reveals that Large Majorities of Long Islanders Want More Housing Options to Address High Housing Costs

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, announced today the results of a public opinion survey of Long Island residents’ ongoing concerns about residential life: the high cost of local housing and taxes; the development of local downtowns; the desire to move from Long Island to less expensive areas of the country, and concerns about young people leaving.

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December 02, 2014

New Survey Reveals That 76% of Long Islanders Support Moving Special District Elections, taking Place Next Week, to May

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, announced today the results of two initiatives designed to encourage greater voter participation in special district elections on Long Island. Upcoming elections will take place on Tuesday, December 9th.

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October 20, 2014

The Availability of Affordable Housing on Long Island is Unchanged in First Half of 2014, Compared to 2013 – Stalled at 24% of Home Sales

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, announced today the availability of a new series of interactive online maps that present recent trends in the availability of affordable housing on Long Island.

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May 06, 2014

New Report Reveals That 9.8 Miles of New Train Tracks on Long Island Can Generate More Than 14,000 New Jobs

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, today released a report on the economic benefits of the proposed Third Track – also called the “Fast Track” – on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). 

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April 02, 2014

Long Island's Smaller Downtowns are Reducing Their Commercial Vacancy Rates Faster Than Its Larger Downtowns

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, today released new interactive maps, and an accompanying analysis, that provide Long Islanders with access to detailed information on characteristics of Long Island’s downtowns and other retail areas.

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January 14, 2014

The Long Island Index Unveils the Innovative Parking Designs Generated by its ParkingPLUS Challenge

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, today unveiled the designs resulting from its ParkingPLUS Design Challenge. The Challenge was initiated to encourage transformative thinking about parking structures in suburban downtowns and how they could be re-imagined to better address downtown needs.

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December 02, 2013

Long Island Index Unveils Online Tool to Help Voters Know Which Special District Elections They Can Vote In

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, announced today the availability of a new, interactive, online tool to help Long Island voters navigate the 158 special district elections taking place on Tuesday, December 10th. 

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September 18, 2013

The Long Island Index Chooses Four Architectural Firms to Re-Think the Design of Parking Facilities in Four Long Island Communities

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, today announced the selected architectural firms of its Build a Better Burb: ParkingPLUS Design Challenge, a key component of the Index’s 2014 focus on parking facility design innovations that would enhance downtown areas on Long Island and beyond.

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January 15, 2013

Long Island Index Issues its Tenth Annual Report-Titled "How the Long Island Rail Road Could Shape the Next Economy"

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, issued today its 2013 report, titled “How the Long Island Rail Road Could Shape the Next Economy”. The report, prepared by Regional Plan Association, focuses on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), which has been central to the growth and development of Long Island since it was chartered in 1834 and continues to play a crucial role in Long Island’s economy today with 25% of our local income coming from New York City jobs.

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December 13, 2012

Nearly Half of Long Islanders Say They Are Likely To Leave In The Next Five Years

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, released today the results of a public opinion survey of Long Islanders’ attitudes about residential life.

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December 03, 2012

Long Island Index Expands Interactive Map of Special District Service Providers to Cover Suffolk as Well as Nassau Counties

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The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, announced today that it has expanded its interactive map of special district service providers on Long Island to include Suffolk County; the Nassau County segment of the map was unveiled earlier this year.

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June 26, 2012

Long Island Index Maps Special Districts and More

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The Long Island Index, in collaboration with the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, launched a new tool on its website (www.longislandindexmaps.org) that for the first time provides public access to maps representing the profusion of special districts that exist within Nassau County’s villages and towns.

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May 03, 2012

Inter-District and Intra-District Segregation on Long Island

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Today the Long Island Index released a new study, Inter-District and Intra-District Segregation on Long Island. The study was conducted by Professor Douglas Ready from Teachers College at Columbia University. The report focuses on school segregation on Long Island, measuring the degree of segregation found within and between Long Island school districts. 

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January 18, 2012

Long Island Index 2012 Launch

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Long Island has the necessary assets which if properly managed could redefine the region into a major economic and innovation powerhouse. That is the finding of a new report released today by the Long Island Index at Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, NY. 

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December 07, 2011

Long Island Index Launches www.buildabetterburb.org

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Poll after poll has shown that Long Island residents are worried about the lack of affordable housing and the exodus of young people from the region.

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August 28, 2011

New Mapping Feature Details Impact Risk for Hurricane Irene

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The Long Island Index, in collaboration with the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center, has developed a new map layer on its website (www.longislandindexmaps.org) that details coastal storm impact zones and areas on Long Island likely to be impacted by Hurricane Irene of different wind strengths (category 1-4).

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March 07, 2011

Interactive Food Access Map Launch

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In partnership with Sustainable Long Island, the Long Island Index has released an interactive food access map detailing the existing food retail environment across Long Island. The map is intended to bring attention and problem-solving ideas to the issue of food equity.

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January 20, 2011

Researchers Identify Top Ten Changes to Stimulate Downtown Redevelopment

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The Long Island Index 2011 report, Getting It Done: Aligning Long Island’s Development Processes with Sustainable Economic Growth, prepared by the Regional Plan Association (RPA), shows Long Island, like many suburban areas across the country, is grappling with the difficult challenge of maintaining its high quality lifestyle while adapting to new economic, demographic and environmental realities.

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December 13, 2010

Long Island Index Launches New Website

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The Long Island Index announced the launch of its redesigned website www.longislandindex.org which was in development for more than a year-and-a-half.

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October 04, 2010

Build a Better Burb Winners Announced

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The dream that drove the development of Long Island is no longer viable. The Long Island Index developed the “Build a Better Burb” Ideas Competition for Retrofitting Long Island’s Downtowns to attract bold new ideas to address some of the most important problems facing the region including; loss of young people, low paying jobs and the increasing unaffordability of the region.

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June 29, 2010

23 Finalists in the “Build a Better Burb” Ideas Competition for Retrofitting Long Island’s Downtowns

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A distinguished panel of jurors selected 23 finalists from more than two hundred submissions from around the nation and the world in the Build A Better Burb open ideas competition.

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March 31, 2010

“Build a Better Burb” Ideas Competition for Retrofitting Long Island’s Downtowns

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Suburban New York isn't nearly as built out as it seems. As the Long Island Index 2010 “Places to Grow” report showed, there is acre after acre of opportunity to do a better job of building on Long Island. How? By tapping into the hidden capacity of the “underperforming asphalt” found in dozens of downtowns in New York‟s Nassau and Suffolk Counties. 

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January 21, 2010

Potential for Transit-Accessible Housing and Jobs in Long Island’s Downtown and Station Areas

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The Long Island Index, in collaboration with the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center, has released several new interactive mapping features on www.longislandindex.org.

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The Long Island Index 2010 report, Places to Grow, An Analysis of the Potential for Transit-Accessible Housing and Jobs in Long Island’s Downtown and Station Areas, prepared by the Regional Plan Association (RPA), shows there is enormous potential for development and growth in existing downtown and railroad station areas – roughly 8,300 acres of unbuilt land in over 150 village downtowns and rail station areas. 

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