The Power Broker at 40
Hey IDAs, Seriously?

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Housing
The fact is, we need 41,429 affordable units to meet the ever-growing demand. A policy solution can’t be wrapped in a feel good online presentation, helmed by the developers and housing advocates.

Long Island's

Environment
On Long Island, it's been said that our environment is our economy, and our economy is the environment. The linkage between land use and water quality is very strong.

Long Island's

Economy
Long Island needs to start diversifying its regional economy if we’re going to shake off the shackles of the recession, and create a region for future generations to grow.
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      The following appeared in the East Hampton Press, The Southampton Press and 27East.com. Long Island’s East End is unlike any other area of the New York metropolitan region, with its ample fields and a low-slung sense of rural ease that is not felt anywhere else on suburban Long Island. Thanks...
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    • The Foggiest Five: Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy

      The following are answers to The Foggiest Five, a set of questions asked to influential Long Islanders on the future of the region. This round features answers from former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who served in office from 2004 to 2011. The views presented are the author’s alone, and...
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    • The Power Broker at 40

      Forty years ago this week, Robert A. Caro published his seminal masterwork “The Power Broker.“ The themes of true power and it’s inherent use as a means to an end, captured the public’s imagination. Moses’ “at all costs” mentality that drove his successes from the 1920s to the ’60s was...
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    • Hey IDAs, Seriously?

      Seriously IDAs?  Is Nassau County, with a straight face, arguing that a gym locker can constitute a “landlord-tenant relationship?” Or that Oceanside’s Costco can be considered a “tourist destination?” There is a rotten smell in Mineola, but unfortunately, it’s extending east of Route 110 all the way out to Montauk. Clearly,...
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    • The Foggiest Five: Jocelyn Wenk, Associate Director, Long Island Index

      The following are answers to The Foggiest Five, a set of questions asked to influential Long Islanders on the future of the region. This round features answers from Jocelyn Wenk, who is the Associate Director of the Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation. The views presented are...
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About

I am a Long Islander who shares my passion with the rest of the Island.

The goal of my writing is to put both my education and experience in land use to work. I feel that Long Island’s residents are the most important resource this region has. Long Island has complex challenges that unfortunately, have been the status quo for decades.

In 2010, I set out to create a public resource for information on Long Island’s land use issues, available to all who are interested. The Foggiest Idea was created to provide simple, easily approachable insights to Long Island’s complex issues.

 

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