Address the True Drivers of Housing Costs
Growth In Smithtown Needs To Be Data Driven

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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.

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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 was written for the July 3rd edition of Long Island Business News.  David Winzelberg’s piece “The Town that Time Forgot” (LIBN June 26) falls prey to criticisms that oversimplify Smithtown’s latest comprehensive planning effort. Planning should be driven by policy solutions that are both data-backed and grounded in...
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      The following was written for the Long Island Press. You can read the original here. Long Island is experiencing a welcome renewed boom of housing construction. But are we pricing out the region’s young families by building exclusively for the elderly? Shouldn’t we be catering our downtown development proposals to...
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      The following was written for Boating Times Long Island’s July issue. You can read the original version here. You can find a list of locations where Boating Times Long Island is distributed here. Carol. Donna. Gloria. Bob. Irene. Sandy. The names are part of our history. Since the 1930s, Long Island’s...
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      The following was written for the Long Island Press. You can read the original here. Long Island’s water quality crisis was on display in a very public way throughout the month of June, when tens of thousands of fish began washing ashore from Port Washington on the North Shore of...
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      The following was written by Karl Grossman for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press, the Shelter Island Reporter, the Sag Harbor Express, the Community Journal and the South Shore Press. The original can be read here. Richard Murdocco, author of the Foggiest Idea, was quoted alongside environmentalists. Not since...
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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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