The Foggiest Idea is proud to offer a unique opportunity for both current students and recent graduates of the Masters of Public Policy program at Stony Brook University.

The Foggiest Idea features policy analysis of local and regional development and environmental issues that impact the New York Metro area. The site was founded with the goal of making complex land use and environmental issues approachable to the general public.

As a graduate of the MAPP program myself, I have first-hand knowledge of how valuable the program is. When I first graduated, Lee Lutz, a local editor in the Three Village area, gave me the chance to write my first published op-ed entitled Redevelopment ‘Comprehensive’ Plans Mislead the Public. Thanks to Lee having faith in my MAPP education, he gave me the chance to put my education to work.

I would like to give current and recent graduates the chance to do the same. To that end, I am offering MAPP students past and present the opportunity to write for The Foggiest Idea.

As publisher and founder of the site, I would like to feature some of the best and brightest minds of the Masters of Public Policy program by giving the opportunity to be a guest writer on the site. That way, fellow policy students can hit the ground running as they hunt for jobs, as well have the chance to start building a tangible portfolio of work.

In recent years, The Foggiest Idea has grown into a full-fledged public resource on policy, land use and development. The site is widely read by elected officials, journalists and policymakers, who seek out out The Foggiest Idea’s weekly columns for a different perspective on Long Island’s land use and environmental issues. I welcome new viewpoints, all in an effort to generate a healthy discourse regarding our regional challenges.

For all who are interested in writing, please email me at on how to get started.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Rich Murdocco
Founder/Publisher of The Foggiest Idea