The following was published in Newsday on January 17, 2016 as a Letter to the Editor. You can read the original online version here, or in the print edition on page A35.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan for a large-scale investment in Long Island’s infrastructure is both refreshing and ambitious. However, it’s almost Quixotic to propose them without detailing how to implement them.

While the Long Island Rail Road’s third track is the most realistic proposal, others, such as the cross-Sound tunnel, are essentially non-starters.

As a planner and land use columnist, I welcome big thinking. However, doing so without properly addressing how to successfully build or how to pay for projects is the reason why so many of these projects have languished for so long.

Rich Murdocco
Founder of The Foggiest Idea,
Syosset, NY

Editor’s note: The writer blogs about land use at

Murdocco Letter Newsday 1.17.16