The following excerpt is from an article by Valerie Bauman that was published as the cover story of the Monday, May 7th edition of Newsday. You can read the entire piece here.

‘Platform will grow’
One of the challenges to collaboration is that while two developments on Long Island may not be far from each other geographically, it can be difficult to get neighboring communities to care about projects that don’t affect them personally, said Richard Murdocco, an adjunct professor in Stony Brook University’s graduate public policy program.

“Anytime you have a collective group of residents who want to become more civically involved begin to work together, you’ll see the localized interests meld into the regional,” Murdocco said. “Their efforts will be more effective because their platform will grow substantially.”

Read the rest of the piece here.