My name is Rich Murdocco, and I am writing concerning the July 16th editorial entitled "Better for LI to Grow Together".
Newsday's editorial calling for more calling upon policymakers and the private sector to think regionally should be commended. However, it is important for the future regional effort to not get caught up in the political or special interest milieu that weighed the LIRPC down. What once was a group detached from (and many times ran counter to) the political realities of the time, was turned into a group that is a shell of what it used to be, and is vulnerable to outsider interests and agendas.
Planners, and the plans that they produce must conform to the economic and, unfortunately, political realities of the time. This conformism must take place within the final plan's implementation phase, and not during the crafting of the initial plan.