Rauch Foundation

After decades of debate, $2B LIRR ‘third track’ is a go

By GREGORY ZELLER // All aboard – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a roughly $2 billion deal to design and build the Long Island Rail Road’s long-debated “third track.” The contract approved Wednesday by the MTA Board of Directors with Lawrence-based 3rd Track Constructors – a joint venture uniting New York City-based Dragados USA Inc., Lawrence-based John P. Picone Inc., Nanuet-based Halmar International LLC and Brooklyn-based CCA Civil Inc. – officially weighed in at…


Cuomo ramps up LIRR third-track initiative

Four community meetings and a new informational website are among the progressive efforts trumpeted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding his Long Island Rail Road expansion project. Billing them “major steps forward” for the long-debated project, which aims to improve train traffic through a historically bottlenecked 9.8-mile stretch in Nassau County, Cuomo announced the four public meetings – scheduled for May 24 and 25 in New Hyde Park, Hempstead, Westbury and Hicksville – and other…


LI Index seeking new publisher

The Rauch Foundation is seeking proposals from other organizations to take over its Long Island Index project, launched in 2003 as an experiment in what has been called “advocacy through data.” The foundation, which focuses primarily on early education and environmental programs, announced it is looking for an organization that has a “strong, passionate voice to contribute to helping Long Island develop to its fullest potential.” “The Long Island Index has a crucial role to play…


LI Index maps where the apartments are … and not

The Rauch Foundation’s Long Island Index project has released an interactive map detailing the state of the region’s multifamily housing sector, a key factor in the continuing loss of young Long Islanders and a major hurdle to attracting future young workers. The map covers almost 1,500 rental buildings and nearly 900 coops and condos across Nassau and Suffolk counties and identifies 113 projects in the development pipeline, from those that have been proposed to projects…


LI facing housing, workforce, brain drain crisis

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even under the “most optimistic scenario,” Long Island will remain woefully short of rental housing over the next two decades, fueling a mounting loss of young people, a just-released study concludes. The Long Island Multifamily Housing Study, conducted by NYC-based HR&A Advisors, and the nonprofit Regional Plan Association for the Rauch Foundation’s Long Island Index, concludes that existing plans for 26,000 multifamily units across the Island will still leave the region…