About us

This initiative by Newsday was originally funded by a charitable project grant from the Rauch Foundation. It is the successor to Rauch's pioneering Long Island Index project that provided data and analysis essential to understanding our region for 15 years. An archive of the Index's work can be found here.

How can you join us?

This project is designed to include as many points of view as possible. nextLI welcomes voices with fresh perspectives on how the nation’s oldest suburb can transition into the future. To participate:

  • Comment on data and research projects on the site in fields asking for input.
  • Submit first-person essays, videos, policy proposals or analysis about your experiences on Long Island to nextLI@newsday.com
  • Explore and interact with our maps.
  • Attend our in-person events.


nextLI's work

We produce and publish research and information essential to navigating life on Long Island now and in the future. Our original research has included the first comprehensive survey of the next generation of Long Islanders, focus groups, COVID-19 surveys, modeling vacant shopping centers into new uses, a regional post-pandemic survey and an economic forecast of what a "blue economy" looks like for Long Island.

Rita Ciolli

Rita Ciolli

Project Director


Amanda Fiscina

Amanda Fiscina-Wells

Project Manager


Karthika Namboothiri

Karthika Namboothiri

Data Solutions Journalist


Christine Wallen

Christine Wallen

Audience Engagement Producer


Contact us

Community is a critical part of nextLI.

Email us at nextLI@newsday.com.

Connect with us on Instagram @newsdaynextLI

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