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Make LI regional cooperation the norm

Artists rendering of proposed new buildings on Main

Artists rendering of proposed new buildings on Main Street in the Ronkonkoma Hub project, near the Long Island Rail Road's Ronkonkoma station. Credit: TRITEC Real Estate

Mention regional planning, and Long Island breaks out in a rash. It's just not something our region does well, to our great and continuing detriment. But lately there's been some progress toward such cooperation, like the Ronkonkoma Hub planning alliance formed by Suffolk County, the Long Island Rail Road, and Islip and Brookhaven towns. It was refreshing and, frankly, startling to see mutual interest trumping politics.

Now Suffolk Legis. William Lindsay III has filed a bill to require municipalities working on regionally significant projects like the Hub to meet at least four times a year to plan and coordinate in exchange for county infrastructure support, such as sewers. It's a modest but good step and should be passed. And then emulated. Too many worthy projects have been grounded on the shores of noncooperation.