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Letter: Cooperation at Ronkonkoma hub

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, shakes hands

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, shakes hands with Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine after signing a memorandum of agreement to form the Ronkonkoma Hub Regional Planning Alliance in Ronkonkoma on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. At left is Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, and rear is Long Island Association President Kevin Law, left, and Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsay looking on. Credit: Ed Betz

As those who are in the middle of the thicket of local government bureaucracy, we at the Association for a Better Long Island believe the announcement of a regional approach to the redevelopment of the Ronkonkoma Hub deserves far more than modest applause ["Ronkonkoma alliance signals rare cooperation," Editorial, April 30]. This project is adjacent to a key Long Island Rail Road station and Long Island MacArthur Airport. This cooperation needs to be replicated throughout the Island as our economy and demographics continue to change and challenge.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was instrumental in encouraging this coordinated response to a complicated planning environment. His experience with zoning woes as a former town supervisor no doubt motivated him to tackle this assignment.

Given that the railroad is one of the few regional forces that bind our fractured region, the LIRR's participation is particularly important. Bellone -- along with Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia) -- have shown that bipartisan cooperation can resolve our region's planning process.

Jan Burman, Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is president of the Association for a Better Long Island, a developer lobbying group.


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