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Letter: Negativity won't build Long Island

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is arguably the best

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is arguably the best known of Long Island's beacons, which dot the regional landscape. Did you know that the Montauk structure is also the first lighthouse in New York? Construction started on June 7, 1796, and was completed on Nov. 5, 1796. Credit: Bill Kinney

"Be realistic, honest about LI's future," the March 2 Opinion piece penned by Richard Murdocco that questions the use of economic studies by the regions development community, suggests an individual who has no understanding of the affordable housing deficit on Long Island, no appreciation of the staggering energy debt property owners must pay, ignorance of the dysfunctional government approval process for innovative redevelopment of obsolete properties, and a disregard for the lack of state and federal spending needed to address our deteriorating infrastructure.

His sole aim seems to be to demonize the development community, a tired and discredited tactic that neither protects the region's quality of life nor ensures orderly economic growth. Platitudes may work just fine in Murdocco's land-use think tank, but this is Long Island, and we are going to need something far more substantive to secure our future.

Marc Herbst, Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of the Long Island Contractors Association.