RIGHT TRACK FOR LONG ISLAND COALITION

“Right Track for Long Island Coalition” is a grassroots, nonprofit partnership of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals representing over 500,000 Long Islanders and growing that have come together to support the LIRR Enhancement Project. The project involves construction of a third track along the existing two tracks of the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville. Join the
Coalition

The two existing tracks along the project route were constructed in 1844, when the population of Long Island was 50,000, to transport people and freight between New York City and Boston via steamboat connection in Greenport. 172 years later the population is 3 million and four branches of the railroad now converge on the project path.

This condition constitutes an extreme bottleneck that chokes the LIRR system thereby severely constraining its expansion and modernization and turning it into a one-way street during peak service hours. Most importantly, it prevents the transit-oriented economic and community development that the Coalition believes is essential if Long Island is to be competitive in a 21st-century economy and attractive to the young people we want to live and work here.

The economic and fiscal impacts of the project have been thoroughly studied and analyzed by the Long Island Index as summarized in the infographic that follows.

We invite you to join us.

The Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project will make living and working on Long Island better, easier, safer, and more productive.

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Latest News

  • Right Track for Long Island Coalition Applauds Final Environmental Impact Statement on LIRR Expansion Project April 12, 2017

    Right Track for Long Island Coalition Applauds Final Environmental Impact Statement on LIRR Expansion Project

    Melville, New York  – (April 12, 2017) – Following the release of the MTA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the LIRR’s Expansion Project, the Right Track for Long Island Coalition applauded the report as an important milestone, sustaining momentum for the project. The release of the FEIS signals the end of a year-long process […]

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  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) April 12, 2017

    Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

    The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the LIRR Expansion Project was released on April 12, 2017. The report describes the proposed LIRR Expansion Project in detail, including its purpose and need, its benefits, its potential environmental impacts, and many other issues including community engagement.  The study incorporates input taken from the public on its earlier […]

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  • Nassau County Elected Officials Voice Unprecedented Support for LIRR’s Third Track Project March 24, 2017

    Nassau County Elected Officials Voice Unprecedented Support for LIRR’s Third Track Project

    Westbury, New York – (March 24, 2017) – Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro was joined today by Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino and other Nassau County elected officials at Westbury Village Hall to announce growing and unprecedented support for the LIRR Expansion Project within the project corridor. As proposed by Governor Cuomo, the LIRR Expansion Project […]

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  • Right Track for Long Island Coalition Applauds Nassau Officials On Support LIRR’s Third Track Project March 24, 2017

    Right Track for Long Island Coalition Applauds Nassau Officials On Support LIRR’s Third Track Project

    Unprecedented, Bipartisan Support from Corridor Representatives Demonstrates Projects Appeal to Both Local and Regional Communities. Westbury, New York – (March 24, 2017) – The Right Track for Long Island Coalition applauded several Nassau county elected officials today, including Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino and others who attended […]

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Economic Impact Infographic

If Long Island already has over
700 miles of tracks what can just
9.8 miles of new track
do for us? A lot!

construction hatWhile a third track is being built

track
Create 2,250 Construction Jobs* Create $910 million in cumulative Personal Income Create $910 million in cumulative Gross Regional Product

Revive Long Island’s relatively stagnant job growth

Over the last two decades, job growth on Long Island has been sluggish in stark contrast to the revival experienced by New York City.
Job Growth: 1970-2010

Increase Long Island’s young adult, working-age population

Compared to our suburban neighbors we are losing more young people. Why are we having the hardest time? Lack of economic opportunity, high costs of living, lack of housing and transit options.
Change in 18-34 Age Cohort 1990-2014
ten-years-after

And 10 years after
a third track is completed:

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Create 14,000 New Jobs Business needs mobility to attract talent and young people. In a 21st century technology-based economy, clustered employment centers increase innovation and productivity.
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economic gains office
track Expand Our Population Expand Our Population Add 35,000 New Residents Almost 40% of new residents would be 25-44 years old Almost 40% of new residents would be 25-44 years old Is this critical? Yes! Is this critical? Yes! Young working-age populations are key to revitalizing and growing the economy
track Increase Region's Wealth Add $3 Billion in Personal Income Add $5.6 Billion to Long Island's Gross Regional Product
track Expand Our Tax Base
Add $103 million in property tax revenue
Add
$103
million

in property
tax revenue
Add $40 million in sales tax revenue
Add
$40 million
in sales tax
revenue
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Bottom line? A third track is the
right track for Long Island!

There is no other single project on the drawing board that can increase Long Island's economy more than this.Thumbs Up
Train Tracks

* Annual Jobs

This infographic is based on a 2014 report written for the Long Island Index by HR&A Advisors, a leading economic development consulting firm and Parsons Brinkerhoff Inc, a global planning and engineering firm. Regional Plan Association also played a critical role in analysis and development of the report.

All dollar values are given in 2013 dollars.

Design: Amy Unikewicz/JellyFever Additional Images: ©Shutterstock.com/Maraga, ©Shutterstock.com/Weniworks. ©iStock.com/A-Digit, ©Thinkstock/Anatolii Babii

Right Track For Long Island Coalition

Coalition Members Represent Over 500,000 Long Islanders And Growing

  • Business Organizations
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, Jay Simson, President
  • Association For A Better Long Island, Desmond Ryan, Executive Director
  • General Contractors Association of NY, Christopher Boylan, Governmental and Strategic Partnerships
  • Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Lionel Chitty, Executive Director
  • LISTNet, Peter Goldsmith, President
  • Long Island Association, Kevin Law, President & CEO, Co-Chair, Right Track for Long Island Coalition
  • Long Island Builders Institute, Mitch Pally, Executive Director
  • Long Island Contractors Association, Mark Herbst, Executive Director, Energeia Partner
  • Long Island Forum for Technology, William Wahlig, Executive Director
  • Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
  • Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island, Jamie Moore, Executive Director
  • NY Builders Congress, Andrew Hollweck, Vice President
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Grech, Executive Director
  • Labor Organizations
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau & Suffolk, AFLCIO, Richard O’Kane, Pres.
  • IBEW Local 589
  • IBEW 3rd District, Ellen A. Redmond International Representative, Energeia Partner
  • Laborers Local 1298, George Truicko, Assistant Business Manager, Co-chair, Right Track for Long Island Coalition.
  • Long Island Federation of Labor, John Durso, President, Energeia Partner
  • Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
  • RWDSU Local 388
  • RWDSU Local 1102, Gemma deLeon, President
  • SMWIA Local 28, Kevin Connors, President
  • UFCW Local 1500
  • Academic and Research Institutions
  • Brookhaven Science Associates, Doon Gibbs, President
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Bruce Stillman, President & CEO
  • Farmingdale State College, Hubert Keen, President
  • Hofstra University, Stuart Rabinowitz, President
  • Long Island University, Kim Cline, President
  • Molloy College, Drew Bogner, President
  • Northwell Health, Jeff Kraut, Senior VP
  • Stony Brook University, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, President
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury, Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, President
  • Touro Law Center, Patricia Salkin, Dean
  • For Profit Organizations
  • Albanese Organization, Russell Albanese, Chairman
  • Avalon Bay Communities, Matthew Whalen, Senior Vice President
  • Bimasco, Inc., Grant Hendricks, President, Energeia Partner
  • Cameron Engineering & Associates, John Cameron, Partner
  • Canon USA, Seymour Liebman, Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
  • Castagna Realty, John Gutleber, President
  • Clever Devices, Frank Ingrassia, President & CEO
  • D’Addario, & Company, Inc., James D’Addario President & CEO
  • EGC Group, Ernest Canadeo, President
  • Farrell Fritz PC, Charles Strain, Partner, John Racanelli, Partner
  • Forest City Ratner Companies, Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman
  • Harvest Real Estate Services, Inc., Mark Hamer, Principal
  • HR&A Advisors, Shuprotim Bhaumik, Partner
  • Klein Wealth Management, HighTower Advisors, Peter Klein, Managing Director/Partner
  • Miller Environmental Group, Mark Miller, President and CEO
  • Northville Industries, Gene M. Bernstein, Chairman
  • Posillico, Joseph K. Posillico, President/CEO, Energeia Partner
  • Questus Capital, LLC, Paul F. Posillico, CFO/Partner, Energeia Partner
  • Racanelli Construction Co. Inc, Richard M. Racanelli, Secretary, Energeia Partner
  • RXR Realty LLC, Michael Maturo, President
  • Satur Farms, Paulette Satur, Owner
  • Tritec Real Estate Company, Robert Coughlan, Principal, James Coughlan, Principal
  • Zebra Technologies, Robert Sanders, Vice President
  • Individuals
  • Patrice Alexander, Director, Dalon Shaw, Inc.
  • Carter Bales, Chairman, North Short Land Alliance
  • Gary Charters, Former Member, Greenport School Board
  • Roger Clayman, Executive Director, Long Island Federation of Labor, Energeia Partner
  • Billy Cornell, Shop Steward, Local 1298, NY Laborers
  • Christopher D’Antonio, LIRR reverse commuter
  • Alexander deHavenon, Long Island Resident
  • Nelson DeMille, Author
  • Donald Edwards, Nassau Resident
  • Jason Elan, Nassau Resident
  • Amy Engel, Energeia Partner
  • Richard Haight, Student
  • Danielle Hundt, Energeia Partner
  • Ernest Fazio, Canidate for Congress
  • Dennis Feeney, Member, Local 1298 NY Laborers Union
  • George Ginsburg, Sustainability Enthusiast
  • Joseph Indelicato
  • Joseph James, Data Scientist
  • Sam LaBarbera, Associate Technical Account Manager, Yardi
  • James Large, Dime Savings Corporation (retired)
  • Kelly Morris, Energeia Partner
  • John McNally, Energeia Partner
  • Patrick O’Hara, blogger, LIRR Today
  • Ravi Ramkeesoon, Technology Coordinator & Researcher, Rauch Foundation
  • Michael Reichert, Nassau Resident
  • Jennifer Rimmer, Port Washington
  • Thomas Rogers, Rauch Foundation Board
  • Ellen S. Rudin, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Brokerage Services
  • Lois Carter Schlissel, Managing Attorney, Meyer, Suozzi, English, Klein, PC
  • Robert A. Scott, President Emeritus & University Professor, Adelphi University
  • Ellis P. Simon, Nassau resident
  • Alan Striga, Suffolk Resident
  • Bart Thomas, President, Coastland Corporation
  • Ed Thompson (N)Celcia Dmello
  • Roger Tilles, Energeia Partner
  • John Treiber, Energeia Partner
  • John Wenzel, Rauch Foundation Board, Parker Hannifin Corporation (retired)
  • Jesse White, Member, Local 1298 NY Laborers
  • Businesses & Professionals
  • Anthony Barbiero, Managing Partner, Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan LLP, Energeia Partner
  • Axcelsior Strategic Solutions, Michael Harrison, President
  • Hon. Dave Bishop, Esq. Partner, Kirby McInerney & Squire LLP, Energeia Partner
  • Keith P. Brown, Partner, HARRIS BEACH PLLC, Energeia Partner
  • Jennifer A, Casey, Partner, AdminLaw, Energeia Partner
  • Kevin Clyne, Partner, Herman, Katz, Cangemi & Clyne, LLP
  • John Culbertson, IPLAN Access, Principal
  • Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington, Energeia Partner
  • Victor Dacosta, Alternative Solutions of NY, Partner
  • Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Partner, Forchelli Curto Deegan Schwartz Mineo & Terrana, Energeia Partner
  • Katie Dunn, 511NY Rideshare, Employer Outreach Manager
  • Epoch 5 Public Relations, Katherine Heaviside, President
  • Fortunoff Jewelry, Esther Fortunoff-Greene, President
  • Halpin Public Affairs, Patrick Halpin, Managing Director, Mercury LLC, Former Suffolk County Executive
  • William A. Healy III, MD, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Energeia Partner
  • Hill Slater Group, Phyllis Hill Slater, President
  • Janice Jijina, Partner of Planning & Environmental Analysis, Cameron Engineering, Energeia Partner
  • David Kapell, Right Track for Long Island Coalition, Executive Director
  • Bob Keeler, Consultant, Hagedorn Foundation, Newsday (retired)
  • Bernard Kennedy, Co-Managing Member, Schoeneck & King, Attorneys, Energeia Partner
  • Errol Kitt, Vice President, GEI Consultants, Energeia Partner
  • Raj Mehta, Chairman & CEO, Infosys International, Inc.
  • Rich Murdocco, Founder & Publisher, The Foggiest Idea
  • Morgo Private Public Strategies, James Morgo, Principal
  • Douglas Nadjari, Partner, RMFPC, Energeia Partner
  • Gary Rozmus, Senior Environmental Consultant, GEI Consultants, Energeia Partner
  • Sip This, David Sabatino, Proprietor
  • Rob Salvatico, President & Chief Operating Officer Jaral Properties, Energeia Partner
  • Bruce Solomon. Senior Advisor. BDC Advisors, Energeia Partner
  • Tami Stark, Of Counsel, Park, Jensen, Bennett, LLP, Energeia Partner
  • Untamed Hair Productions, Laura C. Savini, Producer
  • Wachtler Knopf Equities, Philip Wachtler, Principal
  • Not For Profit Organizations
  • Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Maryanne Garvin, President & CEO
  • Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, Paul C. Tonna, Executive Director, former Presiding Officer Suffolk County Legislature
  • Erase Racism, Elaine Gross, President
  • Long Beach NY Streets, Allison Blanchette, Executive Director
  • Long Island Arts Alliance, Theresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director
  • Long Island Development Corporation, Douglas Asofsky, Chairman
  • Long Island Index, Ann Golob, Director
  • Long Island Railroad Commuter Council, Mark Epstein, Chairman
  • Long Island Regional Planning Council, John Cameron, Chairman
  • Nassau County Council of Civic Organizations, Raymond Pagano, President
  • QueensRail Corporation, Rick Horan, Executive Director
  • Regional Plan Association, Chris Jones, Senior VP & Chief Planner
  • Sustainable Long Island, Ann Fangmann, Executive Director
  • Town of Babylon, Hon. Thomas Donnelly, Councilman (S)
  • Town of Babylon, Hon. Jacqueline A Gordon, Councilwoman (S)
  • Town of Babylon, Hon. Lindsay P. Henry, Councilman (S)
  • Town of Babylon, Hon. Antonio A. Martinez, Deputy Supervisor (S)
  • Town of Babylon, Hon. Richard Schafer, Supervisor (S)
  • Town of Brookhaven, Hon. Edward P. Romaine, Supervisor
  • Town of Smithtown, Hon. Lisa Inzerillo, Councilwoman (S)
  • Transit Solutions, Rosemary Mascali, Manager
  • United Way of Long Island, Theresa Regnante, President Dan Serota
  • Village of Greenport, Hon. Douglas Roberts, Trustee
  • YMCA of Long Island, Inc., Anne N. Brigis, President and CEO
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director
  • Long Island Pine Barrens Society, Richard Amper, Executive Director
  • Long Island Progressive Coalition, Lisa Tyson, Executive Director
  • NY League of Conservation Voters, Marcia Bystryn, President
  • Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Neal Lewis, Executive Director
  • Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director
  • US Green Building Council – Long Island Chapter
  • Foundations
  • Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Peter Klein, President
  • Hagedorn Foundation, Amy Hagedorn, President
  • Long Island Community Foundation, David Okorn, Executive Director
  • Rauch Foundation, Nancy Douzinas, President
  • Simons Foundation, James Simons PhD., Chairman

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