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Syosset Planner Launches Website

Launched in early October,, was created by Syosset planner Richard Murdocco to make Long Island’s development processes easily accessible and easily understandable for residents. The site is a spinoff of Murdocco’s popular land use blog, The Foggiest Idea, developed three years ago while Murdocco was pursuing his Masters in Public Policy at Stony Brook University.

“I started The Foggiest Idea with the goal of making complicated local land use issues approachable to the public, while putting my education to work,” said Murdocco.

By providing commentary and policy analysis, The Foggiest Idea has become a go-to resource for policymakers, journalists and the media on land use issues across Long Island.

“When I look at the analytics for the site, I am always glad to see a wide array of users who come to the site looking for answers to specific questions. To me, as long as these issues are being discussed in a public forum, the process is working.”

The Foggiest Idea is an assembly of policy analysis articles on the issues of the day which and serve as a research tool for people interested in anything Long Island-related.

“At Stony Brook, we were taught that sound government policies were created by an informed public,” added Murdocco. “To me, The Foggiest Idea is my contribution to making Long Island a better place for all who live here.”

Ela Dokonal, AICP, LEED and Director of the American Planning Association’s Long Island Section spoke about the role of information and data for urban planning.

“The delicate balance of protecting our environment while promoting social equity and economic growth should be achieved at all scales, but the only way to maintain a balance is to keep looking at a big picture,” she said. “Long Islanders are continuously searching for a go-to resource for regionally related issues presented in an approachable, easy to find manner. The APA Long Island Section is hoping to see becoming that resource.”

Murdocco received his MA in Public Policy in 2010 from Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning with Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran planner.