Report: 6 In 10 Long Islanders Struggling To Pay The Rent

FARMINGDALE, NY (WCBS 880) – If you’re living on Long Island, you might be holding on by a thread.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

The new Rauch Foundation Long Island Index report shows 6 in 10 Long Islanders are struggling to pay the rent or mortgage.

Foundation president Nancy Rauch Douzinas says making life there more affordable is a big part of the answer.

“We have to look at how we do things, because we have redundancies, duplications all over the place. And we’ve got to look at that and make some smart decisions,” she told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Wednesday.

More affordable downtown housing will attract more young people and new business, says Douzinas, who emphasizes there’s much hope.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

“You know, you still got a long ways to go. But it’s much better than we were five years ago,” she said, saying that leaders understand the problem and are working on it.

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  • NYC

    Received a letter from city hall today, the value of my long beach house has dropped $200k.

  • Lieutenantdan

    Not just Long Island but Queens as well.

    • Lawn-Guy Land

      Look at a map. Queens is part of Long Island.

      • LI

        I don’t think he was saying Queens is a part of LI…

  • I Left Long Island

    Having been born and raised on Long Island, I had high aspirations of establishing myself and possibly the next generation of my family, because Long Island and the NY metro area have a lot to offer. Sadly, this goal quickly became an impossibility when the economy collapsed, compounded by the insane cost of living. Even with a Masters Degree in Education, I could not get a job. I was forced to relocate and moved to Chicagoland. While there is much I miss about L.I., I live in a comfortable, updated, 2 bedroom apartment for $875 a month and am only a few miles from the Chicago border. There is plenty of good food around, places to shop, things to do, and nearly everything is cheaper. Traffic is not as bad, roads are wider, and Cook County is the second most populated county in the country, so it’s not like living in the stix. Long Island and New York deserve to have their residents take their tax dollars elsewhere because politicians have done nothing for us. If the middle class cannot survive, Long Island will suffer in the end.

  • Marlene Romero

    I live on Long Island so I DEFINITELY know what this article is saying! Our taxes are killing the American suburban dream on Long Island and until lawmakers and decision makers do something about it, Long Islanders will continue to struggle. We cannot afford the Long Island railroad nevertheless going out and stimulating the economy by eating out or having those luxuries someone in say the city of New York can do. LOWER our TAXES and do something about how we are struggling before Long Island goes to sh*! I pay close to $9K and growing! If you do not do something to help the middle class I’m afraid you will be renting and selling to people who cannot stimulate the economy in much ways and will only deplete the resources Long Island has to offer. Just sayin’….

    • Nick

      Long Islanders just loves to vote in the same crooks all the time. Than they whine about the high taxes. How about voting in someone who’s not a smooth talking pretty white boy for once?

      • whiteeagle

        How about going to the Board of Ed budget vote and voting “No” for a change?

        Then we’d get a basic budget that would still pay for education, but do away with some of the frills that might be nice if you can afford it–but the taxpayer can’t afford it any more. Sports and transportation budgets, in particular, are a drain on taxpayer resources. In the case of sports, we hear a lot about kids getting into college on scholarships, but let’s be honest–most aren’t good enough, which means that a handful of students might benefit from something that cost taxpayers a disproportionate amount of cash (for the record, my school taxes were up over 9% in the bill that I paid this month). I suspect it might be cheaper to establish a scholarship endowment that would also pay to send kids to collegen, and that the kids who got in would be those most academically qualified–something that doesn’t necessarily happen with the football crowd–and you wouldn’t have to pay a coaching staff to adminiister it. Instead, we see sports programs get full funding, while people vote down the portions of the budget (second time around, when sometimes portions of the budget are voted on separately) that would provide additional funding for school libraries, computer labs, etc–basically, the programs that matter a lot more in the long run than lacrosse and cheerleading.

        Transportation is another rathole. I live less than two blocks from a school, yet I see my neighbors putting their kids on a bus so that they don’t have to walk 250 yards, at which point their fathers go to work and their mothers go back into the house to listen to Oprah tell them about the horrors of childhood obesity and give tips on how to drop 10 pounds off their butts–here’s an idea: Walk the kids to school, and the kids, the mothers and the taxpayers will all benefit…

        Then there are the school boards, who refuse to take a tough bargaining position when contracts come up. It’s time to vote the interested parties–PTA parents, teachers’ family members, etc.–off the boards and putting on people who will represent those who are actually paying the bills. We need school boards who look at education as what it is–a product that taxpayers pay for–and demand that taxpayers get real value for their money. That means teacher evaluations, no tenure, competitive pay based on semi-annual evaluations, bonuses for top performers, weeding out the poor performers (replacing the bottom 5% or 10% each year or two is a good way to keep everyone on their toes), and make them understand that they’re only as good as the work that they do today and may do tomorrow–yesterday’s dervice is irrelevant, and that they can and will be replaced the moment that their performance falls into that bottom tier. They want to be considered white-collar “professionals,: let them live with the same working conditions that other professionals do, and not the sort of unions and contracts that are the hallmark of the blue-collar workforce. Right now, they want it both ways, and our taxes–and in many (liikely most) districts, the kids’ lack of a quality education–show the results of the present way of doing things.

        But given that people are too lazy to get out and vote in a way that reflects their own interests, the interests of the PTA, the “sports parents” groups and the teachers’ unions will likely always prevail.

  • NL9075

    Rents on Long island aren’t much cheaper than in Queens or Brooklyn AND you have the LIRR fare & subway + need a car to go anywhere. A one bedroom rents for around $2,200 a month in Nassau & $1800 in Suffolk now.

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