GARDEN CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – Keeping people from leaving is a big concern on Long Island and the focus of a new report.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

Sixty-four percent of young adults on Long Island surveyed say they plan to leave the island in the next five years. That compares with only 40 percent in suburban New Jersey.

It’s among the issues outlined in the annual Long Island Index report being released today.

“This is no longer going to be a region that is able to sustain growing jobs, a growing economic base if it doesn’t have workers,” Long Island Index director Ann Golob warned WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “Workers will not come here if they cannot afford to buy a home here.”

The report highlights the need for improved mass transit, affordable housing, downtown redevelopment, and updated zoning and master plans.

It praises several communities, such as Patchouge, Riverhead, and Amytiville, for their progressive efforts, but says, for most, progress is just too slow or non-existent.

Comments (6)
  1. Herbie says:

    I come back to L.I. maybe 4 times a year and every time it’s dirter then before
    over crowed and one dumb store after another. I left 3 1/2 years ago and glad I did.
    Way over taxed out landest salary for the police and school teacher.

  2. arturo tao says:

    The report is probably truly flawed…Most youth is leaving LI but, bet you majority of those leaving the burbs is heading to NYC….

    The suburban flight is quite the norm …Just look how many suburban transplants we have now in the city…the boom has been on for the last 15 years…

    Question is will NYC still have the appeal and jobs to still attract the young.

  3. Peter says:

    I hope the LIRR is operating on the day they plan to leave.That’s not a sure thing.

  4. Nick says:

    They all “plan” to. But the woosies raised now-a-days will do as all woosies ever does: stay at home with mommy until they inherit the house.

    1. Christopher Marotta says:

      Unless those woosies cant afford the astronomical taxes on LI

      1. Nick says:

        Look around LI. These woosies stay in their mommy’s attic or basement until 62. Than they inherit and collect Social Security.

        Want a real good laugh? They get upset if you don’t shovel their side of the snow too, cause they’z be old now. Free loading woosies. Jack Up The Taxes. Kick Them Out Into The Snow.

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