About us

This website will be a forum for Long Islanders to discuss the future and foster consensus around ways to make the region competitive, affordable and welcoming.

nextLI will publish new voices with fresh perspectives on how to best position the nation’s oldest suburb for the myriad of changes to come. The website will accept submissions in print and video — first-person essays, documentaries, policy proposals, analysis — about life on Long Island. On an island defined by fragmented communities, this digital platform will create a town hall from Belmont Park to the Montauk lighthouse.

nextLI is managed by Newsday’s Opinion department, which is completely independent from Newsday’s news gathering operations, with input from an advisory board made up of Long Islanders. It is funded by a charitable project grant from The Rauch Foundation.


What is nextLI?

nextLI is a platform for participating in civic life on Long Island.

The project’s website will feature original reporting and aggregated data to give users reliable indicators about the region, tools for becoming involved in local politics and context for understanding Long Island and will commission independent research. That work — and all resources compiled by nextLI will be freely available to all Long Islanders.

What is the advisory committee and how will it work?

The community advisory committee will help nextLI identify pressing issues facing Long Island. Board members will refine the focus for research projects, guide our deliberations based on their expertise and help us communicate findings to the community.

We are committed to recruiting an advisory committee that reflects the people who live here. We are seeking advisory committee members who are active participants in Long Island’s civic life and equally familiar with the on-the-ground reality of grassroots organizing as they are with the region’s formal structures of political power.

What is the community’s role in this project?

This project is designed to include as many voices and points of view as possible.

In addition, we will look to members of our digital community to share their expertise to shape the direction of our research projects. Our community outreach will include discussions in person and online.

Beyond our research initiatives, nextLI will offer Long Islanders the opportunity to share their stories about life in the region. The goal is for those experiences meaningfully illustrate the research we publish.

How can I get involved?

Fill out this form to let us know you’re interested.