Issue of the Week

Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

(1195 votes)
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2579 votes

On January 1, 2018, a new Suffolk County law will go into effect, charging a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags, at a variety of retail stores. Those in support of the fee believe it will protect the environment. Those against view it as a tax that will hurt local businesses. Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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Legislature

Cost-cutting Ideas

Before interest rates tick up every government entity should check to see if they could refinance long term bonds

(453 votes)
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37.81%
(745 votes)
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62.19%
1198 votes

When governments don't refinance debt it is simply a waste of taxpayer money.

Government Consolidation/Elimination

(551 votes)
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41.12%
(789 votes)
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58.88%
1340 votes

Outside of New York City there are simply too many layers of government in New York. This is especially true on Long Island. You have the County, the Town, the individual villages and countless other smaller entities, namely school districts and various special districts. This is completely unsustainable. Not only is this very expensive; having so many individual, independent governments all with their own elected officials, executives, personnel and the like - it is also very expensive. When I reach out to any of my local governments, I am not greeted with swift and direct action.

Nassau should stop hiring legal consultants and do all the work in house

(633 votes)
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42.23%
(866 votes)
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57.77%
1499 votes

Good way to cut down on costs as staff attorneys will save the taxpayers money.

$200 Red Light Cameras will drive working families out of Nassau

(782 votes)
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45.33%
(943 votes)
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54.67%
1725 votes

The Nassau County Executive has proposed raising ticket fines to $200. This has to be the among the highest red light camera ticket fines in the USA! This incredibly price gouging ticket could be the difference between a family purchasing food or paying rent versus paying a ticket.

Don't allow elected officials to send constituent mail 90 days before an election

(757 votes)
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46.93%
(856 votes)
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53.07%
1613 votes

There is usually nothing of substance and it is just using your tax dollars to promote themselves.

Put a suggestion box in every local government agency for employees to submit ideas

(786 votes)
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47.18%
(880 votes)
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52.82%
1666 votes

Those working day to day in government know where the problems are and how to fix them.

The Town of Oyster Bay needs financial oversight

(723 votes)
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44.71%
(894 votes)
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55.29%
1617 votes

The economy is strong yet the Town of Oyster Bay is struggling financially and racked with scandal. As NYS Assemblyman Chuck Lavine suggests: a "NIFA" style control board should be put in place.

Civil Service Pensions

(828 votes)
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47.45%
(917 votes)
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52.55%
1745 votes

All Civil Service pensions should be based on base pay ONLY - NOT OVERTIME. The practice of working heavy OT in last 3 years of service unfairly jacks up pensions that the taxpayer never gets

Civil servants who perform reserve military duty should not be allowed to collect full pay while on duty. Yes their pay should be subsidized to a max of current salary but NOT TO MAKE MONEY. Civilian reservists do not get this bonus to make a profit

Merge Nassau and Suffolk into one big County

(758 votes)
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46.47%
(873 votes)
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53.53%
1631 votes

Call it Long Island County. Would save money on economies of scale and help Long Island get its fair share of resources from NYS and the Federal government.

Place Solar Panels on Top of Every Public School on Long Island

(806 votes)
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48.32%
(862 votes)
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51.68%
1668 votes

The incentives are there to save money for the taxpayer, keep electricity rates low and model green energy for the next generation. The large flat rooftops of public schools are an untapped asset.