Issue of the Week

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

(9282 votes)
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18849 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

Get rid of pensions for convicted NYS elected officials

(1067 votes)
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47.68%
(1171 votes)
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52.32%
2238 votes

It's just a waste of resources for a small group who have betrayed the public's trust.

All Nassau County Contracts Should be Added to the NYS Contract Reporter

(1065 votes)
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46.67%
(1217 votes)
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53.33%
2282 votes

Wider exposure to attract possible bidders on county contracts will result in cost-effective pricing and taxpayer savings. Currently Nassau only advertises available contracts by placing legal ads in Newsday and on the county website.
https://www.nyscr.ny.gov/

End Common Core and Excessive Testing for our Children in NY

(1018 votes)
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46.34%
(1179 votes)
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53.66%
2197 votes

Pressure school superintendents and local school boards to refuse to comply with Governor Cuomo's NYS directives which call for a continuation of any excessive testing and new Common Core Standards. These directives cost taxpayers more money and hurt our children. Tax dollars are used to fund worthless testing and to purchase new textbooks from companies which have a monopoly on materials and tests. They make money on the repeated changes.

cost savings; electric

(994 votes)
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44.65%
(1232 votes)
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55.35%
2226 votes

install smart lights in all bldgs. light will go on when someone enters the room.
i used to be the only one to shut off lights when i left a room

Do not cut Youth Services!

(966 votes)
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45.01%
(1180 votes)
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54.99%
2146 votes

The County is in financial straights and they are considering cutting Youth Services. The $6.4 million in funding to over 40 worthwhile organizations provide valuable services to Nassau. Cutting them will end up costing more in the long run and in the short term many lives will be adversely affected.

Incentivize County Employees to make money savings suggestions like Columbia County NY

(968 votes)
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44.2%
(1222 votes)
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55.8%
2190 votes

Columbia County NY gives $50-$500 to public employees if they come up with money saving ideas. Simple to implement and a great way to have employees partake in pride of ownership of their institutional knowledge: See link for their program rules: http://www.columbiacountyny.com/documents/misc/InnovativeIncentivesProgr...

Term Limits for NYS Legislators, Governor and Others Is Needed

(1096 votes)
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47.04%
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52.96%
2330 votes

Political corruption of elected State officials is the most essential problem, not state aid to education. This could be most effectively remedied by a NYS Constitutional Amendment barring the election of any state official and legislators for more than two term. The recent scandals of our State Senators are most illustrative.

Costly and Wasteful Political Flyers

(1051 votes)
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45.8%
(1244 votes)
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54.2%
2295 votes

It seems like every other week, I receive some piece of useless information in the mail, from any given politician in Nassau County, regarding anything from the heroin problem here in Nassau, or a "free" seminar on how to lower my property taxes. I think the taxpayer dollars would be spent more wisely in reducing both those issues, rather than sending out expensive flyers that do nothing and end up in the trash. We know the problems Nassau is having already, do we have to be reminded by the politicians who created the conditions and situation in the first place? Stop the wasteful flyers!

Combine Nassau and Suffolk Bus Systems

(1084 votes)
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46.44%
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53.56%
2334 votes

There should be some economies of scale and combining the bus systems would make it easier to get around Long Island.

Nassau County should coordinate with all local governments to help municipalities comply with the Governor's Tax Freeze Plan

(1040 votes)
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45.06%
(1268 votes)
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54.94%
2308 votes

Each government entity must submit a plan to the NYS Division of Budget by July 31st this year. The plan needs to find 1% savings on the tax levy in each of the next three years. If a local government's plan is compliant that government entity's taxes will remain frozen for the next three years.