Issue of the Week

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

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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

Economic Development

Make Islip an International Airport

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It would stimulate the local economy using existing infrastructure.

Generate revenue, help small bussiness

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There is an article in NY times about legalizing short-term sleepover web services like airbnb. Jersey city is passing legislation that will do just this. Something similar in long island would be great both for the county to generate revenue from such short term sleepover rentals, as well as for the local businesses. It would help to attract tourists to the area without need for large urban-esque hotels that would take away from the suburban green space look of long island.

Long Island officials should focus on tourism to help expand the tax base

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It's the easiest and quickest way to expand sales tax revenue so desperately needed to run local government. Lets showcase the best Long Island has to offer and help our local economy! AMH

Retaining Residents

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With the growing rate of renting rooms and illegal apartments, it's very clear to see where society is heading. Businesses have no regard for those who have moved and settled to long island, seeking for more cost-effective locations. Isn't there anything our local legislators can do to their loyal residents from the inherent behaviors of big businesses? Yes people will be moving in, out and about long island no question about it... but isn't there anything they can do to prolong businesses from leaving?

Boat RALI - Race Around Long Island

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Create a RALI - Race Around Long Island - starting in Long Beach and ending in Port Washington. The over 200 mile engineless boat race should be in September, to help extend the summer tourism season on Long Island. It would be creative, fun and exciting helping to showcase the best Long Island has to offer. A food and wine festival at the start of the race would only enhance the atmosphere. A more rigorous race to Alaska was wildly successful earlier this year. http://r2ak.com/about/

Raise property values

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Long Island suffers from a lack of selection and poor quality of housing, offices, warehouses at high prices due to very weak property rights and a socialist real estate market. If zoning authority were transferred from small and highly populist villages to either their respective towns or counties, zoning power would be dispersed and diffused such that development and real estate use decisions would be less political and more market-oriented. The result would be significantly more supply and competition for all types of real estate, including much needed housing.

NYS politicians should pass crowdfunding legislation to enable local residents to invest in local businesses online

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Twenty two states have passed laws to enable their non-accredited residents to invest online in start-ups within their state's own borders. The average amount a company seeking capital can raise is about $1 million and investments are usually capped around $10,000 per individual. This is great way for a community to invest in local businesses. Here is the website for Wisconsin's CraftFund for more info: https://craftfund.com/

All Nassau County capital expenditues that go out for an RFP should list the political donations of the winner of the contract

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When government goes out to bid the the lowest bidder wins. When they go out for a request for proposal (RFP) the lowest bid doesn't always get picked. For complete transparency there should be a list of political donations the winner of the RFP has made over the last year. The donors names should be part of the resolution when it is voted on. We need complete transparency in government!

Nassau County Business Accelerator

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NYC promotes new businesses and help them navigate the red tape to open as quickly as possible. Why doesn't Nassau County have something similar?
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nbat/html/about/about.shtml

Create a ferry service from the North Shore of Nassau to Manhattan.

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Nassau is the only county in the NY Metro area that is close to Manhattan and doesn't have a ferry system. Port Washington to the east side of mid-town Manhattan would take 35 minutes. Glen Cove to the same location would take 40 minutes. A connection stop at LaGuardia would take additional cars off the road and make for an easy commute.