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

Speed Zone Cameras Should Have Been Used To Keep The Islanders On Long Island

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1832 votes

The lost sales tax revenue from losing the Islanders isn't coming back. If Nassau was going to use speed zone cameras at least they could have been used to keep the Islanders from leaving!

Manufacturing Tax Credit for Nassau Companies

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Legislators enacted an Upstate Manufacturing Tax Credit so why not one in Nassau? Our community has lost 30% of our manufacturing jobs since 2000 because of the high costs associated with running a business here. Let's give Nassau job creators the same tax breaks we pay for to help manufacturers in other parts of the state. AMH

Energy Performance Contracts for Local Governments to Convert Outdoor Lighting to L.E.D.

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There should be a coordinated energy performance contract to convert all outdoor lights on Long Island to L.E.D. While L.E.D. lights are more expensive they last up to 4x as long, require less maintenance, give off less heat and use about half the electricity. In the end they are much cheaper and make a great investment. The lower electrical load would help keep prices down for all consumers during a hot summer. AMH

Nassau Should Have An Annual Food and Wine Festival

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Bring tourism dollars to Nassau by leveraging what Long Island already has. Good food and wine. Include some top named chefs and music. Have it over a weekend at Belmont Park. If you build it, they will come! AMH

The County of Opportunity

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Nassau County needs a new vision. We need a 20 year Economic Plan where the cost of living and doing anything will be on par with the rest of the United States. Everything is cheaper all across the US. I do not understand why our taxes are so high. Our schools are really not that good when you look around the country. They are on-par. Everything is expensive and I don't think Nassau County, and Long Island in general, is the reality of the United States.

New York and New Jersey should stop poaching companies from each other and wasting tax dollars in the process.

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The net gain in each state is rarely new jobs and valuable tax dollars could go to better use. NY and NJ should working together to use these same tax dollars to bring new jobs to the region. AMH

Insert "COUNTY NAME" Here ==>

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I was reading the following editorial article { on globest.com } regarding Westchester County and said to myself "why doesn't Nassau take the same plan and just insert Nassau where it says Westchester?"

Nassau is the only local government that I do not see on the market hustling for business and suggesting other factors (affordable housing, tax incentives, etc.) leading to successful economic development.

County Employees with 2nd Jobs

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As a new Nassau County Employee with a salary frozen at the bottom of the pay scale (some making as little as $23K/yr), would you give up your second job to a returning veteran or a new college graduate if your pay raises were unfrozen? If so, do you feel this would increase employment among that demographic?

Turn the Greenwood Landing power plant into a Chelsea Piers type facilty

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Take a look at the links below as to how similar outdated facilites were repurposed. AMH

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/business/energy-environment/growing-su...

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2013/01/16/schumer-pledges-federal-suppo...

Long Island Press Power List Partnership

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The 2013 Power List is a list published by the Long Island Press. The people featured on this list run very successful companies and organizations on Long Island, and more importantly, are organizations that are leading the way. Many of the inductees find that Nassau and Suffolk bureaucracy inhibits the visionary goals they seek to make Long Island a sustainable, friendly place to both live and work. One of the many listed is the Executive Director Desmond Ryan, from the Association for a Better Long Island. Government should listen to these people because they do great work.