Issue of the Week

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

(833 votes)
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1782 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

School Districts

Back to school sales tax holidays

(665 votes)
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44.48%
(830 votes)
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55.52%
1495 votes

The sales tax in Nassau County is 8.625%. According to the Wall Street Journal consumers will spend an average of $673.57 on back to school items for grades K-12 this year. Tax savings would be over $58 per family. A one week tax holiday sometime in August would work best.

Stop Common Core and high stakes testing

(650 votes)
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44.49%
(811 votes)
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55.51%
1461 votes

The only ones who benefit are private corporations and it's hurting our children.

All of Long Island should have Universal Pre-K

(761 votes)
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45.19%
(923 votes)
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54.81%
1684 votes

New York City has it why don't we? Received this email from a NYC Assemblyman today: Pre-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality pre-K and will lay the foundation of skills and knowledge to prepare for our children for school and life. All programs create a high-quality learning experience designed to support how young children learn and develop.

Stop Common Core Now!

(800 votes)
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47.79%
(874 votes)
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52.21%
1674 votes

Common Core is detrimental to students, teachers and public education. The link below is a recent article I wrote about this topic in the "Island Now."
http://www.theislandnow.com/great_neck/opinions/all-things-political-why...

Would you be willing to pay more state taxes in order for schools to receive more funding?

(1027 votes)
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49.59%
(1044 votes)
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50.41%
2071 votes

Offset Property Taxes: Use Funds for Public Schools

(763 votes)
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44.57%
(949 votes)
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55.43%
1712 votes

The $550 million in funds set aside for "transformative economic development" can be better spent on education. The education system is way too dependent on voters who, understandably, vote to keep their tax costs down. The education system is badly in need of reform, funding and standardization across the board to ensure equity for all students.

Let's put school district reorganization up for a vote statewide!

(830 votes)
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46.71%
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53.29%
1777 votes

The bulk of our property taxes on Long Island are due to school taxes. The high cost of property taxes are the result of an overabundance of school administrators with inflated salaries and lack of shared services. Yet when budgets get tight, afterschool programs are threatened with cuts and teachers are threatened with layoffs. We should put school district reorganization on the ballot statewide!

Reference: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/sch_dist_org/GuideToReorganizationOfSch...

Shared Data Center for all Nassau County School Districts

(853 votes)
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47.84%
(930 votes)
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52.16%
1783 votes

According to BOCES, there are 56 school districts in Nassau County. If you add up the IT budgets for each, it comes to a sizeable amount, including the costs of purchasing/maintaining new equipment, costs of electricity, and personnel costs to maintain them. Why not consolidate all these data centers into one shared data center? The cost savings could be passed down to the property owners who pay the school taxes.

Reference: http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/lge/grant.html
http://www.eraseracismny.org/storage/documents/education/ERASE_Racism-lo...

Rent out the rooftops of public and private schools to solar energy providers

(867 votes)
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51.99%
1806 votes

With diminished funding available for public and private education all schools should rent out their rooftops to solar energy providers. This green energy source will help drive extra revenue towards education giving taxpayers relief and bring down the cost of Long Island's power generation by providing extra supply. Adam Haber

Nassau Public Schools busing students out of district should coordinate busing with other local school districts

(761 votes)
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1724 votes

NYS Law requires public school districts pay for busing students out of district within a 15 mile radius of their home school. Schools who own their buses should pick up other students from other districts along the way and split costs 50/50. This would generate revenue and save money for Nassau County Public Schools. AMH