Issue of the Week

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

(1324 votes)
45.2%
(1605 votes)
54.8%
2929 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

Your Ideas for a Better, More Efficient Government

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Sandy Survivors

(820 votes)
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42.62%
(1104 votes)
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57.38%
1924 votes

Here's a thought...How about opening up all those forclosed homes on LI that the banks are stuck with after the housing bust to our neighbors who got wiped out by Sandy? It might take awhile but maybe the banks can recoup some of their loses and abracadbra housing for those seriously in need! Instead of holding on to an empty property for $400K, let it go for a $100K, because you'll be helping the comunity and anything beats a blank! Rent them out cheap to survivor families to help them get on their feet.

Why rents are so high and young people are fleeing the county

(980 votes)
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47.23%
(1095 votes)
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52.77%
2075 votes

Local villages and our counties need to be scrutinized as to why they feel the need to tax us to the degree we are taxed. Why does a village tax need to be so high when they do not add any services that the county doesn't already provide? Taxation with little or no representation!

Rental Housing Emergency

(936 votes)
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45.3%
(1130 votes)
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54.7%
2066 votes

Roughly 17% of residences (compared to 33-36% in neighboring counties)
are rentals in Nassau County. If Nassau is going to stand any chance of keeping young adults from leaving it must increase the rental housing stock especially around the major transit hubs of Mineola and Hicksville. The building permit process needs to be fast tracked to start construction ASAP. Nassau needs affordable housing!

Section 8 Housing - Don't advertise what you don't have.

(843 votes)
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43.72%
(1085 votes)
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56.28%
1928 votes

I'm interning as a Case Manager, and my client asked me to help him get a voucher for Section 8 housing. I went on-line to the Nassau County website to get the phone #, and got an answering machine stating, "Mailbox full." I looked up the address on the site and went to the office in person. When I got there there was a sign in the office stating "No Section 8 Housing Since 2003." Someone needs to change the answering machine.