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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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Create a Nassau Power Agency

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Nassau County should have a power agency of its own. This agency would replace LIPA in Nassau County. It would bring power back fast.


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Nassau Power Agency

A utility can be either a power transmission company (the lines) or a power generation company (the plants) or both. Since Nassau has above ground lines, why would you want to assume the responsibility of a zero-sum game by handling the transmission lines that will continue to get hit by storms in the future. As bad as LIPA was in handling the storm, the reality is that their main failure was in how they tracked the outages and directed the responding out-of-state teams. You can't prevent these kinds of outages unless you bury the lines and the cost to do that is in the Billions with a "B". As to power generation enhancement, the community has shown it won't back additional transmission capability from upstate by running cables under the Sound or through the use of wind or wave power technology. Thus, you remain constricted by the overall power generation capability as it is today unless the political will is found to overcome the NIMBY objections.

I'd suggest staying far far away from the County managing a complex infrastructure and instead focus on doing it's core job of serving the residents better. Now if you said that Nassau & Suffolk should come together and joinly manage the aquifer to ensure clean reliable drinking water, now that is something within the ability of a COunty government and there are numerous best-practice Cities to study.

If you must mess with power generation, look instead to using the Counties legislation power to install wave power generators and wind turbines. Follow the lead of places like Wycoff, NJ where they have solar panels on most of the power poles along the highway to provide low-cost incremental electrical power and use those funds to augment the police coverage on the roads being served.

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As much as I respect that comment I agree differently. I live in East Atlantic Beach a hamlet outside of Long Beach. I had no water damage to my house but it took LIPA over 14 days to fix power in my house. If we have a Nassau County Power Agency it would bring power back faster. Governor Cuomo said ever in since the storm he will "hold LIPA accountable" well that hasn't happened yet so the counties need to take charge.
I believe that LIPA should definitely NOT use wind turbines wind is very expensive. It would drive power costs THROUGH THE ROOF!!! Power costs are all ready high but they would be sky high if we used wind.

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