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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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Government Consolidation/Elimination

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Outside of New York City there are simply too many layers of government in New York. This is especially true on Long Island. You have the County, the Town, the individual villages and countless other smaller entities, namely school districts and various special districts. This is completely unsustainable. Not only is this very expensive; having so many individual, independent governments all with their own elected officials, executives, personnel and the like - it is also very expensive. When I reach out to any of my local governments, I am not greeted with swift and direct action. The response is usually one of deflecting responsibility. "That is the Town's responsibility", "That is the County's responsibility", "that is (insert random entity's) responsibility." The only constant is continuous buck passing and inaction, all on top of our high taxes and highly paid elected officials. Sure, some people like living in all of their little individual fiefdoms and fiefdoms but enough is enough. We need a more unified and integrated government structure in Nassau County. Major public services must be consolidated and operated at no less than the Town level. School districts must consolidate, share services and reduce costs. Exorbitant salaries must be reduced and redundant elected offices and officials must be eliminated. When residents and taxpayers voice a concern to their representatives the response must be no less that a swift response and plan for action, not simply a response of "not our responsibility." Because frankly, very little if anything ever gets done. No one is ever responsible for anything, yet we continue to pay high taxes and fees. This is unacceptable and unsustainable. It's time for us to modernize, simplify, streamline and most importantly, it's time to grow up.


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Nassau insures county cars, buildings, property, that cost Nassau tax payers millions of dollars. We can get a much better deal from these rip off insurance companies and save Nassau millions. let's get out of bed with these private rip off insurance companies.

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