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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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More Apartments and Affordable Housing

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As everyone who is in the area knows, there are a lack of affordable housing options in Nassau County. Young people continue to move away and property tax rises. Do you believe that we should follow in the footsteps of areas such as Long Beach and build more condominiums, apartment complexes, and high rises? It would cause neighborhoods to become vibrant and the commercial "downtowns" would become great places to go. Near the LIRR stations would cause a lot of traveling and more young people to move into the area. This idea WILL create affordable housing. Also, the water that the County has is near its limit, and would save money on bills and will help the County. Another pro is that it would create jobs, and grow the system of the Long Island Rail Road.

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More Apartment and Affordable Housing

I am suspect as to who submitted this "idea." Must be TriTec or some other heinous developer, who has no thought other than to continue the onslaught of destroying Nassau (and Suffolk) with their egregious projects. The big lie is that these housing projects are designed to be "affordable," when in fact, they are anything but. It helps nothing, and adds more congestion and stress on our roadways and infrastructure, not to mention Long Island's very delicate and precious water supply. It only creates momentary jobs, to all union workers, who we all know notoriously pad the coffers of political candidates (shock there!) and we don't want more growth on Long Island. Long Island is a spring board. It is place where you are "raised, grow, go to school and then leave." But this is not a negative, this is a positive. If we could only return to the bucolic days of simple rows of single family homes, local store owners, clean parks and lakes, we would all be better off. We had all we ever needed, but didn't realize it. Once the politicians moved into the neighborhood - well, there went the neighborhood! They create the mess, and then force the public to pay for the mess they created. Perverse and abusive of them don't you think? We the people are always left to pick up the pieces of what the big County planners, legislators, and such have destroyed. And that is why you see "For Sale" signs on block, after block, after block. So if everyone is moving out, when would you build more housing? It doesn't equate. This will leave empty apartments which will then become Section 8 and taken over by HUD and thus deteriorate the neighborhood and any existing property value that you once had in your home. I do believe someone in the industry must have created this "suggestion."

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These apt. complexes are very expensive, I don't see how paying $2500. per month plus utilities for a 2 bedroom apt. is going to help young people afford to live here, again, its the tax base that drives up the costs here!

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The apartment complexes usually have utility included in rent and different complexes offer many housing options besides 2 bedroom apartments. Never the less, complexes designate a certain portion of the apartments, usually a majority for affordable incomes below a certain Average Median Income. These complexes are a great idea for the young, taxpayers, and everybody.

Affordable Housing

The portion that is designated "affordable" is a small percentage, and is only mandatory if the project received any government funding, I believe. Because there is a TriTec Ritz Carlton Condo development destroying New Hyde Park Road and the So. Expressway right now, and there is NO affordable units in that development. I called to inquire, so you are incorrect in your comment. And I'd like to know what complexes have utilities built into the rent!!??!! - That's truly laughable. These developments are ruining the fabric and landscape of Long Island. Who do you work for?

True

True, the utilities are not built into the rent, and to make matters worse, they only offer electric heat which is super expensive, besides, I said $2500 for a two bedroom, and it’s more like $3300. Another thing, why is it that hundreds of these apartment and buildings are being built, yet our taxes don't go down, not even a smidgen?

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