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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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Legislature

Nassau Coliseum

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Kate Murray turned down 4 billion dollars of private money in the name of maintaining suburbia. Throughout the entire time the LHP was being promoted Murray refused to meet with Wang. She claimed she needed to be unbiased in assessing the situation. Years later she finally finished her rezoning. Rival developers and economists deemed it to be a failure insofar as it wasn't a viable option for viable long term economic profit. The fact that she has the nerve to come out and suggest to intimate followers of the lighthouse saga that she did everything she could to negotiate and propose an economically viable solution is disgusting. As a Nassau citizen and die hard Islander fan I felt as if I'd been slapped in the face when she praised her "economically viable" solution as well as the rival New York Rangers.

Nassau County wants Charles Wang to refurbish the Coliseum despite the fact that he doesn't own it. The citizens who are not so aware of the situation believe he should still use his private money to develop the land. Unfortunately with a bad zone he is not even being given the opportunity to do so.

As it stands Nassau County is currently having its finances overseen by NIFA. We are in economic turmoil and there is no aggressive solution being formulated to keep the New York Islanders on Long Island. The Islanders with their lucrative lease and status as Long Island's only pro franchise bring business to Long Island that would not otherwise be seen if they were to leave. All taxable products sold at the coliseum would cease to exist should they leave. The Coliseum will sit there vacant until finally Murrayville is rezoned for proper private development.

Nevertheless, Long Island doesn't need another strip mall. It needs the New York Islanders who not only bring money to the county, but also make up a chapter of Long Islands history.

As a young man attending graduate school I see no reason to stay on Long Island once I receive my diploma. Simply, high property tax rates and a NIMBYlike satisfaction with the status quo are driving me and thousands of others in my situation away from the Island. I was once proud to call this place my home but with the political climate being more hostile than ever, I feel I can safely say I will not be returning. Long Island Republican politics are as reactionary as the politicians are petty and corrupt.

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I totally agree, as a 28 year

I totally agree, as a 28 year old with a full time job and a new child it is increasingly difficult to stay afloat financially in Nassau county. Take away the prospect of a new state of the art entertainment venue( because the isles only occupy the building 41 days out of 365)and sports venue, there is nothing but strip malls and local bars. Keep up the fine work Nassau, keep up the forward progress ( or lack there of). You have 40+ year old politicians just looking to keep there positions just with lip service. The youth won't buy into your "fine the way it is" outlook. When the isles move in 2015 i will
Soon follow if I don't leave before the ship totally sinks.

If you want a reason for

If you want a reason for anyone under the age of 30 to live in Nassau as opposed to Manhattan, Brooklyn or Hoboken/Jersey city you need an entertainment venue to keep them here. Almost 3M people on Long Island. We can't afford NOT to have a first rate stadium and convention center.

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