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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

Your Ideas for a Better, More Efficient Government

More Apartments and Affordable Housing

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2226 votes

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.

Property tax releif

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It may be just an election ploy, but something has to be done about property taxes(see http://www.cutpropertytaxes.ny.gov/the-plan) I think adopting a plan more like NYC's where many more people share the burden is a more practical solution...

Get the people on the south shore their federal reconstruction aid funds!

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2146 votes

According to Newsday only four homeowners out of 4000 have gotten their money after Hurricane Sandy. Where are the local politicians who should be publicly advocating for their constituents?

Lower Property Taxes

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My house is being assessed at $200K less than it was 7 years ago and yet my property taxes keep going up. How does that work??

CONDOS

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With the proliferation of new condos – there is a tremendous need for regulation. Unfortunately being on a board is in essence a license to steal and there is no governmental oversight. There are Ombudsman Bills sitting in the Senate that are not able to be passed. Perhaps you might create a panel and ask for horror stories from owners. Lots of Republicans own condos and this would give you more votes. I would volunteer to help with this matter.

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Sandy Survivors

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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

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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

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1898 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.

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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.