Issue of the Week

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

During the summer of commuter hell run ferries from Port Washington, Huntington and Long Beach

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1240 votes

Figure it out.

NICE buses should have an app so you can see where your bus is

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1256 votes

Something similar to an UBER app where you can see where your car is and how long it will take to come

Sidewalk Snow Removal Enforcement

(544 votes)
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1359 votes

There are a number of businesses on Hempstead Turnpike just west of New Hyde Park Rd in Franklin Square that do not clear their sidewalks of ice and snow. These sidewalks are located on a busy street with many pedestrians and a NICE bus stop that is heavily used. When these sidewalks are snow covered, it creates a serious hazard. There should be someplace taxpayers can report this non compliance so the County can arrange for snow and ice removal and the business establishments that have failed in their responsibilities can be billed and fined.

Amtrak Long Island

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1828 votes

For the future, also to boost the economic development of Long Island, help the economy, help travel, and another new development in Long Island transportation which could help travel concentration and crowding of cars.

Public hearing was on the 12th, and it is an open conversation that could dramatically benefit our future. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/01/05/amtrak-long-island/

Ferry system for Nassau County

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2233 votes

There should be ferries running from Port Washington, Glen Cove and Long Beach to Manhattan (especially the east side and the World Financial Center). Every other county in the NY metro area has a ferry but Nassau.

Long Island needs high speed ferries to commute to NYC!

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1957 votes

Every other part of NY the Metro area has them except Long Island.

Create an oversight board for Nassau County's water districts

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2087 votes

There are 46 separate water districts in Nassau County and there needs to be and oversight board to foster communication and share information among them.

Grass cutting

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1823 votes

Is anyone else incensed by the way the county handles upkeep of the flora and fauna? They cut the grass and only when it gets to the 3 foot height and to top it off, they only cut the first ten feet of it! It’s looking like that documentary "50 years after people" as though we have all become extinct and there is no one to maintain the environment! We pay the highest taxes in the nation.....

Inspect every bridge and overpass in Nassau and prioritize need of repair

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1819 votes

With the recent collapse of the bridge in Washington State leadership should be proactive in inspecting bridges and overpasses in need of repair.

See Click Fix - Great way to use technology to make government more efficient

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1822 votes

Use your cell phone to report potholes, graffiti etc.

Click on the link for more info: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/01/ben-berkowitz.html

Create a Nassau County Emergency Broadcast Radio Station

(726 votes)
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1706 votes

A big issue during Hurricane Sandy was local government communication of information during and after the storm. Without power communication was difficult. Telephones, internet and cable TV weren't working and residents felt cutoff from the world. A sole purpose Nassau County emergency broadcast radio station would have helped residents stay informed. Many could have listened on battery operated radios or in their cars to find out what was happening during those difficult first few days.

Storm drain cleaning

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1774 votes

Have the person who answers the phone about a storm drain clog ,issue a case # and give to the plaintiff so I can prove i've been calling for 3 months with absolutly no results

Arrow roslyn rd and i.u. Willets

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1586 votes

It is totally insane and ridiculous that there is no arrow to turn left on to roslyn rd from i.u. Willets. During rush hour its one car per light because you cannot see behind any cars making the left turn. In favor of a 10-15 second left arrow signal??? Cmon, its a must!!

Poor planning of signage!

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Take a drive on Old Country Rd. in Westbury, heading west toward the Merrick Ave./Post Ave. intersection. The 2 standard lanes expand to 4, with the leftmost 2 becoming turning lanes. New signs were installed above to indicate the 2 turning lanes and the 2 straight through lanes.
The only problem, these signs are directly alligned with the traffic lights at this intersection. You can't see the traffic lights until your vehicle is a few hundred feet from the corner. What bonehead didn't realize they were creating an obstruction?

Clean Out The Drainage Sumps

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1727 votes

All over Nassau County are drainage sumps that haven't been dredged in years. Clean the sumps of silt and debris so we can control flooding and protect Long Island's most precious natural resource: It's clean water!

TREES NEED TO BE CUT

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ok, this is a must. Drive down Glen Cove Rd going south from northern blvd to the LIE and notice all the trees that hang over the road. This is a hazard, accident waiting to happen on our next rain wind storm...also they can block vision from seeing traffic lights. They must cut off all branches hangin over the road...tress should go UP and NOT horiztonal as most of these trees are. Clean up everything that is hangin over roads before they crack and fall during a storm. No reason for major streets to look like that...agree???

FLOODING ON BUSY STREETS

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How about having the county install more sewer drains so when it rains heavy for a few hours half Glen Cove Rd in East Hills will not turn into a one lane road as it does. Seems like a simple solution and if it happens in the winter and then freezes, its even more dangerous. See a problem , fix it.

Sewer treatment plant sludge

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1610 votes

The County pays to dispose of the sludge from the sewer treatment plants from an agreement made on a 30 year contract from the early 1980's. The County probably pays between $15-20 miliion a year. They can't figure a way out of these agreements.
The disposal of this waste can be handled for considerably cheaper rates in todays market.

Proper County level testing of all Nassau Well Water

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1634 votes

Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to the NY Times. Hundreds of the chemicals are associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, but not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000.

Mandatory Flouridation of all Nassau Drinking Water

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1518 votes

NYC and most other major metropolises began flouridating drinking water back in the 1960's. The consequence has been a dramatic reversal of cavities, which has slightly reversed with the advent of bottle water drinking since the 2000's. Although there are myriad water districts, Nassau County should mandate flouridation of all Nassau drinking water

Selling Nassau County's sewage treatment plants for one shot revenue

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1628 votes

Corporations are in the business of making a profit. I believe Nassau is being short sighted in selling off an asset that would forever be out of county control. Protection of Long Island's natural aquifer and ground water with the ability to oversee treated waste water flowing into the bay is something that should stay under local control.