Issue of the Week

Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

(1170 votes)
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2501 votes

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

Update all antiquated HVAC systems in government buildings through energy performance contracts

(682 votes)
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40.28%
(1011 votes)
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59.72%
1693 votes

The energy savings pay for the upgrade!

Wind Farms of the coast of Montauk

(1058 votes)
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47.06%
(1190 votes)
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52.94%
2248 votes

We need more renewable energy and wind farms off of Montauk would create a stable and reliable source of power for Long Island

Energy Performance Contracts in all Nassau County Buildings

(895 votes)
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44%
(1139 votes)
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56%
2034 votes

This is a no-brainer. Why hasn't it been done yet? Won't cost the county a dime and will save money long term.

Lease rooftop space on Nassau County government buildings for the purpose of generating solar power electricity.

(1186 votes)
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50.68%
(1154 votes)
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49.32%
2340 votes

The Town of Brookhaven is in the process of doing it and it will generate over $2M per year of new revenue. Why not do the same thing in Nassau?

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/brook...

Install "Digesters"

(890 votes)
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41.13%
(1274 votes)
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58.87%
2164 votes

Take organic waste that is collected with general municipal waste, and include it in "digesters" to create methane to generate electricity.

Set all Nassau County Government workstations to sleep mode after 6pm if they are not in use

(872 votes)
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43.82%
(1118 votes)
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56.18%
1990 votes

Would save Nassau County several hundred thousand per year in energy costs. No reason to leave computers and peripheral equipment on all night when not in use. AMH

Institute a Nassau County Network Power Consumption Policy

(853 votes)
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44.45%
(1066 votes)
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55.55%
1919 votes

Putting workstations into sleep mode will dramatically cut down on electricity use. Nassau BOCES did this and saved $60,000 annually. Nassau's savings should be a substantial multiple of that.

Open all faucets to a slow drip in homes and businesses without power

(675 votes)
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42%
(932 votes)
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58%
1607 votes

It is frost season and the pipes may burst.

Mandatory Generators

(838 votes)
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45.13%
(1019 votes)
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54.87%
1857 votes

Why not mandate that all gas stations have emergency generators. It a simple solution which would prevent future nightmares.

Update LIPA

(775 votes)
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45.78%
(918 votes)
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54.22%
1693 votes

Its time LIPA actually update its systems to teh 21 Century. All power line in non flood areas should be under ground and all power lines in flood areas should be above ground but all trees should be banned in their vacinity.

Wind Turbines

(737 votes)
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43.82%
(945 votes)
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56.18%
1682 votes

I don't believe there's anything going on at Plum Island since that horrific animal testing facility left town a few years back, so why not fill the entire island up with Wind Turbines. It's out of mostly everyone's sight, and we could easily run a cable to Long Island from it to carry the power. What do you think?

Natural Gas Fleet Conversion

(724 votes)
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44.23%
(913 votes)
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55.77%
1637 votes

Convert all Nassau County vehicles to Natural Gas so we decrease the amount of imported oil we need and use our own domestic energy which would create good American jobs.

Solar Energy

(829 votes)
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46.08%
(970 votes)
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53.92%
1799 votes

We should get the State and Federal Governments to secure access to low interest rate loans for the installation of Solar Panels on all Municipal and School Buildings.
In addition to generating the most electricity when schools need it the least, putting back into the grid during peak use times, it would also have a tremendous multiplier effect. Mandate that the panels be made in the USA and only local installers would get to put them up.

1) Every roof would have to be inspected to make sure it is able to support the structures.