Issue of the Week

Should Nassau Coliseum developer, Bruce Ratner, receive more than $4.4 million in tax breaks?

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According to Newsday, Nassau Coliseum developer, Bruce Ratner, has applied for more than $4.4 million in tax exemptions ($3.37 million is sales tax and $1.1 million in mortgage tax). Those in favor of tax exemptions say Ratner's firm, Forest City, expects to spend $261 million, including $90 million in Chinese investment, to renovate the arena, create jobs and improve the area. Those against the tax breaks feel they are just another example of corporate welfare, and unnecessary for a profitable project.

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Legislature

Would you be willing to pay more state taxes in order for schools to receive more funding?

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Bike lanes for all County and Town roads

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Why can't we make Nassau more attractive to alternative forms of transportation?

Expungement process for convicted felons

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Currently, several states in the USA have an expungement process for persons who have been convicted of a felony. New York doea not. It is a life sentence even after you have completed probabtion or prison sentences. It prevents you from joining the military, voting, employment, etc. Once you have completed youyr sentence there should be a way to get it off your record for the remainder of your life.

NYS politicians should pass crowdfunding legislation to enable local residents to invest in local businesses online

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Twenty two states have passed laws to enable their non-accredited residents to invest online in start-ups within their state's own borders. The average amount a company seeking capital can raise is about $1 million and investments are usually capped around $10,000 per individual. This is great way for a community to invest in local businesses. Here is the website for Wisconsin's CraftFund for more info: https://craftfund.com/

The Belmont Stakes should be a week long festival showcasing the best Long Island has to offer

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This is the second year in a row there is the possibility of a Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes. Since the Islanders have left this will be the biggest sporting event on Long Island for the foreseeable future. There should be several days of festivities leading up to the race such as: concerts, a big-time golf tournament, street fairs in every community, local beer, wine and food tastings, school marching band competitions, 5k races, a magnificent parade etc... People fly in from all over the world for the Kentucky Derby. They should for the Belmont Stakes too! AMH