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Would you support changing elected NYS officials to full-time, with increased compensation and a cap on outside income?

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In New York State, all Legislators (Assemblymen and Senators alike) receive the same salary of $79,500, because these elected positions are viewed as part-time. As a result, many NYS Legislators look for outside income. Critics believe this sets the stage for graft, and recommend reframing these positions as full-time, with a respective increase in compensation, and a limit on outside income. Would you support changing elected NYS officials to full-time, with increased compensation and a cap on outside income?

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Every Nassau contract including those under $25,000 should need legislative approval

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201 votes

Too much taxpayer money being wasted.

End Common Core and Excessive Testing for our Children in NY

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201 votes

Pressure school superintendents and local school boards to refuse to comply with Governor Cuomo's NYS directives which call for a continuation of any excessive testing and new Common Core Standards. These directives cost taxpayers more money and hurt our children. Tax dollars are used to fund worthless testing and to purchase new textbooks from companies which have a monopoly on materials and tests. They make money on the repeated changes.

Deadline to Grieve your property taxes is March 1.

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176 votes

You do not need a firm to grieve your taxes. Here is the County link to help you through the process:
https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2207/How-to-Appeal-Your-Assessment

Nassau/Suffolk property taxes VS NYC

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I think the counties should adopt a tax system similar to NYC tax system(on average 5K from payroll and 5K for property tax) where they take a payroll tax and a much reduced property tax so that when one retires, he or she is only responsible for the property taxes that will not take the entire social security check to pay it. Besides, it would be fairer in that those who don't own property will also pay to school their children!

NYS needs a central site for posting all available bids and RFP's

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NYS has 10,500 individual government entities and all their bids and RFP's should be listed, organized by category, on one NYS database for all to see. Greater transparency will create increased participation, leading to better pricing and saving taxpayers money. All bids and RFP's should generate at least two responses to be deemed acceptable. All responses should be listed to show the range of bids. AMH