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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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Legislature

Start collecting sales tax on Internet companies that are unrestricted and operating locally

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Lyft, Uber, VRBO and Airbnb are operating on Long Island and they should be taxed just as local businesses such as taxi, limo, motels and hotels are. This is a major reason sales tax revenue has been weak in Nassau over the last few years. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/technology/airbnb-takes-its-case-to-us...

Do you support the continued use of tax payer money for legislators to send mailings to residents?

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This year budget is set at $1.3M of expense.

Amtrak Long Island

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261 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/

Gambling

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Response to Belmont Gambling, I think it's disgraceful to be contemplating another money sucker from foolish people who can barely afford to live. It's mostly those who are on freebie welfare, food stamps etc that patronize such places. There is one at Aqueduct and should be more than enough to suck money from the folks/poor folks in our area.

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Make Islip an International Airport

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It would stimulate the local economy using existing infrastructure.