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Should NYS government use the $550 million in funds set aside for "transformative economic development" to build a tunnel to Westchester or Connecticut?

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According to Newsday, a total of $550 million ($150 million from bank settlements of mortgage fraud scandals, and $400 million in general funds) has been set aside to transform Long Island. A tunnel, extending the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway north connecting Long Island to Westchester or Connecticut, would cut travel time by about 45 minutes, enhance commerce, and mitigate traffic on Long Island. Should NYS government use the $550 million in funds set aside for "transformative economic development" to build a tunnel to Westchester or Connecticut?

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Remove Red Light and Speed Zone Cameras

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These cameras have nothing to do with safety. In many cases, they have been found to make things less safe. ATS, the private company in Arizona that runs the cameras, gets over 30% of each ticket. The CEO's live in million dollar houses and they contribute big bucks to the politicians. The contracts demand short yellow light times for more revenue (and less safety). You can get a ticket for stopping less than 3 seconds on a right on red, even though there is no law forbidding that. The cameras are money making scams that should be eliminated. Let the police enforce the laws.

Shared Data Center for all Nassau County School Districts

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According to BOCES, there are 56 school districts in Nassau County. If you add up the IT budgets for each, it comes to a sizeable amount, including the costs of purchasing/maintaining new equipment, costs of electricity, and personnel costs to maintain them. Why not consolidate all these data centers into one shared data center? The cost savings could be passed down to the property owners who pay the school taxes.


Mandating Community Service

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I haven't done much research however, with all the massacre of cops and the growing trend of the population staying glued to the internet, whether it be on their mobile devices or stationary at home or office (due to ISP's supplying our demands with even better and competitive deals!), I believe now is the time to mandate that those unemployed (receiving benefits or not), those not attending school (secondary or university), those not busy enough to be an active participant in community service or any approved volunteering services.

Nassau County should coordinate with all local governments to help municipalities comply with the Governor's Tax Freeze Plan

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Each government entity must submit a plan to the NYS Division of Budget by July 31st this year. The plan needs to find 1% savings on the tax levy in each of the next three years. If a local government's plan is compliant that government entity's taxes will remain frozen for the next three years.

Combine Nassau and Suffolk Counties to Create Long Island County

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When you tell people where you are from you say Long Island not Nassau or Suffolk. If political leadership truly want efficient government what better way is there then to create Long Island County? There are economies of scale and Long Island County would become a dominant force in Albany to help our community get its fair share.