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School budget votes are Tuesday, May 19th. Please come out and vote!

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It is important to exercise your right to vote in your local school districts, Tuesday, May 19th. Up for consideration in Long Island's 125 school districts are budgets and trustee elections. Some districts also have bond referendums. Your vote counts. Please come out and vote!

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All Bus Stops Should Be Shoveled As Part Of Snow Removal

(85 votes)
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53.46%
(74 votes)
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159 votes

Too many people are standing on icy snowbanks waiting for the bus with traffic zooming by. It's only a matter of time before somebody gets seriously injured.

Main/Busy sidewalk Shoveling

(69 votes)
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45.1%
(84 votes)
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153 votes

Although home and business owners are responsible for their property and their sidewalks, it should be the responsibility of the county to act in favor of commuters to shovel sidewalks where there are bus stops (main/busy streets). Property tax dollars should go towards maintenance of these side walks because it is very apparent property owners are ignoring these sidewalks, endangering the lives of commuters. I don't know but there definitely needs some enforcement of these side walks. Commuters walking on blocks of ice on the side walk or at least a foot into these high traffic streets.

Fix this assessment buisness!

(98 votes)
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53.85%
(84 votes)
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182 votes

Its rediculous that we have to file greiviences every year wasting county resources and inconveniencing home owners! The only ones making money are the lawyers, this is stupid!

Let's put school district reorganization up for a vote statewide!

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186 votes

The bulk of our property taxes on Long Island are due to school taxes. The high cost of property taxes are the result of an overabundance of school administrators with inflated salaries and lack of shared services. Yet when budgets get tight, afterschool programs are threatened with cuts and teachers are threatened with layoffs. We should put school district reorganization on the ballot statewide!

Reference: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/sch_dist_org/GuideToReorganizationOfSch...

Remove Red Light and Speed Zone Cameras

(106 votes)
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65.03%
(57 votes)
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163 votes

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.