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Do you believe New York State elected officials will enact meaningful Ethics Reform before the end of their 2016 Legislative Session?

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The New York State (NYS) Legislative Session ends on June 16. Though several NYS Assembly and Senate officials have been convicted of crimes, current legislators have failed to create any new laws to mitigate corruption. Closing campaign finance loopholes, limiting outside income and stripping convicted legislators of their pensions are some of the items being discussed. Do you believe NYS elected officials will enact meaningful Ethics Reform before the end of their 2016 Legislative Session?

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Legislature

Nassau/Suffolk property taxes VS NYC

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228 votes

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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252 votes

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

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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359 votes

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

Amtrak Long Island

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309 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/