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Should redistricting be conducted by an impartial third party to ensure fair electoral district boundaries?

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Every ten years, the political party in power on all levels of government — town, county, state and federal — uses Census data to redraw election district boundaries. This practice, known as "redistricting," is used to help maintain party power. Some feel this is the right of the winning party. Others feel this represents the party and not the people. Should redistricting be conducted by an impartial third party to ensure fair electoral district boundaries?

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Nassau County needs to do more to create facilities to care for the mentally ill

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Just keeping the mentally ill in the emergency room after a psychotic episode until insurance runs out isn't a long term solution. If Long Beach and Glen Cove Hospitals are going to be turned into emergency care facilities then their excess hospital rooms could be converted into facilities that cares for mentally ill.

Create user friendly Smart Phone Apps for local government

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Nassau County, town, city and village government should create an app hub similar to the one used in Gilbert, Arizona (I learned of this idea from Michael Miller's weekly Anton Newspaper column). This app would be great for transparency and getting residents more involved in local government. AMH

Police Dept

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Police making arrests close to their shift ending should not be allowed to use overtime. There must be a way to stop officers who wait till the last minute to arrest and then spend the time in the precinct chatting to other detectives until the wee hours of the morning to make more overtime. They have been known to keep a person in the precinct and not arrest them until 4:00 in the am. Whose watching who???

Civil servant salaries

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Is anyone else flabbergasted by what Newsday reported about civil service salaries that are in the stratosphere? Really, a police lieutenant earning $600K? Are there no spending controls in Nassau County? Is anyone watching the store? Is this a free for all? Is it no wonder the cost of living here is through the roof and our children have to move away because a parks dept. worker makes $300K, has job security, a pension and health for life? These people make 6 or 8 times the salary and benefits then the average tax payer! This is totally outrageous! Look it up and get angry!!!

Department of Investigation

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The County needs to empower or create a new Department of Investigation or Office of the Inspector General. Clearly the entire County needs serious oversight. For 1, this agency would oversee the Police, and all other County agencies, they would have the power to make arrest and subpoena, they would conduct background checks on new government employee hires, and any individual or entity that's doing business with the County.