Issue of the Week

Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

(775 votes)
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51.95%
1613 votes

On January 1, 2018, a new Suffolk County law will go into effect, charging a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags, at a variety of retail stores. Those in support of the fee believe it will protect the environment. Those against view it as a tax that will hurt local businesses. Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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Legislature

SafeTrade in Nassau County PD Stations

(114 votes)
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28.29%
(289 votes)
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71.71%
403 votes

Future buyers, future sellers on Long Island.
Wouldn't it be great if there were safe areas to conduct legitimate trades from Craigslist, Facebook and other apps like letgo. Imagine an open, brightly lit lobby with surveillance cameras and more police officers than you can count -- all watching you as you conduct your transaction. Let's add locations in Nassau County to the SafeTrade Stations national list! http://www.safetradestations.com/

Before interest rates tick up every government entity should check to see if they could refinance long term bonds

(257 votes)
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35.89%
(459 votes)
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64.11%
716 votes

When governments don't refinance debt it is simply a waste of taxpayer money.

Stop the Proliferation of Political Signs

(323 votes)
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39.49%
(495 votes)
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60.51%
818 votes

This suggestion was posted to the NassauSuggestionBox.com Facebook page:
Here is a suggestion which would improve quality of life in Nassau County:
I understand political signs are a form of free speech and therefore are protected by the 1st Amendment but i think there are a number of viable options to better deal with them:
1) both parties agree not to do them and they invest the money elsewhere in their campaigns

There should be a list of all Nassau County invoices that are 30 days past due

(352 votes)
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41.27%
(501 votes)
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58.73%
853 votes

Nassau is floating multi-millions in unpaid expenses. There is no posted information on the County website as to how large overdue invoices are which would give taxpayers a sense if the budget is really balanced or not. Is it just smoke and mirrors around election time?

All NYS elected officials need to fight the Trump tax plan

(314 votes)
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35.32%
(575 votes)
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64.68%
889 votes

Losing the ability to deduct local and state taxes from your Federal tax burden will be a crushing blow to Long Islanders. The Long Island Association (LIA) estimates it will cost our community an additional $2.5 billion in taxes.

Bike lanes for all county roads

(354 votes)
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41.6%
(497 votes)
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58.4%
851 votes

Makes for a healthier community and safer for cyclists.

EVACUATION ROUTE

(315 votes)
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44.62%
(391 votes)
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55.38%
706 votes

If you live in Island Park, Oceanside, Long Beach, Rockville Centre, and there is an emergency or a snow storm your in trouble. There is only one lane out of these towns and they have parking on them. Snow plows can't do there job, so the roads are plowed like crap. We need no parking on any emergency route and those roads clean so you can lick them.

RIP OFF

(298 votes)
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42.45%
(404 votes)
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57.55%
702 votes

You buy a ticket to see a show and when you get there they want to charge you $4O.OO to park. They don't tell you that on your ticket, and there is no place else to park. You are being RIPPED OFF.

Police Salaries and benifits

(300 votes)
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43.17%
(395 votes)
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56.83%
695 votes

Police salaries and pensions are the highest in the country. Your tax money is paying for them. The police union is corrupt and one sided. Most police retire with $100,000. to $200,000. thousand dollars a year for the rest of there life with benefits even if they live to 100. Many are offered a second county job with another pension. If they screw up on there job they don't get fired they get a paid vacation, because there corrupt union backs them. We must fix this and save the tax payers millions.

Sanitation Workers

(266 votes)
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47.33%
(296 votes)
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52.67%
562 votes

Raise the benefits for all sanitation workers. They work harder then any one in Nassau. They breath more toxic air in one day then the men at 911 did in six months. Look how much money those guys made.

Mentally Ill

(283 votes)
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47.01%
(319 votes)
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52.99%
602 votes

Raise the budget for the mentally ill. There is no real help in Nassau. It will reduce crime by 100%. The doctors will tell you there funding is a joke. It will also take pressure off our court .

RED LIGHT CAMERAS

(289 votes)
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50.61%
(282 votes)
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49.39%
571 votes

Take down all the red light cameras in Nassau, and take all the surcharges off all tickets. How many times do you have to pay for the same ticket.

helmet law

(259 votes)
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47.09%
(291 votes)
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52.91%
550 votes

motorcycle riders don't want a helmet law if you ride a motorcycle you have the right to choose . Live free or die.

Stop all voter communications by mail from Nassau Legislators 90 days before an election

(296 votes)
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47.13%
(332 votes)
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52.87%
628 votes

Many of the mail pieces are being used for self promotion at the taxpayer's expense and provide little important information.

Stop the robocalls!

(319 votes)
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41.16%
(456 votes)
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58.84%
775 votes

They are a disruptive public nuisance. Pass legislation for unsolicited robocalls to receive a dollar a call fine and they will soon cease to exist.

The new Belmont Park RFP needs to be an open and transparent process

(359 votes)
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42.69%
(482 votes)
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57.31%
841 votes

The land should go to the proposal that shows the best use of the most valuable real estate left to develop on Long Island.

During the summer of commuter hell run ferries from Port Washington, Huntington and Long Beach

(403 votes)
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43.33%
(527 votes)
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56.67%
930 votes

Figure it out.

building and road vibrations

(287 votes)
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38.94%
(450 votes)
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61.06%
737 votes

The US Army Corps of Engineers let a contract to rebuild the barrier island beaches. The contract allowed for the bidder to choose their method of delivery of materials to the work site. The result of this decision is that the 20 vehicle caravans per day carrying 20 tons of material each trip for the next 2 years is causing damage to our homes and roads. Who is going to pay for the repairs?

Standardize the permit approval process for businesses throughout Nassau County

(416 votes)
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45.02%
(508 votes)
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54.98%
924 votes

Time is money and a long approval process discourages investment in our community. It should be simple and easy with the same approval process in every village and town.

Local Election Dates

(397 votes)
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41.31%
(564 votes)
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58.69%
961 votes

Voter turnouts for local and specialized district elections (like park districts, library boards, school board and budget, water districts etc) are dismally low. All elections should take place on election day ( 1st Tues. in Nov.) to increase voter participation. This idea seems to have universal agreement.
I realize that this might not be so simple, but any legal hurdles that stand in the way, should be confronted. Thanks

NICE buses should have an app so you can see where your bus is

(428 votes)
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45.63%
(510 votes)
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54.37%
938 votes

Something similar to an UBER app where you can see where your car is and how long it will take to come

Move the Islanders back to the Nassau Coliseum

(393 votes)
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42.21%
(538 votes)
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57.79%
931 votes

The whole area around the Coliseum will fall apart if a new facility is built at Belmont. The retrofit to expand seating has to be cost effective compared to building a new arena. The Islanders want out of Brooklyn and this is our last chance to get them back.

Roads are the pits these days

(473 votes)
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43.96%
(603 votes)
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56.04%
1076 votes

Since the Nassau County roads have been demolished by the public workers we pay, through our payment of taxes, the plow personnel should be held accountable for tearing up the roads and knocking down fences. The streets are full of potholes, then patched and re-patched by more public workers, and yet the roads are actually unsafe in many areas. I have ruined two tires hitting these potholes! Each tire cost $150.00! THE ROADS NEED RESURFACING, AND THERE SHOULD BE MONEY IN THE BUDGET TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE!

What do all say about this? Should there be money to fix our roadways? yes or no?

NYS should allow early voting to increase civic participation

(486 votes)
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45%
(594 votes)
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55%
1080 votes

34 states and the District of Columbia permitted no-excuse early voting. Why not New York?

Inspector General to oversee Nassau County contracting process

(484 votes)
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45.92%
(570 votes)
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54.08%
1054 votes

NIFA should insist on it as not much has changed in the transparency of the County contracting process since Skelos' conviction. It's still a mess.

Every level of government should live stream every meeting

(436 votes)
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42.41%
(592 votes)
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57.59%
1028 votes

Transparency is good government

Remove illegal aliens from Nassau Schools.

(453 votes)
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39.84%
(684 votes)
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60.16%
1137 votes

Nearly the entire 3rd floor of the Hicksville High School is ESL. The staggering number of illegal alien children is bloating our school budget and driving our school taxes out of control. I'm retired on a fixed income and can't afford anymore increases. I pickup my grandchild from the school and she can even point them out. This free ride at our expense must stop NOW>

Sidewalk Snow Removal Enforcement

(419 votes)
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40.02%
(628 votes)
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59.98%
1047 votes

There are a number of businesses on Hempstead Turnpike just west of New Hyde Park Rd in Franklin Square that do not clear their sidewalks of ice and snow. These sidewalks are located on a busy street with many pedestrians and a NICE bus stop that is heavily used. When these sidewalks are snow covered, it creates a serious hazard. There should be someplace taxpayers can report this non compliance so the County can arrange for snow and ice removal and the business establishments that have failed in their responsibilities can be billed and fined.

Add Bike Lanes on L.I.E. Service Road

(432 votes)
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41.3%
(614 votes)
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58.7%
1046 votes

Would increase recreation and safety in our community.

2017 Run for Hope 2017

(421 votes)
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42.27%
(575 votes)
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57.73%
996 votes

Hope For Youth is looking for runners, walkers, volunteers & fundraisers to join us for our Run For Hope 5K!

Come run or walk for a cause! Join Hope for Youth’s Run for Hope 5k annual fundraiser. On Saturday, May 6th at 9AM at Hecksher State Park we will be running/walking to benefit our mission of facilitating positive change in the lives of youth and families in Long Island. Registration by April 22nd includes a t-shirt, bib, prizes and awards!

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano Needs to Resign! Here are 4 reasons why.

(424 votes)
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42.61%
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57.39%
995 votes

4 Reasons Ed Mangano Needs to Resign

With so many indictments and convictions of Long Island public officials, residents have become numb. Sadly, it’s all just business as usual, and we’ve come to accept it. Corrupt politicians hurt our communities in many ways, and it’s got to stop. That’s why I’m calling for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to resign.

There needs to be a complete overhaul of Nassau County's Assessment System. Here's how.

(456 votes)
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44.66%
(565 votes)
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55.34%
1021 votes

How to Fix Nassau's Broken Tax Assessment System
Newsday’s February 2nd expose by Matt Clark, “Mangano’s Overhaul Created $1.7B Property Tax Shift” was well researched and extraordinarily done. It highlights the real estate tax burden shift from the informed and wealthy, to the struggling middle class and the elderly. Far from “fixed,” Mangano’s assessment system is as broken as ever, and those who can least afford it are bearing the burden.

Total lack of transparency and competence.

(481 votes)
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43.93%
(614 votes)
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56.07%
1095 votes

I was once a member of the residential assessment reform team for Nassau County and I can tell you that the department is less transparent than ever before. The facts are this: the amount of property taxes paid is solely dependent upon the money needed to cover the impending budgets, while no one seems to care how these assessment numbers are created as long as enough revenue is obtained to cover these expenses. That is why the assessment department and their outside consultants are so willing to give homeowners, close to 85% of those who challenge, a reduction in their individual taxes.

Do you think Donald Trump will be an effective President?

(432 votes)
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41.82%
(601 votes)
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58.18%
1033 votes

Lot of divisiveness since the inauguration. Will Trump get the job done?

Government Consolidation/Elimination

(444 votes)
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42.01%
(613 votes)
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57.99%
1057 votes

Outside of New York City there are simply too many layers of government in New York. This is especially true on Long Island. You have the County, the Town, the individual villages and countless other smaller entities, namely school districts and various special districts. This is completely unsustainable. Not only is this very expensive; having so many individual, independent governments all with their own elected officials, executives, personnel and the like - it is also very expensive. When I reach out to any of my local governments, I am not greeted with swift and direct action.

Immediate special election to replace Venditto in the Town of Oyster Bay

(543 votes)
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45.71%
(645 votes)
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54.29%
1188 votes

TOB needs new leadership. Appointing council members won't give the public confidence that ethics are top priority.

Bring the Islanders back to the Nassau Coliseum

(482 votes)
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44.88%
(592 votes)
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55.12%
1074 votes

They don't belong in Brooklyn, Belmont or anywhere else.

Revamp the whole IDA system

(491 votes)
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44.12%
(622 votes)
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55.88%
1113 votes

Only way Nassau grows is if they attract new business. IDA tax breaks should only be given to new, out of state, businesses. Shopping malls and car dealerships can't pick up and leave.

Everyone, All Long Islanders, should sign up as Muslims if and when Trump institutes a Muslim registry

(448 votes)
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36.72%
(772 votes)
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63.28%
1220 votes

Shameful xenophobic and bigoted parts of history do not need to repeat themselves!

Nassau should stop hiring legal consultants and do all the work in house

(495 votes)
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41.53%
(697 votes)
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58.47%
1192 votes

Good way to cut down on costs as staff attorneys will save the taxpayers money.

Long Island needs more charging stations for electric cars

(535 votes)
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40.29%
(793 votes)
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59.71%
1328 votes

It's a chicken or the egg thing. In this case if charging stations are ubiquitous then Long Islanders will purchase more electric cars leading to less toxic auto emissions and cleaner air.

Update all antiquated HVAC systems in government buildings through energy performance contracts

(579 votes)
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40.21%
(861 votes)
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59.79%
1440 votes

The energy savings pay for the upgrade!

Put receptacles in every L.I. pharmacy to collect and recycle expired meds

(597 votes)
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42.52%
(807 votes)
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57.48%
1404 votes

This way they won't get flushed down the toilet or put into landfills and leech into our aquifers.

$200 Red Light Cameras will drive working families out of Nassau

(640 votes)
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45.42%
(769 votes)
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54.58%
1409 votes

The Nassau County Executive has proposed raising ticket fines to $200. This has to be the among the highest red light camera ticket fines in the USA! This incredibly price gouging ticket could be the difference between a family purchasing food or paying rent versus paying a ticket.

Voter Primary Confusion

(559 votes)
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43.57%
(724 votes)
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56.43%
1283 votes

I received the usual postcard describing my polling place, mentions primaries 9/13, 10/3 and general election 11/8. I an registered Republican but could not find anywhere on nassauvotes.com whether there is a republican contest for today's 9/13 primary. Took a call to BofE to learn "none". WHY DOESN'T NASSAU B of E WEBSITE LIST CANDIDATES AND BALLOTS TO BETTER INFORM PROSPECTIVE VOTERS?

Don't allow elected officials to send constituent mail 90 days before an election

(643 votes)
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49.08%
(667 votes)
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50.92%
1310 votes

There is usually nothing of substance and it is just using your tax dollars to promote themselves.

NY needs to be proactive in protecting residents against the Zika virus

(639 votes)
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44.1%
(810 votes)
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55.9%
1449 votes

This could become a problem down the road so the time to address it is now. An aggressive public awareness campaign would be worthwhile.

Back to school sales tax holidays

(636 votes)
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45.27%
(769 votes)
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54.73%
1405 votes

The sales tax in Nassau County is 8.625%. According to the Wall Street Journal consumers will spend an average of $673.57 on back to school items for grades K-12 this year. Tax savings would be over $58 per family. A one week tax holiday sometime in August would work best.

Stop Common Core and high stakes testing

(624 votes)
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44.86%
(767 votes)
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55.14%
1391 votes

The only ones who benefit are private corporations and it's hurting our children.

Put a suggestion box in every local government agency for employees to submit ideas

(675 votes)
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48.67%
(712 votes)
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51.33%
1387 votes

Those working day to day in government know where the problems are and how to fix them.

The Town of Oyster Bay needs financial oversight

(619 votes)
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46.16%
(722 votes)
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53.84%
1341 votes

The economy is strong yet the Town of Oyster Bay is struggling financially and racked with scandal. As NYS Assemblyman Chuck Lavine suggests: a "NIFA" style control board should be put in place.

The NYS Legislature should have passed comprehensive ethics reform.

(518 votes)
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45.92%
(610 votes)
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54.08%
1128 votes

Stripping pensions from corrupt elected officials is just a small step. The best time for change is during a crisis and this was a missed opportunity to win back the public's trust.

Civil Service Pensions

(734 votes)
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49.39%
(752 votes)
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50.61%
1486 votes

All Civil Service pensions should be based on base pay ONLY - NOT OVERTIME. The practice of working heavy OT in last 3 years of service unfairly jacks up pensions that the taxpayer never gets

Civil servants who perform reserve military duty should not be allowed to collect full pay while on duty. Yes their pay should be subsidized to a max of current salary but NOT TO MAKE MONEY. Civilian reservists do not get this bonus to make a profit

Merge Nassau and Suffolk into one big County

(642 votes)
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47.1%
(721 votes)
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52.9%
1363 votes

Call it Long Island County. Would save money on economies of scale and help Long Island get its fair share of resources from NYS and the Federal government.

Place Solar Panels on Top of Every Public School on Long Island

(692 votes)
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49.5%
(706 votes)
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50.5%
1398 votes

The incentives are there to save money for the taxpayer, keep electricity rates low and model green energy for the next generation. The large flat rooftops of public schools are an untapped asset.

Term Limits for all elected officials

(706 votes)
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48.46%
(751 votes)
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51.54%
1457 votes

Suffolk County has a twelve year limit. All levels of government involving elected officials should have the same.

Add bike lanes to all County roads

(672 votes)
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47.83%
(733 votes)
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52.17%
1405 votes

It would make Nassau a more livable place and cut down on traffic.

Get rid of pensions for convicted NYS elected officials

(712 votes)
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48.9%
(744 votes)
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51.1%
1456 votes

It's just a waste of resources for a small group who have betrayed the public's trust.

Bring back the Islanders

(746 votes)
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47.25%
(833 votes)
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52.75%
1579 votes

They are floundering in Brooklyn. Sell seat licenses to subsidize bringing them back.

All Nassau County Contracts Should be Added to the NYS Contract Reporter

(683 votes)
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47.76%
(747 votes)
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52.24%
1430 votes

Wider exposure to attract possible bidders on county contracts will result in cost-effective pricing and taxpayer savings. Currently Nassau only advertises available contracts by placing legal ads in Newsday and on the county website.
https://www.nyscr.ny.gov/

All of Long Island should have Universal Pre-K

(734 votes)
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45.82%
(868 votes)
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54.18%
1602 votes

New York City has it why don't we? Received this email from a NYC Assemblyman today: Pre-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality pre-K and will lay the foundation of skills and knowledge to prepare for our children for school and life. All programs create a high-quality learning experience designed to support how young children learn and develop.

Every Nassau contract including those under $25,000 should need legislative approval

(793 votes)
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47.6%
(873 votes)
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52.4%
1666 votes

Too much taxpayer money being wasted.

End Common Core and Excessive Testing for our Children in NY

(674 votes)
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47.46%
(746 votes)
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52.54%
1420 votes

Pressure school superintendents and local school boards to refuse to comply with Governor Cuomo's NYS directives which call for a continuation of any excessive testing and new Common Core Standards. These directives cost taxpayers more money and hurt our children. Tax dollars are used to fund worthless testing and to purchase new textbooks from companies which have a monopoly on materials and tests. They make money on the repeated changes.

Deadline to Grieve your property taxes is March 1.

(771 votes)
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45.01%
(942 votes)
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54.99%
1713 votes

You do not need a firm to grieve your taxes. Here is the County link to help you through the process:
https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2207/How-to-Appeal-Your-Assessment

Nassau/Suffolk property taxes VS NYC

(723 votes)
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44.22%
(912 votes)
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55.78%
1635 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

(730 votes)
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48.12%
(787 votes)
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51.88%
1517 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

(666 votes)
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44.61%
(827 votes)
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55.39%
1493 votes

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?

(676 votes)
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43.9%
(864 votes)
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56.1%
1540 votes

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

Amtrak Long Island

(768 votes)
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49.2%
(793 votes)
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50.8%
1561 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

(649 votes)
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45.07%
(791 votes)
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54.93%
1440 votes

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.

Thanks

Make Islip an International Airport

(763 votes)
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49.16%
(789 votes)
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50.84%
1552 votes

It would stimulate the local economy using existing infrastructure.

The County needs to adopt the Zarb report recommendations

(788 votes)
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47.64%
(866 votes)
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52.36%
1654 votes

Residents need to feel corruption is being kept in check and the people come first.
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/nassau-contracting-panel-urges...

Nassau should have 6-1 matching donations for candidates just like in NYC.

(720 votes)
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46.04%
(844 votes)
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53.96%
1564 votes

The amount of money it would cost Nassau to finance 6-1 matching funds is peanuts compared to the amount saved from pay to play corruption in the current system. NYC is thriving. Nassau is being held back by a corrupt system and going to a similar system to NYC would encourage investment locally.

Stop Common Core Now!

(776 votes)
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48.38%
(828 votes)
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51.62%
1604 votes

Common Core is detrimental to students, teachers and public education. The link below is a recent article I wrote about this topic in the "Island Now."
http://www.theislandnow.com/great_neck/opinions/all-things-political-why...

Checks and balances

(709 votes)
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46.01%
(832 votes)
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53.99%
1541 votes

Retiring Nassau County Legis. Fran Becker has introduced a bill that would raise the salaries of all county legislators. How can the legislators create and vote on bills that raise their own salaries? Where is the system of checks and balances? No wonder Nassau County has a budget deficit of $160 million. This practice should be abolished.

cost savings; electric

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install smart lights in all bldgs. light will go on when someone enters the room.
i used to be the only one to shut off lights when i left a room

Abandoned housing task force

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Many houses in Nassau County have been abandoned and are in
foreclosure.

The Town is supposed to monitor these but only if someone complains and then the inspector does little to correct the lack of maintenance on the property.

A task force should be formed to make sure the properties are maintained so that they dont look like an eyesore.

This could consist of actual workers and the owners should be charged where their services fail.

motorcycles on the northern stste and meadowbrook parkways

(791 votes)
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The new motorcycles make a tremendous amount of noise on the parkway going through residential areas.

These may be speeding and the police cant seem to stop them.

You can hear them miles away.

They are Japanese racing bikes used by young people.

I suggest monitoring these noisy machines and ticketing them from cameras on overpasses or poles near the roadway.

They dont stay in a lane and are dangerous to car traffic.

Southern State Parkway Lighting

(761 votes)
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The Southern State Parkway is the most treacherous highway on Long Island, yet the lighting is extremely poor. More than half of the lights are out and mismanaged causing deaths and accidents. Replace all the lighting and maintain it properly before more lives are lost.

Do not cut Youth Services!

(628 votes)
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The County is in financial straights and they are considering cutting Youth Services. The $6.4 million in funding to over 40 worthwhile organizations provide valuable services to Nassau. Cutting them will end up costing more in the long run and in the short term many lives will be adversely affected.

Alternate Dem/Republican Seating Positions in the County Legislature

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If you intermingle the party seating chart in the legislature you will foster greater communication. Hopefully it will lead to solutions that help better Nassau.

VOTE Tuesday November 3rd!

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Polls open in Nassau from 6am-9pm.

Tactical Plan to Get Aggressive Drivers Off the Road

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Looking at some of the school zones where Speed Cams were once operational I notice very often that the few drivers who actually drive as though they realize there is a speed limit are often honked at, cursed at and/or illegally passed at high rates of speed. These zones are "Target Rich" environments. Why not use some "not obvious" unmarked police vehicles to cruise these areas at busy time of day adhering to the speed limit? Based on my observations I am quite sure that this would result in a plethora of multi-point tickets and serve to get some bad guys off the road.

Do you want the NY State Attorney to heavily investigate political corruption in Nassau County?

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From a recent poll (see link below) 54% of LI'ers believe corruption is a "serious problem." Is it time for more serious investigation(s) by the state to investigate and remove politicians that are hurting the people and our economic welfare? http://longisland.news12.com/news/poll-liers-feel-gov-t-corruption-is-a-...

Generate revenue, help small bussiness

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There is an article in NY times about legalizing short-term sleepover web services like airbnb. Jersey city is passing legislation that will do just this. Something similar in long island would be great both for the county to generate revenue from such short term sleepover rentals, as well as for the local businesses. It would help to attract tourists to the area without need for large urban-esque hotels that would take away from the suburban green space look of long island.

Jimmy Ruocco OP SPLASH

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Let us raise our voices as one!
Wednesday, October 14, 1pm-4pm

Nitrogen from Bay Park effluent contributes to seaweed growth around Point Lookout Beach

Public Meeting on Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan
Let's rally for Bay Park Ocean Outfall with Denitrification!

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Long Island Regional Planning Council are hosting a public meeting to discuss development of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan.

Incentivize County Employees to make money savings suggestions like Columbia County NY

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Columbia County NY gives $50-$500 to public employees if they come up with money saving ideas. Simple to implement and a great way to have employees partake in pride of ownership of their institutional knowledge: See link for their program rules: http://www.columbiacountyny.com/documents/misc/InnovativeIncentivesProgr...

Nassau's libraries should add items for loan outside of books

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Around the country items such as snowshoes, fishing rods and musical instruments can be borrowed from a library. It's a great way to keep libraries an active part of the community. Here is a NY Times article about this topic: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/these-public-libraries-are-for-snow...

Long Island officials should focus on tourism to help expand the tax base

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It's the easiest and quickest way to expand sales tax revenue so desperately needed to run local government. Lets showcase the best Long Island has to offer and help our local economy! AMH

Term Limits for NYS Legislators, Governor and Others Is Needed

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Political corruption of elected State officials is the most essential problem, not state aid to education. This could be most effectively remedied by a NYS Constitutional Amendment barring the election of any state official and legislators for more than two term. The recent scandals of our State Senators are most illustrative.

Lipa

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Sell all of LIPA to a private company to lower prices and improve service.
We shouldn't have to live with government inefficiencies any more.

Transparency in County Contracts

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Nassau County should have a search engine for County Contracts on its website https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/ Residents should be able to search the database by a price range or by vendor for easy access to public information. AMH

Costly and Wasteful Political Flyers

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It seems like every other week, I receive some piece of useless information in the mail, from any given politician in Nassau County, regarding anything from the heroin problem here in Nassau, or a "free" seminar on how to lower my property taxes. I think the taxpayer dollars would be spent more wisely in reducing both those issues, rather than sending out expensive flyers that do nothing and end up in the trash. We know the problems Nassau is having already, do we have to be reminded by the politicians who created the conditions and situation in the first place? Stop the wasteful flyers!

Retaining Residents

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With the growing rate of renting rooms and illegal apartments, it's very clear to see where society is heading. Businesses have no regard for those who have moved and settled to long island, seeking for more cost-effective locations. Isn't there anything our local legislators can do to their loyal residents from the inherent behaviors of big businesses? Yes people will be moving in, out and about long island no question about it... but isn't there anything they can do to prolong businesses from leaving?

Baldwin Downtown Revitalization

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I know that there was originally a plan to redevelop the area and make the blighted areas really nice but I don't know what happened. It would really be cool if Baldwin was redeveloped!

Feel free to research and comment!

Freeport Downtown Revitalization

Combine Nassau and Suffolk Bus Systems

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There should be some economies of scale and combining the bus systems would make it easier to get around Long Island.

Develop Nassau County Downtowns

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Everybody should look extensively through this website before choosing your side, especially the BUILD A BETTER BURB part of the site. There are MANY benefits to problems such as housing, transportation, jobs, commercial zones, and can be multi-purposeful. It would bring vibrancy into communities.

Some downtown projects at the proposal stage shown on the site are Westbury, Rockville Centre, Patchogue, and Ronkonkoma.
This is do-able for almost any community, Wyandanch is one of the communities which have done this and is under huge construction of Wyandanch Rising.

Boat RALI - Race Around Long Island

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Create a RALI - Race Around Long Island - starting in Long Beach and ending in Port Washington. The over 200 mile engineless boat race should be in September, to help extend the summer tourism season on Long Island. It would be creative, fun and exciting helping to showcase the best Long Island has to offer. A food and wine festival at the start of the race would only enhance the atmosphere. A more rigorous race to Alaska was wildly successful earlier this year. http://r2ak.com/about/

More Apartments and Affordable Housing

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As everyone who is in the area knows, there are a lack of affordable housing options in Nassau County. Young people continue to move away and property tax rises. Do you believe that we should follow in the footsteps of areas such as Long Beach and build more condominiums, apartment complexes, and high rises? It would cause neighborhoods to become vibrant and the commercial "downtowns" would become great places to go. Near the LIRR stations would cause a lot of traveling and more young people to move into the area. This idea WILL create affordable housing.

Ferry system for Nassau County

(1008 votes)
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There should be ferries running from Port Washington, Glen Cove and Long Beach to Manhattan (especially the east side and the World Financial Center). Every other county in the NY metro area has a ferry but Nassau.

Raise property values

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Long Island suffers from a lack of selection and poor quality of housing, offices, warehouses at high prices due to very weak property rights and a socialist real estate market. If zoning authority were transferred from small and highly populist villages to either their respective towns or counties, zoning power would be dispersed and diffused such that development and real estate use decisions would be less political and more market-oriented. The result would be significantly more supply and competition for all types of real estate, including much needed housing.

Would you be willing to pay more state taxes in order for schools to receive more funding?

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Bike lanes for all County and Town roads

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1957 votes

Why can't we make Nassau more attractive to alternative forms of transportation?

Expungement process for convicted felons

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1819 votes

Currently, several states in the USA have an expungement process for persons who have been convicted of a felony. New York doea not. It is a life sentence even after you have completed probabtion or prison sentences. It prevents you from joining the military, voting, employment, etc. Once you have completed youyr sentence there should be a way to get it off your record for the remainder of your life.

NYS politicians should pass crowdfunding legislation to enable local residents to invest in local businesses online

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Twenty two states have passed laws to enable their non-accredited residents to invest online in start-ups within their state's own borders. The average amount a company seeking capital can raise is about $1 million and investments are usually capped around $10,000 per individual. This is great way for a community to invest in local businesses. Here is the website for Wisconsin's CraftFund for more info: https://craftfund.com/

The Belmont Stakes should be a week long festival showcasing the best Long Island has to offer

(842 votes)
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1777 votes

This is the second year in a row there is the possibility of a Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes. Since the Islanders have left this will be the biggest sporting event on Long Island for the foreseeable future. There should be several days of festivities leading up to the race such as: concerts, a big-time golf tournament, street fairs in every community, local beer, wine and food tastings, school marching band competitions, 5k races, a magnificent parade etc... People fly in from all over the world for the Kentucky Derby. They should for the Belmont Stakes too! AMH

Growing Nassau (In Southern and Central)

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Should Southern and Central Nassau County become more like Queens? Should we have more big buildings, apartments and attract more young people to become a developed metropolitan area? Areas such as Garden City, Freeport, and Hempstead have a lot of potential and we can make Nassau County into a great place to affordably live an urban lifestyle.
Northern Nassau County incertain places are more suburban and should stay that way, except Central and Southern has AMAZING potential.
Please leave comments about your opinion or to modify my proposal.

All Nassau County capital expenditues that go out for an RFP should list the political donations of the winner of the contract

(750 votes)
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When government goes out to bid the the lowest bidder wins. When they go out for a request for proposal (RFP) the lowest bid doesn't always get picked. For complete transparency there should be a list of political donations the winner of the RFP has made over the last year. The donors names should be part of the resolution when it is voted on. We need complete transparency in government!

Rapid Bus Transit system

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I am currently living in Albany, NY and they have a great bus system- the Capital District Transportation Authority. Besides their extensive bus system throughout Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Rensselaer, they have something call RBT- Rapid Bus Transit and I am very impressed with the service. It is supposed to be a cost effective way to provide a light-rail like service using buses. Long Island really needs this.

new LIRR stops

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Should the LIRR add 3 stops in Roosevelt, Uniondale, and East Garden City? The line would run from Freeport to Carle Place.
For:
1.Less Traffic on Meadowbrook Parkway ( really bad ) and other streets( Front Street, Hempstead Tpke, Uniondale Ave, N Main St, Old Country Road)
2. Make these areas more commercial, create jobs, cut down on transportation time.

Offset Property Taxes: Use Funds for Public Schools

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1638 votes

The $550 million in funds set aside for "transformative economic development" can be better spent on education. The education system is way too dependent on voters who, understandably, vote to keep their tax costs down. The education system is badly in need of reform, funding and standardization across the board to ensure equity for all students.

Long Island needs high speed ferries to commute to NYC!

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Every other part of NY the Metro area has them except Long Island.

Recycle Expired Prescriptions in "The Big Red Med Box"

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Old and expired medications are flushed down the drain or tossed in the garbage and find their way into our water supply. Pharmacies around Long Island are installing recycling bins called "The Big Red Box". Bring in your old meds to participating pharmacies and recycle them to protect our water and make sure they don't get into someone else's hands for misuse and abuse. AMH

marvin krieger

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I want to pay my taxes online with my banks billpayer

Nassau County Business Accelerator

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NYC promotes new businesses and help them navigate the red tape to open as quickly as possible. Why doesn't Nassau County have something similar?
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nbat/html/about/about.shtml

Revenue Generating Sledding Slope

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Revenue Generating Sledding Slope. The design will include the following: rentals, concessions, locker rentals, handicap access with elevators. Ice/Snowmaking equipment when the season is dry. This design can be developed at all Nassau County Parks. Let's make Long Island the Winter Recreational Region. This facility can be opened 6-8 months to generate revenue encouraging exercise for all ages and disabilities.

All Bus Stops Should Be Shoveled As Part Of Snow Removal

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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

(807 votes)
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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!

(837 votes)
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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!

(788 votes)
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1691 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

(983 votes)
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1979 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.

Shared Data Center for all Nassau County School Districts

(818 votes)
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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.

Reference: http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/lge/grant.html
http://www.eraseracismny.org/storage/documents/education/ERASE_Racism-lo...

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.

Prohibit Posting Anonymously

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I think we should prohibit the voting using an anonymously profile and only allow those with login accounts as this is a very good forum and is being hijacked by some whose interests do not lie with the majority of honest taxpaying citizens.

Villages should share road paving costs

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The larger the project the cheaper the cost per mile. Cooperative bids and/or sharing village Department of Public Works Employees, especially with the smaller villages, will save the taxpayers money.

Create a ferry service from the North Shore of Nassau to Manhattan.

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Nassau is the only county in the NY Metro area that is close to Manhattan and doesn't have a ferry system. Port Washington to the east side of mid-town Manhattan would take 35 minutes. Glen Cove to the same location would take 40 minutes. A connection stop at LaGuardia would take additional cars off the road and make for an easy commute.

Speed Zone Cameras Should Have Been Used To Keep The Islanders On Long Island

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The lost sales tax revenue from losing the Islanders isn't coming back. If Nassau was going to use speed zone cameras at least they could have been used to keep the Islanders from leaving!

Voter Tax Credit to Increase Turnout

(709 votes)
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1545 votes

Voter turnout in NYS was terrible this year at 33%. To encourage more people to participate how about a $100 NYS tax credit for voting?

STOP!: Out of State Plates; the danger beneath

(808 votes)
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Should legislation be introduced to correct lost fees and penalties for the growing # of out of state plates in NY? Take a look around next time you travel the roads; probably more evident in lower income neighborhoods.

Ok, if you're a snowbird, fine, then this topic doesn't apply. I'm concerned about the frequency I'm seeing non-NY plates on LI and what it means, and what should be done about it.

Manufacturing Tax Credit for Nassau Companies

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Legislators enacted an Upstate Manufacturing Tax Credit so why not one in Nassau? Our community has lost 30% of our manufacturing jobs since 2000 because of the high costs associated with running a business here. Let's give Nassau job creators the same tax breaks we pay for to help manufacturers in other parts of the state. AMH

Rent out the rooftops of public and private schools to solar energy providers

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With diminished funding available for public and private education all schools should rent out their rooftops to solar energy providers. This green energy source will help drive extra revenue towards education giving taxpayers relief and bring down the cost of Long Island's power generation by providing extra supply. Adam Haber

Pre K

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resources spent in Pre-K Is much more valuable than spent on Advanced Placement classes.

Energy Performance Contracts for Local Governments to Convert Outdoor Lighting to L.E.D.

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There should be a coordinated energy performance contract to convert all outdoor lights on Long Island to L.E.D. While L.E.D. lights are more expensive they last up to 4x as long, require less maintenance, give off less heat and use about half the electricity. In the end they are much cheaper and make a great investment. The lower electrical load would help keep prices down for all consumers during a hot summer. AMH

There should be stronger texting laws to stop texting while driving

(686 votes)
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1474 votes

Texting while driving is as bad as drinking while driving.

Nassau Should Have An Annual Food and Wine Festival

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Bring tourism dollars to Nassau by leveraging what Long Island already has. Good food and wine. Include some top named chefs and music. Have it over a weekend at Belmont Park. If you build it, they will come! AMH

Over 2000 illegals moved to L.I.

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Of all the places in the US, the feds decided to move these kids here to L.I., the highest cost of living is in this area, what is wrong with say, New Mexico or Texas? Isn't it enough that we are paying the highest property taxes for schools in the nation that we have to absorb even more? I have nothing against these people, but the feds have no problem bending us over, they can put their pet projects somewhere else where its less costly...

All Local Governments Should Look to Refinance Outstanding Debt

(716 votes)
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51.42%
1474 votes

With over 300 different government entities on Long Island every single one should be examined to see if they can refinance outstanding bonds.
AMH

Long Island's Fire Departments should work together when purchasing new equipment

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1682 votes

Most fire departments purchase a new vehicle every ten years. With over 150 fire departments on Long Island there could be huge saving on a "fleet" purchase if everyone worked together to purchase a new vehicle. With some fire trucks costing over $500,000 there is a potential for substantial savings.

Long Island should have a full island-wide triathlon to attract tourists

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If there are big cash prizes you would pack the hotels and restaurants. Think of the sponsorship opportunities!

LIRR Strike Info for Commuters

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LIRR Strike Information for Commuters (Much of this is from the MTA)

What’s Happening?
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a coalition of unions representing approximately 5,000 LIRR employees have been unable to come an agreement on a new contract. If a strike occurs Long Island Railroad service will cease for the duration starting on July 20th.
Your Travel Alternatives
Shuttle Buses

Transgender legal protections

(717 votes)
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I believe that an addition to our human rights legislation adding gender identity and expression is necessary to protect our transgender community from abuses in employment, housing and public accommodations. While they have those protections in New York City, Westchester County , and Suffolk County, Nassau County law still allows discrimination.

The County of Opportunity

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Nassau County needs a new vision. We need a 20 year Economic Plan where the cost of living and doing anything will be on par with the rest of the United States. Everything is cheaper all across the US. I do not understand why our taxes are so high. Our schools are really not that good when you look around the country. They are on-par. Everything is expensive and I don't think Nassau County, and Long Island in general, is the reality of the United States.

Transportation

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I've had enough living in Nassau County. Look around the country and see the progressive neighborhoods all across this country, and you'll see that Nassau County is a disgrace. That's why on Thursday, I'm packing up and heading west.

Nassau Public Schools busing students out of district should coordinate busing with other local school districts

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NYS Law requires public school districts pay for busing students out of district within a 15 mile radius of their home school. Schools who own their buses should pick up other students from other districts along the way and split costs 50/50. This would generate revenue and save money for Nassau County Public Schools. AMH

New York and New Jersey should stop poaching companies from each other and wasting tax dollars in the process.

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The net gain in each state is rarely new jobs and valuable tax dollars could go to better use. NY and NJ should working together to use these same tax dollars to bring new jobs to the region. AMH

Should Nassau Government Consolidate its Administrators to One Source?

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Look at your detailed General Tax Bill and you will see you're being taxed over and over and over again for the same service, different part of goverment. For example, Nassau County, "X" Town, "Y" Village, and School Taxes.

Mandate a Consolidation of all the administrations to one County run administration. That will get us out of the Red!
Cuomo focused on this recently, citing how many government entities exist. Many countered with the necessities for those structured entities, but the point is that there is way too much redundancy in Nassau’s government administration.

Insert "COUNTY NAME" Here ==>

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I was reading the following editorial article { on globest.com } regarding Westchester County and said to myself "why doesn't Nassau take the same plan and just insert Nassau where it says Westchester?"

Nassau is the only local government that I do not see on the market hustling for business and suggesting other factors (affordable housing, tax incentives, etc.) leading to successful economic development.

stand up to the teachers on long island

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school taxes are so out of wack their actually forcing people to move off the island there is no reason that teachers on long island should be paid the kind of money and benefits that they are demanding it's time someone stood up to them and backed them down especially since the children aren't doing any better here than any where else in the country. L.I. teachers are just full of crap, when they a superior education is attained here, so why are test scores so low

The State of Long Island

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If Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk County) were the 51st State in the Union, we could adequately fund education, pave the roads, and protect and remediate the ground water.

Right now, Long Island taxpayer's send over $3,000,000,000 (Yes, Billion with 9 zeros) to NY State that we don't see back. We have 17% of the Public School Students, yet receive only 12% of the State Aid.

The time is right for us to secede.

Wind Farms of the coast of Montauk

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We need more renewable energy and wind farms off of Montauk would create a stable and reliable source of power for Long Island

Public transport

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I've suggested this before, and I'll suggest it again.

We live on a 110 mile 'long' island and we currently only have the LIRR with main railroad lines going east-west bound, with focus on Manhattan. There are a lot of people in between, some of the most densely populated areas in NY and the US for that matter.

Stop Nepotism in School Districts

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The should be an investigation into the hiring and promotion of relatives of administrators and BOE members on Long Island. This should include all outside contractors. Administrators and BOE members should not be allowed to hire and promote friends and family.

Tax Cap Override should be a 50% not 60% community vote

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Why 60%? Seems arbitrary and unfair.

Teachers Salary Cap

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This would stop teachers from recieving over a $150,000 paycheck. Enough is enough. Teacher salaries are to high. The money should go to help kids not in a teachers pocket.

Property tax releif

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It may be just an election ploy, but something has to be done about property taxes(see http://www.cutpropertytaxes.ny.gov/the-plan) I think adopting a plan more like NYC's where many more people share the burden is a more practical solution...

Higher Education in State Prisons

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"Today in Albany, we announced a new statewide initiative to provide college education at 10 New York prisons. Giving men and women in prison the chance to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more." Copy and paste the following article then lets have a discourse.

Read: http://bit.ly/1bVwT4M

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
http://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/communications/mobile-app-hub

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.

Big Time Donors Shouldn't Be Allowed To Recommend Political Appointees

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While not illegal it seems unethical that political donors could recommend who gets the top jobs in government. This whole Hardwick/Melius/Mangano affair doesn't give the people confidence that their best interests are at stake.

Get the people on the south shore their federal reconstruction aid funds!

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According to Newsday only four homeowners out of 4000 have gotten their money after Hurricane Sandy. Where are the local politicians who should be publicly advocating for their constituents?

Investigate

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DA office needs to investigate Finances and hiring practices of Villages.

Energy Performance Contracts in all Nassau County Buildings

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This is a no-brainer. Why hasn't it been done yet? Won't cost the county a dime and will save money long term.

Create an oversight board for Nassau County's water districts

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There are 46 separate water districts in Nassau County and there needs to be and oversight board to foster communication and share information among them.

Elect the Sheriff of Nassau County

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1988 votes

Nassau County Sheriff should be elected by the people in a general election. This position is only one of two that is appointed by the County Executive in New York State. The Sheriff's Department has a budget of $180 million dollars.
Tom Suozzi saw fit to appoint the Mke Sposato as Acting Sheriff who has no background in Corrections, law enforcement or criminal justice. He served as the jail cook just prior to his appointment.

Ed Mangano saw fit to retain him and made him a full Sheriff.
The Sheriff's Department has a budget of 180 million dollars,

Incentivize Nassau County employees to find savings in local government

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Give Nassau County employees 10% of money saving ideas, up to a total of $5000, for new policy or procedures that help local government run more efficiently. AMH

GARBAGE PICK UP

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IN WINTERS GARBAGE PICKUP SHOULD BE TWICE A WEEK
H.AFRIDI

Speeding and Texting While Driving

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Driving Up Rte 106 & 107 people are doing excessive speed. Everyone is Texting on cell phones. Wreckless driving! I think the five points for driving while texting isn't enough. There isn't enough enforcing for this law. I've been driven off the road from a girl texting. I was almost killed by a man who crashed into my disabled Jeep Cherokee only to get out still talking on his phone. I only wish this law was fully implemented. Safe Driving!!!!

caseworker iii

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1426 votes

Please continue to run as an indepentant, I think there was not enough coverage for your campaign. I work for Dept. of Social Services and we are the department that gets hit the hardest, we will vote for you!!!

Small claims award, need help!

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What good is the small claims process, when the set you on your own to do the collecting where as you have no power to collect or knowlwdge of it? The process would have alot more clout if the Gov't would assist in the collection part! Alot of people simply get away with stealing with no penalties at all.....

Should Town of Hempstead Board Appoint the Town Clerk Candidate to the Town Clerk Position?

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What do you think?

The Town of Hempstead is bypassing the democratic process (again) by appointing the Republican Town Clerk Candidate, Nasrin Ahmad, to the Town Clerk's position just 2 months before the election.

Reduction in Precincts

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1- at present Police is considered by public that they are there to give TICKETS or WATCH & do not intervene in incendences taking
place,
2-They reach on site quite late, which is not true in most of the cases,
3-Plice officers are mostly IN HUMANE, They BLOCK TRAFIC un necessory and thke too much time in clearing the site of accidents.
4-When some one goes to PRENCINCT the officers try to avoid to take reports , and suggest them to call at the time of incedence,
5-Police department shows their limitations " due to area limitation, staff shortage, some time DA office involvement.

Democratic Debates

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Debates should be mandatory before primaries.

Better Entertainment and Food at County Parks

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I recently went to a kids bday party at the Beach Shack in Copaigue, it was such a great concept. A private company running a surf and sun themed concession at a nice small beach park, they ahd a bar, servers, lie band etc. There were maybe 150-200 people mainly families and baby-boomers hanging out eating drinking and dancing. The park had a sprinkler/water park area and playground for the kids too. Everyone in attendance agreed we need these in Nassau as well. Bar Bach would be a fantastic spot for a similar thing.

Create a 311 system for Nassau County similar to the one in the Town of North Hempstead

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The 311 Town of North Hempstead Call Center serves as a link between town residents and the services and events the Town provides. Piggybacking on the Town of North Hempstead's 311 success after their 1 millionth call makes sense.

Jim W

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We need a citizens review board for our government and government run utilities. This board would have final say and rotate regularly with staggered membership. Like NIFA, we can do a better job than our elected officials as they all seem to be for sale. Mangano finds nothing wrong with awarding multi-million dollar contracts to companies who have given large donations to his campaign and who knows how much to his slush accounts. This should be illegal as it rewards those with deep pockets and not small businesses.

financial investigations into textbook and test companies relationship with school districts

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Testing and textbook companies make a huge profit, and some have connections to people in the district. An investigation into this could reveal a major scandal in backroom deals with education companies, districts and administrators.

County Employees with 2nd Jobs

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As a new Nassau County Employee with a salary frozen at the bottom of the pay scale (some making as little as $23K/yr), would you give up your second job to a returning veteran or a new college graduate if your pay raises were unfrozen? If so, do you feel this would increase employment among that demographic?

"Ad Volarem" Property taxe structure is Unfair

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As we know, property taxes (including school taxes of course) are a function of property valuations. In effect, that means more expensive neighborhoods (that pay higher taxes) get better quality education. That is simply unfair to those families living in less expensive areas. Why shouldn't their children benefit from the same quality of education as their neighboring communities? School Taxes ought to be re-thought?

School Taxes

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Schools account for 70% of our tax bills. Districts should be consolidated at least at "township" level. The elimination of redundancies and the advantages gained through economies of scale might be staggering

Grass cutting

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Is anyone else incensed by the way the county handles upkeep of the flora and fauna? They cut the grass and only when it gets to the 3 foot height and to top it off, they only cut the first ten feet of it! It’s looking like that documentary "50 years after people" as though we have all become extinct and there is no one to maintain the environment! We pay the highest taxes in the nation.....

Nassau Coliseum

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Lets knock down the old building, build a new sports arena to keep the Islanders and lets bring in or create a professional soccer team/indoor tennis tournament and arena football, try to bring the Jets back. In surrounding area lets build a convention center for farmers markets and vendors with outdoor seating creating a family atmosphere during the spring and summer months and a place for local workers to enjoy their lunch outdoors.

Tax Breaks for small parces donated to Land Trusts

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Small parcel landowners, who donate their undeveloped land to recognized Land Trust organizations (e.g. vacant lots, easements adjacent to parks, roadside set backs, watersheds, steep slopes, access to beach fronts) should be given significant tax breaks by the County. We need to preserved more open space not encourage more development. Generous landowners should be encouraged to be stewards for the public good (clean water, clean air, less asphalt) but should not have to pay same rate taxes on these small parcels as they would on developed land.

Vienna style public transport

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Vienna, Austria has these high tech trolleys that run on rails in the road, but cars and bikes can go over these rails flawlessly. They are an intermingled part of Vienna's public transit system. It is not just Vienna, but cities all across Europe, like Budapest, as well as asian countries have trolleys that run intermingled with automobile and bike traffic. It can be done. I strongly urge an initiative to make Long Island a Vienna or Budapest.

suggestions

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Yellow/black stripe reflecting strips on speed signs near schools; flashing solar yellow lights near schools; solar lights in village/towns; more data on solar lighting for homes; grading restaurants as they do in NYC; Purell type dispensers in supermarkets; reenforcement of unobstructive views stop signs; speed traps for motorcyclists on Southern State, LIE, etc.; what paper items can be recycled, cardboard boxes, etc.

Mayday for Mandate Relief

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Should Nassau County recognize and participate in the 2013 "Mayday for Mandate Relief" effort?

Here is a summary of this effort:

Turn the Greenwood Landing power plant into a Chelsea Piers type facilty

(575 votes)
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Take a look at the links below as to how similar outdated facilites were repurposed. AMH

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/business/energy-environment/growing-su...

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2013/01/16/schumer-pledges-federal-suppo...

Long Island Press Power List Partnership

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The 2013 Power List is a list published by the Long Island Press. The people featured on this list run very successful companies and organizations on Long Island, and more importantly, are organizations that are leading the way. Many of the inductees find that Nassau and Suffolk bureaucracy inhibits the visionary goals they seek to make Long Island a sustainable, friendly place to both live and work. One of the many listed is the Executive Director Desmond Ryan, from the Association for a Better Long Island. Government should listen to these people because they do great work.

Preventing the Damage Caused by Hurricanes like Sandy

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(Coming from a potential voter over the phone) His concerns, from Bellmore, Long Island:

- Bellmore homes were devastated, never seen anything like that after 35 years of living in Bellmore. Lost insurance coverage due to all the damage
- Knows that there is funding available to repair dunes, and other prevention projects
- Reads about Bloomberg doing projects to prevent damage in future storms, as well as Suffolk County
- Wants to know that Haber will use these funds to make Bellmore and Nassau County to be able to withstand future hurricanes

Transit Plans

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It doesn't matter what big plans there are as long as we have a largely automobile based society on Long Island. When will a politician stand up and say that the transit system is so out of date and not in line with other places in similar situations and we are going to change this! Every large city has a suburbia and many places have excellent public transportation. We are very spread a part and it is exactly why no matter how fancy and grand the new Nassau Coliseum will be, it will still be a mess of cars and drunk people after every event.

New Plan Needed for Belmont Racetrack. Sensible big development in Nassau.

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Nassau needs its politicians and government employees to take a more sensible approach to evaluating large long term impactful development. Example: the current proposal to build a soccer stadium at Belmont Race Track. Lets review this project. A 25,000 person stadium proposed to be built for the Cosmos, a soccer club that has been extinct for over a generation and is part of a league that is second tier at best and barely can keep itself viable. They will play in the same area now as two actual MLS teams. Their nearest MLS competitor may be in a new stadium as close as 5-7 miles away.

Volunteers Still Needed For Hurricane Sandy Clean Up In Nassau County

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All Hands Volunteers will be in our community for several more months.
Please click on the link below if you want to volunteer or donate to a worthy cause. AMH
http://hands.org/sandy/

Village taxes, for what?

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When I moved to Farmingdale village, the village taxes were a few hundred, but now I pay almost $1400 per year, and for what? They don't provide anything that the township does'nt provide, so what am I paying for? These municipalties are out of control with no oversight by anyone! Don't pay it, then out you go! This isn't peanuts we are talking about....

Inspect every bridge and overpass in Nassau and prioritize need of repair

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With the recent collapse of the bridge in Washington State leadership should be proactive in inspecting bridges and overpasses in need of repair.

Nassau Colliseum + light rail system

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While we're making a fancy new colliseum for the purpose of entertainment, we should realize that a few blocks away, there are communities in Hempstead that are financially burdoned.

Instead of 55 and over focus on 35 and under housing

(661 votes)
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To keep our recent college grads from leaving create specific 35 and under housing around transit hubs. This would be the first step in growing our stagnant local economy. AMH

Create a Nassau County Program like Suffolk's Operation Medicine Cabinet

(734 votes)
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I just came from a Long Island groundwater conference and learned that all of Suffolk County's police precincts have a drop-off box to dispose of unwanted or expired drugs and medications. The drop-off boxes are available 24/7. This is a great program because it helps keep the aquifers safe since most people just throw unwanted drugs and meds into the garbage or flush them down the drain. Nassau County should create a similar program. AMH

Abuse of taxpayer funds for blatantly political brochure

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Class action suit to prohibit current elected officials to send out 4 page color brochures we pay for touting the amazing job they have done (and not publicized until election is near) to make this practice illegal.

Have More Legislature Meetings at Night

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Working people cannot make Legislature meetings during the day. They should have more meetings at night so working people can attend and participate.

Government should focus on creating wealth (watch video)

(611 votes)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr9iLCR1Usk

Lease rooftop space on Nassau County government buildings for the purpose of generating solar power electricity.

(1059 votes)
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The Town of Brookhaven is in the process of doing it and it will generate over $2M per year of new revenue. Why not do the same thing in Nassau?

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/brook...

Create a Nassau Power Agency

(780 votes)
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Nassau County should have a power agency of its own. This agency would replace LIPA in Nassau County. It would bring power back fast.

Create a Four Year Nursing Program at Nassau Community College

(647 votes)
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With Health Care on Long Island being the largest employer why not create an inexpensive and competitive nursing program at Nassau Community College? It would be a conduit for the next generation to lay roots in our community, help the local economy and enable residents to get a quality education without breaking the bank. There is already a great two-year program on campus.

Encourage Artists (studios and galleries) by giving them free or cheap space

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In Brooklyn, the Village, the Lower East Side, etc. First the artists came, then the shops came, then the mad demand for housing came. Long Island can feel like a cultural wasteland. Aside from a few museums (mostly on the North Shore) its really hard to find something interesting to do here.
I suggest the County open some properties up to Artists for studios (open to the public, like at the Museum Of Design), and galleries.
Let us become known for something other than bad government and shopping malls

Eliminate County Government in NY State

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The idea of eliminating the county layer of government in NY State needs to be considered... Connecticut and Massachusetts have already done it by transferring responsibilities to the state and local town levels with no loss of services. The administrative duplication that can be eliminated includes the county executive's office and the county legislature, both of which cost the taxpayers $2,000,000 and $9,000,000 each year, respectively. Westchester County has already been discussing the idea:

http://harrison.dailyvoice.com/opinion/county-government-should-be-elimi...

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Finish Hurricane Sandy Clean-up.

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I'm still seeing huge tree trunks laying sideways ripping up lawns and sidewalks all over Nassau County. Vote agree if you think (Nassau County) should finish the job by getting rid of the stumps and repairing the damage?

Close off certain sections of roads one day a week

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By closing a portion of the road near shops and places to go, it will enable a pedestrian atmosphere.

Example test area that could be experimented: Plainview Shopping Center on south oyster Bay Road, and the shopping area across the street. Close of roads and have a street fair. Make a safe and walkable environment. Evaluate how this works and ask residents and visitors what they think.

Install "Digesters"

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Take organic waste that is collected with general municipal waste, and include it in "digesters" to create methane to generate electricity.

Improve sidewalks and walk lights to make Nassau County more walkable.

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Parking lots are huge and a car in Nassau County seems like a necessity. We desperately need to change this trend. The residential areas around shopping centers could be retrofitted to make walking a pleasant and safe walk. You can improve safety and decrease the size of the parking lots.

Also, with the extra space freed up, parking lots can be local event sites.

Roosevelt UFSD

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Offer property tax deferments or "Teacher Next Door" housing incentives to encourage great teachers to teach in LI schools!

Place works of art in empty storefront windows

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Great way to support the arts and dress up vacant retail space until leased.

Set all Nassau County Government workstations to sleep mode after 6pm if they are not in use

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Would save Nassau County several hundred thousand per year in energy costs. No reason to leave computers and peripheral equipment on all night when not in use. AMH

Call for Volunteers!

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All Hands Volunteers has opportunities for volunteers to live on their Superstorm Sandy response site on Long Island.

The organization had over 1,400 volunteers from the New York area work in the field, but now it's opening accommodations for volunteers at its Project Long Island in Long Beach, New York.

On October 29th, 2012, Sandy made landfall in the Northeastern U.S., causing widespread damage from high winds and flooding. Since the week after the storm, All Hands has been on the ground helping hard-hit communities.

Lower Property Taxes

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My house is being assessed at $200K less than it was 7 years ago and yet my property taxes keep going up. How does that work??

red light camera tickets

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I did not run a light, but was just touching the white line and got a red light ticket. these are getting out of control and the fees are through the roof. $80 a ticket???? i think this is pathetic and a poor way for the county to make money.

Institute a Nassau County Network Power Consumption Policy

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Putting workstations into sleep mode will dramatically cut down on electricity use. Nassau BOCES did this and saved $60,000 annually. Nassau's savings should be a substantial multiple of that.

Create a website or database listing all financial information relating to special districts, villages and towns

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In Nassau County, we lack transparency and accountability. Limited financial information is available for towns, villages and special districts. Some of these entities do not have a website and very little information is available via Google. Let's create a website, database or other technological tool that presents detailed and digestible (as in, one does not need to obtain an accounting degree to read these statements) information to residents (e.g. budgets) of these districts, villages and towns. Residents can then decide if they would like to consolidate or eliminate districts.

REDO THE GOVERNMENT

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Nassau County does not have a coehisive form of government. What we have is an olde English style of Thiefdome. The Sanitation districts answer to no one and are run by "families", the schools are run by Superintendants who rule with iron fists and threats, and you have Towns and Villages who are run by dictators who could care less about the County as a whole. What does the County Executive do? Who is he in charge of besides the Police Department. Certainly not LIPA or any of the the Thiefdomes. NASSAU COUNTY IS A JOKE!!!!

Start a Strong 3rd Party in Nassau

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Democrats and Republicans have each led Nassau and each failed miserably. To move forward Nassau needs viable 3rd party candidates that are focused on the real problems we face. Thumbs up for establishing a strong 3rd party in Nassau.

Correct the buses situation caused by mangano!!!

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Mangano got rid of the buses supposedly to save money, but at whose expense? The expense of the middle & lower class citizens who require this service to commute to & from work, as well as basic travel around the county! The Nice system revamped supposedly to make the system more efficient!!! But how is taking a 1 hour bus ride & making it a 2 hour ride more efficient! The buses are now worse than ever! Selling the buses was one of the worse decision mangano made during his term! This company knows nothing about Nassau or the needs of its citizens!

We Need to Make Politicians Accountable

Know Your Government

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Everyone should watch this video :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwPGzkui8ow&feature=player_embedded

The Nassau Vet's Memorial Coliseum and surrounding area= Minor League Sports

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Fill the Coliseum with Minor League Hockey, B-League Basketball, Get a Independent League Baseball team in Nassau... Build a Minor League Sports Complex!! A Blue Collar Town needs Blue Collar Sports with Blue Collar prices!!

Inform Your Fellow Citizens When You See an Injustice

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Government can't cure all problems, but WE THE PEOPLE
can make great strides towards solving our problems by spreading the word when we see an injustice because,

"An informed electorate is the KEY to a Strong Democracy"

The following is an article that shows a Town Board intolerant of dissenting views : http://malverne-lynbrook.patch.com/articles/hempstead-town-board-meeting...

If you win please get rid of Sheriff Sposato the cook aka Crook.

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He is ruining the moral at the jail.. Need him gone ASAP. We keep telling C.E but not sure if he is listening. He was brought out in cuffs from the jail he now runs..please we need him gone.. As far as you owning a food establishments take a tour of the kitchens and the sgts who run them.. You would die... Time to wake this place up.. To much corruption in the kitchens and jail.. As a 20 year republicain I would consider you ad help you get elected if you promises to get this guy out..

jim nicklas

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I have an extremely interesting source, from a Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Local governments issue debt, many times, that goes unchecked and is invisible, unless you know what to look for.
How much is being spent, and how much debt is being piled on.
Many taxpayers are not given the info needed to make informed decisions.
Ignorance is no longer a luxury. Apathy costs money.
Limits need to be used on all the various mechanisms that governments craft to get around the usual requirements for voter approval of new debt.

Mangano's lie about holding the line on property taxes

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Mr. Mangano says he held the line on property taxes. Thats actually not true. He simply shifted them from property to school taxes. The sewer tax was never a cost to schools. Now they are. Some schools don't even have sewers but they still must pay which can only be made back by taxes. Also, Nassau always used to make good on tax certiorari appeals. Now he has made school districts responsible for paying back their portion. So it now may not appear as a property tax, it comes across as a school tax. All smoke and mirrors. You should let people know that.

CONDOS

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With the proliferation of new condos – there is a tremendous need for regulation. Unfortunately being on a board is in essence a license to steal and there is no governmental oversight. There are Ombudsman Bills sitting in the Senate that are not able to be passed. Perhaps you might create a panel and ask for horror stories from owners. Lots of Republicans own condos and this would give you more votes. I would volunteer to help with this matter.

If you could finish the phrase, "I have a dream that today...."

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How would you finish it?

I would finish, a dream where all in Nassau County could have equal access to a quality education, healthcare, adequate housing and a job.

See Click Fix - Great way to use technology to make government more efficient

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Use your cell phone to report potholes, graffiti etc.

Click on the link for more info: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/01/ben-berkowitz.html

School Safety

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Can we please have safer schools?

reclycle xmas trees

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is there any plan to recycle the xmas trees this year to the beaches to create temporary dunes

Restore Nassau Mental Health Care Cuts

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Funding is tight in Nassau County however it is penny wise and pound foolish to cut $3.9M or 45% of the budget for contractual services for mental health care. We need to get help to those who need it now or pay for it later.

Disney

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Look we don't have to redevelop Belmont. The transport system won't bear the extra traffic. The Coliseum area can. But we fouled that up before. The problem in this county is we can't get anything done. Every one wants theirs. Sounds like the whole country though. I suggest giving this Idea to Sydney Aus. I know they can get it together.

Create a Nassau County Emergency Broadcast Radio Station

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A big issue during Hurricane Sandy was local government communication of information during and after the storm. Without power communication was difficult. Telephones, internet and cable TV weren't working and residents felt cutoff from the world. A sole purpose Nassau County emergency broadcast radio station would have helped residents stay informed. Many could have listened on battery operated radios or in their cars to find out what was happening during those difficult first few days.

Nassau County IG

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Nassau County should institute an Office of the Inspector General with full subpoena power and arrest authority to investigate, and monitor, all County agencies, City, Towns, Villages and Special Districts within our borders. The current Department of Investigations seems to be stale, has no teeth and corruption seems to be ripe under their watch. Perfect example is the mismanagement and wasteful spending found to be going on at the TOH animal shelter costing tax payers millions. Theft is theft, and when it comes to our tax dollars justice should be done.

disaster preparedness

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after the awful mess the county and towns made of disaster preparedness, i suggest the following:
1- LIPA be FORCED to continue and increase their tree trimming program
2- LIPA be FORCED to TURN OFF POWER in a storm such as this. That way the transformers don't 'blow' and you just turn it back on after the storm and trees are off the wires (the trees which have already been neatly trimmed back)
3- the county have 100 full fuel trucks ready in Eisenhower Park

Glen cove golf course trees need a trim

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I'm in glen cove next to golf course. 20 huge pine trees are lined up next to the fence, very close to my house. I had 2 trees fall from next to my house and Brocke my fence. These are city trees. Do you think I have to sue the city? I was at city hall making several requests at the mayors office and every time is different story and nothing was done after hurricane sandy. Do I have to hire lawyer to make myself heard?

DiNapoli Should Audit the Entire Town of Hempstead

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The recently released Audit from the State Comptroller shows there is widespread waste and mismanagement in the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter : https://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/nov12/113012.htm

Supervisor Kate Murray has being saying for years that the Town's Shelter is the best run shelter on Long Island. Everyone knew this wasn't true, now residents have official documentation affirming this fact. KATE MURRAY IS A LIAR.

State Term Limits

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This thought is something that I proposed during my run for the State Assembly in 2010.

We should limit the State Senate to two (2) five (5) years terms, and the State Assembly to five (5) two (2) year terms. 22 years years in the state government is too long.

Term Limits

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I would strongly support term limits for all elected government "employees". I would like to see a one (1) 6 year term for President so that he/she doesn't spend his/her last 1 1/2 - 2 years campaigning for re-election (as Obama did) instead of governing. All other politicians should also only be given (1) six year term and no pensions or other fringe benefits for any of them. If they wish to "serve" they would receive a salary only for their 6 year term.

JOBS

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I do not understand the process of civil service appointments on Long Island it should be like New York City take a test for the job listed and you are on a list instead of what you do for the dominant PARTY

Helping Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Everyone, please write Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray at katemurray@tohmail.org and ask her to donate 75% of the General Services Postage budget (of $2.4 million dollars) to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, or JUST FORWARD THIS message to katemurray@tohmail.org.

Kate Murray currently sends out about 25 mailings per year. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzq67LIQ3dw for more information about Kate's mailings.

Ask her to give up some of her mailings to help the residents of the Town of Hempstead that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant

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Yes, the federal government should step up and fix the Bay Park STP. FEMA funds should be used to upgrade and repair the plant, finally replace the outfall pipe that discharges into the bay and extend it to the ocean and provide adaptation needs

Audit Special Districts

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Kate Murray approved the budget that raised Sanitation District 6 taxes more than 15% in one year alone with no audit or independent accounting. This law would require all special districts to have their proposed budgets audited by an independent company prior to submitting for Town approval.

Open all faucets to a slow drip in homes and businesses without power

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It is frost season and the pipes may burst.

Mandatory Generators

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Why not mandate that all gas stations have emergency generators. It a simple solution which would prevent future nightmares.

Update LIPA

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Its time LIPA actually update its systems to teh 21 Century. All power line in non flood areas should be under ground and all power lines in flood areas should be above ground but all trees should be banned in their vacinity.

Suggestion

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Have ALL of LIPA's top management fired immediately and lose all of the golden parachute benefits.

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Sandy Survivors

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Here's a thought...How about opening up all those forclosed homes on LI that the banks are stuck with after the housing bust to our neighbors who got wiped out by Sandy? It might take awhile but maybe the banks can recoup some of their loses and abracadbra housing for those seriously in need! Instead of holding on to an empty property for $400K, let it go for a $100K, because you'll be helping the comunity and anything beats a blank! Rent them out cheap to survivor families to help them get on their feet.

Gasoline shortage

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To ease the long lines for gasoline after hurricane Sandy, Nassau and Suffolk Counties should mandate that you can only buy gasoline in the town you live in. This can be controlled by checking drivers licenses at the gas station. Doing this would shorten gasoline lines and prevent out of state or out of town vehicles from clogging the lines.

Nassau County Emergency Radio Station

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Nassau County should have a dedicated radio frequency to broadcast emergency information to its residents. Many homes have no phone, electricity or internet service and radio is the only medium available for important communications. AMH

Nassau Coliseum idea

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With the exit for the New York Islanders, Nassau county should really consider a lucrative project to do with the land. Being that you have a hotel in the area already, a casino comes to mind. It is by a major highway, easily accessible and would generate jobs and revenue for the entire surrounding area. If not a casino, sell the building to a sporting outlet like the W.W.E. I am sure both Donald Trump (for Casino) and Vince McMahon (W.W.E) would be interested for the potential of expanding their empires.

Lets Impeach Kate Murray

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We need to get rid of our Town leaders especially KATE MURRRAY, who couldn't wait to get rid of the Islanders because of the fear of over crowding dowtown Hempstead and the possibility of higher taxes. Well now we will definately have higher taxes from the loss of revenue generated by the Islanders and downtown Hempstead can become a ghost town. GREAT JOB!!!

Extraordinary taxation

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Something has to be done about the extraordinary school taxes facing retirees on Long Island, they are way out of hand and in many cases will take most or all a retirees social security income! While its true, these people should have done more to save for retirement, these taxes are super huge and a fare amount of people living on L.I. have no children in school anymore and many never had children period. This is not a fair system. We should use a system more akin to the NYC system where some of this money comes from payroll rather than property taxes.......

Marriage Equality

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Regardless of your political stand, remember how your incumbent state senator voted on marriage equality. I, for one, will not vote for Sen Martins because he voted against the Marriage Equality Act.

Save money on Civil Servants

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Civil Servants like teachers and municipal employeees were always given great benefits packages and pensions because their salaries were never comparable to private industry. However, now that Teacher's salaries and other municpal salaries are more in line with private industry why do the taxpayers still foot the bill for overly generous pension and benefit packages when these are not available in the private sector. Either make the employees pay a larger share for tehir benefits or cut them to resemble the private sector.

Stop the No-Fault litigation Backlog

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Currently over 90% of all cases heard in the courts are No-Fault which are cases brought by Doctors to recover no-fault fees from insurance companies. Since these are two entaties that are in bed with each other most of the time mandate that these disputes be resolved through arbitration. This would save the county millions and we wouldn't have to serve on jury duty as frequently.

Consolodate the School Districts

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Over 60% of our taxes are for the Schools. Yet our school systrems are run by Superintendants who are the highest paid in the country. If we had one School Superintendant/Chancellor appointed by the County legislature it would eliminate millions in administrative costs without negatively affecting our schools.

Wastng money on renovations at Wright Field

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Wright Field is a little league field that is getting its second million dollar renovation in five years. Last year they got a $25,000 score board. Town of Hempstead Parks departmetn has three full time grounds keeper maintaining the field year round. This is for 10 to 12 year olds. BNo wonder our taxes are so high. Stop the unnecessary renovations.

Building department of the town of NorthHenpstead

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The buildings department of the town of North HempsteadIs completely disorganized and the simplest requests are often ignored. Processing of applications and issuance of permits entangled in red tape. People come and go and the paper work often does reach a new inspector. I am trying to get a maintain for a screened porch that is part of the house which was built in 1949.The porch has sliders to keep out the rain but because they were not on the original plan Ihave permit fees, architect fees,contractor fees, surveyor fees, electrician fees ,plumber fees and on and on.

Storm drain cleaning

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Have the person who answers the phone about a storm drain clog ,issue a case # and give to the plaintiff so I can prove i've been calling for 3 months with absolutly no results

MALE TIMMONS, PRESIDENT OF ACTA,INC

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FUNDING NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS AND NOT JUST THOSE WHO FAVOR YOU

Arrow roslyn rd and i.u. Willets

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It is totally insane and ridiculous that there is no arrow to turn left on to roslyn rd from i.u. Willets. During rush hour its one car per light because you cannot see behind any cars making the left turn. In favor of a 10-15 second left arrow signal??? Cmon, its a must!!

Bio medical Engineering

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Can we pull together the DNA lab, Columbia University and some open space light industrial area to create low cost area to start businesses that deal with Medical Engineering. IE Hip replacements, Crash dummy work, Electronics manufacturing for hospital monitoring equipment?

RIP Peter Schmitt

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Regardless of you political leanings or affiliations, Nassau County has lost a man who fought for LI for many years. Regardless of a political party, I fully respect each of the legislators for they are passionate in what they beleive in and are willing to fight for what they believe is right.

School Safety

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I see the police patrol our schools for the first week of school in the early am and when school gets out than you never see them the whole year. Why is this not done all year?? I would like to see more enforcement of the school speed zone during this time as there are kids all over the place. North Jersulam Road between Gardners and Wantagh ave is a speed trap. Lots of kids walk home, close to the road and cars fly by. We need safety for our children that Nassau County is not providing. Lets have some speed enforcement here please, even if its one hour a week.

Poor planning of signage!

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Take a drive on Old Country Rd. in Westbury, heading west toward the Merrick Ave./Post Ave. intersection. The 2 standard lanes expand to 4, with the leftmost 2 becoming turning lanes. New signs were installed above to indicate the 2 turning lanes and the 2 straight through lanes.
The only problem, these signs are directly alligned with the traffic lights at this intersection. You can't see the traffic lights until your vehicle is a few hundred feet from the corner. What bonehead didn't realize they were creating an obstruction?

NASSAU COUNTY TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD

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LET ME SAY THAT WHY DO WE NEED 6 SANITATION COMMISSIONERS THESE ARE POLITICAL APPOINTEES NEW YORK CITY HAS ONE COMMISSSIONERS THAT MEANS 6 SALARIES AND 6 BENEFITS FOR THESE 6 COMMISSIONERS. MY STREETS HAVE NOT BEEN CLEANED FOR MANY YEARS TO MANY PARKED CARS THAT STAY FOR MONTHS PLUS IF THEY POSTED STREET CLEANING DAY THE POLICE COULD GIVE US SUMMONS TO CARS THAT PARKED ON OUR STREETS FOR MONTHS WITH OUT MOVING THEM
MORE REVENUE FOR THE COUNTY

SAVE MONEY HELP HOMEOWNER

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First of all let get serious I want to propose a suggestion that would save millions offer a home owner a discount of 10 percent if they paid one year advance on their property taxes GIVE THE HOME OWNER EXTRA MONEY TO SPEND IN NASSAU COUNTY

MTA Tax

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One time tax revenue. The MTA tax theoretically is no more. Maybe the county can ask the MTA for the money and use it to pay down debt?

POLITICANS NEED TO TAKE LIE DETECTOR TESTS EVERY TWO YEARS

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I AM A RETIRED POLICE OFICER I HAVE CONFRONTED MANY POLITICIANS AND ASKED THEM IF I VOTED FOR THEM WOULD THEY TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST EVERY TWO YEARS BIG BUINESS MAKES YOU TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST EVERY SO OFTEN IS NOT NASSAU COUNTY BIG BUSINESS THE RESPONSE FROM THE WANTA BE POLITICIANS IS THAT A LIE DETECTOR TEST IS NOT ADMISSABLE IN CRIMINAL COURT PS I THEN TELL THEM THAT A LIE DETECTOR TEST IS ADMISSIONABLE IN FEDERAL COURT

Cut Back Board of Election Staff at Lightly Attended Primaries

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Went to my designated voting location on primary day and there was just a primary for third party candidates. I inquired about the election and there were under 50 registered voters for this primary. Six BOE employees were working the voting booths. Way to many extra ballots were printed. I can only imagine how many times this played out throughout Nassau. Two workers could of handled this without a problem and they would of been bored. A waste of taxpayer of money!

Transparency

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This suggestion applies to all local governments.

Residents should have access to basic data about their local governments at all times.

Nassau County should publish all budgetary data for all Special Districts, Towns, Villages, School Districts, etc online. The data should not just be raw numbers but should be summarized so it is easy for residents to read.

For example each budget report should show the tax levy over the last 10 year period, and the break down into major categories like salaries, healthcare, pension, reserves used, etc.

Nassau County FOILED Documents

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Put all information FOILed from Nassau County agencies online.

When it is not practical to put the FOILed data online, put the FOIL request online and indicate the reason why the data cannot be viewed online.

To reduce data entry costs, Nassau County should develop a program that would allow FOILs to be submitted online.

Get rid of the Rinos

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When Long Islanders decide as a majority to stop allowing the back room deals and stop turning their heads away from the ongoing corruption in New York, it is then that we can start to rebuild. That is what is needed for the future of our children and their chance for a quality life.
The answer is not Joseph Saladino, The answer is Rich Young.

Build a Coliseum With a Retractable Roof

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It would be the first hockey arena of its kind. The community would support a novel idea that keeps the Islanders here and all can watch hockey as it was meant to played... outdoors! College hoops and concerts under the stars would be a regular occurrence and it may reverse the trend of our youth leaving town because there would be an exciting local venue for entertainment... See the link below for some creative ideas as to what a roof over the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center would look like. This should be a spark for novel ideas for the coliseum.

Pension Costs

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Interest on unfunded pension payment is a huge continuing County expense. This can be eliminated in a way that would be fair to both the pensioner and County and would not require the pensioner to take a “haircut” on his contracted for benefits.
Here is how:
1. Have an actuary calculated the statistical expected age life of each pensioner.
2. Multiply the pensioner’s annual payment buy the age life years found in 1.
3. Issue each pensioner a non-interest bearing 10 year amortizing bond all having the same issue date.

Create Nassau e-Alert similar to Google Keywords

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Nassau should create an e-Alert system where a resident registers a keyword such as "taxes" and any county generated news or press release generates an email or text message containing that keyword to the user. This would help keep the residents informed and lead to better government.

Garage Sale abuse

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There should be some restrictions on Garage sales out of residential properties. A neighboor (97 parkway Dr. roslyn Heights) has decided to make this a regular business and has his garage sale all day, each Sat. and Sunday. He places flyers up throughout the neighboorhood and adjacent roads (such as IU Willets). Apparently the advertisements (only) are supposed to be restricted to his own property and per a call to 311 he has already been notified (but the signs continue to go up).

Seek private investment to fuel youth programs

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The County's freeze on youth program funding highlights the need to seek private investment to secure the proper educational development of our futures. Children should not have to suffer because of the bickering of adults, and the mismanagement of the County's finances. Private investment would also ease the tax burden on our residents, and allow our children to become successful contributors to society.

Consolidating all of Nassau County Police Services

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Call on the County to absorb all village, town, and city police departments and unite them into one professional criminal justice agency. The City of New York was able to do this back in the early 90's, and it saved the tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars. The remaining precinct buildings would be sold, and monies would be used to provide savings to the residents. This is a win for the officers, and the residents they serve.

MTA's payroll tax subsidy

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Privatize, tax payers should not be subsidizing something they do not use. MTA should be self sufficient. They don't bother working hard to be self sufficient because they know the tax payers will bail them out!

Red Light Camera WARNING SIGNS

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We have all seen the "Speed Zone Ahead" and "Speed Checked by Radar" signs. Why are there no signs for red light cameras?

I suggest warning signs become mandatory for all red light cameras in the county...

Here are a few examples:
http://www.news-journalonline.com/images/2011/06/26/redlight2626.jpg
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2763/4426816857_d307f61c17_z.jpg?zz=1
http://blog.myphillylawyer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/2-24-11-red-li...

It's only fair...

Clean Out The Drainage Sumps

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All over Nassau County are drainage sumps that haven't been dredged in years. Clean the sumps of silt and debris so we can control flooding and protect Long Island's most precious natural resource: It's clean water!

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Retire (Fire) Kate Murray, rebuild the Coliseum NOW!

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Source Mall is dead, Roosevelt Field Mall is becoming a giant food court and these mental midgets built another mall on Old Country Road called "The Gallery", where all the stores that left the Source And The Field went to! Who's on the county planning board, kindergardeners? IF we DO NOT REBUILD The COLISEUM this whole county is going down the tubes and we'll have 3 empty malls! Fire Murray Today!

Wind Turbines

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I don't believe there's anything going on at Plum Island since that horrific animal testing facility left town a few years back, so why not fill the entire island up with Wind Turbines. It's out of mostly everyone's sight, and we could easily run a cable to Long Island from it to carry the power. What do you think?

Light Rail Hub Loop

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Proceed with plans to build a light-rail loop around the hub - Connecting Roosevelt Field, Courthouses, NCC, Hofstra, LIRR Mineola and Hempstead Stub stations, Coliseum and Museums.

Should Nassau County Legislators have term limits?

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Nassau County Legislators and the County Executive should not be able to serve more than 8 years. After the 8 years they can go back to the jobs/careers they had before elected office and new people can step in. Both Democrats and Republicans stay in power too long.

County Covered High Deductible Health Insurance for County Employees

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Keep the exact same health coverage to all county employees however change the policy deductible to $5000. Nassau would reimburse the higher deductible directly to employees. There would be no change in coverage or cost to the employee. The lower health premium cost because of the high deductible netted with out of the additional out of pocket cost for county gov't would save 8-10% on total employee health insurance costs... about $25M per year.

TREES NEED TO BE CUT

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ok, this is a must. Drive down Glen Cove Rd going south from northern blvd to the LIE and notice all the trees that hang over the road. This is a hazard, accident waiting to happen on our next rain wind storm...also they can block vision from seeing traffic lights. They must cut off all branches hangin over the road...tress should go UP and NOT horiztonal as most of these trees are. Clean up everything that is hangin over roads before they crack and fall during a storm. No reason for major streets to look like that...agree???

Suffolk County has reached 10-year agreement with the police officers union

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While Steve Levy of Suffolk County bravely put in place the LIE Sheriffs/County patrol switch to save tax payers money this idiot Bellone goes and undoes it. This is what we get in return for new recruits paying towards their health care? 50 $200K per year patrol officers for their $25 a week contribution? No wonder L.I. is going down the tubes, politicians keep selling us out. Leave it the way it is!

Why rents are so high and young people are fleeing the county

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Local villages and our counties need to be scrutinized as to why they feel the need to tax us to the degree we are taxed. Why does a village tax need to be so high when they do not add any services that the county doesn't already provide? Taxation with little or no representation!

FLOODING ON BUSY STREETS

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How about having the county install more sewer drains so when it rains heavy for a few hours half Glen Cove Rd in East Hills will not turn into a one lane road as it does. Seems like a simple solution and if it happens in the winter and then freezes, its even more dangerous. See a problem , fix it.

Political Mailings and Phone calls

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Offer every registered voter the ability to have political mailing sent to email addresses. Huge cost savings not only in paper and ink but mailing costs. Offer us the ability to "OPT out" of those too. It always seemed like an oxymoron to me to harass folks with a phone call and mailings just prior to an election. How many people really go into a voting booth and are knowledgeable enough to vote? Many simply go by name recognition and popularity....and that is a good enough reason to vote a person into office?????

signs

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Everytime a new County Exec is elected we have to change the sign. One, if he was elected enough people know who he is and there is little need to remind us. Two, multiply every sign that needs to be replaced even every 4 years and that is a huge cost savings.

over reach of county PD

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We pay the most money for a NYS pistol licence in the state. New pistol applicants are told that it will be more than a year to get ir ( NYS LAW STATES IT MUST BE GIVEN IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS) and once you get your NYS CARRY LICENCE, THE PISTOL DIV.stamps it " restricted to and from range". Unless you are connected or are wealthy.
The restriction is based on a racist law that was to keep the one in power in power and to disarm. His opposition.
My request is that you remove this practice and stop treating good persons"that dont have the money to spend on lawyers to fight it like serfs".

Traffic lights

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As I drive around Levittown/hicksville/east meadow.. I have notice the beautiful signs.. barely.. Along with the traffic light they are every hard to see. The tree branches are covering them. Especailly on jerusalem ave in hicksville/levittown and carmen ave in east meadow. Can you please cut the branches on these trees? they have spread all the way to the middle of the road. Thank you

Establish "Community Board" Advisory Groups to Legislature and Towns

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Community Boards would be created so that citizens can serve as advisers to local government on a village, town, and county level. Community Boards could address topics such as taxes, zoning, liquor licensing, police precincts, patronage, etc. These unpaid advisors would encourage civic participation in Nassau politics and government which is severely lacking. NYC Community Boards are effective ways to influence local government, and they are badly needed in Nassau County.

Charge Premium Fees For Choice Seats To Help Pay For New Nassau Coliseum

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Many broadway theaters currently charge a huge premium for the best seats. Some sports teams charge one time licensing fees for season ticket holders. I suggest charging $1500 a year for 10% of the seats to anyone who wants first dibs on any concert or show at the new Nassau Coliseum. This would be about a $15 premium on each ticket. These seats already command a premium from scalpers and it would raise $2,500,000 per year to offset the cost of a new coliseum and keep the Islanders in Nassau. This charge would NOT apply to Islanders season ticket holders. Adam Haber