Issue of the Week

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

(1117 votes)
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46.64%
(1278 votes)
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53.36%
2395 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

Issue of the Week

Should Nassau County pass legislation forbidding elected officials from practicing law in local government?

(373 votes)
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28.56%
(933 votes)
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71.44%
1306 votes

Town of Hempstead Councilman Ed Ambrosino was recently arrested and charged with tax evasion and wire fraud. Ambrosino has received two appointments in local government: one as special counsel to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and the other as general counsel to the Nassau IDA. Those in favor of this practice feel you can't stop attorneys who are elected officials from working additional jobs in government. Those against believe double dipping has been a common theme in many recent indictments and the practice should stop.

Are you concerned President Trump forcing 46 Obama-era U.S. Attorneys to resign will disrupt ongoing investigations?

(555 votes)
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37.37%
(930 votes)
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62.63%
1485 votes

Over the weekend, President Trump asked for the resignations of 46 U.S. Attorneys. Preet Bhahara refused to step down and was fired. Those in support of these actions say past Presidents have done the same thing so fair is fair. Those against are concerned the delay in finding replacements will hurt ongoing investigations, like those against former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Are you concerned President Trump forcing 46 Obama-era U.S. Attorneys to resign will disrupt ongoing investigations?

Do you think local governments are doing enough to collaborate and drive down taxes?

(568 votes)
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43.56%
(736 votes)
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56.44%
1304 votes

Long Island remains one of the highest taxed regions in the country. Governor Cuomo recently called on local governments to reduce costs through shared services. Those in support of shared services believe it's a worthwhile strategy to lower taxes. Those against feel Governor Cuomo is overstepping. Do you think local governments are doing enough to collaborate and drive down taxes?

Do you think NYS legislators will follow through on their promise of ethics reform?

(503 votes)
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38.34%
(809 votes)
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61.66%
1312 votes

Ethics reform was a top issue during the 2016 campaign season, yet we are in the second month of the legislative session and nothing has changed. Restricting outside income, enacting term limits and closing the LLC loophole were initiatives discussed to mitigate the culture of corruption in Albany. The political sense of urgency for change seems to have passed since Election Day. Do you think NYS legislators will follow through on their promise of ethics reform?

Should Nassau County fund public education with an income tax instead of a property tax?

(731 votes)
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48.28%
(783 votes)
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51.72%
1514 votes

Property taxes in Nassau County are among the highest in the country. There are concerns that Nassau won't be able to keep young families here, or attract new ones, if there isn't some form of property tax relief soon. One idea is to change the current public education funding system by replacing property taxes with an income tax. Those in favor argue it's a more equitable system. Those against feel don't fix what isn't broken. Should Nassau County fund public education with an income tax instead of a property tax?

Do you believe the Islanders should return to Nassau's newly renovated Coliseum?

(635 votes)
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46.11%
(742 votes)
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53.89%
1377 votes

The Islanders move to Brooklyn at the start of the 2015-2016 season left many Long Island hockey fans disgruntled. Others don't mind traveling to Barclay's Center because of the easy access to games using public transportation. Do you believe the Islanders should return to Nassau's newly renovated Coliseum?

Should Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano resign?

(737 votes)
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49.73%
(745 votes)
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50.27%
1482 votes

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was arrested this past October, and is facing a 13-count indictment alleging bribery and kickbacks dating back to 2010. Those who call for his resignation believe he can't effectively govern under a federal probe. Those who want to keep Mangano in office argue he's innocent until proven guilty. Should Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano resign?

Is enough being done to combat gun violence on Long Island?

(706 votes)
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41.46%
(997 votes)
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58.54%
1703 votes

The recent shootings in Brentwood have Long Islanders asking if enough is being done to combat gun violence. NYS Democrats have tried to enact legislation such as Nicholas' Law so guns are safely stored when not in use. NYS Republicans are blocking this law and trying to repeal the SAFE Act (passed in 2013) because they don't want 2nd amendment rights infringed upon. Is enough being done to combat gun violence on Long Island?

Do you believe enough is being done to combat political corruption on Long Island?

(443 votes)
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42.27%
(605 votes)
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57.73%
1048 votes

Last week's arrests of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto have brought negative national attention to Long Island. To fight corruption, Nassau Democratic Legislators want an Independent Inspector General to oversee the contracting process. Republicans are against it. NYS Democratic Legislators also want term limits, closing of the LLC loophole, a ban on outside income and lower contribution limits. NYS Senate Republicans have blocked these reforms as well. Do you believe enough is being done to combat political corruption on Long Island?

Do you believe Long Island public schools receive a fair amount of aid from NYS?

(546 votes)
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49.23%
(563 votes)
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50.77%
1109 votes

Long Island public schools enroll 17% of NYS students, yet receive only 12% of state aid. Those in support of this formula believe Long Island is a wealthy community, and should pay more. Those against argue we are a solid middle class region struggling to afford the high taxes we pay to support our schools. Do you believe Long Island public schools receive a fair amount of aid from NYS?