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Should all future winning bidders of Nassau County contracts be forced to disclose the names of politicians to whom they donate?

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US Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating a $12 million contract between AbTech Industries and Nassau County. AbTech Industries was not the low bidder, but still won the contract. Nassau County legislators from both sides of the aisle are considering legislation to to prevent fraud and political patronage in the bidding process. Many are concerned companies who make large donations to elected officials get favorable treatment. Should all future winning bidders of Nassau County contracts be forced to disclose the names of politicians to whom they donate?

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Legislature

Do you believe Nassau County's employee wage freeze should be lifted in 2014?

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For the past three years, Nassau County's 7,000-plus employees have had a wage freeze imposed by NIFA (Nassau Interim Finance Authority). The wage freeze was instituted because, in recent years, Nassau County government has had a difficult time balancing its budget. Though Nassau County's sales tax revenue has increased as a result of economic activity due to the cleanup and rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, county workers' wages have remained frozen. Do you believe the county executive should lift the wage freeze and honor previously negotiated contracts sometime in 2014?

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