News Clips

  • All Things Political: Six reasons why taxes are high on Long Island

    August 1, 2016 - 12:00am

    It’s no secret that Long Island is one of the highest taxed regions in the country. We often hear politicians respond to residents' concerns by saying they will lower our overwhelming tax burden - it's certainly my top priority. But as familiar as these promises sound, the tax burden never seems to diminish. Here are six related issues we need to address to truly drive down taxes:

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  • Democratic legislators press referendum vote

    July 25, 2016 - 12:00am

    Democratic Nassau County legislators last Friday submitted more than twice the number of petition signatures needed to potentially set a public vote on whether the county should have an independent inspector general.

    Democrats collected more than 4,300 signatures to place a measure on the county Legislature’s Rules Committee agenda that would trigger a Nov. 8 ballot referendum on the issue. The county charter requires 2,000 signatures, including at least 50 from each legislative district.

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  • Senate Dem candidates hold own in Nassau County

    July 18, 2016 - 12:00am

    Here is an expanded version of the third item from my "Albany Insider" column on Monday:

    State Senate Democrats, who are targeting several races in Nassau County in their push to claim control of the chamber, have more then held their own in fundraising in those districts over the past six months, records show.

    Jim Gaughran in his campaign financial filing made public Friday raised $91,115 since he entered the race in May while his veteran Republican opponent, Sen. Carl Marcellino, raised $94,375 since January.

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  • Senate Dem candidates hold own in Nassau County

    July 18, 2016 - 12:00am

    Here is an expanded version of the third item from my "Albany Insider" column on Monday:

    State Senate Democrats, who are targeting several races in Nassau County in their push to claim control of the chamber, have more then held their own in fundraising in those districts over the past six months, records show.

    Jim Gaughran in his campaign financial filing made public Friday raised $91,115 since he entered the race in May while his veteran Republican opponent, Sen. Carl Marcellino, raised $94,375 since January.

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  • Nassau Democrats push ahead on inspector general ballot vote

    July 16, 2016 - 12:00am

    Nassau Democrats submitted 4,357 signatures — more than double the amount needed — to the legislative clerk’s office on Friday as they seek a ballot referendum to create an inspector general with oversight over county contracts.

    The county charter states that laws can be submitted to voters through a ballot referendum if supporters collect 2,000 signatures, including at least 50 from registered voters in each of 19 legislative districts.

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  • Assemblyman calls for state oversight of Oyster Bay’s finances

    July 7, 2016 - 12:00am

    Assemblyman Charles Lavine on Thursday called for state oversight of Oyster Bay’s finances to help pull the town out of its fiscal problems.

    Under legislation proposed by Lavine (D-Glen Cove), the State Comptroller would appoint a fiscal monitor who would be empowered to reject or accept budgets approved by the Town Board. It would also produce financial reports, develop financial plans and have the power to override the Town Board.

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  • Nassau Democrats push for referendum on county contracts

    July 3, 2016 - 12:00am

    Nassau Democratic lawmakers have begun collecting signatures seeking a November ballot referendum that would allow voters to decide whether to create an independent inspector general’s office to vet county contracts.

    But even if Democrats collect the required 2,000 signatures, it’s uncertain if the majority Republicans — who contend the county already has a robust system for reviewing proposals by outside vendors — will allow the measure to get before voters.

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  • Suozzi, Meeks Win Long Island Primaries; East End Race Too Close to Call

    June 28, 2016 - 12:00am

    Ex-Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) won Long Island Democratic congressional primaries Tuesday, but a third local race on the East End was too close to call, according to unofficial results.

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  • Legis. Judy Jacobs presses for transgender protections in Nassau

    June 13, 2016 - 12:00am
     

    Nassau Legis. Judith Jacobs is urging majority Republicans to expand the county’s Human Rights Laws to include transgender individuals following Sunday’s shooting by a gunman at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

    For the past six years, the GOP has rebuffed Democratic efforts to add a line to the county’s civil rights law, which addresses workplace and housing discrimination, but omits specific protections based on gender identity.

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  • Nassau Dems hold line on blocking borrowing for projects

    June 10, 2016 - 12:00am

    After Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs met with Democratic county legislators last week, some party insiders expected there to be a change in the lawmakers’ stance against borrowing for capital projects.

    But the meeting seemed only to harden their resolve.

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