Written by Edward W. Powers Thursday, 04 June 2009 14:42
First they came for our water district and we said nothing and it disappeared. Then they came for our fire district and we said nothing and it disappeared. Then they came for our school districts and someone said, “Don’t worry, the school districts are exempt from the power grab.” Then they came for our village and someone said, “This is a Home Rule state, you can’t do that.” Then the village disappeared by the whim of just one out of every 10 resident voters and the nonresidents paid petitioners who would seek their signatures under the knives of property tax savings.
After all of our districts and village were gone, someone said, “Let’s rename the County of Nassau the City of Nassau.” Someone then said, “That means that our property taxes will be lowered to the amounts paid by property owners in the City of New York.” Then several Nassau County officials, who support Andrew Cuomo’s Albany Assembly Bill A8051 and Senate Bill S5661, that was shepherded out of committee by Craig Johnson said, “Oh no, you must be mistaken, this is an exercise in the consolidation of power and patronage and the destruction of home rule. We need all the property taxes we currently collect in the County of Nassau, so we can lard up the new and improved further from the people bureaucracy of the new City of Nassau.”