The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed "Nassau County Hub Area Development" construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:
The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is "Yes," if it is "No," the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.
With almost 3 million Long Islanders living above their water supply, the concern for groundwater contamination is real.
Flushing unwanted prescription drugs and medications was once the acceptable, and even recommended, method of disposal. However, in recent years, it has been found that this practice is dangerous to the environment. To ensure the safety of our environment and groundwater systems, the Long Island Water Conference wants to remind you not to flush unwanted or expired medications.
Hurricane season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives if we are threatened this year by a hurricane. The disaster relief workers at the Long Island Chapter of the American Red Cross work hard in this community every day to provide relief for those whose lives have been torn apart by disasters.
The State Legislature accomplished a lot this year, but one important reform was conspicuously left out – passage of the legislation know as the “Fraud Tax Bill” that would crack down on crisis-level auto insurance fraud in New York State.
Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County joins the LWV of New York State and NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research group) in supporting Assembly Bill A8367, which would enact the Comptroller Campaign Finance Reform Act, to provide for public financing of elections for this statewide office.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto issued his annual advisory to town residents that although fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, consumer fireworks of every kind are dangerous and illegal, and the use of all fireworks should be left to the professionals.
“Every year, so-called consumer fireworks, such as cherry bombs, firecrackers and M-80’s, cause numerous injuries, and even fatalities, to both children and adults,” Venditto stated. “Mangled hands and fingers, eye injuries and burns are the most commonly reported. In many cases, innocent bystanders are injured along with the people who set off the fireworks.
All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.
So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.
It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.
Conserving water throughout the year is important. Conserving water during the long, high-temperature summer days is critical. Saving water lessens the strains on the water-pumping system, saves electricity, ensures a plentiful water supply for all our needs now and for future generations and, most importantly, saves you money! The Long Island Water Conference urges you to conserve water this summer, any way you can.
In Nassau County, we are making concerted efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family in many different ways. Now that hurricane season is here on Long Island I would like to remind residents about the importance of assembling a “Go Kit,” in the event of a hurricane watch or warning.
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