Tuesday is Election Day for 157 Special Taxing Districts on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tomorrow is Election Day for 157 of Long Island’s special taxing districts, which cover municipal services such as fire response and sanitation pickup.These districts don’t conform to neat geographic lines on the map but they do add up on the bottom line of Long Islanders’ property tax bills. Yet, sparse turnout is the norm—and Tuesday’s forecast of heavy rains doesn’t promise to reverse that apathetic trend.According to a recent phone-poll conducted by the Center for Survey Research at Stony Brook University, almost three-quarters (73 percent) of Long Islanders contacted by the researchers said they had not voted in a special district election in the past year. But 76 percent of them said they would favor moving the elections to May when school budget votes take place—a decision for New York State lawmakers to render.In the meantime, to help motivate voters to participate in these little noticed but very impactful elections, the Long Island Index, a project of the nonprofit Rauch Foundation, has updated its interactive, online tool—first unveiled last year—to help people navigate through the maze of overlapping districts and find out which elections they’re eligible to vote in, because there are often more than one.“With such an extraordinary number of elections taking place on one day, it’s hard to know where to vote,” said Ann Golob, Director of the Long Island Index. “This online tool lets Long Islanders know in an instant, based on where they live, which elections they can vote in.”“Public participation in elections is crucial to democracy,” said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation and publisher of the Index. “This new online tool makes it easier for voters to know how to participate.”These special districts provide basic services such as fire, police, sanitation, water, schools and libraries and they are managed by publicly elected commissioners who oversee the services and determine the taxes to pay for them. And they tend to overlap. According to the Long Island Index, there are 665 of them on the Island.The tool—available free of charge at http://mydistricts.longislandindexmaps.org—lets users in Nassau and Suffolk counties to enter their address and learn which special districts serve them, if their elections are on Dec. 9, as well as any information about polling locations and the hours that the polls are open.“It’s not that people don’t care—it’s that people don’t know,” said Laura Mallay, executive director of Residents for Efficient Special Districts (RESD), a citizens’ action group based in South Hempstead. “Special taxing districts have flown below the radar for years.”last_img read more

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Grenada no-confidence motion defeated

first_img Tweet News Grenada no-confidence motion defeated by: – May 16, 2012 Share Opposition leader Dr Keith Mitchell (L) and Prime Minster Tillman ThomasST GEORGE’S, Grenada — On Tuesday, the no confidence motion tabled in Grenada’s House of Parliament by the opposition New National Party (NNP) was debated and ultimately defeated.In debating the motion, opposition leader Dr Keith Mitchell castigated the leadership of Prime Minster Tillman Thomas and the state of political and economic uncertainty in the country.In response, lead government spokesman, Minister of Youth Empowerment Patrick Simmonds, offered a compilation of statistics that outlined the achievements of the administration.Finance Minister Nazim Burke described the NNP motion as “political opportunism”.Former Minister of the Environment, Michael Church, who was an early casualty of the Thomas administration, pointed to the suffering and victimization of his constituents who should have benefitted from development initiatives that had been approved for his constituency of St John, which he won in 2008 on an NDC ticket, but had been put on hold since his resignation from the Thomas Cabinet.Church cited a fish plant built by the Japanese in 2009 but has remained shut. NDC promises of housing rehabilitation have been ignored since he demitted Cabinet, he said. He reiterated that his constituents deserved much better and the recalcitrance of Burke and Thomas led him to support the no-confidence motion.Government ministers Lett, Quarless, Burke and former tourism minister Peter David all spoke against the motion. Like Simmonds, the three government ministers read out a stack of statistical information that attempted to tell Grenadians that, although the infighting was evident, government was full speed ahead with work attending to the nation’s business. David’s contribution to the debate attracted great attention in that it clarified two critical speculations: David and Mitchell were not collaborative partners in the NNP-introduced motion and David remains a firm member of the NDC but gave clear warning to Thomas that he will be challenged at a future party congress.By Caribbean News Now contributor 6 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more


first_imgA man is to appear again in court on December 19th charged with murdering his parents.Julian Cuddihy appeared in court today. Pic by Northwest News Pix.Julian Cuddihy, 42, appeared at a court at Castlerea Prison today. Cuddihy, from Churchtown in Carndonagh, did not appear in court.Judge Geoffrey Browne remanded him to appear to Harristown Court on December 19th next.MAN APPEARS IN COURT AGAIN CHARGED WITH MURDERING PARENTS was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghdonegalJulian CuddihymurderPARENTSlast_img read more