2018 Community Survey

February 1, 2018

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The State Department of Transportation recently announced results of an independent study, which estimated the cost of the 1-81 Tunnel option, as compared to the Community Grid and the Rebuild Viaduct option. With more information now available, which option do you prefer? (Check one)

Community Grid, estimated cost of $1.3 billion, 3 to 5 years to construct.
Rebuild Viaduct, estimated cost of $1.7 billion, 4 to 6 years.
Tunnel Alternative (with community grid), estimated cost of up to $4.5 billion, 9 to 10 years to construct
The Governor has proposed the elimination of cash bail in New York due to the argument that bail discriminates against those with lesser financial means, in violation of the principle of “Innocent until proven guilty.” Currently, a person charged with a crime who is unable to post bail can be held in jail for months or even years awaiting trial for their charges. Do you support changes to the bail system? (Check one)

Eliminate cash bail, except for more severe crimes or high flight risk
Keep bail system, but consider the financial means of accused in determining bail amount
Don’t change current cash bail system
Voting reforms may be on the agenda this session. Which reforms would you support? (Check all that apply)

Early voting
Mail-in voting
No-excuse absentee voting
Same-day registration
As part of the effort to reduce waste and redundancy in local government, last year’s state budget established county-wide shared services panels, bringing together local leaders to discuss areas for improved cooperation or consolidation. This year, the governor proposes making these panels permanent. Do you support the goals of the panels? (Check one)

Yes; Local cooperation and consolidation are key to reducing local taxes
Somewhat; Cooperation is good, but consolidation does little
No; Leave our local government alone.
New York State faces a fiscal deficit this year and will likely face similar challenges in the years ahead due to changes in federal tax policy and funding. What is the best way to address these shortfalls? (Check all that apply)

Cut spending on healthcare and elder services
Cut education funding
Cut economic development investment
Increase revenues by raising taxes on wealthiest New Yorkers
While new ethics changes became law last year, there is more to be done. Which of the following proposals do you support? (Check all that apply)

Close LLC loophole, which allows individuals to anonymously give political contributions through multiple sources in excess of donation limits
Advance a legislative measure prohibiting outside income and creating a full-time legislature
Which of the following do you think are the top priorities for the district? (Check all that apply)

Improving schools
Creating jobs and attracting business
Keeping taxes low and reducing government spending
Enacting smart growth principles
Addressing the opioid epidemic
Property taxes continue to be a top concern for area residents. What steps should we take to reduce local property taxes? (Check all that apply)

Consolidate local government
Transfer local portion of Medicaid costs to the state
Increase state funding for schools and reduce local share
Cut local government service
Additional ideas, comments, concerns