Long Island Association Calls For Nassau-Suffolk Merger

MELVILLE, NY (WCBS 880) – A few years ago, one man proposed turning Long Island into a state. Another plan called for Long Island to be broken up into three areas.

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Now, Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, has told WCBS reporter Sophia Hall, that instead of having two counties – Nassau and Suffolk – he would like just one.

“Both counties are facing an extreme financial crisis and have proposed over a thousand layoffs. If these were two private corporations they would probably be exploring a merger. It happens all the time in the private sector. But because they’re municipal corporations nobody has ever thought of that,” he said. “We don’t think adding a thousand more people to the unemployment line is a great idea.

Instead of living in Nassau County or Suffolk County, residents would live in Long Island County.

Law says it would save money and make Long Island into a powerhouse for New York state.

“We think it may be a great way to market the Long Island region for economic development purposes,” he said.

Law says this is a time for out-of-the-box thinking.

Turning Long Island into a single county would require a series of hearings and approvals that could take years to accomplish.

What do you think of the idea? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Scott R

    Just say no. The fact that it was brought up and is being shown on the major media means the plan is in action. Its always the same, poor management, corruption, etc., the same people that get us in this mess also have the answer. Whats the answer, give them more power by merging. Unfortunately this happening with almost everything. Banks wipe us out so lets create the FED, now we are on the hook for all the bank messes. Just look at history and you will see this trend. The end result is ruin. The idea always sounds good at first, but once implemented there is no going back.

  • Daniel P. Hanover

    Merging Suffolk County and Nassau County into one big SUPER-county, is one of the most lame-brained ideas I have ever heard of. Don’t even THINK of doing such a thing !

  • BK

    Damm It was something think about but since you all are putting this way i hear you. By the way i’m from NYC and trust me we don’t your trash, wannabes, and belleive or not we like our immigrtes. Don’t forget long lsland was brooklyn.

  • prmamidedos

    No thanks. Suffolk doesn’t want Nassau’s money problems.

  • VY

    The largest part of a home owners real estate taxes come from the local school district and local town and village taxes. There are over 55 local school districts in Nassau alone. Combine them into 4 or 5 largerfs school districts and you will dump over 50 sets of administrative overhead. 50 less superintendants, 50 less assistant superintendants, etc. Consolidate the school districts. Consolidate the villages. A larger consolidated school system could offer gifted students specialty high schools modeled after NYC’s high school of Music & Art, Brooklyn Tech high school, high school of TV & Movie Production, Avaiation high school, etc. Local schools only offer AP courses for gifted students, but no concentrated programs that get graduates into top flight colleges many with scholarships. What you give up in village by village control you get back in better student true higher learning, and the lower taxes, or lower growth of taxes by dumping all those outside of the classroom expenses of the extra redundent administrators. And yes, your kids would have to go to school with “those kids” from another village, but “those kids” would be deluted into a larger pool of students.

  • dk

    the article provides no reasoning and no explanation as to how merging the two counties would save money and/or lower unemployment. If anything, unemployment would go up due to consolidating and merging etc.

  • Bill for NY

    No!!!!!!, Suffolk can keep its white trash, wannabe thugs, crime, and out-of-control illegal immigration

    Suffolk should join NYC as a 6th borough, leave Nassau alone.

    • David Shear

      Go Ed Mangano…. Nassau is just as corrupt. Veolia is a french company, Soon they will be rationing your water. Wake Up…

  • They eat their youg out there.

    No thank you Long Island Association. I was brought up in Nassau and my dad, when asked if we could visit family in Suffolk would always say no. He would then add, “They eat their young out there.” Why take two governments who are finacially unstable and put them together, it makes no sense.

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