Nassau County, New York

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 11:12 AM

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Your Anecdotal Census: A People's History of the New York City Area 2000-2010

Tell us about change that matters in your community. Here are some possible questions to answer. Add your story to the comments below!

How is your community different today than it was 10 years ago?

Who's moving in and who's moving out? 

How has the housing boom/housing bust changed your community?

How have the politics of your community changed? If power has shifted in your community, how and why?

How has 9/11 changed your community? 

Do you have a story about change in your own life over the last decade that you think represents a larger trend?

What's an untold story of change in your community that needs to be told? 

Dante's Take

As part of the Patchwork Nation project, Dante Chinni has been exploring demographic trends around the country. He tells us what to watch for in Nassau and Suffolk Counties...

→ Visit the Nassau County page on Patchwork Nation for lots more!

By The Numbers:

What story do you think this data tells? Do you think the data reflects what's really going on in your community?

Nassau County, New York 1980 1990 2000 2008/2009
Total Population 1,321,582 1,287,348 1,334,546 1,357,429
Median Household Income (2008 adjusted dollars) $77,500 $94,300 $93,100 $94,856
% Foreign Born 10.3% 13.2% 17.9% 20.8%
% Under 18 Years Old 25.7% 21.8% 24.7% 22.6%

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Nassau County, NY - Median Household Income (2007) - Go to the Interactive Maps at Social Explorer

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Comments [13]

Doris Braun from Great Neck,NY

As a retired teacher and a Great Neck resident I feel fortunate as I make use of the many and varied courses, lectures and activities offered by the local Adult Education Center, the Senior Center and Great Neck House. There are several additional sites in town which offer display space for local artists from all the fields of art. Through these community activities I have been able to develop friendships and a social life which is a boon to an 81 year old. The change in this exceptional town has been a clash of cultures cause by an influx of Iranians and their lack of the experience of living in a democracy. For instance, if a neighbor has a tree near their property and the property owner refuses to cut it down, the Iranian will. This has happened several times in our town. One of the latest intrusions on our democracy has been the demand made by Iranian Jews on all Jewish store owners that they shut down their stores on Saturday or lose all Iranian business.

Jun. 03 2010 01:24 PM

Our greatest concern is traffic safety. East Jericho Turnpike can often be a site of accidents due to lack of traffic calming resources. Median barriers and other means would be a blessing for pedestrians and parked cars alike.

May. 20 2010 04:38 PM

I went to public schools in Mineola in the 90's. Although the schools offered a variety of programs that some inner city schools lacked, such as phys ed, art, music and of course, the marching band! (I was not in it) I don't feel the quality of the education was particularly superb. A good portion of my graduating class went onto community colleges, and no one from my class went to Ivy League schools. I'd expect more from the schools given the property tax complaints heard from the callers. Also just want to add that hopefully the teachers are more sensitive to the changing demographic of the student population.

May. 18 2010 03:43 PM
Natasha Assa from Syosset, Nassay County NY

I moved to Nassau County from England in 2001. We bought a split level home in 2002 in the town of Syosset, in the section between LIE and NSP (two major roads). The noise have increased year on year, but taxes did not reflect any of it. We saw and increase in taxes from $8,500 to $12,500 within 7 years. That is a 50% rise in less time than it takes to educate a child. Our income (both teachers in NYC) remained the same (not a percentage point increase) and the value of our home had gone up by about 20%. How could such tax burdens be justified? How can county execs sleep well? American Revolution began on much smaller issues! It is outrageous, inequitable and completely shamefull of the county and school district. We are selling this month and fleeing from Syosset. I propose (1) to have a freeze on tax hikes for new homeowners for at least the first 5 years of their mortgage (2) to shift the burden of tax proportionately to those homewoners who have children of school age (3) to reflect the increased noise and pollution on homes in close proximity to major roads (4) to expose waste school budgets and cut back not on teachers but administrators (5) most importantly to merge tiny school districts and other service districts (water, police, fire, sanitation, library) into larger units and cut back the sinecure jobs of administrators. To compare the burden of tax in Nassau County with other equally well educated and well off parts of the country see www.longislandindex. org

May. 18 2010 01:19 PM
Craig Forbes from Elmont, NY (Nassau County)

I have seen traffic patterns change for the worse over the last decade along with Nassau County's inability to adjust to the shifting situation. I think this is a general trend where cars are more affordable, and affected by the bump in population.

May. 18 2010 12:08 PM

To the caller who finds it ridiculous that a teacher makes more than an attorney - are you kidding? Why is that ridiculous? Does a teacher not need as much (if not more) education? Both professions require graduate degrees. Does a teacher not need to be as intelligent (if not more so) as an attorney? Teachers need to have not only content knowledge but a wide variety of skills. People have this false sense that teachers have easy jobs, that they only work until 3 in the afternoon, and that they have summers off. As a teacher, I can tell you that, if you are a good teacher doing a good job, then you certainly work very long hours and you work very hard. Most of us do not make enough to take summer off, so we work in camps or other jobs. In addition, we have the extra responsibility of working with other people's children; teachers have to not only educate with content, they have to teach children how to be productive members of society. In today's culture, that is no easy feat. Shame on you for thinking that teachers are not as valuable to society as attorneys, and that they shouldn't be paid as much or more.

May. 18 2010 11:55 AM
Steve from Baldwin

I'm sad to say that Long Island continues to segregate. My town, Baldwin, over the past ten years has gone from approximately 75% white to 55% white. When we moved here we saw one of the handful of truly desegregated communities on Long Island. We've witnessed an insidious white flight that doesn't look like it'll ever stop. I blame this on all the tiny school districts which serve only to waste money and segregate.

May. 18 2010 11:45 AM
David from the North Shore from Long Island

Please, please ask the county executives about two pressing issues:
1. The lack of mass transit on Long Island and what this will mean when gas hits $6 a gallon or more. I predict that people will be dumping their more rural suburban homes to gather around railroad hubs and villages that contain all the shopping and other amenities.
2. Perhaps even more important, the issue of racial segregation on Long Island, which is probably greater than any region of the country, including the deep South. Racial segregation prevents consolidation of school districts on Long Island, which would create efficiencies and eliminate some of the school tax issues your other listeners have talked about.

Long Island politicians don't have the vision to deal with problem #1 and are afraid to deal with problem #2. Please ask the county executives why they don't have the guts to tackle these issues.

May. 18 2010 11:32 AM
Larry from Port Washington

Biggest change in Port Washington is the increase in traffic. We need to make communities move walkable and bikeable

May. 18 2010 11:25 AM

My parents moved to Oceanside in 1956. As a city kid, I was dismayed by the lack of ethnic diversity and public transportation. I grew to love wandering in the undeveloped wetlands.
I moved back in 1994. What I notice in the last 10 years is an increase in ethnic diversity, and improvement in services for different learners in the public schools, and improved public transportation. Although Oceanside's population has remained steady, I also notice a loss of some of the "small town" flavor and sense of community.

May. 18 2010 11:18 AM
Sedulus from Great Neck

On Nassau County: I grew up in Freeport and have lived in the county again for the past 30 years. It has become very urban. So parks are more crucial than ever. Lacks housing for the young, so rentals and multi-family units are needed. And more expensive than ever: we have proliferating governments including dozens of school districts, park districts, sewer districts, fire districts and the Baldwin Escalator District. This crisis ought to be the goad to consolidate all of the latter, but the incumbents are fighting that (because they all collect nice salaries [except school board members]).

May. 18 2010 11:05 AM
David from Valley Stream

Although some would say my community has "changed" for the worse over the last 10 to 20 years, I would say it has changed for the better. My community is more diverse than ever and that's a good thing.

I am not sure what the numbers would show, but the feeling in the mid to late 90s was one of white flight. People PERCEIVED and continue to perceive that Valley Stream is a bad place to live with high crime, and bad schools. On the contrary Valley Stream has low crime rates and very good schools.

People need to meet their neighbors and become active in their community. Read your local newspaper, join a community organization, go to local government meetings and do what you can to improve your community.

May. 18 2010 10:26 AM
Sedulus from Great Neck

Great Neck has changed tremendously: much more built up and urban; vastly more Iranian (as many as 15,000 or about 1/3 of the total area of the school district which encompasses 9 villages and parts of North Hempstead Town) and more recently, other Asians including Chinese, Koreans and Indians.

Political situation is not good. With the exception of Great Neck Village, which had an honest, non-party mayor 2003-7, incumbents (tied to mainly Iranian developers) have maintained power. Tax base has suffered because Iranians have built more than a dozen religious facilities, usually on main arteries, that replaced business. Also, as the Iranians are reactionary, the Republican vote has increased.

Congestion is worse than ever. No road-widening, etc., is on tap. Services are basically good, but expensive. Some public agencies, like parks, have had very good leadership and provided good services but others, like the library, have not. The main library is more than 40 years old and a replacement proposal is stuck.

Nassau lost an inspired County Executive in Tom Suozzi; the new one is a Republican hack who promises to help with property tax relief but probably won't get too far.

May. 11 2010 11:37 AM

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