Your Anecdotal Census: Suffolk and Nassau

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A map of Long Island, NY done in embroidery on linen, from the 1930's A map of Long Island, NY done in embroidery on linen, from the 1930's (brushbin/flickr)

Lawrence Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, discusses the changing demographics on Long Island.  Then Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano discuss the change in their communities and the policy implications of Long Island’s shifting demographics. At the end of the hour Suffolk Police Officer Lola Quesada, Ecuador native and community liaison to the Latino population in Suffolk County, talks about the changes in the Suffolk Hispanic community and her work with that population.


Lawrence Levy, Steven Levy, Edward Mangano and Lola Quesada

Comments [17]

trimcd from West Islip, Suffolk County

Suffolk County needs to provide more high quality cultural activities, restaurants, night life and better water access activities, etc that can interest locals who have "NYC" sensibilities.

There is a sense that the Island shouldn't have that ourselves because we can train into the city to get it (evidence of that are the many comments on Trump moving into Jones Beach that are not relative to his NOT wanting to pay taxes if he is there). If we weren't a bedroom community of NYC we would have more of such things like opera, dance, support for the phil and other theatres, and we (and our corporations through donations and sponsorships) would spend our money in our own communities instead in NYC which would dramatically increase our local economic growth.

Also, let's considering bringing the Islanders and other sports teams into Suffolk too, instead of letting them run to Queens if they won't stay in Nassau.

May. 18 2010 12:07 PM
Jake from Long Beach

Perfect example of the cost of immigration - Suffolk taxpayers have to hire a special "Liaison Officer" for Latinos ...

May. 18 2010 11:58 AM
Jake from Long Beach

Perfect example of the cost of immigration - Suffolk taxpayers have to hire a special "Liaison Officer" for Latinos ...

May. 18 2010 11:58 AM
Cynthia from long island

Recycling is very spotty out here especially in apartment buildings.

May. 18 2010 11:46 AM
Maggie from ny

Why not do some serious recycling? I go to Toronto often and they recycle virtually everything, and also separate vegetable matter which is composted. We are shameful by comparison.

May. 18 2010 11:45 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 11:41 AM
Anne from Merrick

My husband grew up on the South Shore, moved away, met me in Brooklyn and brought me back here to live. We're 32, carreer-minded, no kids - and feel completely out of context. We're moving back to Brooklyn where there are more folks like us.

May. 18 2010 11:36 AM
Maggie from NY

Guess what - your great great great great grandparents could go claim huge areas of land for next to nothing or nothing. Things change. The New World is catching up with the Old World and it ain't pretty is it. Plebs can't live like kings anymore, boo-hoo. There's more people and less space and everything just keeps getting more expensive - get over it, or start working on terra-forming Mars. Moan moan winge winge. Take a good look at those immigrants and learn something. Provincial self interest will only continue to make things worse.

May. 18 2010 11:34 AM
Steve from Baldwin

My school district, Baldwin, has 5,000 students. There are 190 staff members who earn over $100,000 and all that for 9 months work a year. On top of that they have a very generous pension. We quibble over funding for sports and arts at the budget vote, yet have no input regarding these salaries.

May. 18 2010 11:34 AM

The election you are about to talk about in Nassau county is the one in which the tea party was crucial.

May. 18 2010 11:26 AM
bernie from bklyn

can both or either one of these town execs answer one simple question-
how come a family supported by one parent in the household (grumman for example) working for an extremely modest middle class wage could afford to live, thrive and have an enjoyable life on LI and why that is impossible now?

May. 18 2010 11:24 AM

the caller from great neck GETS IT!

May. 18 2010 11:23 AM
bernie from bklyn

because it will just get more polarized year by year. it will be the people who can afford the $20K in taxes per year and people in brentwood, freeport and patchogue who are here illegally and renting from a landlord who bought the house cheap because the neighborhood went downhill after the $20K tax people left.

May. 18 2010 11:19 AM
Cynthia from long island

The biggest reason people are leaving Long Island is that there are no jobs out here that support the living standards equired in the area.

May. 18 2010 11:18 AM
RJ from brooklyn

A resposne to the caller complaining about increased property taxes: There are many reasons that this is legitimate. But I consistently find it bizarre when someone says "So-and-so has a great benefit (pension, health insurance, etc.) and I don't--so they shouldn't have a good benefit."

What is about workers in the US that people routinely want people to have a *worse* standard of living? Those who have the *better* standard of living are usually union members. Those workers' predecessors worked hard and took great risks to unionize. Why don't those with *bad* or inadequate benefits *organize* to get *better* benefits? They should be *congratulating* people who have figured out how to live well!

I realize there are differences when they are public sector workers paid for by taxpayer dollars. But those workers do provide services that residents *want* and are unwilling to give up. If US residents unionized, their incomes would rise enough to pay well for services they value--those teachers who do a great job of educating their kids, as the caller said--without feeling burdened by the taxes.

May. 18 2010 11:17 AM
Katie from Huntington, NY

The caller in St. James, a high end community, moved to that community FOR THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOLS, which did not come about on a tax system like Commack, with which he compared his tax base. He also has, most likely, a large piece of property and/or at least a newer, huge house with lots of square footage. You pay your taxes for what you live in. I used to do real estate. The first question people asked was: "What school district is it in." They buy the best school districts, then vote down the budgets.

May. 18 2010 11:16 AM

people always want taxes cuts but not services. what's with that?

May. 18 2010 11:11 AM

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