I built a fire alarm into my house burglar alarm. I did this because I'm away a lot, and I have a better chance of protecting my home than if I used a fire alarm that relies on batteries. My system includes a central station that can be notified quickly and minimize fire damage.

I just recently received my Nassau County fire alarm permit renewal, and to my surprise it has gone from $60 to $90 for three years. I should be able to protect my house with a fire alarm for free. I already pay $285 a year for the central station service, and I'm glad to do so to protect my family. I see this fee as officials taxing me for protecting myself.

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Like many others, I'm just waiting to move off the Island and take my retirement with me.

Edie Cunningham, Rockville Centre