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Dozens of LI-specific issues pushed in Albany lobbying

ALBANY — A broad-based group of Long Island organizations lobbied Albany Wednesday for more buses, safer bicycle paths and sidewalks, help in replacing hundreds of thousands of septic tanks and other issues specific to Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Long Island Lobby Coalition brought representatives from 90 groups to its ninth annual lobbying day to also push for offshore wind farms, more water quality testing, housing for the homeless, and business initiatives including a promotional campaign for small businesses and a measure to allow company owners greater flexibility in contributing to their tax-deferred individual retirement accounts.

The “shop local” campaign would seek to erode the continued loss in sales to internet retailers, the organizers said.

“Internet sales are drastically reducing our sales and internet sales are hitting home,” said Francesca Carlow, president of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.

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