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Poll: Does NIMBYism curb development?

Homeowners and businesses say they cannot afford to pay the higher property taxes needed to sustain local government services.

Real estate executives propose housing and commercial projects, which would generate more tax revenue, but are sometimes stymied by community opposition that leads governments to scuttle the developments.

These are perennial problems for Long Island that threaten its future. They also are the subject of a May 19 conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead, where potential solutions will be discussed.

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