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VOTERS' GUIDE Nov. 2, 2021 general election

William E. Rogers

William E. Rogers is running for Nassau County Legislator, 12th District

William E. Rogers

WILLIAM E. ROGERS

Democratic

BACKGROUND:

  • Rogers, 26, of Farmingdale, launched his Will’s Window Washing business early this year, shortly after being medically retired from the Army due to a repetitive stress injury while training for the Special Forces. He plans to attend college and major in public administration.
  • From a young age, he was "kind of obsessed" with military history and human struggles. He dreamed of an Army career, joined in 2018 and had completed airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being injured.
  • The "burning" to serve in another way led him to his first run for public office.

ISSUES:

  • Rogers would end the "unfair" tax system. He would lower taxes for residents and shift more of the burden to large businesses and commercial property owners by assessing them based on their revenue and property size. He believes the budget can be balanced partly by eliminating redundancies between town and county operations and replacing the multitude of school systems with a countywide one.
  • A supporter of unions, he would invest some of Nassau’s federal pandemic aid to train people looking for work; require construction companies and developers to hire workers who have been apprentices or have more training; and make it illegal for businesses to stop paying health insurance coverage for employees during a strike.
  • He would expand health care benefits and access for veterans and seniors, including by allowing Nassau University Medical Center to provide services. He noted Nassau veterans should not have to travel to another county — the Northport VA Medical Center — for health care.
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