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Fitzpatrick Applauds Governor’s Blunt Assessment

With the state mired in recession, and the financial crisis weighing heavily on taxpayers’ pocketbooks, it is crucial now, more than ever, that state government lessen the burden on middle-class families. To get our economy moving again, we need...

Fitzpatrick, Assembly Minority Outline Real Solutions To Close Budget Deficit

Fitzpatrick Calls for Elimination of New License Plate Mandate

Throughout my tenure in the Assembly, I have tried to reiterate to my colleagues that there is no such thing as a “free lunch.” State government’s addiction to spending has consequences, most notably, the need to raise taxes and fees on...

Statement from Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick

To emerge from this historic recession, state government will have to reduce its stranglehold on our economy. Businesses and taxpayers have been squeezed to the breaking point, as illustrated by the vehement opposition to the onerous and unnecessary...

2009 Newsletter from Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick Calls on Assembly to Return to Albany, Pass Essential Spending Reductions

In lieu of sobering reports released this week from the NYS Division of Budget on the state of New York’s finances, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) called on the governor to urge legislators to come back to Albany to pass massive...

Statement from Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick

Earlier this year, I was the lone sponsor of A.2830, the only legislation introduced by either house of the New York legislature that called for the New York State pension fund to divest itself from companies that do business with Iran, a repeated supporter...

Assemblyman Fitzpatrick Appointed to Influential Ways and Means Committee

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today announced that he has been appointed to the Ways and Means Committee by Minority Leader Brian Kolb. Since his election to the Assembly, Fitzpatrick has been a staunch advocate for fiscal conservatism,...

Fitzpatrick: Greater Spending in Recession Highlights Broken Process, Influence of Entrenched Interests and Labor Unions

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today spoke out against the adoption of the distended state budget, which, despite a historic economic crisis, included massive spending increases and tax hikes on middle-class families that jeopardizes...

Statement from Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick

Years of spending beyond our means and the current economic crisis and financial meltdown have contributed to a record deficit that demands tough decisions. Yet, the Deficit Reduction Package, pushed through by the Assembly yesterday, is a clear example...

Statement from Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick

“Today, the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief issued their final report to the governor on how to solve our state property tax crisis. As the commission noted, this is no longer about who, or what, caused our property tax problem,...

Fitzpatrick, Assembly Minority Unveil Legislation to Provide Residents Relief from Record Heating Fuel Costs

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today joined his Assembly Minority Conference colleagues to introduce several legislative initiatives that will help provide local seniors and working families with tax relief, and ease the burden from...

Fitzpatrick: Excessive Spending Highlights Broken Process, Influence of Special Interests

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today spoke out against the adoption of the bloated state budget, which, despite a looming economic recession, once again failed to rein in excessive spending or include the necessary tax relief to secure...

Fiscal Discipline Only Option to Combat Wall Street Woes

The financial crisis that has engulfed the nation in recent months has spread to every sector of the New York economy, including Wall Street. While most taxpayers feel a strong disconnect between their everyday middle-class lives and investment honchos,...

Fitzpatrick Announces Summer Camp for Children of Military Servicemen and Women

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today announced that the National Military Family Association (NMFA) is currently accepting applications for Operation Purple Summer Camps. Each “purple” camp is free and open to children of...

Fitzpatrick: Extend Tax Exemption to Include Property Tax Rebate Checks

In light of the governor’s announcement that the state would not tax upcoming federal rebate payments, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) called on the governor to extend the exemptions to include property tax rebate checks. ...

Fitzpatrick: State Must Make Difficult Choices, Take Hard-Hitting Approach to Cap Property Taxes

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today joined Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) in submitting testimony to the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief. Representing overtaxed homeowners throughout...

Fitzpatrick: Governor Increases County Tax Burden

Fitzpatrick: State Spending Out Of Control

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today expressed concern over the looming budget deficit and reiterated that the state must make hard choices to solve long-term problems. “While I understand the governor’s approach...

Fitzpatrick Statement on ‘State of the State’

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today expressed optimism in light of Governor Spitzer’s pledge to support property tax caps and will fight to hold the governor to his promise. “The crushing property tax burden...