Press Releases

Fitzpatrick Calls For Action On Women’s Equality Bills

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb and members of the Assembly Minority Conference this week at a press conference calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring up the provisions of the...

Fitzpatrick Holds Press Conference To Introduce Comprehensive Mandate Relief Legislation

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today hosted a press conference to highlight his new legislation, a comprehensive mandate relief package aimed at reducing the burdens of unfunded mandates for local governments; creating optional retirement...

Basic STAR Re-Registration Program For Homeowners Available From August 19 Through December 31

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today is encouraging all homeowners enrolled in the Basic STAR program to re-register in order to continue to receive their exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. “This year, new legislation...

Long Island Assemblymen Host Meeting Organizing Groups To Help Troubled Youth

The Long Island Assembly Minority Delegation hosted a Youth Services Summit Roundtable at Farmingdale State College Campus. Members heard testimony from various representatives of local school districts, summer camps, counseling centers, charities, and...

CHIPs Funding Essential To Economic Development

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today joined with assembly members and senators from across the state to urge Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders to increase the amount of funding the state provides for the Consolidated Highway Improvement...

LI Assembly Minority Contingent To Governor: All Children Are Created Equal

After Governor Cuomo’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget proposed to redistribute school aid away from Long Island schools and redirect the funding to other districts, members of the Long Island Assembly Minority Delegation has taken a stand. The delegation...

Fitzpatrick: 2013 Priorities Must Include State Spending Reduction, Debt Reform

On the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today warned that state government must dramatically slash spending and enact comprehensive debt reform to lower the astronomical...

Fitzpatrick Reminds Students Of Scholarship Opportunities

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) would like to inform undergraduate and graduate students that the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS) is accepting applications for their diesel technology, construction technology/management...

Fitzpatrick: Budget Bill Ignores Pension Reform

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) condemned the absence of the Tier VI pension reform in today’s Assembly budget proposal. Tier VI would raise the retirement age from 62 to 65 and create a 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan for...

Fitzpatrick Invites Suffolk County Residents To Job Fair

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) is urging area residents seeking employment to attend an upcoming job fair sponsored by the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center. Featuring a host of employers, the event will be held from 10 a.m....

Fitzpatrick Highlights Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) is highlighting the Internal Revenue Service’s annual Earned Income Tax Credit Day (EITC). The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable credit for individuals who work but do not earn high incomes....

Fitzpatrick Applauds Comprehensive Pension Reform In Governor’s Budget Proposal

Today’s budget presentation given by Governor Cuomo included important steps toward the real, effective pension reform that taxpayers in our state so badly need. It makes a number of adjustments that would save taxpayers money, and as I have advocated...

Statewide Union Agreement Voted Down, Local Jobs On The Line

Today, a vote was taken by the second-largest union in New York State, the Public Employees Federation, vetoing a five-year contract agreement offered by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Union members were asked to take a three-year pay freeze and contribute toward...

Assemblyman Fitzpatrick Leads The Charge

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and members of the New York State Assembly held a press conference today calling on the Assembly Majority to bring legislation to the floor for an up-or-down vote that would repeal the Metropolitan Transportation...

Cuomo’s Tier VI First Step In Pension Reform

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today loudly applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tier VI pension proposal but added that comprehensive, long-term reform of the state’s retirement system must include a defined-contribution plan...

Tax Grievance Day In Suffolk County

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today announced an opportunity for residents of Suffolk County to file a tax grievance on their real property assessment. Suffolk County’s Tax Grievance Day is May 17, 2011. This is an opportunity...

Property Tax Cap Important First Step

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) is standing with the Assembly Minority Conference in calling on Speaker Silver and Governor Cuomo to quickly enact a property tax cap. The Assemblyman noted the domino effect that such a tax cap would...

Politicians’ Pension Proposals Drive Up Costs, Undo Reform

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today condemned the flurry of costly pension-related legislation introduced in the Legislature this year. According to news sources, 55 separate pension “sweeteners” – and benefit enhancements...

High Cost Of State Pensions Bankrupting The State

Advocating on behalf of overburden taxpayers, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) has introduced legislation that would put the state on a path to financial reform, specifically targeting the state pension system and the political class...

New Era In Budget Negotiations Deserves Support

With the ongoing progress being made toward an on-time state budget in Albany, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) is applauding what may be a new era in New York State’s budget process. A responsible budget framework was reached over...