Press Releases

“Tax and Spend” Continues In Assembly Majority Budget

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) strongly opposes the latest budget proposal brought forth by the Assembly Majority and is speaking out against the lack of real decisions being made when it comes to cuts. “The tax-and-spend...

Fitzpatrick Appointed As Ranking Minority Member On Assembly Housing Committee

Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) was recently appointed by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) to serve as the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Housing Committee. Assemblyman Fitzpatrick also will serve on the...

Albany’s Most Urgent Task: Pry Pols From Their Pensions

This much we know: New York's public pension system, with its exorbitant defined benefits, must be radically changed or it will bankrupt us. Over the next five years, the tax-funded annual contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System will more than...

No More Taxpayer-Funded Pensions for Politicians!

Fitzpatrick Statement On Pension-Padding Report

“While I applaud Attorney General Cuomo’s investigation into pension padding at the state and local government levels, no discussion regarding reform is complete without also addressing conflicts of interest created when politicians and their...

Albany Igniting Pension Time Bomb, Fitzpatrick Warns

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) blasted an Assembly bill which would allow the state pension fund to borrow money in order to make mandated contributions to the same state employee retirement system. The lawmaker called on Governor David...

Fitzpatrick Statement On Gov’s Pension-Borrowing Scheme

“Governor Paterson’s plan to amortize local governments’ scheduled pension payments into the state retirement fund by borrowing from New York’s pension fund demonstrates, once and for all, that Albany’s spending spree is operating...

Fitzpatrick Takes on Political Class with Historic Pension Reform

“Fiscal carbon monoxide,” that’s how, in no uncertain terms, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) routinely describes the taxpayer-funded defined-benefit plan (DBP) enjoyed by New York State’s politicians – a pension...

Fitzpatrick Statement on Park Closures

In response to the announcement that several state parks on Long Island may face closure due to the state fiscal crisis, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) said that state parkland is a fundamental service that should be spared the deeper...