Assemblyman Fitzpatrick and colleagues welcomed local elected officials and onstituents from Suffolk County. Pictured from left to right: Ryan Stanton, Chief of Staff to Leg. Sutton and Representative of Long Island Federation of Labor; Liz Sutton, Chief of Staff to Leg. Fleming; Josh Slaughter, Chief of Staff to Leg. Browning; Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I,Ref-Smithtown); Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming; Assemblyman Fred Thiele; Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk); and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean Pierre.
Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I,Ref-Smithtown) welcomed a delegation representatives from the Suffolk County Legislature to the State Capitol.
Its important that the state Legislature works closely with local elected officials to better understand the needs and challenges faced by communities, especially those faced by Long Island local governments, said Fitzpatrick. Personally, I have been focusing my efforts on lifting the burdens on local governments due to unfunded mandates. The clearest example, which has been in the news, would be the costs related to Medicaid. If the state took over Suffolk Countys Medicaid costs, it could save property taxpayers roughly $256 million. No matter the issue, I always welcome the input of our local officials and my constituents at home. They are welcome here.