This 2009 Newsletter informs you of some of the important issues that affect you as a resident of New York. Given the circumstances of this state, it is imperative that we work together to rebuild, redefine and bring New York back to a time when we were proud to call New York “The Empire State.”
With property taxes at an all-time high, it is time to adopt policies which will protect homeowners. We should lower property taxes and support mandate relief measures to reduce local government costs. By reducing property taxes and the cost of doing business in New York, we can create a favorable, and attractive, place for businesses to grow, stay competitive and create jobs locally. Economic development will not only help create jobs, but will help alleviate the tax burden on struggling homeowners as well.
We also need to ensure that all children in our state receive a quality education and graduate to become productive and contributing members of New York’s workforce. New York has some of the best teachers and administrators in the country; however, taxpayer dollars are being wasted through expensive mandates from the state that prevent tax dollars from going into the classroom. Our children deserve a quality education at a price our taxpayers and parents can afford.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my district office at (631) 724-2929.
|Year||Bill Description||Increased Taxes, Fines and Fees||Fitzpatrick Vote|
|2009||2009-10 State Budget||$8.2 Billion*||No|
|2009||NYC Sales Tax Increase||$700 Million||No|
|2009||2009 Local Tax Extension||$1.461 Billion||No|
|2009||Nassau/Suffolk Traffic Fines Increase||$14.6 Million||No|
|2008||2008-09 State Budget||$926.85 Million||No|
|2008||Local Tax Extension||$135.4 Million||No|