Fritz said the state and federal governments should increase funding to school districts such as Brentwood that have taken on a number of undocumented unaccompanied minors. He opposes the Heartland Islip project, which would develop 9,000 units of housing at the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center site. Instead, he favors the property being turned into an industrial park, which would create jobs and a tax base that would ease the burden on Brentwood residents.
Fritz, 71, of Brentwood, is running on the a private attorney running in a Democratic primary. He also has theWomen’s Equality line. He was elected to the Brentwood school board in 2005 and served one term. He has run unsuccessfully for several local offices since 1974. A graduate of Brentwood High School in 1962, Fritz received his associate degree from Suffolk County Community College in 1964 and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in 1966. He received a law degree from Howard University in 1970. He moved back to Long Island, where he opened a general runs a private legal practice. He is head of the foreclosure prevention unit at the Central Islip Civic Council. A lifelong Democrat active in the party, he is married and has two children.