Fitzpatrick said he will oppose foisting any new unfunded mandates onto local governments, will seek to cap binding arbitration at 2 percent, and will call for all new public employees to be put into a 401K-style retirement plan instead of adding more people to the costly pension system. “If nothing changes, the math ultimately is going to crush us,” he said. “Your tax base can’t support it.” He also seeks to reform the Triborough Amendment by suspending automatic pay increases for public workers when contracts expire and the next one is still being negotiated. “It will motivate them [public employees] to come back to negotiate, and the meter stops running,” he said. “This is a reasonable proposal. The unions don’t like it, but we are in very difficult economic times.”
Fitzpatrick, 59, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He has held the seat since 2002 and, if re-elected, would enter his eighth term representing the district. He is the ranking minority member on the Assembly Housing Committee and is on the ways and means, higher education and labor committees. Fitzpatrick served on the Smithtown Town Board from 1988 to 2002. He is secretary of the New York State Chapter of the American-Irish Legislators Society and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He previously was an investment associate in Morgan Stanley’s Port Jefferson office, but left the firm in August. He lives with his wife in St. James.