Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I,Ref-Smithtown) welcomed a delegation representatives from the Suffolk County Legislature to the State Capitol.
“It’s 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 County’s 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.”