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Michael Cusick
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New York State Assembly District 63
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sVillanova University, 1991
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael Cusick is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 63. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Cusick is a member of the New York State Democratic Committee, 63rd Assembly District.

Biography

Cusick earned his B.A. from Villanova University in 1991.[1] His professional experience includes serving as chief of staff to New York State Assembly member Eric Vitaliano, as special assistant to the president of the City Council Andrew Stein, and as director of constituent services to United States Senator Charles Schumer.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cusick served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Election Law, Chair
Governmental Employees
Higher Education
Mental Health
Transportation
Veterans' Affairs
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cusick served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cusick served on the following committees:

Issues

Pension sweeteners

On February 13, 2013, New York legislators introduced eight bills to "sweeten" government employee pensions. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission released a chart of these bills and their costs, totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments. Cusick sponsored one of these eight.[3] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy criticized the bills but placed major responsibility for them on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in 2012 raised the possibility of better pension deals if the economy improved.[4] The New York Daily News published an editorial against the bills on February 21, denouncing the proposals as examples of "incorrigible recklessness with the public’s money."[5]

  • Assembly Bill 4920, sponsored by Peter Abbate, William Colton, Vivian Cook, Cusick, Steven Englebright, and Harvey Weisenberg, would allow Tier I and II employees of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (NYSLPFRS) to include up to 30 days of unused vacation time in the final average salary calculation for their pension benefits. This would cost the state government an estimated $110 million and local governments an estimated $45 million.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Cusick ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 63. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He defeated Samuel T. Pirozzolo in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Cusick Incumbent 66.1% 25,294
     Republican Samuel T. Pirozzolo 33.9% 12,977
Total Votes 38,271

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Cusick ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Danny Panzella (L) in the general election on November 2.[9] In addition to his slot on the Democratic Party ticket, he was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State, the Conservative Party, and the Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 63 2010
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Michael Cusick (D) 18,424
Danny Panzella (L) 1,732

2008

On November 4, 2008, Cusick won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 63, defeating opponent David Pascarella (R).

Cusick raised $119,812 for his campaign while Pascarella raised $21,775.[10]

New York State Assembly, District 63 2008
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Michael Cusick (D) 23,568
David Pascarella (R) 12,539

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Michael Cusick is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Michael Cusick raised a total of $723,022 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[11]

Michael Cusick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 63 Won $169,292
2010 New York State Assembly, District 63 Won $161,663
2008 New York State Assembly, District 63 Won $119,812
2006 New York State Assembly, District 63 Won $66,191
2004 New York State Assembly, District 63 Won $95,198
2002 New York State Assembly, District 63 Won $110,866
Grand Total Raised $723,022

2012

Michael Cusick won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Michael Cusick raised a total of $169,292.

2010

In 2010, Cusick received $161,663 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

2008

In 2008, a year in which Cusick was up for re-election, he collected $119,812 in donations.[13]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
New York State AFL-CIO $4,000
Staten Island Heat Imaging PC $3,800
New York State United Teachers $2,700
New York State Trial Lawyers $2,500

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Cusick’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

Cusick is married to Kristy.[15]

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