|New York State Assembly District 63|
|2003 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||10|
|Per diem||$171/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Villanova University, 1991|
Cusick's professional experiences include chief of staff to New York State Assemblymember Eric Vitaliano; special assistant to the president of the City Council Andrew Stein; and director of constituent services to United States Senator Charles Schumer.
Cusick earned a BA from Villanova University. He is married to Kristy.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cusick served on the following committees:
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York State Assembly
- Higher Education Committee, New York State Assembly
- Mental Health Committee, New York State Assembly
- Subcommittee on Tuition Assistance Program, Chair
- Transportation Committee, New York State Assembly
- Veterans' Affairs Committee, New York State Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, New York State Assembly
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cusick served on the following committees:
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York Assembly
- Higher Education Committee, New York Assembly
- Subcommittee on Tuition Assistance Program
- Mental Health Committee, New York Assembly
- Transportation Committee, New York Assembly
- Veterans' Affairs Committee, New York Assembly
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. 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. 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."
- 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.
- 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. 
|New York State Assembly, District 63, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Michael Cusick Incumbent||66.1%||25,294|
|Republican||Samuel T. Pirozzolo||33.9%||12,977|
- 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. 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|
|Michael Cusick (D)||18,424|
|Danny Panzella (L)||1,732|
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.
|New York State Assembly, District 63 2008|
|Michael Cusick (D)||23,568|
|David Pascarella (R)||12,539|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Cusick received $161,663 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michael Cusick's campaign in 2010|
|New York State Association Of Realtors||$3,625|
|New York State Afl-Cio||$3,610|
|Sub Contractors Trade Association||$3,500|
|Uniformed Fire Officers||$3,400|
|New York State Court Officers Association||$3,400|
|Total Raised in 2010||$161,663|
In 2008, a year in which Cusick was up for re-election, he collected $119,812 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|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|
- New York Assembly - Rep. Michael Cusick
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Cusick
- Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
- E.J. McMahon, Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
- New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
- Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4920, accessed March 12, 2013
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
- ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
- New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
- New York Times NY state legislative election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributions to Michael Cusick
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