Michael Cusick

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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$172/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 Englebrightand 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

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Michael Cusick is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Joseph Tirrone is unopposed in the Republican primary. Cusick is also running on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

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.[11][12] 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

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Cusick won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 63, defeating opponent David Pascarella (R).[13][14]

Cusick raised $119,812 for his campaign while Pascarella raised $21,775.[15]

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.[16]

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.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Cusick's campaign in 2012
New York State Court Officers Association$4,750
Amalgamated Transit Union New York$4,100
New York State Association of Realtors$3,725
New York State United Teachers$3,600
New York State Laborers$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$169,292
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Cusick received $161,663 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[17]

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

2008

In 2008, a year in which Cusick was up for re-election, he collected $119,812 in donations.[18]

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

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[19]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Cusick’s endorsements included the following:[20]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Personal

Cusick is married to Kristy.[21]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Cusick,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Cusick,” accessed August 1, 2014
  3. Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
  4. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
  5. New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
  6. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4920," accessed March 12, 2013
  7. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed August 8, 2014
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Cusick, Michael" accessed September 24, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Michael Cusick,” accessed August 1, 2014
  19. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  20. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Cusick,” accessed August 1, 2014
Political offices
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New York Assembly District 63
2003–present
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