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David J. Morrissey to represent New York’s 8th Assembly District

Dave Morrissey of Smithtown, the Democratic candidate for

Dave Morrissey of Smithtown, the Democratic candidate for the 8th Assembly District. Credit: James Escher

For 16 years, Michael J. Fitzpatrick has told an important story in Albany about high taxes in New York. The St. James Republican, 61, has fought to end automatic pay increases for public workers while contracts are negotiated, cap pay raises that come from binding arbitration at 2 percent, and create a defined-contribution option for the state pension system. But his is the same spiel and it gets no update, nor any results.

Democratic nominee David J. Morrissey, 62, is a software engineer from Smithtown. He is a political newcomer with smarts and tragic expertise. Morrissey lost a son to the opioid crisis and himself has been in recovery for more than 35 years. Much of his campaign centers around how he hopes to bolster addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, and his ideas are thoughtful and detailed.

The Assembly has heard Fitzpatrick’s message for eight terms, to no avail. It has yet to hear Morrissey’s.

Newsday endorses Morrissey.