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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Thomas Abinanti (Democratic Party) is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 92. Abinanti assumed office in 2011. Abinanti's current term ends on December 31, 2020.

Abinanti (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the New York State Assembly to represent District 92. Abinanti won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Abinanti served two terms as the Greenburg Town Councilman and elected ten times to the Westchester County Legislature. He was the Majority Leader of the Legislature three times and the chair of numerous committees.

Abinanti earned his B.A. from Fordham College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, as an adjunct professor at Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry), as a teacher at Pace Law School (White Plains) and served as Legislative Counsel to a member of Congress and staff counsel to the New York State Assembly.

Education

  • BA, Political Science, Fordham College
  • JD, New York University School of Law

Professional Experience

  • BA, Political Science, Fordham College
  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • Former Attorney, Greenburgh Housing Authority
  • Adjunct professor, Mercy College, present
  • Former Staff Counsel, New York State Assembly Speaker
  • Attorney, present
  • Former Prosecuting Attorney, Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry
  • Former Pro-Bono Attorney, Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion

Political Experience

  • BA, Political Science, Fordham College
  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • Former Attorney, Greenburgh Housing Authority
  • Adjunct professor, Mercy College, present
  • Former Staff Counsel, New York State Assembly Speaker
  • Attorney, present
  • Former Prosecuting Attorney, Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry
  • Former Pro-Bono Attorney, Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 2010-present
  • Instructor, Continuing Legal Education, Pace Law School
  • Former Council Member, Greenburgh Town Council
  • Former Greenburgh Representative, Westchester County Legislature
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 92, 2018
  • Candidate, New York State Senate, District 35, 2000

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, New York State Assembly

Former Member, Election Law Committee, New York State Assembly

Member, Greenburgh Quality Control Commission

Former Chair, Libraries and Education Technology Committee, New York State Assembly

Former Member, Mental Health Committee, New York State Assembly

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Codes Committee

Member, Environmental Conservation Committee

Member, Health Committee

Member, Judiciary Committee

Chair, Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BA, Political Science, Fordham College
  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • Former Attorney, Greenburgh Housing Authority
  • Adjunct professor, Mercy College, present
  • Former Staff Counsel, New York State Assembly Speaker
  • Attorney, present
  • Former Prosecuting Attorney, Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry
  • Former Pro-Bono Attorney, Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 2010-present
  • Instructor, Continuing Legal Education, Pace Law School
  • Former Council Member, Greenburgh Town Council
  • Former Greenburgh Representative, Westchester County Legislature
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 92, 2018
  • Candidate, New York State Senate, District 35, 2000
  • President, Orchard Hill Civic Association
Elections

2018

Abinanti also ran in the 2018 election as a Working Families Party and Reform Party candidate.


General election
General election for New York State Assembly District 92

Incumbent Thomas Abinanti (D) won election in the general election for New York State Assembly District 92 on November 6, 2018.

Thomas Abinanti (D)
99.3%
41,362 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.7%
290 Votes

Total votes: 41,652
(99.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 92

Incumbent Thomas Abinanti advanced from the Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 92 on September 13, 2018.

Thomas Abinanti (D)

Republican primary election

No Republican candidates ran in the primary.

2016

Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 13, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for major party candidates was July 14, 2016. The filing deadline for independent candidates was August 23, 2016.

Incumbent Thomas Abinanti ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 92 general election.

New York State Assembly, District 92 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Abinanti Incumbent (unopposed)
Source: New York Board of Elections

Incumbent Thomas Abinanti ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 92 Democratic primary.

New York State Assembly, District 92 Democratic Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Abinanti Incumbent (unopposed)
Abinanti also ran on the Working Families and Independence Party tickets.

2014

Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Thomas Abinanti was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mike Duffy was unopposed in the Republican primary. Abinanti ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Duffy ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Abinanti defeated Duffy in the general election.

New York State Assembly, District 92 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Abinanti Incumbent 62.1% 21,912
Republican Mike Duffy 37.9% 13,365
Total Votes 35,277

2012

Abinanti ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 92. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

New York State Assembly, District 92, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Abinanti Incumbent 100% 41,062
Total Votes 41,062

2010

Abinanti defeated Anna Sterne in the September 14 Democratic primary. Abinanti defeated Thomas Bock (R) in the general election on November 2.

New York State Assembly, District 92 2010

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Abinanti (D) 25,301
Thomas Bock (R) 13,716
Policy Positions

New York State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in New York ?
- Yes

2. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from New York high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

3. Should students' standardized test scores be used to evaluate teacher performance?
- No

4. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- a) as a minimum but New York standards should be higher

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- 1. Better environmental protection policies and practices2. bettering education opportunities by increasing state aid to all schools and substituting state aid for some of the reliance on property taxes3. improving services for people with disabilities

Gun

1. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No

2. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- Yes

3. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

4. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- c) as part of a overall plan NY should adopt single-payer "medicare-for-all" type heath plan

3. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

4. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- No Answer

5. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- No Answer

6. Do you support Medicaid expansion through New York 's health care programs?
- Yes

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York 's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New York 's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

3. Do you support greater efforts by New York state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- Yes

4. Should New York permit localities to adopt "Sanctuary City" immigration policies?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

4. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- Yes

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- To clean up NY government, we need to take the influence of big money out of policymaking - thus we need to take big money out of political campaigns. I support public matching funds to finance campaigns for election to public office

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

2. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- No

3. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

6. Do you support replacing the cash bail system with a supervised release system for misdemeanor charges?
- Yes

Economic

1. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of New York ?
- Yes

2. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

4. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- No

5. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

6. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- No

7. Other or expanded principles
- b. lower taxes on working class and middle income to stimulate growth and raise taxes on very rich to pay for needed government investments and programs c) depends on which regulations

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New York 's budget.

1. Other or expanded principles
- Increase income tax on very high income earners.

2. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

5. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

Articles

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Banning Undetectable Guns and Expanding Firearm Safe Storage Laws to Protect Children

Jul. 30, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation criminalizing the manufacture, sale, transport and possession of firearms and major components of such weapons that are undetectable by a metal detector, including 3D printed guns (S.1414-A/A.0763-A), and expanding laws requiring the safe storage of firearms (S.6360/A.8174). This legislation builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws, including the Red Flag Bill signed in February that prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm, and legislation Governor Cuomo signed yesterday extending the background check waiting period and banning bump stocks. "3D guns and improperly stored firearms pose an enormous risk to our children and today we're addressing both dangers head-on to keep our families safe," Governor Cuomo said. "These measures continue New York's legacy of enacting the strongest gun laws in the nation by helping keep firearms out of the hands of children and by acknowledging and addressing technological advancements like 3D printed guns." Criminalizing Undetectable Firearms Recent technological developments, such as 3-dimensional printers and laser cutting machines, have led to the fabrication of fully operational firearms using materials that are undetectable by metal detectors. These weapons pose a serious threat to public safety and risk the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. This measure helps protect New Yorkers by making it illegal for any person to knowingly possess, manufacture, sell or transport such weapons in New York State. Senator Kevin Parker said, "New York continues to be a national leader in preventing gun violence. 3D and undetectable guns have no place on our streets and the legislation I sponsored will create safer communities for all. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his commitment to addressing the gun violence epidemic and thank him for signing this legislation into law." Assembly Member Thomas Abinanti said, "Undetectable guns have no legitimate purpose. This is another common sense step that the legislature and governor to deter gun violence and make New York safer for everyone." Amending Safe Storage Laws By enacting some of the strongest safe storage measures in the nation, Governor Cuomo has taken enormous strides toward preventing unnecessary gun violence across New York State. However, until now, our laws have failed to address the unintended - and often deadly - consequences of leaving unsecured firearms in places accessible by children. This measure will ensure that firearm owners safely store their weapons when they live with someone under the age of sixteen or have reason to know will be accessible by someone under the age of sixteen. At the same time, it will continue to permit properly licensed or supervised individuals under the age of sixteen to hunt or practice at a firing range in accordance with existing law. Nicholas Naumkin, a 12-year-old from Saratoga Springs who was tragically killed by his friend while he was playing with his father's gun, inspired this legislation. Senator Liz Krueger said, "Our primary responsibility in government is to keep New York families safe. It's simply common sense that young children should not have unsupervised access to dangerous weapons, and no responsible gun owner would disagree. Too many times we've seen the tragic results when kids get their hands on guns. These tragedies are preventable. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill today and taking this important step that will save lives and keep New York families whole." Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "Given everything we know about the effect a gun in the home can have on our children's health and safety, and the many tragic stories when a firearm was left unattended by an adult, this law is absolutely necessary for keeping our kids safe." Assembly Member Marianne Buttenschon said, "I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation which will keep our communities and our children safe. It is imperative that we teach our young people to respect firearms. With gun violence on the rise nationwide, I am proud New York continues to make legislative strides in addressing these issues. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and look forward to working with him in the future on additional firearm safety legislation." Rebecca Fischer, NYAGV Executive Director, said, "Today, New York State has again made it a priority to protect our children and communities with this strong, sensible gun violence prevention legislation. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has been fighting for 25 years for a child access prevention law in New York State to prevent unintentional shootings, teen suicides, school shootings, and gun thefts. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and to our New York lawmakers who have the courage to take action and enact life-saving laws." June Rubin, a volunteer with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said, "We applaud the governor for being a leader in the gun safety movement by signing several life saving bills into law this week. These laws take further steps to keep firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and prohibit dangerous undetectable guns throughout the state. New York continues to enact common-sense policies to eliminate needless gun violence in our communities." The scourge of gun violence throughout the nation is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Currently, the U.S. has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate among the world's most developed nations. In the most recent year of national data, gun deaths rose to their highest level in fifty years. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has passed the strongest gun control laws in the nation, including the SAFE Act in 2013 which keeps guns out of the hands of convicted felons and individuals with a mental illness, ensures private gun sales are subject to a background check, bans high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and toughens criminal penalties for illegal gun use. The Governor also recently enacted the Red Flag bill to prevent individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm. New York became the first state in the nation to empower its teachers and school administrators to help prevent school shootings through court intervention. This law also targets the well-known link between domestic abuse and deadly gun violence.

Issue Position: Special Needs

Jan. 1, 2012

New York State is not properly sharing the burden of assisting those who need a little more help. The State has stopped funding needed additional housing despite a long-waiting list of people with disabilities. The State has shifted most of the cost of early intervention programs to the counties and has reneged on its promise to increase its contribution. The State has failed to enact meaningful laws to require health insurers to cover usual and routine treatments for people with autism. The State needs to resolve these and numerous other issues. Most importantly, the State must recognize the tremendous cost of deferring solutions -- not just in wasted lives of people with disabilities but in the additional tax dollars that will eventually be needed to deal with the results of the neglect. As County Legislator, I have been an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities. As Assemblyman, I will provide the leadership needed in Albany.

Issue Position: Property Taxes

Jan. 1, 2012

Westchester taxpayers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. We need to stop increasing and start decreasing already too high property taxes. For immediate relief, since 60% of the burden comes from taxes levied to pay for our schools, we need to restore fair state aid for our schools. We need to change the arcane and politically-constructed school aid formula that gives more help to Nassau County than Westchester. We need a circuit-breaker to limit all property taxes to reasonable levels. For the long term we need to reform the system. We need to shift from relying so heavily on property taxes to support local services. As a County Legislator, I voted for Westchester to share its sales taxes with local governments and school districts. As an Assemblyman I will seek to substitute progressive, broad-based taxes for property taxes. We also need to reform our unfair property tax assessment system. Properties of equal market value are taxed differently by different municipalities and within municipalities. Our tax system is riddled with loopholes. As County Legislator, I worked with local governments and school districts to develop a new approach to assessments and led the Westchester Legislature to approve it. As often happens with good ideas, it died in Albany. As an Assemblyman, I will again lead the charge for fairer assessments.

Events

2019

Jan. 31
Westchester Delegation Budget Forum

Thur 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

Town of Greenburgh White Plains, NY