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Now that the state’s redistricting process is apparently complete for the next decade, one of the area’s veteran Assembly members has announced he will be running for another term.
Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) is prepared to run for a seventh two-year term in a bid to hold on to his 92nd Assembly District seat. He will first have to survive another primary, this time from County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Dobbs Ferry). Two years ago, Abinanti was challenged and survived a surprisingly competitive primary against relatively unknown first-time candidate Jennifer Williams.
Abinanti said he was endorsed overwhelmingly by the Mount Pleasant Democratic Committee on Jan. 27.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Mount Pleasant,” Abinanti said. “I’ve been getting out there for the people of Mount Pleasant, the people of Westchester and the people of the state of New York.”
The longtime public servant who has been in office since the 1980s, first as a Greenburgh councilman followed by time on the Board of Legislators, has been an advocate for people with disabilities. He currently chairs the Committee on People With Disabilities.
In his 12th year in Albany, Abinanti said he is now in a position of leadership that can have greater influence over policy and be more effective for his constituents. In another term he pledged to continue fighting to keep property taxes in check.
He said the strong support from the Mount Pleasant Democrats motivates him to continuing fighting on behalf of his constituents.
“It makes me want to work even harder,” Abinanti said.