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New Laws to Help Advance Technology in Libraries

Tarrytown – Two bills to support the modernization of libraries and library systems throughout the state have been signed into law. The new laws -- sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant), Chair of the Assembly Committee on...

Abinanti Introduces Ban on Styrofoam ‘Doggy Bags’

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) has introduced legislation (A.8408) to prohibit New York restaurants from using polystyrene containers to package leftover food — often called “doggy bags.” The bill aims to significantly reduce...

Abinanti’s Dobbs Ferry Parking Permit Bill Signed into Law

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today announced that his legislation authorizing the Village of Dobbs Ferry to create a residential permit parking system has been signed into law by the Governor (A.7436, Chapter 329). “This is...

Abinanti: Revamp the Parkway Ramps

“The latest tragedy on a state parkway once again highlights the need for prompt, effective state action,” said Westchester Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant). Abinanti is once again asking the New York State Department of Transportation...

Abinanti Proposes Statewide Legislation to Combat Legionnaires’ Disease

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Following reports of the presence of legionella bacteria in Westchester and Rockland counties, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) has introduced legislation that would require the periodic inspection and maintenance of both heating and...

Abinanti Announces State Grants to Local Libraries

Tarrytown – Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries & Education Technology, announced that the New York State Library has awarded construction grants to four public libraries in his 92nd Assembly...

Abinanti Calls Kentucky Police Action “Officially Sanctioned Child Abuse”

Tarrytown, NY – Following the release of video purportedly showing a Kentucky school resource officer handcuffing and mistreating an 8-year-old student with disabilities, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) is urging the State of New...

Abinanti Calls on Governor to Sign Westchester Inland Waterway Bills

In a letter to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) urged the Governor to sign three pieces of legislation designating the Saw Mill River (A.2120), Bronx River (A.3586) and Pocantico River (A.5168) -- all within...

Abinanti Urges Labor Department to Include Westchester County in NYC Minimum Wage Increase

Tarrytown – Following the recent Wage Board recommendation to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) is urging the state labor commissioner to include Westchester County in the...

Legislature Passes Abinanti Bills Supporting Libraries in the 21st Century

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, today announced passage of two pieces of legislation that he sponsored to help libraries utilize funding for broadband services...

Legislature Authorizes Greenburgh and Villages to Adopt Occupancy Tax

The New York State Legislature recently passed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) that would provide local municipalities with an additional non-property tax source...

Abinanti Repeats Call for Height Restrictors at Parkway Entrances

Albany, NY – New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today again repeated his call for the installation of height barriers at the entrances to Westchester parkways and his call for the State Department of Transportation to...

Legislature Passes Rockefeller State Park Funding Bill

Albany – Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today announced passage of his legislation intended to ensure proper funding of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Mount Pleasant, Westchester County. The Rockefeller family created the...

Abinanti: Tappan Zee Bridge Needs Community Friendly Lighting

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) urged the Thruway Authority to comply with New York State statutory lighting standards as it installs LED lighting on the new Tappan Zee Bride. The Thruway Authority recently announced that the new...

Abinanti Once Again Calls for the Closure of Indian Point

Albany – “How many accidents must occur before we admit that keeping a nuclear power plant in a densely populated region is a disaster-in-waiting?” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today as he reiterated his call to shut...

Abinanti Applauds State’s Support to Locate Missing Vulnerable Children

Albany – Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today applauded the state’s recent support for county and municipal programs that use electronic tracking devices - wrist bracelets transmitting radio signals - to locate missing cognitively...

Abinanti Urges Board of Regents to Further Extend Teacher Evaluation Deadlines

Albany - Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt Pleasant) today joined his colleagues in calling on the Board of Regents to give school districts a reasonable amount of time to comply with the recent changes to educational policy. Abinanti and 18...

Abinanti Calls for a Stop to START-UP NY

Tarrytown - Today Westchester Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) joined the call coming from across the state to stop START-UP NY. “START-UP NY has wasted $53 million of taxpayer’s money to garner 76 jobs,” said Assemblyman...

Abinanti Announces Budget Victories for New York Libraries

Albany - As the newly appointed Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) announced two major victories for public libraries in the 2015-16 SFY Budget. First, the budget...

Abinanti Pushes Bill to Ban Fracking Waste on Highways

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) has introduced legislation (A.211) to ban the use of hydrofracking wastewater on highways. Due to its salty nature, fracking wastewater is being promoted by some to de-ice roads in the winter. “Spreading...

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