Annie Rabbitt is a strong advocate for the people of Orange and Rockland counties. Elected Assemblywoman for the 97th District in November 2004, she represents 130,000 people in seven towns and 18 villages. As a local business owner, wife of a police officer, and mother of two children, Assemblywoman Rabbitt has firsthand experience of the many issues that affect her constituents. She understands law enforcement, feels the burden of property taxes, knows the challenges of raising children, and sees the struggles facing small-business owners. That is why she continues to work with the focus, drive and energy necessary to tackle these important matters. Annie Rabbitt has a long commitment to public service and community involvement, beginning with an early interest in environmental policy and continuing to the present day. Assemblywoman Rabbitt specializes in working hard for school tax reform and family issues, using this passion to improve the lives of families in her district. She demonstrated her dedication early on in her career, serving as a village trustee and deputy mayor of Greenwood Lake. As the first female liaison to the public works department, her duties included overseeing the privatization of trash and recyclables collection, which in turn lowered village taxes. As a councilwoman and deputy supervisor for the Town of Warwick, one of Orange County’s largest towns, Assemblywoman Rabbitt was responsible for supervising maintenance of 103 square miles of infrastructure. Representing one of the fastest growing districts in the state, Assemblywoman Rabbitt served as Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce president and remains active in the organization. Chamber membership during her tenure grew by 80 percent and boosted the role of small businesses in Greenwood Lake operations. She is a member of the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association and third generation woman business owner of O’Hare’s Pub in Greenwood Lake. A community leader, Assemblywoman Rabbitt organized a homeowners association, and soon became its president, in order to improve the Village of Greenwood Lake. She lobbied successfully to establish a bi-state commission to fund and regulate the lake’s cleanup. Routinely recognized by her peers for her valuable service, Rabbitt is a 1998 recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award as well as a 2001 winner of the New York State Woman of Distinction Award. In May 2008, she won the Women of Achievement of Orange County Public Service Award for making a difference in the community. In 2010, she was honored to serve as the Grand Marshall of the 34th Annual Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade. She is also a member of the East Arm Rowing Club where she organized the first ever regatta held on Greenwood Lake. Assemblywoman Rabbitt remains an active member of the club, and still enjoys rowing whenever she can. Assemblywoman Rabbitt is the ranking Minority member on the Assembly Local Governments Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Consumer Affairs and Protection; Environmental Conservation; Labor; Small Business; and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees. She is also Parliamentarian of the American-Irish Legislators Society and was appointed to serve on the 2010-11 State Budget Joint Budget Conference Committee on General Government and Local Aid. Above all else, Annie Rabbitt is committed to her family. Her husband, Robert, is chief of police for the Greenwood Lake Police Department. Her two children, Robert III and Erin, have completed college, and Robert is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard while Erin works as a police officer in New York City.
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