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Small Business Grant Applications are Now Open

Small businesses were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the New York State Legislature created the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program with $800 million in grants to help small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent...

Changes to Unemployment

Partial Unemployment Formula Changes  New York provides unemployment assistance not just when workers are laid off, but also when a worker’s hours are reduced. The calculation of benefits for part-time unemployment assistance used to be...

OPWDD's Guidance for Post-Reopening

Over the holiday weekend, we received this letter from OPWDD Commissioner Dr. Theodore Kastner, which includes links to revised Telehealth guidance and post State of Emergency guidance for OPWDD certified facilities and programs.Dear Friends and Colleagues,As...

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti on Law Day 2020

Today is Law Day in the United States.Law Day is particularly significant today.The stress of a worldwide health crisis likewise stresses our government institutions and our freedoms. We cede extraordinary powers to executives and voluntarily limit our...

Abinanti Joins Call for Federal Aid to State & Local Governments for COVID-19

Today Assemblyman Tom Abinanti joined Speaker Carl Heastie and other Assembly Majority members in calling on the New York Congressional Delegation to press for unrestricted aid to state and local governments who are facing significant budget deficits...

Abinanti Admonishes Governor on “Tollpayer Protection Act” Veto

Tarrytown – Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today admonished Governor Cuomo for his veto of the “Tollpayer Protection Act,” (A7587/S6113) which would codify a process for notifying drivers about tolls and fines and...

Abinanti Urges Governor to Sign ‘Tollpayer Protection Act’ Issues Report Documenting Need for Legislation

TARRYTOWN — Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today called on Governor Cuomo to sign the “Tollpayer Protection Act,” (A7587/S6113) which would streamline the process for notifying drivers about tolls and fines. The legislation...

Governor Signs Abinanti’s Law Banning Undetectable Guns

Tarrytown, NY – Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) to ban undetectable guns."Undetectable guns have no legitimate purpose,” said Abinanti. “This is another...

Abinanti Calls for Fair Allocation Bridge Tolls

“The new tolls must be fair,” Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) today told the Cuomo Bridge Tolls Task Force. Abinanti criticized a proposal floated several years ago by the Thruway authority which would continue present...

State Legislature Approves Greenburgh and Mt. Pleasant Hotel Taxes to Reduce Property Taxes

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed Assemblyman Tom Abinanti’s (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) legislation, A5006/S3816 and A2218/S3404 that authorize the Town of Mt. Pleasant to impose a hotel/motel occupancy tax and the Town of Greenburgh...

Preventing Gun Violence

As I reported in my previous newsletter, the longstanding Assembly Majority and the newly formed Majority in the Senate have been working together to pass legislation to improve the lives of New Yorkers.In the first five weeks of this legislative session,...

Abinanti Blasts OPWDD Proposal

Tarrytown, NY – Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) has called on the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to withdraw a proposed regulation that will make it harder for individuals with developmental disabilities...

Exasperated, Abinanti Demands DOT Action

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Tarrytown, NY – “Trucks are hitting bridges on our parkways with increased regularity and New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) continues its failed efforts to warn truckers with road signs that the truckers don’t heed,”...

Abinanti and Carlucci Call to Cancel Conduent Cashless Tolling Contract

Nyack, NY – Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D- Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) and Senator David Carlucci (D- Westchester, Rockland) called on the New York State Thruway Authority to cancel their $72 million contract extension with Conduent on Thursday. Conduent...

Abinanti Proposes Bill to Protect Sexual Harassment Whistleblowers

Tarrytown, NY – “Wrongdoers, not those who report them should be punished,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant). “The State should lead the way in protecting men and women who stand up to protest harassers, whether...

Assembly Passes Abinanti’s “Tollpayer Protection Act”

Tarrytown – “New York’s system is too quick to escalate penalties, too quick to suspend registrations, too slow to lift suspensions and impossible to timely correct errors,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant)...

Abinanti Demands DOT Act to Keep Trucks Off Parkways

Tarrytown, NY – “Truck after truck hits bridge after bridge and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) continues its failed efforts to stop trucks with road signs they don’t see,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti today as he again...

Abinanti Comments on Governor’s Attempted Disability “Joke”

Tarrytown – “I call upon Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to apologize for his attempt to make a joke at the expense of people with developmental disabilities. Most New Yorkers – especially those with family members with special needs do not...

Abinanti and Carlucci Call on DOT to Submit Rail Crossing Study

Valhalla – "Despite a new law that requires a Department of Transportation study of railroad crossings and lots of pressure on Metro North, neither has done anything to make rail crossings any safer," said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D- Greenburgh/Mt....

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