Tom Abinanti

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Thomas J. Abinanti
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 92nd district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Richard Brodsky
Personal details
Born 1946/1947 (age 67–68)[1]
Brooklyn, New York[2]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janet Longo-Abinanti[3]
Children two[3]
Residence Greenburgh, New York[2]
Alma mater Fordham College (B.A.)
NYU School of Law (J.D.)[4]
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Thomas J. "Tom" Abinanti (born 1946/1947)[1] is an American politician, lawyer, and member of the New York State Assembly from Greenburgh, New York. A member of the Democratic Party, Abinanti was elected to the State Assembly in 2010 to replace Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, and represents central Westchester County, New York.

Born in Brooklyn, Abinanti graduated from Xaverian High School in 1964. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Fordham College in 1968 and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1972.[4] He moved to Westchester in 1975 and has lived in Greenburgh ever since, where he is a practicing attorney and served two terms as Greenburgh Town Councilman (1980–1984 and 1990–1991).[4] Abinanti has taught Continuing Legal Education Courses for Pace Law School and courses in State and Local Government as an adjunct professor at Mercy College.

Abinanti was Legislative Counsel to a Congresswoman and Staff Counsel the Speaker of the New York State Assembly and various Assembly committees. He served as a Prosecuting Attorney for the Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry.

For almost twenty years (1992–2010),[4] he represented the 12th District on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, which included the villages of Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Ardsley, and much of unincorporated Greenburgh, including East Irvington, Central Greenburgh, Hartsdale and Edgemont, until his election to the State Assembly in November 2010. On the County Board, he previously served as Majority Leader for three terms when the Democrats first assumed the majority on the Board for the first time in the history of the Westchester Legislature.

The 92nd District of the State Assembly which Abinanti represents includes the towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, the villages of Ardsley, Elmsford, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, and Sleepy Hollow, as well as parts of the Village of Briarcliff and the City of Yonkers.

In 1996, Abinanti was defeated in a run for the 35th District of the New York State Senate against the incumbent Republican State Senator Nicholas A. Spano.[5]

Abinanti and his wife Janet Longo-Abinanti have a son Justin. His daughter Nicole is an M.D. who is married with two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b James Feron (October 16, 1983). "12th District Takes On New Cast". The New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2011. "Abinanti, 36" 
  2. ^ a b "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Thomas J. Abinanti: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Biography". Thomas J. Abinanti, Esq. Attorney at Law. 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Donna Greene (September 29, 1996). "Abinanti Takes on Spano, as in David vs. Goliath". The New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Richard Brodsky
New York State Assembly, 92nd District
January 1, 2011 – present