Shimsky, Abinanti square off in '22 rematch in Democratic Assembly race

After defeating Abinanti by 900 votes two years ago, it's Shimsky who is the incumbent defending her seat for the first time.

Jonathan Gordon

Jun 20, 2024, 8:35 PM

Updated 24 days ago

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It's deja vu for voters in Mount Pleasant, most of Greenburgh and a slice of northwest Yonkers. Just like in 2022, MaryJane Shimsky and Tom Abinanti's names will be on the ballot.
But this time the roles are reversed.
After defeating Abinanti by 900 votes two years ago, it's Shimsky who is the incumbent defending her seat for the first time.
Shimsky said her first year and a half in Albany has been productive and she's eager to continue her work.
"I've been working very hard to build winning coalitions to get the kind of state investment we need," she said.
Abinanti served in this seat for 12 years and believes his work serving the district was cut too short.
"I know this district and the people in this district and the needs of the people in this district," he said.
Several key issues directly impact voters in this district including school aid, infrastructure and the future of the JCCA.
But one issue tops them all; the potential future incorporation of Edgemont.
For years, residents in the small, well-off part of Greenburgh have tried to break off from the town and form their own village. Opponents say that the move would cause Greenburgh to lose a substantial part of its tax base and would result in cuts to services.
Both Shimsky and Abinanti oppose Edgemont's incorporation.
Last year, Shimsky co-sponsored a pair of bills that modernized how villages can incorporate. The changes include requiring a viability study as well as creating a commission to review the incorporation proposal. The commission bill included language that would allow any existing petition efforts to continue but would still require a financial study.
Shimsky backed her vote on the issue.
"The day those bills became effective I will have done more than Tom Abinanti did in 12 years," she said.
Abinanti said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner tapped him to run against Shimsky over concerns about her handling of this issue.
"My opponent has been lying about the impact of this bill," Abinanti said.
Shimsky said other issues important to her include protecting the environment, housing and women's healthcare. Abinanti's platform includes empowering people with disabilities, stopping gun violence and controlling the cost of living.
Early voting continues through Sunday, June 23. Primary election day is Tuesday, June 25.


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