This letter to the editor was originally published in the Scarsdale Inquirer, June 29, 2017 edition on page 6. We are posting it here with permission for those who do not receive the Inquirer and because it highlights the actions of Paul Feiner and Tom Abinanti. It is unedited by us.
To the Editor:
Your editorial “A desperate man,” in the June 23 edition, about Paul Feiner’s attempt to use legislation to stop the Edgemont incorporation effort, was right on target. There is nothing new about Feiner using devious and anti-democratic methods to get his way, and his self-righteous protestations have about as much credibility as Donald Trump’s tweets.
But Feiner is not the villain of this story. The villain is Tom Abinanti, the assemblyman from hell. He was the one who devised and suggested this legislation that would make village incorporation virtually impossible.
Abinanti has the habit of inserting himself into everything and screwing the residents when it suits his, or his friends’ purposes – in this case, Feiner’s purposes.
Here are just two highlights.
About 20 years ago one Town Court judge sued the other Town Court judge over the hiring of a junior clerk, and Tom Abinanti advised his friend, the suing judge, and drafted the complaint in the lawsuit, an act that humiliated the Town Court for several years.
A couple of years ago Abinanti proposed an Assembly bill that was an anti-vaxxer’s dream. It would have required schools to admit to the general school population children whose parents had refused to have their children vaccinated against smallpox and other diseases. Why? Because Abinanti believes the disproven nonsense that vaccination causes autism.
There are other situations in which Abinanti meddled contrary to the residents’ interests, but space limitations do not permit more examples.
And Abinanti never stops. He has stated that in the next legislative session he will try again to enact legislation that will destroy the right of residents to vote for self-governing villages.
The remedy? Make certain that Abinanti is not endorsed for reelection next year, and if he does get on the ballot, organize to defeat him.
Greenburgh is an enlightened community. It deserves an assemblyman who listens to his constituents, and is responsive to their concerns.
Herbert RosenbergDobbs Ferry