Peter Abbate

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Peter J. Abbate, Jr.
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New York State Assembly District 49
Incumbent
In office
1987 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSaint John's University, 1971
Personal
Birthday03/22/1949
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
Websites
Office website
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Peter J. Abbate, Jr. (b. March 22, 1949) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986. Abbate was the executive director of Kings County Democratic Committee.

Biography

Abbate earned his B.A. in Political Science from Saint John's University.[1] His professional experience includes serving as legislative assistant to Assemblyman Stephen Solarz and as district representative for United States Congressman Stephen Solarz.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Abbate served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Governmental Employees, Chair
Aging
Banks
Consumer Affairs and Protection
Labor

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Abbate served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abbate served on the following committees:

Issues

Pension sweeteners

On February 13, 2013, New York legislators introduced eight bills to "sweeten" government employee pensions. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission released a chart of these bills and their costs, totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments. Abbate sponsored seven of these eight, more than any other New York legislator.[2] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy criticized the bills but placed major responsibility for them on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in 2012 raised the possibility of better pension deals if the economy improved.[3] The New York Daily News published an editorial against the bills on February 21, denouncing the proposals as examples of "incorrigible recklessness with the public’s money."[4]

  • Assembly Bill 4879, sponsored by Abbate, Eric Stevenson, William Colton, Vivian Cookand Earlene Hill Hooper would allow employees in the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) to retire with full benefits after 35 years of employment without regard to their age. This bill would cost the state government an estimated $87 million.[5]
  • Assembly Bill 4890, sponsored by Abbate and Colton, would increase the credit state employees receive for each year above 30 which they have worked from 1.5 to 2.0 percent. This would cost the state government an estimated $1.1 billion.[6]
  • Assembly Bill 4910, sponsored by Abbate, would create a new retirement option for peace officers in the Department of Motor Vehicles that would allow them to retire after 25 years of service. This would cost the state government an estimated one-time payment of $708,000 and an additional $106,000 annually.[7]
  • Assembly Bill 4920, sponsored by Abbate, Colton, Cook, Michael Cusick, Steven Englebrightand Weisenberg, would allow Tier I and II employees of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (NYSLPFRS) to include up to 30 days of unused vacation time in the final average salary calculation for their pension benefits. This would cost the state government an estimated $110 million and local governments an estimated $45 million.[9]
  • Assembly Bill 4922, sponsored by Abbate in the Assembly and by Senator Joseph Addabbo in the New York State Senate as Senate Bill 4149, would add the presumption of on-the-job injury for peace officers' heart impairments and diseases in the Department of Corrections, qualifying those officers for a 75 percent disability pension. This bill would cost the state a $100,000 increase in annual pension contributions.[10]
  • Assembly Bill 4981, sponsored by Abbate, Addie Russelland Phillip G. Steck, would give New York teachers who retired before 1980 a minimum annual payment of $550 for each year of full-time credited service. This would cost the local governments contributing to the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) $1 million annually.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Peter Abbate was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Henry Lallave was unopposed in the Republican primary. Abbate is running on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets and Lallave is running on the Conservative Party ticket. Abbate and Lallave will face off in the general election.[12]

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Abbate ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 49. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He defeated Vincent Katinas in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[13][14][15]

New York State Assembly, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Abbate Incumbent 89.4% 12,108
     Conservative Vincent Katinas 10.6% 1,429
Total Votes 13,537

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Abbate was unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Peter Cipriano (R) in the November 2 general election.[16][17]

New York State Assembly, District 49 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Abbate (D) 7,416
Peter Cipriano (R) 4,659

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Abbate won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 49, defeating opponent Lucretia Regina-Potter (R).[18][19]

Abbate raised $324,281 for his campaign while Regina-Potter raised $12,951.[20]

New York State Assembly, District 49 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Abbate (D) 14,034
Lucretia Regina-Potter (R) 5,487

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peter Abbate is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Peter Abbate raised a total of $1,669,784 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[21]

Peter Abbate's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $327,626
2010 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $282,684
2008 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $324,281
2006 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $238,881
2004 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $205,346
2002 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $161,260
2000 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $81,056
1998 New York State Assembly, District 49 Won $48,650
Grand Total Raised $1,669,784

2012

Peter Abbate won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Peter Abbate raised a total of $327,626.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Abbate's campaign in 2012
Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854$6,450
New York State Public Employees Federation$5,100
New York State Conference of Operating Engineers$4,500
Kane, Martin$4,350
Transport Workers Local 100$4,350
Total Raised in 2012$327,626
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Abbate received $282,684 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[22]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Abbate's campaign in 2010
Amalgamated Transit Union New York$4,000
Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854$3,800
New York State United Teachers$3,800
New York State Public Employees Federation$3,800
New York State Troopers$3,800
Total Raised in 2010 $282,684

2008

In 2008, a year in which Abbate was up for election, he collected $324,281 in donations.[23]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
Uniformed Fire Fighters Association $6,100
Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854 $5,100
Nassau County Superior Officers Association $5,000
New York City District Council of Carpenters $4,550

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[24]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

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Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Abbate’s endorsements included the following:[25]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Abbate,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
  3. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
  4. New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
  5. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4879," accessed March 12, 2013
  6. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4890," accessed March 12, 2013
  7. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4910," accessed March 12, 2013
  8. New York State Assembly, "New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4914," accessed March 12, 2013
  9. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4920," accessed March 12, 2013
  10. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4922," accessed March 12, 2013
  11. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4981," accessed March 12, 2013
  12. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed August 8, 2014
  13. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  16. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  17. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 2, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  18. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  19. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  20. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  21. followthemoney.org, "Abbate, Peter" accessed September 24, 2013
  22. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  23. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Peter Abbate,” accessed August 1, 2014
  24. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  25. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 49
1987–present
Succeeded by
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