|New York State Assembly District 49|
|1987 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||26|
|Per diem||$171/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Saint John's University, 1971|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn, NY|
Abbate's professional experiences include legislative assistant to Assemblyman Stephen Solarz; and district representative for United States Congressman Stephen Solarz.
Abbate earned a BA in political science from Saint John's University.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Abbate served on the following committees:
- Aging Committee, New York State Assembly
- Banks Committee, New York State Assembly
- Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, New York State Assembly
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York State Assembly, Chair
- Labor Committee, New York State Assembly
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abbate served on the following committees:
- Aging Committee, New York Assembly
- Banks Committee, New York Assembly
- Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, New York Assembly
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York Assembly
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. 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. 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."
- Assembly Bill 4879, sponsored by Abbate, Eric Stevenson, William Colton, Vivian Cook, and 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assembly Bill 4914, sponsored by Abbate, Colton, Jeffrion Aubry, William Boyland, Barbara Clark, Cook, Steven Cymbrowitz, Dennis Gabryszak, Hooper, Jose Rivera, Matthew Titone, and Harvey Weisenberg, would give all non-correction officers in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision a performance of duty disability benefit worth 75% of their final average salary. This bill would cost the state $100,000 in increased annual contributions.
- Assembly Bill 4920, sponsored by Abbate, Colton, Cook, Michael Cusick, Steven Englebright, and 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.
- 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.
- Assembly Bill 4981, sponsored by Abbate, Addie Russell, and 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.
- 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. 
|New York State Assembly, District 49, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Peter Abbate Incumbent||89.4%||12,108|
|New York State Assembly, District 49 2010|
|Peter Abbate (D)||7,416|
|Peter Cipriano (R)||4,659|
On November 4, 2008 Abbate won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 49, defeating opponent Lucretia Regina-Potter (R).
Abbate raised $324,281 for his campaign while Regina-Potter raised $12,951.
|New York State Assembly, District 49 2008|
|Peter Abbate (D)||14,034|
|Lucretia Regina-Potter (R)||5,487|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Abbate received $282,684 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
In 2008, a year in which Abbate was up for election, he collected $324,281 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|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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- New York Assembly - Rep. Peter Abbate
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Abbate
- ↑ Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
- ↑ E.J. McMahon, Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
- ↑ New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4879, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4890, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4910, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4914, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4920, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4922, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4981, accessed March 12, 2013
- ↑ State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
- ↑ ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
- ↑ New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
- ↑ New York Times NY state legislative election results
- ↑ Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- ↑ 2008 contributions to Peter Abbate
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