MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) and his opponent Mike Duffy would both like to see change in Albany.
Abinanti is vying for a third term in representing the 92nd Assembly District, which represents Mount Pleasant and Greenburgh. Duffy, a Mount Pleasant resident, is running on the Republican ticket.
"I am continuing the job I started to make things better for our community," Abinanti said. "I've become a voice for the suburban communities in Albany and have raised issues about the way the state implements its policies."
The assemblyman said the roll-out of Common Core has been disastrous.
"Many good suburban school districts are being set back by the dictates of Common Core," Abinanti said. "It was very unprofessional."
Abinanti has worked to increase state aid to school districts, increasing aid by 5 percent the last two years.
"It barely keeps up with inflation," Abinanti said. "we need to rearrange and reorganize the formula."
Protecting the environment is another one of Abinanti's priorities. Abinanti is opposed to hydrofracking in New York.
"It has yet to be shown it can be done safely without negative impacts on the water and air," Abinanti said. "The need for cheaper energy is met by an environmentally unsound practice."
Abinanti said he would like to see a statewide pothole portal that would allow drivers to report potholes to the Department of Transportation.
"The state still has not repaired the damage to our infrastructure from last winter," Abinanti said. "It's woefully inadequate."
Duffy is a former police officer, chief investigator for the Westchester District Attorney's Office and now works as a criminal defense attorney.
"Things need to be changed in Albany," Duffy said. "I have the ability to do that."
Duffy said he is sick of reading in the news about a state politician being arrested for a crime.
"It's an abomination," Duffy said. "You are hear to serve the people."
Duffy said any politician convicted of a crime should have their pension forfeited. Duffy, who also favors term limits, said he would tackle unfunded mandates if elected.
"The state passes a law and they think it's a nice law, but they don't fund it," Duffy said. "The cost goes directly to our local governments who have limited input on these mandates."
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