I am a strong believer and proponent of all vaccines. The allegation [“Area chair supports Mary Jane Shimsky in primary,” in letters June 17] that MP Tom Abinanti does not support vaccines is wrong.
Several years ago, he voted to preserve religious exemptions for several vaccines. Recently, it has been very useful in vaccinating people living in group homes and day treatment programs. Most importantly, for New York State, Abinanti has been the best support for children and adults with special needs and intellectual and developmental disabilities. He fought for better educational services, adaptive day programs and residences for this special population during all the years he served New York. He has been a very good friend and support for those who cannot speak for themselves. I know this because my daughter has been in the special needs system for years.
He’s not anti-vaccine. He is pro-choice and for the protection of all women’s rights and for making New York a sanctuary state. He supports laws banning undetectable firearms. He supports red flag laws, 30-day background checks, banning impact protection devices, and banning teachers and staff from carrying guns in schools.
I cannot vote for him because he is not a member of my congregation, but I can encourage those who can to vote for him so that he can continue his good work.