Tom Abinanti of Westchester, NY accused of diminishing date rape

With simply days to go earlier than subsequent week’s major election, a former constituent of Westchester Assemblyman Tom Abinanti is accusing him of diminishing the notion of date rape at a 2018 assembly of native Democrats. 

The six-term legislator faces a tricky problem from county Legislator MaryJane Shimsky, whose marketing campaign insists she has nothing to do with a June 16 Medium submit the place Liv Bespolka makes the allegation whereas urging voters to toss Abinanti from workplace. 



“You went on a protracted tangent denigrating date rape, saying it focused males, that it was all faculty aged women who simply regretted their sexual exercise and accused their companions of rape. I vividly bear in mind these dismissive air quotes you used whereas describing ‘date rape,’” Bespolka – who makes use of they as a private pronoun – stated within the submit. 

The alleged feedback have been particularly hurtful to the then-19 year-old Bespolka due to “date rape, stalking, and abuse” she says she endured whereas at school the yr earlier than.

Official minutes from the Sept. 15, 2018 assembly of the Mt. Nice Democratic Committee present Abinanti mentioned “his marketing campaign for re-election” with scant element of his particular feedback. No audio or video recording of the assembly exists. 

“I didn’t make the feedback alleged,” Abinanti advised The Submit.

Liv Bespolka
Liv Bespolka took offense to the degrading remark allegedly made by the Assemblyman Abinanti.
Courtesy of Liv Bespolka

“The false allegation is opposite to who I’m as an individual, a husband, a father and a public servant. My report of years of public service is evident: I’ve spent my profession championing ladies’s rights and help for survivors,” he added.

Two leaders of the Mt. Nice membership, which has endorsed him for reelection, backed his account in separate interviews with The Submit. 

“I might have observed and I do know that I didn’t see or hear something like that,” Committee Vice Chair Francesca Hagadus-McHale stated.

However Bespolka’s mom, Rosamond Kinzler, advised The Submit she attended the assembly and backed up their account, together with the use by Abinanti of air quotes with the phrase “date rape.”  

Rosamond Kinzler
Rosamond Kinzler backed up the account that Assemblyman Abinanti used air quotes round “date rape.”
Carl Bespolka

Her husband, Carl Bespolka, stated he heard about all of it after Liv and Rosamond got here residence from the 2018 assembly whereas a former co-worker says Liv Bespolka talked about it in 2020.

Abinanti dismissed the allegation as an “underhanded, sneaky” effort by political opponents supporting Shimsky, however Bespolka stated talking out earlier than election day is about way more than who wins the Democratic major subsequent Tuesday.

“Individuals who run for workplace and are in workplace should be held accountable for the issues they are saying and acknowledge that the phrases they are saying have an effect past perhaps what they perceive and be prepared for the results of these issues,” Bespolka stated.

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