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"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Pace University and NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti speaking at Constitution Day in "Constitutional Rights Must Be Preserved"

10/03/2019

"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Pace University and NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti speaking at Constitution Day in "Constitutional Rights Must Be Preserved"

New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, whose district includes Pleasantville, where a Pace University campus is located, is pictured addressing students at its Kessel Student Center.

“Democracy in the United States is a slow and deliberate process that works best when its citizens are engaged – and that’s how our founders wanted it,” said Abinanti.

This was among the many messages that Abinanti, a lawyer, had for the students who attended “Constitution Day” on Sept. 16.

“Free and open debate. That’s what this country is all about,” Abinanti told the students. “In this country, you are supposed to be able to share your views.”

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Press Release: NY Assemblyman: Constitutional Rights Must Be Preserved

09/19/2019

Press Release: NY Assemblyman: Constitutional Rights Must Be Preserved

Pace Hosts Constitution Day, Kicks-Off First Amendment Mural Contest

Democracy in the United States is a slow and deliberate process that works best when its citizens are engaged -- and that’s how our founders wanted it.

This was among the many messages that Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, a lawyer, had for students at Pace University who attended “Constitution Day” on September 16 in the Multipurpose Room of the Kessel Student Center. From questions about free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to concerns about gun control and the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment, Abinanti, a Democrat whose district includes Pleasantville, told students that the U.S. Constitution was the blueprint that our nation was built upon.

"Free and open debate -- that's what this country is all about,” Abinanti told the students. “In this country, you are supposed to be able to share your views.”

Abinanti spoke for about an hour on a range of other issues facing students, such as student debt, and the need for higher education and technical training. Each student was also given a pocket size U.S. Constitution.

Pace also used the occasion to kick off a First Amendment Mural Contest. The winning design will be announced on January 27, 2020 and dedicated in May. The 8x12 mural will be located on the western side of Willcox Hall. 

About Pace University
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on our website: http://www.pace.edu/news

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"Fios1" featured Pace University Students in "Diving Deeper Into The Constitution"

09/24/2018

"Fios1" featured Pace University Students in "Diving Deeper Into The Constitution"

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti facilitated a discussion with Pace University students on naturalization and immigration, the Constitution, immigration policy and its impact on college students and the role of states.

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"News12" featured Pace University in "Pace University students learn significance of US Constitution"

09/18/2018

"News12" featured Pace University in "Pace University students learn significance of US Constitution"

Monday was the 231st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and a Westchester lawmaker held a forum with local students to discuss the significance of the historic document.

State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti says more people need to be educated on what is in the Constitution, which is why he held the forum.

Callie Anderson, who works for the student-run paper at Pace University, says people need to be aware of what they're reading and watching in the news, especially with criticism of the media at an all-time high.

"Be critical of the media that they're consuming," Anderson advises. "And not just assuming that things are good or things are bad because of the source that they're looking at."

Dominican Republic immigrant Carlos Mercedes Meran says to him, the Constitution means everyone has the same human rights.

"I feel like I came to the best country in the world, regardless of what's going on right now," Meran says.

As part of the discussion, each student was given a copy of the Constitution.

Kadija Shaw says she would like to see some changes to the document.

"Now we're in a new time period," Shaw says. "With new types of people and it definitely should be amended to our society today."

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