Lopez un­op­posed in bid for sixth term

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

State As­sem­bly­man Peter Lopez is run­ning un­op­posed for a sixth two-year term on Nov. 8.

The Schoharie Repub­li­can rep­re­sents New York’s 102nd As­sem­bly District, which in­cludes all of Greene and Schoharie coun­ties; parts of Ot­sego, Delaware and Al­bany coun­ties; and the towns of Saugerties in Ul­ster County and Stockport and Stuyvesant in Columbia County.

Lopez first was elected to the As­sem­bly in 2006.

Born in Miami, Fla., Lopez is the son of Pe­dro Lopez of Ca­muy, Puerto Rico, and Bar­bara Sk­iff of Sch­enec­tady. His fam­ily moved to New York when he was an in­fant.

Lopez grad­u­ated from SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Al­bany. He holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in pub­lic af­fairs with a mi­nor in en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies and a master’s de­gree in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He served as Schoharie County clerk for three years be­come be­com­ing an as­sem­bly­man.

He ini­tially planned to run this year for the seat in New York’s 19th Con­gres­sional District, which is be­ing va­cated by Repub­li­can Chris Gib­son, but he dropped that plan in Jan­uary, cit­ing an ill­ness in his fam­ily.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about the fail­ure of the state Leg­is­la­ture to pass mean­ing­ful ethics re­form, Lopez said that he was un­sat­is­fied by the lack of progress. “I am ex­tremely frus­trated and em­bar­rassed by the ever-grow­ing list of state elected of­fi­cials who have been con­victed of mis­us­ing their of­fices for per­sonal gain, in­clud­ing As­sem­bly Speaker Shel­don Sil­ver and for­mer Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Leader Dean Ske­los,” Lopez said in an email. “This cri­sis con­tin­ues to shake pub­lic con­fi­dence and also makes it more dif­fi­cult for all of us to at­tend to the ur­gent pri­or­i­ties in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“As lead­ers and cit­i­zens, we must be focused on cre­at­ing jobs, lift­ing peo­ple out of poverty, en­sur­ing a sound ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren, and more,” Lopez added. “In­stead, we are in­creas­ingly dis­tracted by seem­ingly end­less cor­rup­tion scan­dals.”

Lopez said the fail­ure to en­act ethics re­form “is a dis­grace to ev­ery cit­i­zen” of New York.

Lopez lists as his pri­or­i­ties tax re­lief for work­ers, sup­port for small farms and busi­nesses, cre­at­ing jobs, se­cur­ing energy in­de­pen­dence, end­ing un­funded man­dates and pro­mot­ing qual­ity pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.


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