Lopez unopposed in bid for sixth term
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.