Skartados wins 4th term
Assemblyman Frank Skartados easily won another term representing the state’s 104th Assembly District. Skartados, 60, D-Marlborough, overwhelmed political newcomer William Banuchi, 67, R-Newburgh, by a tally of 26,023-6,293, according to unofficial results. The 104th District includes the town and city of Newburgh, the city of Beacon, the city of Poughkeepsie, and the Ulster County towns of Marlborough, and Lloyd. Skartados is serving is fourth two-year term in the Assembly. During his Assembly tenure, Skartados said in a statement, he initiated 40 bills “that improve the environment, criminal justice reforms, consumer protection, veterans benefits, business regulation reform, family court reform, and library election reform.” Skartados also said he secured millions of dollars for struggling schools in the Marlboro, Highland and Poughkeepsie distrcts. Skartados believes “there should be limits placed on earned income of legislators who work in environments that create a conflict of interest or a payfor-play situation — such as law firms.” Banuchi has lived in Newburgh for 20 years. He is a pastor and marriage and family counselor.
William Banuchi Sr., left, and state Assemblyman Frank Skartados