Demo­cratic state law­maker from Hud­son Val­ley dies

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

A New York state law­maker who em­i­grated from Greece and worked to re­vi­tal­ize strug­gling parts of the Hud­son Val­ley has died.

Demo­cratic As­sem­bly­man Frank Skar­ta­dos died early Sun­day af­ter a bat­tle with pan­cre­atic can­cer. The 62-year-old was first elected to the Leg­is­la­ture in 2008 and rep­re­sented ar­eas of the Hud­son Val­ley in­clud­ing New­burgh and parts of Poughkeepsie.

Skar­ta­dos ar­rived in the U.S. at age 14 and worked in restau­rants to put him­self through col­lege. He was a teacher and farm owner who ren­o­vated prop­er­ties in down­town Poughkeepsie.

Demo­cratic Assem­bly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx called Skar­ta­dos a “de­voted pub­lic ser­vant” and said he em­bod­ied “the qual­i­ties that make New York a great place to call home.”

His re­place­ment will be se­lected in Novem­ber if no spe­cial elec­tion is called.

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