City and Town of Newburgh and Ulster Towns of Lloyd and Marlborough
Mourn Loss of Assmeblyman Frank Skartados
Assemblyman Frank Skartados, came to the United States from Greece when he was only 14 years old and became a citizen 6 years later and then a successful businessman. He was a public servant as Assemblyman for the 104th District for nearly 10 years and was known for bipartisan efforts. He served constituents in which comprises the Ulster County towns of Lloyd and Marlborough; the town and city of Newburgh in Orange County; and the cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon in Dutchess County.
Assemblyman James Skoufis said of Skartados’ accomplishments, “He was a big opponent of the Pilgrim Pipeline and passed a bill in the Assembly to allow town boards to vote on pipeline projects (this was in response to the Pilgrim Pipeline). He also delivered a great deal to the schools he represented, including critical emergency funding to Marlboro which faced a crisis following the Danskammer closure.
It has been my privilege serving alongside Frank Skartados, a true public servant and fellow Greek-American. Frank was especially proud of his Greek roots, a birthplace he shared with the very concept of politics that was invented millennia ago. At that time, politics was viewed as a noble profession and calling, a spirit that Frank carried with him each and every day as an Assemblyman.
In between winning my first Assembly race in November 2012 and taking office in January 2013, the person I went to seek advice from was neighboring Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Since then, I’m one of the few colleagues that regularly got to see Frank in both Albany and at home in the Hudson Valley. I can tell you he was always and visibly much happier in his home community surrounded by the people he’s spent eight years advocating for – not the Albany circuit of lobbyists, fundraisers, and events.
He never became a creature of Albany and always remembered why people sent him to the Legislature: to fight for them. Indeed, Frank was always been a quiet warrior, a demeanor that earned him the respect of more constituents than he likely even realized.
A private funeral service will be held for him in Marlboro on Friday, April 20.