Frank Skartados

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Frank Skartados
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Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 104th district
In office
March 21, 2012 – April 15, 2018
Preceded byThomas Kirwan
Succeeded byTBD
In office
January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byThomas Kirwan
Succeeded byThomas Kirwan
Personal details
Born(1956-01-03)January 3, 1956
Astypalea, Greece
DiedApril 15, 2018(2018-04-15) (aged 62)
Newburgh, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materState University of New York at New Paltz
California State University, Sacramento
ProfessionPolitician, businessman

Frank Skartados (January 3, 1956 – April 15, 2018; Greek: Φρανκ Σκαρτάδος)) was a Greek-American politician and businessman.

Skartados was a member of the Democratic Party. He was the Assemblyman for the 104th district of the New York State Assembly which includes both the city of Newburgh and the town of Newburgh; as well as the city of Beacon, the city of Poughkeepsie, the hamlet of Marlboro, and the town of Lloyd. He defeated 14-year incumbent Thomas Kirwan in 2008.

Early life[edit]

Skartados was born on the Greek island of Astypalaia.[1] He grew up on a small farm which he worked with his father.[1]

At age 14, in 1970, Skartados and his mother moved to New York City.[1] Skartados graduated from George Washington High School in upper Manhattan.[2] He later worked in the restaurant industry and eventually owned one.[1] His business savvy eventually allotted him the funds to educate himself at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he attained a degree in political science.[2] At the same time, he worked at the Commandant’s Office of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, New York.[2]

After college, Skartados attained a master's degree in International Studies at the State University of California at Sacramento.[3] He later served an internship at the United Nations Center Against Apartheid.[3]

Early career[edit]

For the next eight years, Skartados worked back at the New York Military Academy as chairman of the Health Department.[4] He also taught Environmental Studies and American History.[4] In 2000, Skartados abdicated his seat at the military academy.[2]

Subsequently, Skartados focused on renovating properties in downtown Poughkeepsie, including building the Aegean Entertainment Center, the largest entertainment venue between Albany and New York City.[5] Skartados was the founder and president of the Academy Street Business Association in Poughkeepsie.[5] Skartados helped in the revitalization of the street’s business environment, which changed the negative perception of the area.[5]

In addition to his work with the Poughkeepsie Partnership – a go-between to promote the partnership of business and city government agencies – Skartados also served on the mayor’s Promotions & Events Committee to help further promote and attract new people to the city of Poughkeepsie.[5]

Assembly career[edit]

His political career began when he defeated 14-year incumbent Thomas Kirwan in 2008.[6] Skartados served the 100th district of the New York State Assembly from 2008 to 2010.[6] However, Kirwan narrowly recaptured the seat in 2010 but died in late 2011.[6] On March 20, 2012, a special election was held for the vacant seat, which Skartados won with more than 60 percent of the vote.[6] He was re-elected for a full term on November 6, 2012, and on November 4, 2014, by 60% of the vote.[1]

During his Assembly tenure, Skartados supported bills that focused on the environment, criminal justice reforms, consumer protection, veterans benefits, business regulation reform, family court reform, and library election reform.[7] Skartados secured millions of dollars for struggling schools in Marlboro, Highland and Poughkeepsie.[7] He also helped secure state funding to purchase fire trucks, plows, and police cars, and pursue environmental projects such as the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.[7] Skartados also helped expand non-profit grounds such as soup kitchens, Newburgh Habitat for Humanity, and Newburgh Safe Harbor’s Park.[7] He remained in the assembly until his death in April 2018.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Skartados had one child at the time of his death.[7]

On April 12, 2018, Skartados was hospitalized in Newburgh, New York, with a "serious illness" and according to his chief of staff was "not likely going to recover".[8] He died in the hospital three days later, of pancreatic cancer, at age 62.[3][4]

In response to Skartados' death, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney praised Skartados' "legacy as a fighter for the people he loved and a voice for many who had none".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Assemblyman Frank Skartados Dies". Mid Hudson News. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hudson Valley Assemblyman Frank Skartados Dies At 62". Armonk. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Frank Skartados' death is deep loss for community: Editorial". Poughkeepsie Journal. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "Hudson Valley Assemblyman Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer". Patch. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d "State assemblyman Frank Skartados Dies". Recordonline. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Assemblymember Frank Skartados Dies". WNYT. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Incumbent Frank Skartados faces challenge from family counselor William Banuchi in 104th state Assembly race". Daily Freeman. October 29, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Assemblyman Frank Skartados hospitalized with 'serious illness,' not expected to recover". Poughkeepsie Journal. April 12, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Sean Patrick Maloney on Twitter". Twitter. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018. 

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas Kirwan
New York State Assembly, 100th District
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Thomas Kirwan
Preceded by
Thomas Kirwan
New York State Assembly, 100th District
2012–13
Succeeded by
Aileen Gunther
Preceded by
John McEneny
New York State Assembly, 104th District
2013–2018
Vacant