Frank Skartados, New York State Assemblyman of the 100th District from 2009-2010, is preparing to take back that seat. It is expected that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will soon be announcing a Special Election to be held early this coming spring to fill the vacancy left by the recent passing of Tom Kirwan, who died after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Skartados will officially kick off his campaign Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 17 Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, between 5pm and 7pm.
Reflecting on his first term in office, Mr. Skartados says, “I have always put the people of the Hudson Valley above politics and fought hard to make Albany realize the valuable natural resources the Valley has for potential business and agritourism. I sincerely would like to resume my efforts in the State Assembly in the fight for jobs creation, technology innovation, sound infrastructure, smart economic expansion, and the safety of our environment.”
Skartados won the seat in the 2008 Election when he ran against Kirwan. In a 2010 rematch, Skartados lost by only 15 votes in what is considered to be the longest undecided race in state history. Commenting on the closeness of that election, Mr. Skartados says, “I am encouraged to resume that office, knowing that I have the support of so many constituents of the 100th AD. My last election showed me that the people have appreciated the two years I served on their behalf. I am determined to work hard for them again.”
The 100thAssembly District is comprised of parts of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties which include the Cities of Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Beacon, and the Towns of Lloyd, Marlborough, Newburgh and Shawangunk.