It is with profound sadness that I join my colleagues in mourning the loss of Assemblymember Frank K. Skartados. Frank was a devoted public servant to the Hudson Valley for nearly 10 years.
As a businessman and a former educator, he fought tirelessly to create jobs, support businesses and working families, and improve educational opportunities for New York's children. He devoted his life to improving communities in the Hudson Valley, including a transformative revitalization project for downtown Poughkeepsie.
As an immigrant, a businessman, a farmer and a father, he truly embodied all of the qualities that make New York a great place to call home.
On behalf of all the members of the Assembly, I offer his loved ones our deepest sympathies and comfort during this difficult time. We are thankful for the opportunity to have called him a friend and a colleague. May he rest in peace.