Frank Skartados

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 byJonathan Jacobson
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 100th district
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
ResidenceMilton, New York
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. A resident of the Ulster County hamlet of Milton, where he ran a farm, he was the Assemblyman for the 104th district of the New York State Assembly in the mid-Hudson, which includes both the city and town of Newburgh, the cities of Beacon, and Poughkeepsie, the hamlet of Marlboro, and the town of Lloyd. He defeated 14-year Republican incumbent Thomas Kirwan in 2008 for what was then the 100th district, but narrowly lost to him two years later in a contest not formally decided for four months.

Kirwan died less than a year into his term, and Skartados won the 2012 special election to fill the seat, the first election held for what was now the redrawn 104th district, which excluded some areas of Ulster County that were heavily Republican. He went on to win the general election that year and re-election in 2014 and 2016. After his death from pancreatic cancer in April 2018, Skartados was succeeded by Jonathan Jacobson, winner of that year's general election for the seat, in November once the election results were certified.[1]

Early life

Skartados was born on the Greek island of Astypalaia.[2] He grew up on a small farm which he worked with his father.[2]

At age 14, in 1970, Skartados and his mother moved to New York City.[2] Skartados graduated from George Washington High School in upper Manhattan.[3] He later worked in the restaurant industry and eventually owned one.[2] 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.[3] At the same time, he worked at the Commandant’s Office of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, New York.[3]

After college, Skartados attained a master's degree in International Studies at the State University of California at Sacramento.[4] He later served an internship at the United Nations Center Against Apartheid.[4]

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