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Peter D. Lopez
Assembly District 102
 
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Peter Lopez

Pete Lopez was elected as Assemblyman for the 127th Assembly District on November 7, 2006.

The son of a working class family, Pete scrubbed floors, stocked store shelves, baled hay and scraped fish -- all in the hope of funding his college education and building a future in New York State.

Pete has served as Schoharie County Clerk since 2004 and previously served on the staff of the New York State Legislature for 21 years, where he worked with a broad range of public and private interests at the federal, state and local levels to improve the quality of life for the people of New York State.

As Associate Director of the Senate Agriculture Committee (Senator John R. Kuhl, Jr., Chairman), Assistant Director of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (Senator Charles D. Cook, Chairman), District Office Director for Assembly Minority Leader John J. Faso and Executive Assistant to Senator John J. Bonacic, he helped develop legislation and budget proposals, assisted with agency regulatory review, served on interagency advisory committees, responded to individual constituent needs, and advanced community projects.

In addition to his term as Schoharie County Clerk, Pete also served as a village trustee, town councilman and member of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors. Here, he devoted himself to improving government cost-effectiveness, and worked with many groups and individuals to address pressing local concerns. While holding these offices, Pete was appointed to the Association of Counties' Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee and the Association of Towns' Statewide Legislative Advisory Committee. In recognition of his town and county service, Schoharie County Operation Desert Care awarded Pete the David Williams Award for Preservation of Freedom.

Pete has served extensively in many volunteer service capacities such as altar server trainer, cantor and lector at St. Joseph's and St. Catherine's churches, a community band member, Red Cross water safety instructor, Schoharie Youth Soccer director and coach, Schoharie Central School Ski Club advisor, black belt karate instructor for the Zen Do Kai Martial Arts Association, Eagle Scout project advisor, member of an advisory committee on runaway and troubled youth, and as chairman of the Schoharie Main Street Committee. He was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity of Schoharie County. Additionally, Pete has served as a board member of Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, the SUNY Cobleskill Foundation and the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association.

He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SUNY Cobleskill, the State University of New York's Golden Anniversary Chancellor's Recognition award, the New York State Masons' General Douglas MacArthur Award for Service to Youth, and, in 2004, the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce's Leader of the Year Award.

Pete is an honors graduate of Schoharie Central School, the State University College at Cobleskill, and the University at Albany, where he earned a master’s degree in public administration.

Pete resides on Spring Street in the Village of Schoharie with his wife Lisa, and their children Steffy, Noah and Ben. Their son Brandon is currently working and attending college in Florida.

 
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