Frank Skartados is the former Assemblyman from the 100th Assembly District. In the Assembly, Frank’s top priorities were job creation and economic development, reducing the tax burden on businesses and working families, and improving educational opportunities for New York’s children. Frank was born on a small island off the coast of Greece where, as the seventh of eight children, he helped his father maintain their family’s small subsistence farm. He moved to America at age 14 with his mother. Within months of arriving in New York City, Frank’s mother returned to Greece, leaving the young man to build his own life in America. Frank taught himself English and worked his way through school, eventually graduating from George Washington High School in upper Manhattan. Frank was determined to continue his education but needed the funds to make it happen. So after four years of working in the restaurant business, he was able to put himself through State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, where he graduated with honors and a degree in Political Science while also working in the Commandants Office of the New York Military Academy. After SUNY New Paltz, Frank went on to get his Masters Degree in International Studies from the State University of California at Sacramento, followed by an internship at the United Nations at the Center Against Apartheid. He returned to the New York Military Academy for the next eight years to serve as Chairman of the Health Department and a teacher of Environmental Studies and American History. Frank has devoted his life since leaving the Academy to building his business and renovating properties in downtown Poughkeepsie. Founder and President of the Academy Street Business Association in Poughkeepsie, Frank helped in the revitalization of the Street’s business environment which changed the negative perception of the area. He also served on the Mayor’s Promotions & Events Committee to help further promote and attract new people to the City of Poughkeepsie; and as a member of Poughkeepsie Partnership – a go-between to promote the partnership of business and city government agencies. Frank also owns a small farm in Milton, NY where he cares for his many animals.