EDITORIAL: Lopez for Assembly in 102nd

THE TOWNS OF STUYVESANT AND STOCKPORT are the farthest points east in the sprawling, new 102nd state Assembly district. Together the towns account for just 3,000 of the 77,000 voters enrolled in a district that runs from Saugerties through the High Peaks of the Catskills to the edge of the Mohawk Valley.
Much of the district has been ably represented over the last six years by Republican Pete Lopez, who is now seeking a new two-year term in the slightly reconfigured district. He is facing Jimmy Miller, a retired police officer familiar to people who have watched TV from Albany market stations in the last decade as the spokesman for the Albany Police Department. Both candidates are from the district. Mr. Lopez also knows Columbia County, because the district he currently represents includes the southwest corner of the county. In fact, Mr. Lopez has been a regular presence at announcements and events around this county, wherever decisions are made that affect his constituents.
There’s a severe limit on what members of the minority in either house in the state legislature can do, a restriction imposed and enforced by the majority in each house. But starting late last summer Mr. Lopez provided an example of what a lawmaker can do, even one in the minority party. That was the time when large parts of Mr. Lopez’s district were flooded by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Assemblyman Lopez was everywhere in the district, finding assistance, offering comfort and reminding people how government can help.
Yes, he was aided by Congressman Chris Gibson, Governor Andrew Cuomo and others, but Mr. Lopez was the face of the response. It was personal for him. It’s his home.
There is no question that Mr. Lopez deserves another term. Please vote for him November 6.

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