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Pete Lopez
NYS Assembly - 102nd




Jul 15, 2017
Recently, Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I,Ref-Schoharie) was awarded the Rural Schools Association of New York State Appreciation Award for his diligence and attention to rural New York schools.

The Rural Schools Association recognized Assemblyman Lopez’s meticulous work on the Education Committee as well as both the Agriculture and Food, Farm and Nutrition committees. He has also served as Assistant Director of the Rural Resources Commission and as a former Assistant Director of the Agriculture Committee. The Assemblyman was also given special recognition for his hard work and determination to make rural counties whole again after Hurricanes Irene and Lee, along with his dedication and attention toward the rural opioid issue.

"I am deeply humbled to have received such an honor from our rural schools,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “Our schools and our students are our greatest resources and they deserve all the support and attention we can give them. It is my mission to ensure that our rural schools are not forgotten and have the best tools and resources for our children’s education and future. To see the same passion shared by so many is deeply heartening. We must continue to work together to build and improve schools our children can grow and thrive in for many years to come.”

Assemblyman Lopez received this prestigious award, presented to a state leader, Sunday evening at the Rural Schools Association’s annual conference in Cooperstown. Over 200 rural education leaders convene every summer to hear from heads of the community and recognize individuals for their contributions to rural schools.

Superintendent Seth Turner, Saugerties Central School District: “I am very pleased to know that the Rural Schools Association is recognizing the work of Assemblyman Lopez. Pete Lopez is not a politician – he is a bona fide public servant who has continuously provided support for the school system. He attends numerous events, speaks to school board members and administrators, and reaches out to school officials for input on issues before the New York State Legislature. Pete has always been responsive to the needs of the children in our community, and advocates for the betterment of our schools.”

David Little Esq., Executive Director of the New York State Rural Schools Association: “The Rural Schools Association is honored to present the RSA Appreciation Award to Assemblyman Lopez. It is the equivalent of our Leader of the Year Award. As a product of rural schools, Pete Lopez has been an example of our highest goals for our students. His service to legislative committees is vital to the future of rural New York and his work on behalf of constituents facing crisis is the stuff of legend. Recognizing the embodiment of these ideals helps the Rural Schools Association advance the interests of our rural students and the communities that support them. Pete Lopez exhibits the best of our culture of being more successful for helping each other than would be possible alone.”

President Andrew Pallotta, NYSUT “Pete has long been a friend of and advocate for the schools that service our rural communities. His work has helped to secure essential resources and funding for these schools, ensuring that the needs of the students of his district are met.” Superintendent John Wiktorko, Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District: “Congratulations to Assemblyman Pete Lopez on receiving well deserved recognition from the Rural Schools Association of New York State for his efforts to promote our rural community schools and interests. Pete understands the complexities and unique needs of rural school districts and continues to advocate for appropriate state funding and regulatory flexibility that benefits rural upstate school districts.

Superintendent William Diamond, Worcester Central School District: “I appreciate that Assemblyman Lopez works hard to make children the top priority in discussions and decisions about education.”

Superintendent Gladys Cruz, Questar BOCES: “Congratulations to Pete Lopez on this statewide honor. His leadership has supported numerous rural school districts and countless students over the years. Thank you for your continued advocacy and efforts to support collaboration and achievement. "

Superintendent Carl Mummenthey, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District: “Our entire school community extends congratulations to Assemblyman Pete Lopez for being recognized by the Rural Schools Association. Pete is a tireless advocate for New York's public schools, an engaged citizen in our greater Schoharie County region, and a loyal friend to all here at Cobleskill-Richmondville. We're so fortunate to have Pete representing our region in Albany!”

Superintendent Michelle Weaver, Middleburgh Central School District: “We are fortunate to have such a strong advocate not only for education but for small rural schools. Pete has firsthand knowledge and understands where we are and where we need to go. He works collaboratively with us to provide the best education possible for our children.”

John Yagielski, Capital Region BOCES Chief Executive Officer: “Assemblyman Lopez is an outstanding legislator who works tirelessly on behalf of our public school children and their families. He has a deep understanding of complex education issues and has proven to be a powerful advocate for our rural schools and BOCES. Assemblyman Lopez is most deserving of this award, and we thank him for his dedicated service to children and families.”

Superintendent Nicholas J. Savin, ONC BOCES District: “I am pleased to see the Rural Schools Association recognize Assemblyman Pete Lopez with the RSA Appreciation Award. He has and continues to support the rural schools he represents. Assemblyman Lopez actively engages school and community leaders to improve educational experiences for our rural youth.”

Superintendent Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, Hudson City School District: “Assemblyman Pete Lopez genuinely understands the challenges faced by school districts. He is approachable and responsive to our needs on a regular basis. It's nice to know we can count on him to represent us and advocate for us.”

Assemblyman Lopez represents the 102nd District consisting of parts of Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman Lopez’s Official Website.

(Photo Left to right): Rural Schools Association Board of Directors Chair Linda King, Executive Director of the NYS Rural Schools Association David Little, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and Mrs. Bridget Lopez.

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