Assemblyman Pete Lopez

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the results of the special election Tuesday in the 102nd New York state Assembly district. The pair also discuss the rehab of the Amsterdam Armory.

Assemblyman Lopez
Assemblyman Lopez

New York state Assemblyman Pete Lopez has been tapped to become the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator for Region 2, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The EPA made the announcement Thursday. The Republican from Schoharie has represented the 102nd Assembly district since 2007. Lopez had been a member of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conversation. He replaces former administrator Judith Enck, an Obama administration appointee.

Assemblyman Lopez Discusses Late Budget

Apr 3, 2017
Assemblyman Lopez
Assemblyman Lopez

With the new fiscal year under way and no state budget agreement in place, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for a two-month extension of last year's budget until the end of May. This is the first late budget since 2010, and the first for Cuomo. Assemblyman Pete Lopez, a Republican from the 102nd Assembly district, says times have changed and the governor's power has waned a bit.

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Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders today announced University at Albany’s plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

After months of hints, New York state Assemblyman Pete Lopez officially announced his candidacy for the 19th Congressional District seat  being vacated by Chris Gibson on Monday. Lopez joins a list of hopefuls eyeing the 2016 elections.

Pete Lopez (file photo)

As has been long expected, New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez, a Republican from Schoharie, is the latest candidate to join the field to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. Lopez, who represents the 102nd district, has been in the Assembly since 2007. Lopez once worked as a staffer for former gubernatorial candidate John Faso, who is also seeking the 19th district seat. Lopez discussed his potential candidacy with WAMC.

Pete Lopez (file photo)

Another Republican is joining the race to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez of Schoharie tells the Daily Star he is running for New York’s 19th district seat and will formally kick off his campaign soon. The 54-year-old joins a field that also includes former statewide candidate John Faso. Businessman Andrew Heaney is also running.

Pete Lopez (file photo)

 Is he or isn't he?

Conflicting reports appeared this week concerning New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez making a run for Congressman Chris Gibson's seat come 2016.

Report: Assemblyman Pete Lopez To Run For Congress

Apr 15, 2015

New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez of the 102nd district announced his plans to run for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson's seat after the Kinderhook Republican's term ends. The Catskill Daily Mail reports that Lopez announced that he and Gibson have been working closely together. Gibson said in January that this would be his last term in the House and is exploring a statewide run in 2018.


The State University of New York has set an ambitious new goal for graduation. The nation’s largest public university system wants to hand out 150,000 diplomas every year by 2020, up from the current 93,000.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher laid out the plans today in her fifth annual State of the University address.

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There's reason to celebrate today in Schoharie County. The Gilboa Dam Rehabilitation Project has come to an end...

The $138 million dam reconstruction – believed to be the largest public works project in the Catskills – was completed two years ahead of schedule.

A proposed 157-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through several Schoharie County communities, parallel to the proposed Constitution Gas Pipeline, has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

Pete Lopez (file photo)

Responding to the “Rising to the Top” challenge issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, Windham joins other New York communities striving to come up with ideas for long-term flood recovery following Irene, Lee and Sandy. Years after the three storms, people are still waiting for funds.

Grant money for the Greene County town of Windham was set aside by Governor Cuomo's office earlier this year, part of a $60 billion federal effort to assist areas hit hardest by Irene, Lee and Sandy.


Capital Region voters going to the polls this November will find many familiar names on the ballot.

All of the Albany County Democratic party's sitting state and federal lawmakers have been backed for reelection this fall. The Albany County Democratic Committee’s candidate review panel has unanimously recommended endorsing all incumbents.