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James Skoufis
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 39th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Preceded byBill Larkin
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 99th district
In office
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2018
Preceded bySteve Katz
Succeeded byColin Schmitt
Personal details
Born (1987-10-18) October 18, 1987 (age 31)
Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceWoodbury, Orange County
Alma materGeorge Washington University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Websitehttps://www.nysenate.gov/senators/james-skoufis

James Skoufis (born October 18, 1987) is an American politician of the Democratic Party currently representing the 39th District of the New York State Senate since 2019.

Skoufis began his political career on the Woodbury town board in Orange County. In 2012 he was elected to the New York State Assembly, becoming its youngest member at 24. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2016.[1]

Background

Skoufis was born in Flushing, Queens in 1987, the son of a Greek immigrant. His family moved north to the town of Woodbury in the Hudson Valley in 1995. He graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School in 2005. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from The George Washington University and a masters from Columbia University.[2]

Before his time in the state legislature, Skoufis was a project manager at an electronic security firm and a member of the Woodbury Town Board. On the Town Board, Skoufis distinguished himself in the wake of Hurricane Irene by leading the local relief effort and helping affected families with food, shelter, and financial assistance.[2]

Skoufis married his wife Hillary at Manhattan's The Pierre in May 2017.[3] He has one sibling, a sister.[4]

New York State Assembly

After redistricting in 2012 following the decennial census, long-time Republican Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun decided to retire, leaving the seat vacant.[5]Skoufis received the Democratic nomination for the seat, defeating Larry Delarose at the party's county convention.[6] In the November general election, he defeated Republican Kyle Roddey, the Mayor of Goshen, with 56% of the vote.[7] At age 24, he became the youngest member of the Assembly.[2]

Skoufis introduced his first two bills within a week of being sworn in; both were inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011.[8] Both bills passed the Assembly a few months later.[9]

Also in his first session, Assemblyman Skoufis was an outspoken supporter of increasing the minimum wage,[10][11] as well as tax incentives to attract new businesses to the Hudson Valley.[12] Skoufis also voted to repeal the payroll tax that funds the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in outlying counties it serves, co-sponsored legislation to prohibit tax breaks for businesses that outsource jobs, and supports an elimination of the property tax system in favor of a fairer, broader-based system.

Early in 2014, Skoufis introduced Tuition-Free NY, a proposal to make SUNY and CUNY in New York State tuition-free as long as students fulfill community service and residency requirements. The proposal garnered bipartisan support in the Assembly and won praise from some editorial boards.[13]

New York State Senate

In 2018, longtime Senator William J. Larkin Jr. decided to retire at the age of eighty eight. He had served in the seat since 1991. While Skoufis had been rumored as a opponent to Larkin for sometime, he never opted to run. However, with Larkin no longer running, Skoufis entered the race. In a good year for Democrats, Skoufis defeated Republican Tom Basile, 54% to 46%.[14] Democrats also took the majority in the Senate in the same election.[15]

In the Senate, Skoufis serves as the Chair of the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. [16]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Election Results", "Photo News," 7 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hillary Stuchin, James Skoufis". The New York Times. May 21, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Obituary – Donna Ann Colombo". The Woodbury Gazette. June 5, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "NY Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun retiring". Daily Freeman. Kingston, New York. May 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Sullivan, John (March 23, 2012). "Goshen's Roddey joins list of Calhoun's opponents". Times Herald Record. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Election 2012 – New York State Legislature". The New York Times. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Skoufis introduces first legislation". Mid-Hudson News Network. January 5, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Assembly Passes Comprehensive Sandy Insurance Reform Package to Protect Homeowners and Businesses in the Event of a Natural Disaster" (Press release). Albany, New York: New York State Assembly. June 4, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Gross, Hank (March 29, 2013). "State budget increases minimum wage". WAMC. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "New York State's Minimum Wage". New York State. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Skoufis Helps Pass Budget That Delivers for Hard-Working Hudson Valley Families While Cutting Taxes for Businesses" (Press release). New York State Assembly. March 31, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  13. ^ The Journal News, "Editorial: Tuition-Free NY aids students and state"
  14. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 39 Race - Nov 06, 2018". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  15. ^ Twitter, Paul Kirby pkirby@freemanonline com @paulatfreeman on. "39th NY Senate District: Democratic Assemblyman Skoufis beats Republican Basile to take Larkin's seat". Daily Freeman. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  16. ^ "About James Skoufis". NY State Senate. Retrieved 2019-01-10.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Steve Katz
Member of the New York Assembly
from the 99th district

2013–2018
Succeeded by
Colin Schmitt
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Bill Larkin
Member of the New York Senate
from the 39th district

2019–present
Incumbent
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