Jacobson, Schmitt newcomers to Assembly

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MID-HUDSON – Newburgh City Councilman Jonathan Jacobson won election to the Assembly seat in the 104th District, previously held by the late Frank Skartados, a fellow Democart.
Jacobson, who has a long history in the Orange County Democratic Party, has his personal agenda in mind.
“We want to change how we fund schools and get away from the property tax, expand the Excelsior program for free tuition at state colleges to part-time students and vocational training and we have to pass laws to protect us from Washington, from reproductive rights to healthcare to the environment,” Jacobson said.
Republican Colin Schmitt captured the 99th Assembly District post currently held by Democrat James Skoufis, who was elected to the Senate. Schmitt will enter a house that is lopsidedly Democrat, but he is willing to cross party lines to work for the district.
“Anything in Albany, whether you are the majority or the minority
is always a battle for the Hudson Valley, and I think we see even more
now with the way state government has gone after this election. It is
truly going to be a battle of Upstate versus Downstate, and I am going
to partner in bipartisan fashion to protect Orange and Rockland counties,”
Schmitt said.
Republican Assemblymen Kieran Michael Lalor and Karl Brabenec and Democratic Assemblywoman Didi Barrett all won re-election.