Peter D. Lopez, MPA '88
Distinguished Alumni Award
in Public Administration
Member, New York State Assembly
Assembly District 127
Peter D. Lopez was elected assemblyman for the 127th Assembly District of New York State on November 7, 2006. His district includes all of Schoharie County, most of Greene County, and parts of Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Otsego, and Ulster Counties. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Peter Lopez served as a legislative staff member for more than 20 years. Among the positions he has held are: associate director of the Senate Agriculture Committee; assistant director of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources; district office director for Assembly Minority Leader John J. Faso; and executive assistant to Senator John J. Bonacic. While working as a legislative staffer, Assemblyman Lopez helped develop legislation and budget proposals, assisted with agency regulatory review, served on interagency advisory committees, responded to individual constituent needs, and advanced community projects.
Peter Lopez served as Schoharie County Clerk from 2004 through 2006. He has also been a village trustee, town councilman and member of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors. He was appointed to the Association of Counties' Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee and the Association of Towns' Statewide Legislative Advisory Committee. In recognition of his town and county service, Schoharie County Operation Desert Care awarded Peter Lopez the David Williams Award for Preservation of Freedom. Assemblyman Lopez was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity of Schoharie County, and has served as a board member for the Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill Foundation, and the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association.
He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY’s Golden Anniversary Chancellor's Recognition Award, the New York State Masons' General Douglas MacArthur Award for Service to Youth, and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce's Leader of the Year Award. Peter Lopez is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, where he earned a master’s degree in public administration.