Assemblyman Pete Lopez named EPA Region 2 administrator, covering NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Pete Lopez (file photo)

Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R-Schoharie), whose 102nd Assembly district stretches from just outside Albany to Saugerties, was named administrator of Region 2 of the Environmental Protection Agency today.

“Pete Lopez has spent nearly a decade in one of the country’s largest state legislatures working to improve the quality of life of his constituents,” said EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. “His familiarity with the region and his experience working to solve environmental problems in New York will be invaluable in helping EPA serve Americans in the Northeast and the Caribbean.”
Lopez has been a member of the Assembly since 2007. He is currently a member of the New York Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation and a member of the Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy.
Lopez has some experience with hurricanes, as his district sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irene. But the environmental damage from that storm will surely pale in comparison with that of Hurricane Maria  in the Caribbean.