Five Mid-Hudson legislators attended every session day in Albany

Five of 11 state lawmakers representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties attended all 60 days in this year’s legislative session, according to Senate and Assembly attendance records provided under the state Freedom of Information Law.

The lawmakers with perfect attendance were: Sen. James Seward, R-Milford; Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, R-Deerpark; Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston; Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie; and Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford.

Assemblyman James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, missed four session days in June after his mother died in Florida, the first time he has been absent in his five years in Albany. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh didn’t attend three session days; Sens. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, Bill Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson, and George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, each missed two days; and Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Milton had a single absence.

This year’s session was spread over 25 weeks from Jan. 4 to June 21. Lawmakers had no session days on four of those weeks, and only one week had five session days. Voting was particularly sparse in February, which had only five session days, and April, which had six session days.

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