A man who has been fighting for residents of the Hudson Valley is now in a fight of his own and may not survive. Assemblyman Frank Skartados has been hospitalized and, according to his chief of staff, is not expected to recover. Steve Gold, his chief of staff talked to the Poughkeepsie Journal about his condition. Gold said it was a serious illness. Skartados is 62 years old and is at the hospital surrounded by his family, but there is no word on what the illness is.

Skartados is a Democrat from Milton and represents the 104th Assembly District in New York State. He covers parts of Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. Big areas in those counties fall under Skartados’s district, like City of Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Highland.

Skartados was born in Greece and moved to the United States at the age of 14. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz. He has been an advocate from issues from environmental protection, school funding and the relationship between the state of New York and cities within the Hudson Valley.