Last week, the Senate approved the nomination of Assemblyman Sam Roberts (D-Syracuse) to serve as Commissioner of the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

Roberts was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, and was re-elected in 2012 and 2014.  He previously served as an Onondaga County Legislator from 1990 to 1999. A retired General Motors employee, he has a background in labor relations.

The now-vacant 128th Assembly District seat will likely be filled in a special election this coming November. The district includes parts of the city of Syracuse and the Towns of DeWitt, Onondaga and Salina.