Scott Martens, a self employed carpenter, community organizer and registered Democrat, has formally announced his candidacy for New York State Assembly District 98, which includes the city of Port Jervis, the towns of Deerpark, Greenville, Minisink, Warwick, Monroe, Tuxedo, and portions of Ramapo. This seat has been held by Republican incumbent Karl Brabenec since 2014.
Born in Middletown, NY, the 38-year-old married father of two graduated from Middletown High School in 1997. He was president of his junior class, a varsity athlete, and he was chosen to represent his school at the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Conference in Albany for two consecutive years.
In 2001, he graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and anthropology.
As Martens transitions from his work as a tradesman into politics, he believes his experience as a carpenter specializing in renovation and rehabilitation has made him an effective problem solver. He notes that following the planning stage of any project, the most important thing is the ability to act and follow through on a plan.
“One of the number one complaints I hear from customers is that they can’t find someone to actually complete a job. They can’t find someone to show up and do what they say they are going to do. I show up and I get it done. And that is what I will commit to do as an Assemblyman,” said Martens.
Martens, a member of Protect Orange County, the grassroots environmental group fighting the CPV Fracked gas Power Plant, has dedicated much of his time informing the public and local officials of the negative health and safety impacts and corruption associated with approval of the project. The many risks it poses to vulnerable populations, especially children and the elderly, motivated him to connect with his community and build a support system for impacted residents.
He has regularly attended and presented resolutions to the Orange County Legislature and town boards asking elected officials to intervene on behalf of the public and demand the permits be rescinded and the power plant be shut down. The dysfunction in government on all levels has inspired him to act.
“I want to look out for my neighbors and community at large,” said Martens. “I am not bound by special interest. I am bound by the love for my family and country and the desire to do what is right.”
Martens believes he is poised to work hard for the betterment of his district. He is eager to listen and act on the issues and concerns of the residents.