Jen Metzger, of Rosendale, NY, candidate for New York’s 42th senate district, appeared at the Warwick Senior Center on Tues., May 1 in Warwick NY. Metzger is a Democrat running for the seat vacated by retiring NYS Senator John Bonacic. Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County is seeking the same seat, and the two will face off in a primary on Fri., Sept. 14.
Metzger emphasized her experience as Deputy Supervisor in Rosendale, chair of its Environmental Commission, and two terms on the town council. She also is also founder and director of the nonprofit Citizens for Local Power, which supports renewable energy and the transition from fossil fuels as well as fighting utility rate increases.
Her priorities also include lower property taxes, better funding for public education, and the NY Health Act, which would establish single payer health care in the state. She sees the state legislature as crucial because the current federal government is “not protecting human welfare,” and municipalities do not have the authority to address some of the needed reforms. To achieve these goals, she backs campaign finance reform and “zero tolerance” for corruption.
Concerning the opioid epidemic, Metzger noted that local efforts seem to be quite effective and agreed that the stigma associated with addiction can prevent adequate responses. She added that a multi-prong approach is required.
Asked why people should vote for her, Metzger cited her government and community experience, which has involved working with elected officials and agencies across the spectrum. The ability to “listen to people, build support, and work cooperatively is needed in the legislature,” she said.
The meeting with Metzger was hosted by Indivisible Hudson Valley, which plans more meet and greet events with other 2018 candidates.