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Metzger Is Pressing Not to Renew CPV Permit

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Editor, 

A flyer being passed out at local farmers’ markets has accused State Senator Jen Metzger of not doing enough to shut down the CPV gas power plant in Middletown. This is simply not true. Senator Metzger was able to pass a bill in the NYS Senate that would require a more stringent review of CPV’s renewal permit, which means it would likely be denied. 

   While Senator Metzger has been trying to have the bill delivered to the governor and signed into law, it’s actually the Assembly that is holding it up. Only Assembly member Colin Schmitt can introduce the bill since the CPV plant is in his district, and though Metzger’s office has reached out to his office to do this, he has yet to do so. 

  No one can accuse Senator Metzger of lacking courage in tackling the issue of fracked gas plants. She has been opposed to the CPV plant from the start and has fought to address this issue for years. She has also spoken out against the proposed Danskammer gas plant in Newburgh, and she introduced the Freedom from Fossil Fuels Act to ban all fracked gas power plants in NYS. Perhaps whoever wrote the flyer did not intend to spread misinformation and did not know the full story, but it’s unfair to place blame on Senator Metzger when she is working hard to have this bill passed. 

Why not ask Mr. Schmitt why he will not introduce the bill in the Assembly? Let’s give credit where it is due, and require responsible action where it is needed.

MARY MAKOFSKE

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2 thoughts on “Metzger Is Pressing Not to Renew CPV Permit

  1. As chair of Protect Orange County and having fought this project for 10 years, the overwhelming question by many of our members is did Jen wait until July 2020 to sponsor this bill and why was it written to be entirely dependent on Republican Colin Schmidt. Yes she says she is against the plant but has she done everything she could have? We are waiting on a response by Republicans. But in our opinion neither party will do anything unless voters demand it.

  2. As chair of Protect Orange County and having fought this project for 10 years, I’d have to disagree with this article. The overwhelming question by many of our members is why did Jen wait until July 2020 to sponsor this bill and why was it written to be entirely dependent on Republican Colin Schmidt. (she could have written differently and was advised to do so). Yes, she says she is against the plant but has she done everything she could have? I don’t believe so. Is she still better than Martucci, possibly? We are waiting on a response by Republicans. But in our opinion, neither party will do anything unless voters demand it.

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