This week, Albany Update will profile the race in State Senate District 42, a Hudson Valley district that includes all of Sullivan County and portions of Orange, Ulster, and Delaware Counties. The district is currently represented by Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale). In her re-election bid, Sen. Metzger faces off against Republican Mike Martucci.
Sen. Metzger has represented Senate District 42 since 2019 and is seeking re-election for the first time. She is running on the Democratic, Working Families and SAM (Serve America Movement) party lines. Prior to running for State Senate, Sen. Metzger worked for the United Nations Association and taught at Rutgers University. According to her Senate website, her career “includes 11 years in public service in the Town of Rosendale, where she served as Chair of the Rosendale Environmental Commission (2008-2013), as Deputy Town Supervisor (2010-2012), and as a Town Councilwoman (2013-2018).” She also co-founded Citizens for Local Power, a nonprofit group. In 2018, Sen. Metzger was elected to the Senate following the retirement of longtime Sen. John Bonacic. The Senator chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, and her campaign focuses on education funding, environmental protection, the opioid crisis, and government reform.
Jason McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms remarked, “This is the first time that Senator Metzger will face voters since her 2019 vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Late-Term Abortion Expansion Act. With a strong pro-life community in this district, we’ll soon know whether or not the Senator can survive such an abhorrent action.”
Mike Martucci is a first-time candidate for public office. HudsonValleyOne.com describes him as “a self-made millionaire and philanthropist who founded a large school-bus-contract company.” A New Hampton resident, Martucci is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. He sold his business, Quality Bus Service, in 2018 and now manages a family farm. He is a co-creator of the Michael & Erin Martucci Family Foundation, has served as president of the NY School Bus Contractors’ Association, and is a director of the SUNY Orange Foundation. Martucci’s campaign emphasizes public safety, job creation, and tax reduction.
More information about this race, and other races throughout New York, is contained in New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s 2020 Voter Guide. The Guide is available at NYVoterGuide.com.