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In Conversation with NYS Senator Jen Metzger

June 3, 2pm via Webex




EVENT NUMBER:  618 622 090


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The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives is pleased to welcome Jen Metzger, member of the  New York State Senate District 42, to a virtual event on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

The focus of this public conversation will be on Senator Metzger’s first term in the state senate and her priorities going forward as she represents and serves constituents in her four county 2400 square mile district. We expect a full and frank discussion and will include time for questions from the audience via chat.

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About New York State Senator Metzger

Senator Jen Metzger was elected in 2018 to represent the 42nd District, which includes all of Sullivan County, and parts of Orange, Ulster, and Delaware Counties. Prior to her election, Metzger served for over a decade in local government in Rosendale, and co-founded and directed Citizens for Local Power, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities in the Mid-Hudson region shift to a locally-based clean energy economy. In Albany, Senator Metzger serves as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and brings a much needed local-level perspective to the challenges faced by rural communities. 21 of Senator Metzger’s bills were signed into law in 2019—all of them passing the Senate with wide bipartisan support. Senator Metzger’s legislative priorities include: deepening linkages between agriculture and the environment; extending rural broadband and cell service coverage and creating new service quality standards for telecommunications companies; working to lower property taxes; finding better more equitable ways to fund our schools; strengthening efforts to combat the opioid epidemic; and banning corporate donations to political candidates to make government more accountable to the electorate. Senator Metzger holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in environmental politics and policy.

About KT Tobin

KT Tobin is director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, where she is responsible for designing, managing and producing projects focused on regional issues and concerns. She is a 1992 graduate of SUNY New Paltz (Sociology), holds an M.S. in Social Research from CUNY Hunter  and a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Albany. She is an affiliated lecturer in Sociology and teaches courses including Introduction to Sociology, Social Inequality in the United States, Research Methods, and Women in Politics.

Later this year, SUNY Press will publish “Suffrage and Its Limits: the New York Story,” which will include Tobin’s chapter, “Women in Local Political Office in New York State.” Tobin is currently the Deputy Mayor of the Village of New Paltz and is a former New Paltz School Board vice president.