Malick announces second Senate run

Pramilla Malick, the environmental activist who has helped lead opposition to the nearly completed Competitive Power Ventures plant in Wawayanda, has announced plans to run again for the Senate seat held by John Bonacic, the Mount Hope Republican and 20-year incumbent she tried to unseat in 2016.

Malick attended the corruption trial of Joe Percoco – the former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused of taking bribes to help CPV, and now awaiting a jury verdict – and led rallies outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan where it took place. She said in her campaign announcement that “people are rightfully disgusted” with the case.

“I’ve been receiving a lot of requests to run,” said Malick, who has a campaign website, www.pramilla.com. “People are unhappy with the corruption that allowed CPV to be built, and I’ve been the one calling out politicians – on both sides of the aisle – from the beginning.”

She may have competition on the Democratic side. Jen Metzger, a Rosendale councilwoman, opened a campaign account for the 42nd Senate District last month and said she was considering a run. She planned to announce her plans this month. She has a campaign site in the works, www.jenmetzger.com.

Bonacic had nearly $720,000 in his campaign account as of January, far more than any other state lawmaker representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, and has either had no opponent or easily won re-election in his past races. He hasn’t declared yet if he’s running this year. Democrats hold an enrollment edge in the 42nd District, which includes parts of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties and part of Delaware.

Malick waged a write-in bid to get on the ballot in 2016, after missing the initial petition-filing deadline, and wound up in an unusual primary with Bonacic after the Republican appealed to Democratic voters to write in his name instead. Malick easily won the primary and went on to lose the general election for the 42nd Senate District by about 22 percentage points.

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