Martens announces Assembly campaign

A Minisink resident who has been active in community opposition to the Competitve Power Ventures power plant in Wawayanda announced Friday that he’s running for the Assembly seat held by Republican Karl Brabenec of Deerpark.

Martens, a 38-year-old carpenter and married father of two, said in a statement on Friday that his frustration with the dysfunction he has seen at all government levels during his activism with the group Protect Orange County inspired him to run. He registered as candidate for the 98th Assembly District with the state Board of Elections earlier that day.

“I am not a career politician,” said Martens, who’s a Democrat. “I am a family man. But what I lack in political experience I make up for in a deep personal drive to secure an equal, just, and safe society for everyone, to promote sustainable development, and to protect the environment for generations to come.”

Brabenec, a former Deerpark town supervisor, has represented the 98th Assembly District since 2015 and plans to seek a third term, having kicking off his re-election campaign in February. The 98th District stretches across six towns and the City of Port Jervis in Orange County and takes in a chunk of the populous town of Ramapo in Rockland County.

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