Metzger wins endorsements from environmental groups

Senate candidate Jen Metzger, who’s competing in a Democratic primary with environmental activist Pramilla Malick on Thursday for the 39th Senate District seat, announced this week the endorsements of the New York League of Conservation Voters and Food & Water Watch, a fellow environmental advocacy group.

“Jen Metzger is the champion we need in Albany to move New York off fossil fuels,” Eric Weltman, senior organizer for Food & Water Watch’s political arm, said in a campaign press release on Monday. “Jen combines the experience, skills, and commitment necessary to accomplish great things. We’re proud to be part of a grassroots movement prepared to propel Jen to victory in November.”

That was followed on Friday by the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters, which publishes annual scorecards that rates state lawmakers on how they voted on bills the league highlights for their environmental significance. “Jen Metzger has been a dedicated environmentalist throughout her career,” Marcia Bystryn, the leaague’s president, said. “She is committed to prioritizing funding for environmental agencies and improving water infrastructure.”

Metzger is a Rosendale councilwoman and co-founder and director of the nonprofit Citizens for Local Power. The winner of the Democratic primary on Thursday will compete against Republican Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt in November.

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