Metzger releases video opposing CPV power plant

Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Metzger on Tuesday renewed her call for the state to revoke its permits for the Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Wawayanda, and released a campaign video expressing health and environmental concerns about the plant and the fracked natural gas that powers it.

The video features Greenville resident Catherine Frahme voicing those fears and explaining her support for Metzger, a Rosendale councilwoman and the co-founder and director of the nonprofit Citizens for Local Power.

“When our air and water can make us sick, our government has failed us,” Metzger said in a press release. “The approval process for the CPV power plant was entirely tainted by bribery and corruption. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to revoke CPV’s operating permits, and will call for legislative hearings to investigate.”

Metzger, who’s competing with Republican Annie Rabbitt for the 42nd Senate District seat that retiring Sen. John Bonacic is vacating, won a Democratic primary on Sept. 13 against Pramilla Malick, an environmental activist from Minisink who has led opposition to the CPV plant for several years.

Metzger spoke at public hearings about the CPV plant in September, saying then that New York must shift to renewable energy sources “as quickly as possible in order to reduce the severity of climate change and protect public health, while also creating good-paying New York jobs.” She argued the state should lift the Valley Energy Center’s permits “because an adequate assessment of the alternatives was never undertaken and because the integrity of the process has been compromised by corruption,” referring to a case involving a former close aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a former CPV executive.

Prosecutors said the now-convicted aide, Joe Percoco, took bribes in the form of a $90,000-a-year, low-show job at CPV for his wife, and in turn helped CPV pursue two state contracts it wanted. They presented no evidence during the trial that Percoco intervened in the plant’s permit approvals.

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