Metzger reports $216,000 on hand for re-election race

State Sen. Jen Metzger gathered another flood of mostly modest campaign donations in the last six months and kicked in $20,000 of her own money, while snubbing contributions from businesses and industry groups, according to the financial report her campaign filed on Wednesday.

The bulk of her income during that period was the $107,000 she amassed through 575 individual donations. The Rosendale Democrat also received about $11,000 from unions, and had $216,000 on hand to prepare for her first re-election race since winning the 42nd Senate District seat in 2018.

Metzger had touted her small-dollar fundraising in a press release earlier in the week, saying she had amassed more than 1,000 individual donations in her first year in office.

“There has always been a way of doing things in Albany: high-dollar fundraisers with lobbyists, big contributions from industry groups, and a revolving door of monied interests influencing policy decisions,” she said in a statement. “The overwhelming grass-roots support for our campaign shows that we don’t need to play the Albany game. I answer only to the people I represent, and I always will.”

Mike Martucci, the Republican who plans to challenge her for the four-county Senate district, disclosed Wednesday in his first financial report that he had loaned his campaign $100,000 and collected $15,000 in donations. Like Metzger, he had lots of individual donations and none from businesses or industry groups in his report.

Martucci, a Wawayanda resident who founded the school bus company Quality Bus Service, plans to hold a campaign kickoff in New Hampton on Thursday.

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