An Orange County businessman is challenging state Sen. Jen Metzger in New York's 42nd Senate District.
Mike Martucci of Wawayanda, a Republican, formally announced his bid for the seat on Thursday, Jan. 16.
“I’ve been traveling throughout the district for the last few months meeting with friends and neighbors, and the common theme I am hearing is that people feel New York state is headed in the wrong direction and our current state senator is out of touch with the needs of the people of the 42nd Senate district — and this is why I have decided to run for New York State Senate," Martucci said in a media release.
The release said Martucci's campaign "is focused on putting families first" and he will meet as many people as possible in the district over the next 10 months to "learn more about their concerns and hope for the future."
Martucci took a stand against the state's recently-enacted bail reform law.
“Unfortunately, we see it in the news every day now, criminals committing crimes and then being set free without bail," he said in the release. "This is due to an awful new law that our local senator voted for that eliminates bail for a number of horrible crimes against children, families and even animals.”
Martucci is the former owner of Quality Bus Service, the release said. He and his wife, Erin, own a farm in the town of Westtown
The 42nd state Senate District includes Sullivan County and parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties. Metzger, a Democrat from the Ulster County town of Rosendale, was elected in 2018 and is serving her first term.