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Metzger becomes first female Ulster County Executive

Jan 03, 2023 12:56 am

Brian Hubert reports in the Daily Freeman that on Jan. 2 New York got its first elected female governor, and Ulster County got its first elected female county executive. Jen Metzger was sworn in as Ulster County’s first elected female executive in front of a packed house at the Rosendale Theatre on Jan. 2. “We face some very daunting challenges: a climate crisis, a housing affordability crisis, mental health and addiction crisis, and we have way too many households (that) are struggling to pay the bills month to month,” Metzger said. New York's Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, who walked away from representing the area in Congress last year, noted the importance of electing all different types of people. “Our young people need to be able to look up and see people from all walks of life, and see all types of people from all walks of life in positions of power,” Delgado said. “If you don’t, power feels foreign to you, it doesn’t feel relatable to you, and you feel detached from it. The sad truth about it is that it actually is already in you from the very beginning, (regardless of) your race, your gender or your sexual orientation.” Metzger, a Democrat and former Rosendale councilperson, became the first woman elected as county executive when she defeated Republican Ulster Town Supervisor James Quigley in the election in October and November. Before that, Metzger served in the state Senate from 2019-2020. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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