New York State Senator Jen Metzger (42nd District) has been a leading voice in the state Legislature for moving aggressively to address the climate crisis. She serves on the state Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee and Energy & Telecommunications Committee, and was an active member of the Senate's working group on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Her bill, the Freedom from Fossil Fuels Act, would prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure in New York, and she has also introduced legislation to improve energy efficiency, accelerate adoption of electric vehicles, and incentivize carbon farming.
Before joining the state Senate in 2019, she served for more than a decade in local government in Rosendale, and co-founded and directed Citizens for Local Power, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities in the mid-Hudson region shift to a locally-based clean energy economy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in environmental politics and policy.