Meaningful Action, Not Empty Words, Will Bring Broadband Where it is Most Needed
(Goshen, NY – July 24, 2020) –Mike Martucci, candidate for the 42nd State Senate District seat, today blasted his opponent, Senator Metzger, for her empty promise to bring broadband to her district and beyond.
“Today Senator Metzger is congratulating herself for passing yet another bill to study broadband access to underserved rural areas, claiming it as a victory, but the fact of the matter is that her rhetoric simply doesn’t match her actions,” Martucci said. “In reality, she’s delivered nothing. The last two bloated state budgets do not contain a single dime to expand broadband access, and in fact, in 2019 Senator Metzger and her liberal colleagues actually made it more expensive to install broadband by passing a tax on businesses that are trying to expand access.”
The bill passed by the Senator directs the Public Service Commission to study the availability, affordability, and reliability of high-speed internet and broadband access in New York State. However, the last two state budgets Senator Metzger voted for have included no funding for broadband services. In 2019, a new “fee” was included in the budget that has increased the cost of installing broadband and, according to media reports, is now responsible for killing new projects.
“People in the 42nd Senate District and across the state don’t need another study to tell them they don’t have access to broadband services, they need action, Martucci said. “Senator Metzger claims her bill makes broadband more accessible, affordable, and reliable, when in reality it does none of those things. If she really cares about the issue, she’d provide funding necessary to build projects and remove the taxes that are stepping on the throat of the private sector. Instead of action, all we are left with is empty grandstanding. The people of the 42nd district deserve better.”
About Mike Martucci: Mike is a small businessman who employed hundreds of people locally at his former company, Quality Bus Service, which was responsible for safely transporting thousands of school children each day in and near the 42nd senate district. Mike and his wife Erin own a small family-farm in the Town of Westtown, so he understands the importance of supporting local farmers, and protecting our environment. Mike and Erin established a family foundation to support local women and children in need, educational opportunities, job creation, and agriculture initiatives. Mike and Erin have three children and live in the Town of Wawayanda. Mike earned his MBA and BS at Marist College and graduated with honors from SUNY Orange, he is also a Board member of the SUNY Orange Foundation which provides college scholarships for students. The 42nd state senate district comprises Sullivan county, and parts of Orange, Ulster, and Delaware counties. Click for full bio: www.Martucci4Senate.com