“I do think that it’s really fantastic that so many women are stepping up to run for office, but it really does matter what women’s positions are, and the values they bring to that race.”
- Jen Metzger, New York Times
This year, a record number of women are stepping up to run for office. For the first time ever, voters in district 42 will have a woman representing them in the State Senate.
Jen Metzger and her Republican opponent couldn't be more different when it comes to the issues. This page outlines their key policy differences. No personal attacks, innuendo, or questioning of anyone's integrity—just the facts. We hope you find it useful. Check back as more issue topics are added.
Our healthcare system is failing most New Yorkers. Insurance and prescription drug costs are out of control, people aren't getting the care they need, and our small businesses can't keep up. The solutions are there, we just need representatives who are willing to get behind them.
✓ Jen Metzger supports the New York Health Act (BILL S4840) which will reduce healthcare costs and guarantee comprehensive, universal healthcare coverage for all New Yorkers.
✘ Rabbitt opposes the New York Health Act and opposed the Affordable Care Act's health plan marketplace, designed to reduce costs, improve healthcare, and help New Yorkers pay their medical bills. -  Voted against Bill A8514 - Health Benefit Exchange Act
✓ Jen Metzger understands that addiction is a disease, not a crime. She supports prevention and treatment, rather than punishment, as a humane and effective response to the opioid crisis.
✘ Rabbitt voted to jail people struggling with drug addiction, rather than support their recovery through treatment. -  Voted against Bill A8098 - Drug Law Reform and Drug Treatment
✓ Jen Metzger prioritizes the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and especially our children, over special interests.
✘ Rabbitt rejected safety protocols that would require chemical companies to label harmful chemicals in children’s products. -  Voted against Bill A3141 - Child Safe Products Act
✓ Jen Metzger understands that many people have to make impossible choices between buying medicine or paying their bills.
✘Rabbitt proposes "state health savings accounts" to fix the healthcare crisis, a solution that helps the wealthy, but not those living from paycheck to paycheck.
WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
New York’s antiquated state laws offer no protection for reproductive rights if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
✓ Jen Metzger supports the Reproductive Health Act (BILL S2796) which will guarantee the protections of Roe v. Wade in New York State law.
✘ Rabbitt opposes a woman's right to choose, even in the case of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is at risk.
✓ Jen Metzger is 100% pro-choice and believes a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions is a critical component of health care, not a criminal act.
✘ Rabbitt sponsored a bill based on the Mississippi "informed consent" law that would require women to undergo unnecessary and invasive procedures before having an abortion, and make non-compliance a felony. -  Sponsored Bill A2244A - “Woman’s Right to Know Act”
✓ Jen Metzger will fight to ensure that all women are guaranteed safe and essential reproductive health care.
✘ Rabbitt supported allowing pregnant incarcerated women to be shackled while giving birth. -  Voted against Bill A6430A - “Anti-Shackling Bill”
✓ Jen Metzger supports age-appropriate sexual health education to teach teenagers about healthy life choices.
✘ Rabbitt denied funding for sexual health education programs for teenagers. -  Voted against A2856 - "Healthy Teens Act"
THE ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
✓ Jen Metzger opposes fracking and the build-out of fossil fuel infrastructure. Jen successfully organized dozens of town and city councils to fight against the Pilgrim crude oil pipelines, and strongly supports the shift to renewable energy sources.
✘ Rabbitt supported industry efforts to frack New York.
 Voted against Bill A5424B - Establishes a Three-year Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing
 Voted against Bill A10234 - Fracking Health Impacts Assessment
 Voted against Bill A7013 - Fracking Waste Loophole
 Voted against Bill A3245 - Natural Gas Drilling Home Rule
✓ Jen Metzger supports creating a clean energy economy,and helped her town save energy and taxpayer dollars by purchasing 100% of the electricity for government buildings from local hydropower.
✘ Rabbitt rejected efforts to find a cheaper, safer, and sustainable solution to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. -  Voted against Bill A9068B - An act in relation to mandating a study of energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3
✓ Jen Metzger supports climate change mitigation and helped to prepare for the first international negotiations on climate change at the United Nations.
✘ Rabbitt opposed setting limits on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. -  Voted against Bill A6327A - Global Warming Pollution Control Act
✓ Jen Metzger has spent 30 years working to make our planet a cleaner, healthier place for generations to come.
✘ Rabbitt consistently rejected legislation that could protect our environment.
 Voted against Bill A2046 - Healthy and Green Procurement Act
 Voted against Bill A2517 - New York State Returnable Container Act