Rumors have been circulating for some time now but it's now official: Upstate Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey will announce he will retire at the end of his term this year. The official announcement came from his office.
Hinchey has been battling colon cancer--though the statement said his latest treatment showed he was cancer free--and was considered unlikely to serve much longer. His name usually came up in redistricting conversations, as New York needs to loose two seats this year. The loss of an incumbent means one less voice arguing for the best lines, and could result in major shifts to what is currently the 22nd Congressional District. The district stretches from Ithaca, through Binghamton, over to Poughkeepsie.
The press conference announcing his retirement is scheduled for 1 pm on Thursday.