Maurice Hinchey

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Statement from Upstate Congressman Hinchey who retired today

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hinchey announcing his retirement. (Courtesy of the Congressman's office.)

While it is incredibly hard to leave a job I truly love, I know in my heart of hearts that now is the right time for me to move on. I want to thank the people of New York's 22nd District and the people of the former 26th District who put their trust in me to be their congressman.  I am forever grateful for their support over the years.  They afforded me the opportunity of a lifetime.  Every day I've spent in Congress was a day I spent fighting for those who I represent. The people from the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes were always, and continue to be, at the front of my mind and the focus of everything I do as their congressman.

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Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey to retire

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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.


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Key agency delays hydrofracking regulations vote

Friday, November 18, 2011

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey are applauding the Delaware River Basin Commission's postponement of a meeting next week "to consider draft natural gas development regulations has been postponed to allow additional time for review by the five commission members," according to a statement by the agency. The draft hydrofracking regulations, which could have opened up further gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, were scheduled to be voted on at the meeting.

Schneiderman had previously sent a letter to the agency opposing the draft regulations "lack the benefit of a full environmental impact study, which is required by law and dictated by common sense." He threatened to use "the full authority" of his office to stop the agency from moving forward. The AG had already filed a lawsuit, back in May, for what he said was its failure to commit to a full environmental review of the proposed regulations.

Today's postponement, he said, "further demonstrates that the proposed regulations for fracking in the Delaware River Basin are not ready to see the light of day."

"Without a full, fair and open review of the potential risks of fracking in the Basin, the public will continue to question the federal government’s ability to protect public health and environment," Schneiderman said.

Hinchey, who has also stated his previous opposition to the drilling process, said:

I am pleased that the Delaware River Basin Commission has followed through on my request to cancel a planned vote on the adoption of Natural Gas Development Regulations for the Delaware River Basin. The commission should not begin considering adoption of any final regulations until it conducts a comprehensive and cumulative environmental impact study. Without such a study, there is no guarantee that the DRBC's regulations would be sufficient to protect the Basin.

This post has been updated.

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Hoyer or Clyburn

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

So, who is the NY delegation backing for House Democratic Whip, the current whip, James Clyburn of South Carolina or the more conservative alternative, Steny Hoyer, of Maryland?

So far, three New York Democratic Congressional members signed a letter Friday backing Hoyer:

Joe Crowley from Queens; Jerry Nadler, an uber-liberal from Manhattan; and Brian Higgins, a moderate from Buffalo.

I've reached out to the rest of the NY delegation and will update as responses come in.

UPDATE: Also with Hoyer are, I'm told, Maurice Hinchey, a progressive from the Hudson Valley; Eliot Engel, from the Bronx and Westchester; and Nydia Velazquez, whose district includes parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Undecided, at the moment, is Nita Lowey, a progressive from Westchester, is undecided.

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