Maurice Hinchey

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Maurice Hinchey
Maurice Hinchey, Official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Constituency26th district (1993–2003)
22nd district (2003–2013)
Preceded byMatthew F. McHugh
Succeeded byRichard L. Hanna
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 101st district
In office
January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1992
Preceded byH. Clark Bell
Succeeded byKevin Cahill
Personal details
Maurice Dunlea Hinchey

(1938-10-27)October 27, 1938
New York City, New York
DiedNovember 22, 2017(2017-11-22) (aged 79)
Saugerties, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ilene Marder Hinchey
ChildrenMichelle Hinchey
Alma materState University of New York at New Paltz
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1956–1959

Maurice Dunlea Hinchey (October 27, 1938 – November 22, 2017) was an American politician. He was a former U.S. Representative from New York. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He retired at the end of his term in January 2013 after twenty years in Congress.

Career[change | change source]

A New York City native who moved to the Hudson Valley where he attended high school and college, Hinchey had previously represented part of the area in the New York State Assembly since 1974.

As chair of that body's Environmental Conservation Committee, he took the lead in bringing environmental issues to the fore, particularly when he held hearings on the problems created by toxic waste disposal in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls. In his later years in Congress he vehemently opposed hydraulic fracturing to exploit the natural gas resources of the Marcellus Shale.

Throughout his career he was considered a political progressive for his liberal stands on other issues.

Health[change | change source]

On April 22, 2011, Hinchey's office announced that he was being treated for a curable form of colon cancer.[1][2][3] His doctors said that they expect a full recovery.[3][4]

Shortly after being treated for the colon cancer, Hinchey began experiencing symptoms of frontotemporal dementia, a diagnosis that his family did not make public until 2017.[5] He died from the disease on November 22, 2017 at his home in Saugerties, New York at the age of 79.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rep. Maurice Hinchey treated for colon cancer". USA Today. April 22, 2011.
  2. Meghan E. Murphy (2011-04-23). "Hinchey diagnosed with treatable colon cancer". Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Rep. Hinchey being treated for cancer - Jennifer Epstein". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  4. "Blogs". Daily News. New York.
  5. "Maurice Hinchey, former congressman, has terminal neurological disorder, family announces". The Daily Freeman. Kingston, New York. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  6. "Former U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey dies". WBNG. November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.

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