It’s official: Hinchey will retire

U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, congressman for our area since 1993, will announce his retirement Thursday at 1 p.m. at the same place he launched his first House bid 20 years ago — the Senate House in Uptown Kingston.

Maurice Hinchey.

Shortly after the blog Politico on Wednesday cited “Democratic insiders” as saying Hinchey, who has been battling colon cancer and has undergone three operations for it in recent months, his office sent out a statement that Hinchey would himself announce his retirement, to take effect when his term expires at the end of the year, at a press conference 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Senate House.

“Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who recently completed treatment for colon cancer and has been declared cancer free by his doctors, will announce tomorrow that he will not seek reelection and will retire at the end of his current term,” the statement read. “The congressman’s office will not issue any further comment until tomorrow’s press conference.”


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