The President of the United States signed public law 115-216 on July 24, 2018, dedicating the Saugerties Post Office to the late Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey. A dedication ceremony renaming the post office will be held Monday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Saugerties Post Office, 111 Market St.
Federal, State, and local community leaders will gather with Hinchey family members and the Congressman’s former friends and colleagues. Attendees expected at the 45-minute unveiling ceremony include Congressman John J. Faso, 19th District; Richard Conte, district manager for USPS Westchester District; Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, 103rd Assembly District, New York State; Saugerties Mayor William Murphy; Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello, Jr.; Michelle Hinchey, daughter of Congressman Hinchey; Brenda Singleton, marketing manager for USPS Westchester District; Marlon Munoz, postmaster in Saugerties; David and Barbara Lenefsky, friends and Dan Ahouse, Hinchey’s former chief of staff. Additional Hinchey family members expected include Ilene Hinchey (wife), Josef Hinchey (son), Reese and Debra Hinchey (son and daughter-in-law), Mike and MaryAnn Hinchey (brother and sister-in-law) and two granddaughters and a grandson.
Maurice D. Hinchey’s career in public service spanned nearly four decades. He retired from Congress in 2012 after ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill in Washington, he served nine two-year terms in the New York State Assembly.
Hinchey was a native of New York City. His family moved to Saugerties in his youth. He graduated from Saugerties High School and SUNY New Paltz.