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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
Constituency 26th district (1993–2003)
22nd district (2003–2013)
Preceded by Matthew F. McHugh
Succeeded by Richard L. Hanna
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 101st district
In office
January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1992
Preceded by H. Clark Bell
Succeeded by Kevin Cahill
Personal details
Born
Maurice Dunlea Hinchey

(1938-10-27)October 27, 1938
New York City, New York
Died November 22, 2017(2017-11-22) (aged 79)
Saugerties, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ilene Marder Hinchey
Children Michelle Hinchey
Alma mater State University of New York at New Paltz
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service 1956–1959

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

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

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

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. He died from the disease on November 22, 2017 at his home in Saugerties, New York at the age of 79.


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