Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late congressman, explores State Senate run

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Michelle and Maurice Hinchey
Michelle Hinchey with her father, Maurice Hinchey (file photo)

SAUGERTIES – Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Wednesday, announced that she has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the State Senate in the 46th District. Hinchey, 31, is a Democrat; incumbent Senator George Amedore is Republican.

“My father taught me the importance of how public service, hard work and collaboration can bring meaningful change and it’s always been incredibly important to me to give back to the community that raised me,” said Hinchey.

She will start a district-wide listening tour this week throughout the district which encompasses portions of Ulster, Albany, and Schenectady, and all of Greene and Montgomery counties.

“I believe we need to create new opportunities for economic equity, to expand affordable housing, education and health care, to protect the district’s precious family-farm lands, and ensure our air, water and land are protected for generations to come,” Hinchey said.

She said Amedore “does not fairly or accurately represent the people of the Hudson Valley or Capital Region. He voted against making the property tax cap permanent, opposed record public school funding and has taken extremist positions on women’s health rights.”

Over the past 20 years, Hinchey worked her way up to executive-level communications positions in the technology and media industries and served on organizations fostering environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the region.