Hinchey ceremonially takes oath of office

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Jubilant Senator Michelle Hinchey at Saugerties event

SAUGERTIES – Michelle Hinchey was sworn Saturday as a state senator in the new 41st Senate district. And another senator, Chuck Schumer, the US Senate majority leader, delivered a keynote speech at the ceremony.

Hinchey was officially sworn in for her second two-year term in Albany this past week.

Schumer praised Hinchey for her dedication to help her communities as she works as a member in the state senate.

“Especially for young women and girls, Michelle Hinchey is living and breathing proof that if you work hard and do the right thing, you can do whatever you set your mind to,” he said.

Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado who made some remarks, attended the ceremony with Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the state Senate majority leader who swore Hinchey in during the ceremony.

Representative Pat Ryan, of the 18th Congressional District, was suppose to attend and offer some remarks, but he was in the nation’s capital all week as the Republican majority finally chose Kevin McCarthy late Friday as the Speaker of House after 15 attempts and days of marathon sessions.

Hinchey said that’s not the way government is suppose to work, distancing her and state senate’s work from what she said is that dysfunction on the federal level.

“Even with the dysfunction we are seeing on the federal level, hopefully we’ve closed the door on that late last night, while we watch that dysfunction, it’s so important to have government we can believe in, government can trust.” she said. “Government we know that will doing the work every day, not for show, not for the cameras, not for a sound clip – but for people who live in our communities who don’t have that kind of time to waste because every moment fighting for our areas and for our neighbors is critically important.”