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Biographical Profile for Maurice D. Hinchey
Previous Candidate for Rep. In Congress District 22, New York
Age: 76
Party: New York State Democratic Party
Phone: (845) 338-8890
Address: 67 Brucken Road
Hurley, NY 12443
 
Maurice D. Hinchey's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Maurice Hinchey was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1992. From January 1993 through December 1998, he was a member of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services and the House Committee on Natural Resources. He was then elected by his colleagues to the House Appropriations Committee and serves on its subcommittees on Agriculture and the Interior. The congressman is also one of 20 members on the bicameral and bipartisan Joint Economic Committee. Additionally, Hinchey serves on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Early in his first year in Congress, Hinchey initiated and led the successful effort to preserve Sterling Forest, the last significant area of open space in the New York metropolitan region and an important watershed for southeastern New York and northern New Jersey. He also introduced and saw enacted legislation to create the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the first federal action formally recognizing the fundamentally significant role the people of the Hudson Valley played in the early development of America and its institutions.

As a member of the House Banking Committee, Hinchey's pointed and persistent questioning of Alan Greenspan forced the Federal Reserve Board Chairman to admit to the existence of taped recordings of the meetings of the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC), the board's policy making body. As a result, the public now has, for the first time, direct insight into the thinking of the FOMC and the logic behind the decisions affecting interest rates and other important economic policies.

On the Appropriations Committee, Hinchey has been a strong advocate for the integrity of American agriculture, focusing on protecting the family farm and the safety of the food supply. He continues to be a firm and effective defender of America's natural resources, especially our national parks and wilderness areas. Hinchey is the author of legislation that would desig [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Hinchey was born on Manhattan's Lower West Side in 1938 and raised there and in Saugerties, New York. He is the father of three children. He and his wife, Allison Lee, make their home in Hurley, New York.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Hinchey enrolled in the State University of New York at New Paltz and put himself through college working as a night-shift toll collector on the New York State Thruway. He went on to earn a master's degree at SUNY New Paltz and did advanced graduate work in public administration and economics at the State University of New York at Albany.
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
Hinchey has varied professional experience, including:

Seaman Third Class, United States Navy, 1956-1959
Analyst, New York State Department of Education
Toll Collector, New York State Thruway
Teacher, State University of New York at New Paltz.

Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
Hinchey enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school graduation, serving in the Pacific on the destroyer U.S.S. Marshall.
Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Member, National Conference of State Legislators
National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
Member, Board of Directors, Ulster-Greene ARC
Member, Board of Directors, WAMU Public Radio
New York State Council of Governments.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Now serving in his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Hinchey is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which allocates funds in the federal budget. On that panel, he serves on the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; and the Subcommittee on Defense. Hinchey is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, serving on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. Additionally, the congressman is one of only 20 members on the bicameral Joint Economic Committee. The congressman also serves on the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to coming to Congress in January 1993, Hinchey served 18 years in the New York State Assembly, including 14 years as Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Conservation.
Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Roman Catholic.
Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Hinchey was the first Democrat elected to the state legislature from Ulster County since 1912, and only the second since the Civil War. He became Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee in 1979. Under his leadership, the committee conducted a successful investigation into the causes of "Love Canal," the nation's first major toxic dumpsite, and developed landmark environmental legislation including the nation's first law to control acid rain. Between 1982 and 1992, Hinchey led an investigation into organized crime's control of the waste-hauling industry that led to the conviction of more than 20 criminal figures. He successfully led the fight --first in Albany and later in Washington-- to force the cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. During his tenure in Albany, he was responsible for the development of the statewide system of Urban Cultural Parks (now called Heritage Areas), including those in Kingston and Binghamton. Hinchey is the author of the act that created the Hudson River Valley Greenway. He also served on the Ways and Means, Rules, Banks, Health, Higher Education, Labor, Energy and Agriculture committees.

As member of US House of Representatives, from January 1993 through December 1998, he was a member of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services and the House Committee on Natural Resources. He was then elected by his colleagues to the House Appropriations Committee and serves on its subcommittees on Agriculture and the Interior. The congressman is also one of 20 members on the bicameral and bipartisan Joint Economic Committee. Additionally, Hinchey serves on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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