46th SENATE DISTRICT - The daughter of the late Hudson Valley congressman Maurice Hinchey is considering a running for the New York State Senate district seat now held by Sen. George A. Amedore Jr., R-Rotterdam.
Michelle Hinchey of Saugerties has formed a campaign committee to explore running as a Democrat in the 46th Senate District, which includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties, and parts of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties.
Hinchey, 31, is the daughter of the late Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat and prominent figure in Hudson Valley politics for decades. Hinchey served in the state Assembly from 1974 to 1992, then served in the U.S. Congress from 1993 until 2011. He died in 2017.
"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 the community that raised me," Michelle Hinckey said in an announcement.
Born and raised in Saugerties, Hinchey is a graduate of Saughteries High School and New York's Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University. She has worked for the last 10 years in corporate technology and media communications.
Hinchey is on the board of directors of the Catskill Center, which advocated for the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill Mountains region, and has worked with Environment NY to ban fracking for natural gas and to encourage development of green energy. She described herself as a lifelong advocate/activist for progressive causes.
"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," she said.
Amedore, part of the Rotterdam home building family, has been in the Senate seat since 2015, after previously serving in the state Assembly from 2007 to 2013. In 2018, he defeated Democrat Pat Courtney Strong of Kingston.
“We have another legislative session next year, where we will continue to address many important issues with an impact on the lives of my constituents and all New Yorkers," Amedore said in response to Hinchey's announcement. "I welcome her into the conversation and look forward to a spirited debate about the future of New York.”
By enrollment numbers, a Democrat should have a good chance.
According to the state Board of Elections, the 46th Senate District has 72,370 registered Democrats, 55,897 registered Republicans, and 55,507 voters not registered with a party, as well as several thousand enrolled in smaller political parties.