Updated 12/17/2012 06:20 PM
Congressman Maurice Hinchey makes last official visit to Ulster County
Congressman Maurice Hinchey continues touring the Hudson Valley as he sets to retire at the end of the session. On Monday, the Hudson Valley native paid one last official visit to City Hall in Kingston. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- In a gracious manner, Congressman Maurice Hinchey says thank you to Ulster County leaders and supporters who he’s represented over the last 20 years.
“I deeply, deeply appreciate the opportunity you have given me to do what I can for you. To make life better and stronger and more effective for so many people around here,” said Congressman Maurice Hinchey.
After ten consecutive terms in Congress and time in the New York State Assembly, Hinchey reflects on his proudest accomplishments, including his efforts to clean up the love canal, rid the Hudson River of PCB contamination, restore historic Kingston and secure funds for the Walkway over the Hudson.
“He was ahead of his time with respective top alternative energy and tax credits. He was literally on issues of the environment and agriculture far ahead of the curve,” said City of Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.
Many constituents also made it out to say thank you to their link to Washington over the past two decades.
“Very sad to see that he has to go now, because I think he would last a long time if he didn't get sick,” said Carol St. Rose.
Hinchey’s been battling cancer since April 2011. He says he’s getting better every day, but because of his heath he can no longer continue to serve in the capacity he once did.
“I’m not really happy about it for that. There are a lot of things that need to be done. The financial operation, the way in which people’s future is dependent upon needs to be strengthened,” said Hinchey.
But Hinchey says he won’t disappear from the public eye. He’s going to remain in the Hudson Valley and will make himself available for future regional projects.
“I’m dedicated here. I love this home I love this place and I’m going to continue to be here,” said Hinchey.
And his legacy may live on forever in Kingston as Mayor Gallo announced his recommendation to rename the promenade in downtown in his honor. Hinchey will officially leave office on January 3rd.