By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
GREENE COUNTY — State Sen. Michelle Hinchey announced Monday she would be running for re-election in the newly formed 41st State Senate District.
Hinchey first won the seat in the 46th District in 2020, replacing former state Sen. George Amedore, who did not run for re-election that year.
The state Senate district lines were redrawn this year, and among the changes was the creation of the 41st district, in which Hinchey will run for re-election.
The 41st District will include all of Greene and Columbia counties, and most of Ulster and northern Dutchess counties.
“Upstate New York has faced decades of underinvestment,” Hinchey said when she announced her candidacy. “It’s why I ran for office in 2020 — to fight for the needs of the community that raised me by finally investing in our aging infrastructure, supporting our family farms, funding education, ending the housing crisis, and battling the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our towns and cities.”
In announcing her candidacy, Hinchey pointed to funds she has helped bring in for upstate communities.
“In just the last 16 months, we’ve delivered record funding to our upstate communities and elevated the needs that have been left off the table for far too long,” she said.
Hinchey is the daughter of the late U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey.
She said upstate communities needs representatives who will advocate for their needs.
“Albany needs strong upstate leaders who not only understand the dire need to make life more affordable, to address our local housing crisis, and to protect our natural resources, but also someone who delivers real results,” Hinchey said. “If there’s one thing my first term in office has proven, it’s that I’m the best advocate for this district who will actually get things done in Albany.”
Hinchey drew the endorsement of 40 state and local Democratic leaders, including U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, who is stepping down from Congress this week and will be sworn in as New York’s lieutenant governor on Wednesday.
“Sen. Michelle Hinchey has been a true leader for upstate New York and has brought the issues of her district to the forefront of the conversations in Albany,” Delgado said. “Whether in her role as chair of the Agriculture Committee or delivering on the things that matter like water infrastructure, broadband build-out and small business support, I have seen firsthand how great of an advocate she is for our community.”
In her first four-year term in the state Senate, Hinchey represented the 46th district. Senate district maps were redrawn this year, with the first maps struck down by the state’s Court of Appeals in April. The judge claimed the new maps were gerrymandered to be in favor of the Democratic Party.
The court appointed a “special master” to redraw the lines fairly and the new and final district maps were released Saturday.