Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office at 111 Market St, Saugerties, New York after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey.
“Congressman Maurice Hinchey or ‘Mighty Moe,’ as I used to call him, deserves to be honored for his determination, endless energy, rare legislative skills, and his unwavering commitment to his constituents. During his 38 years of public service, Hinchey was a truly special figure in the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier, and was passionately devoted to a just society, the environment and to preserving the region’s magnificent open and wild spaces,” said Senator Schumer. “This designation will be a fitting tribute to this hometown hero who relentlessly fought to represent the citizens of the very community he cherished so greatly in the House of Representatives.”
“Congressman Maurice Hinchey was a pillar in his community and a fierce advocate for our veterans and the environment,” said Senator Gillibrand. “During his 38 years of public service, he showed passion and dedication in representing his constituents. I was honored to serve alongside him in the House of Representatives, and this designation will be a fitting tribute to his life and service to his community in Saugerties and Ulster County.”
“Maurice cared deeply about the people in his hometown of Saugerties, NY. Having the opportunity to name the Post Office in his honor is something our family will cherish for generations to come,” said the Hinchey Family. “We thank Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Schumer, Rep. Slaughter, Rep. Faso and everyone else involved in making this happen for such a lovely tribute to Maurice’s legacy.”
Hinchey served New Yorkers for 38 years across terms in the New York State Assembly (1974-1992) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-2013). Hinchey was known for being an advocate for the environment through his support of the Clean Air Act and the protection of the Hudson River. Hinchey served in the United States Navy from 1956-1959 and was deeply committed to serving his fellow veterans.
Hinchey’s many years of public service earned him a reputation as a tireless champion for working people. He led the efforts to create the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and provided the first federal funding for the Walkway Over the Hudson. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he helped bring millions of dollars into the district to create jobs and grow the economy.
A copy of the legislation can be found here.