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"The best hope for Democrats is the Hudson Valley seat being vacated by George Amedore, Jr., [which] already has a prominent Democratic candidate: Michelle Hinchey"

— New York Times 12/12/19

About Michelle Hinchey

I’m Michelle Hinchey, and I am running for the NYS Senate in 2020. The 46th District, currently held by incumbent George Amedore, encompasses parts of Ulster, Albany and Schenectady counties, and all of Greene and Montgomery counties.

Growing up, I had a front row seat to how politics can and should work, and I believe, that’s FOR the people, not special interests. My father, the late Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey, was known as a champion of working people and the environment. He instilled in me that there’s no higher calling than public service, giving back to your community, and standing up to fight for what’s right. I know how hard work, dedication, and compassion can greatly improve our communities and the lives of the people who live here.

Our State Senator should be fighting to make our families and communities stronger. We must expand economic opportunities so that everyone has a fair shot at financial security and invest soundly in education and clean energy. I will fight for affordable healthcare for all New Yorkers including long-term care, because everyone has the right to age with dignity. I will support programs that stand for the preservation of our basic human rights, and I will work hard to protect our precious family farmlands and natural resources for generations to come.

I was born and raised in Saugerties, NY where I graduated from Saugerties High School before attending The Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University. Over the past ten years, I’ve worked my way up as a communications executive in the technology and media fields, worked on a year-long grassroots campaign to ban fracking in NYS, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development which fosters the environmental and economic well-being of our region. I have the management and leadership skills to get things done, and will reach across the aisle to develop legislation benefitting our communities.

If you would like to arrange a small gathering of friends and neighbors, please click here and I’ll be in touch soon.

Thank you for your interest and support.

About Michelle Hinchey

I’m Michelle Hinchey, and I am running for the NYS Senate in 2020. The 46th District, currently held by incumbent George Amedore, encompasses parts of Ulster, Albany and Schenectady counties, and all of Greene and Montgomery counties.

Growing up, I had a front row seat to how politics can and should work, and I believe, that’s FOR the people, not special interests. My father, the late Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey, was known as a champion of working people and the environment. He instilled in me that there’s no higher calling than public service, giving back to your community, and standing up to fight for what’s right. I know how hard work, dedication and compassion can greatly improve our communities and the lives of the people who live here.

Our State Senator should be fighting to make our families and communities stronger. We must expand economic opportunities so that everyone has a fair shot at financial security and invest soundly in education and clean energy. I will fight for affordable healthcare for all New Yorkers including long-term care, because everyone has the right to age with dignity. I will support programs that stand for the preservation of our basic human rights, and I will work hard to protect our precious family farmlands and natural resources for generations to come.

I was born and raised in Saugerties, NY where I graduated from Saugerties High School before attending The Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University. Over the past ten years, I’ve worked my way up as a communications executive in the technology and media fields, worked on a year-long grassroots campaign to ban fracking in NYS, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development which fosters the environmental and economic well-being of our region. I have the management and leadership skills to get things done and will reach across the aisle to develop legislation benefitting our communities.

If you would like to arrange a small gathering of friends and neighbors, please click here and I’ll be in touch soon.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Issues

Common Sense Politics

I believe that government has a responsibility to work for the people, not special interests. As citizens and lawmakers, we have a collective responsibility to help enable each of us as individuals to rise to the best of our abilities, so that we can better ourselves, our families, and our communities. I will be a State Senator who will put solutions above partisan politics. I will be an active upstate voice at the table fighting to bring much needed funds back to our communities, to make our area stronger and more secure. And unlike our current Senator, I will reach across the aisle to find bi-partisan solutions that make sure we’re putting our residents first.

Upstate Jobs

It’s no secret that young people are leaving our communities in search of better job opportunities elsewhere. We need to focus on keeping our talent here, creating clear pathways to economic security. We can revitalize our job growth by giving our business sector new economic and educational tools to attract new investment, not only in manufacturing but in expanding the service and technology sectors. We are in an excellent position to attract substantial new green and renewable energy industries, and to provide diverse educational training and mentorship programs to prepare our workforce for the future. Many economists expect job growth for the green and environmental sectors to soar over the next few years. NY’s 46th District should be a leader in attracting these opportunities.

Health Care

Health care is a basic human right, but right now, we’re in crisis. All New Yorkers deserve access to affordable, quality care and the ability to age with dignity and respect. I’ve seen first-hand how our healthcare system ignores the most vulnerable, especially in our rural communities. We must focus on ensuring that greater long-term care services are readily available to all New Yorkers and that prescription drug prices don’t force people to choose between food and medicine. We must also work to strengthen and protect our healthcare workforce through ensuring expanded job training opportunities, the ability for advancement and reliable livable wages.

Education

Education is the great equalizer and all students deserve a high-quality, affordable education no matter their situation. Our rural schools need increased access to the latest technologies and updated curriculums to stay on track with state standards and all schools need a better focus on mental health programs so that every child gets a fair shot. We need innovative solutions to address and strengthen our upstate education system and I will fight to make sure our students and teachers are getting the resources they need to be successful.

Infrastructure

Upstate NY needs greater investment in our infrastructure, from roads and bridges and pipelines that carry our water, to reliable broadband internet services. We must continue to increase investment in long-term development, building resiliency across our region with solutions geared to green development and sustainability. And we need to hold our cable companies responsible so that our upstate communities can finally have access to quality internet service.

Climate Change

The impact of Climate Change on our environment is undeniable and we’re running out of time. We have already experienced the effects of climate change here at home with extreme weather events impacting our daily lives. It’s critically important that we continue efforts to reverse course and develop legislation to protect our children, our communities, our farmlands, and our waterways. We deserve more. And our grandkids deserve better. We must make decisions spanning jobs, development, education, and resources that, by all accounts, work to reverse this dangerous trend.

Environment

We live in an incredibly special and beautiful place in the world. From sprawling farm lands and mountain ranges, to serene lakes and bountiful rivers, we are surrounded by beauty that both inspires and elevates our quality of life. I’m dedicated to fighting to protect our precious natural resources because access to fresh air, clean water and safe food is fundamental to the health of our communities. We must protect our open spaces and be vigilant against introducing toxic substances into our air, land and water. That’s why I spent a year working with The Fund for the Public Interest to ban hydrofracking in Upstate New York. We need to ensure these protections are in place for generations to come.

Women’s Rights

All people should have the right to make informed decisions about their own health care. Since passing landmark legislation in 1917 guaranteeing women the right to vote, NYS has led the struggle for women’s rights. In 2019, NYS led the way on reproductive rights with passage of the landmark Reproductive Health Act. But these rights remain under constant attack. I will always fight to ensure that people can make difficult, personal decisions for themselves and their families without undue government interference, and I support constitutional equality.

News

Michelle Hinchey discusses the issues with News10 ....

Michelle Hinchey discusses the issues with News10 ....

This week, we'll introduce you to @MichelleHinchey , a Democrat running in one of the state's most closely watched ....

This week, we'll introduce you to @MichelleHinchey , a Democrat running in one of the state's most closely watched ....

This week in La Voz en Breve, journalist Mariel Fiori has a show on politics and health. She interviewed Michelle Hinchey, a native of Saugerties and a Democratic Party candidate for New York’s 46th S ....

This week in La Voz en Breve, journalist Mariel Fiori has a show on politics and health. She interviewed Michelle Hinchey, a native of Saugerties and a Democratic Party candidate for New York’s 46th S ....

The daughter of the late Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey is running for the 46th state Senate District seat held by the retiring Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief ....

The daughter of the late Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey is running for the 46th state Senate District seat held by the retiring Republican George Amedore. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief ....

With the retirement of incumbent Republican George Amedore, State Senate District 46, which stretches from northern Ulster County to the Capital Region, is up for grabs. Democrats, who already have ....

With the retirement of incumbent Republican George Amedore, State Senate District 46, which stretches from northern Ulster County to the Capital Region, is up for grabs. Democrats, who already have ....

State Sen. George Amedore’s retirement has turned a Republican upstate district into a pickup opportunity for Democrats in November. Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, is ....

State Sen. George Amedore’s retirement has turned a Republican upstate district into a pickup opportunity for Democrats in November. Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, is ....

Democrat Michelle Hinchey is running for state Senate in the 46th District, which includes Greene County and parts of Ulster County. The race is considered tight after Republican George Amedore, who ....

Democrat Michelle Hinchey is running for state Senate in the 46th District, which includes Greene County and parts of Ulster County. The race is considered tight after Republican George Amedore, who ....

Democrat Michelle Hinchey is running for state senate in the 46th district, which encompasses parts of Ulster, Albany, and Schenectady counties, and all of Greene and ....

Democrat Michelle Hinchey is running for state senate in the 46th district, which encompasses parts of Ulster, Albany, and Schenectady counties, and all of Greene and ....

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday is set to endorse a pair of Democratic women running for Republican-held state Senate districts this fall. Gillibrand will endorse Democrat Michelle Hinchey ....

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday is set to endorse a pair of Democratic women running for Republican-held state Senate districts this fall. Gillibrand will endorse Democrat Michelle Hinchey ....

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — It was a Tuesday morning 19 years ago, and Jeff Samerson was enjoying his day off when his Lieutenant called. Samerson is now a retired EMT with the New York City Fire ....

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — It was a Tuesday morning 19 years ago, and Jeff Samerson was enjoying his day off when his Lieutenant called. Samerson is now a retired EMT with the New York City Fire ....

On Saturday, protesters in small towns and major cities across America lambasted president Donald Trump and called for postmaster general Louis DeJoy to resign. Over the past few weeks, the Trump ....

On Saturday, protesters in small towns and major cities across America lambasted president Donald Trump and called for postmaster general Louis DeJoy to resign. Over the past few weeks, the Trump ....

In this second hour of the broadcast, Democrat Michelle Hinchey, candidate for the New York State Senate in the 46th district will join host Kieran Riley to discuss her campaign ....

In this second hour of the broadcast, Democrat Michelle Hinchey, candidate for the New York State Senate in the 46th district will join host Kieran Riley to discuss her campaign ....

ALBANY - When John Mannion first ran for state Senate in 2018, he vied for the influential endorsement of the state’s largest labor union - the Civil Service Employees Association. At the time ....

ALBANY - When John Mannion first ran for state Senate in 2018, he vied for the influential endorsement of the state’s largest labor union - the Civil Service Employees Association. At the time ....

An organization dedicated to electing pro-choice female candidates in New York announced the endorsement of nine Democratic state Senate candidates on Wednesday. Members of the New York State ....

An organization dedicated to electing pro-choice female candidates in New York announced the endorsement of nine Democratic state Senate candidates on Wednesday. Members of the New York State ....

The town of Hunter held a meeting on problems with the Kaaterskill Falls area Monday night. Many people have been visiting the Kaaterskill Falls and Clove area during the pandemic, and leaving ....

The town of Hunter held a meeting on problems with the Kaaterskill Falls area Monday night. Many people have been visiting the Kaaterskill Falls and Clove area during the pandemic, and leaving ....

HUNTER — Problems at Kaaterskill Clove brought out dozens of residents to a special Hunter Town Board meeting held outdoors Monday in 90-degree heat to comply with social-distancing rules. ....

HUNTER — Problems at Kaaterskill Clove brought out dozens of residents to a special Hunter Town Board meeting held outdoors Monday in 90-degree heat to comply with social-distancing rules. ....

Governor Andrew Cuomo holds daily press briefing at the foot of Mario Cuomo Bridge in Tarrytown. Cuomo is opening up a "shared use path" for pedestrians and bike riders. The path is 3.6 miles long and ....

Governor Andrew Cuomo holds daily press briefing at the foot of Mario Cuomo Bridge in Tarrytown. Cuomo is opening up a "shared use path" for pedestrians and bike riders. The path is 3.6 miles long and ....

RENSSELAERVILLE — Nearly three weeks after George Floyd, a black man, died as a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds despite his pleas that he couldn’t ....

RENSSELAERVILLE — Nearly three weeks after George Floyd, a black man, died as a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds despite his pleas that he couldn’t ....

Over the last few months, we’ve seen tremendous displays of bravery, support and selflessness across our region from all corners of our community. However, few groups have inspired us more than our ....

Over the last few months, we’ve seen tremendous displays of bravery, support and selflessness across our region from all corners of our community. However, few groups have inspired us more than our ....

Join the Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster today for my interviews with Democratic candidate for the statehouse Michelle Hinchey and a check-in with a pair of journalists (Phillip Pantuso ("The ....

Join the Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster today for my interviews with Democratic candidate for the statehouse Michelle Hinchey and a check-in with a pair of journalists (Phillip Pantuso ("The ....

Traveling through the five counties that encompass the 46th State Senate District and listening to people express the issues that are most important to them has been an incredible experience. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, regular life and the work we were doing to connect with voters has come to ....

Traveling through the five counties that encompass the 46th State Senate District and listening to people express the issues that are most important to them has been an incredible experience. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, regular life and the work we were doing to connect with voters has come to ....

Democratic state Senate candidate Michelle Hinchey has been endorsed by the Communications Workers of America, a labor group that represents 1,800 workers in the Hudson Valley and Albany areas ....

Democratic state Senate candidate Michelle Hinchey has been endorsed by the Communications Workers of America, a labor group that represents 1,800 workers in the Hudson Valley and Albany areas ....

Michelle Hinchey, one of the Democratic candidates for the 46th state Senate District, has been endorsed by the five Democratic committees in each county represented by the seat, her campaign announced ....

Michelle Hinchey, one of the Democratic candidates for the 46th state Senate District, has been endorsed by the five Democratic committees in each county represented by the seat, her campaign announced ....

46th STATE SENATE DISTRICT -- An Amsterdam Democrat has dropped out of the race for the 46th State Senate District. Jeff Stark issued a statement Tuesday suspending his ....

46th STATE SENATE DISTRICT -- An Amsterdam Democrat has dropped out of the race for the 46th State Senate District. Jeff Stark issued a statement Tuesday suspending his ....

Saugerties, NY — Today, Michelle Hinchey, candidate for the 46th State Senate district, announced that she has raised an impressive $100,000 since announcing her candidacy in ....

Saugerties, NY — Today, Michelle Hinchey, candidate for the 46th State Senate district, announced that she has raised an impressive $100,000 since announcing her candidacy in ....

(Guilderland, NY) The Albany County Democratic Committee today voted to endorse Michelle Hinchey to run as the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the ....

(Guilderland, NY) The Albany County Democratic Committee today voted to endorse Michelle Hinchey to run as the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the ....

Saugerties, NY — Jeff Collins has put his support behind Michelle Hinchey and has chosen to end his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 46th ....

Saugerties, NY — Jeff Collins has put his support behind Michelle Hinchey and has chosen to end his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 46th ....

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — Democrat Jeff Collins of Woodstock said Sunday that he's ending his bid for the 46th New York Senate District seat being vacated by ....

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — Democrat Jeff Collins of Woodstock said Sunday that he's ending his bid for the 46th New York Senate District seat being vacated by ....

On a sunny Monday morning in Uptown Kingston, Michelle Hinchey officially launched her campaign for state Senate, flanked by a Who’s Who of local Democratic elected ....

On a sunny Monday morning in Uptown Kingston, Michelle Hinchey officially launched her campaign for state Senate, flanked by a Who’s Who of local Democratic elected ....

Two Democrats recently launched campaigns to represent the state’s 46th Senate District, challenging incumbent Republican George Amedore’s anticipated re-election ....

Two Democrats recently launched campaigns to represent the state’s 46th Senate District, challenging incumbent Republican George Amedore’s anticipated re-election ....

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, launched her campaign for New York's 46th Senate District seat Monday on ....

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, launched her campaign for New York's 46th Senate District seat Monday on ....

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, kicked off her bid Monday for New York state Senate. A number of elected ....

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, kicked off her bid Monday for New York state Senate. A number of elected ....

Michelle Hinchey, the daughter of former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican state Senator George Amedore for the 46th Senate District ....

Michelle Hinchey, the daughter of former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican state Senator George Amedore for the 46th Senate District ....

46th State Senate District -- Democrat Michelle Hinchey, daughter of long-serving congressman Maurice Hinchey, is set to announce she will challenge state ....

46th State Senate District -- Democrat Michelle Hinchey, daughter of long-serving congressman Maurice Hinchey, is set to announce she will challenge state ....

SAUGERTIES – Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Wednesday, announced that she has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for ....

SAUGERTIES – Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Wednesday, announced that she has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for ....

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, has formed a campaign committee to explore a 2020 run ....

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — Michelle Hinchey, daughter of late former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, has formed a campaign committee to explore a 2020 run ....

ALBANY — The daughter of former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey is getting ready for a potential state Senate run next year. Democrat Michelle Hinchey of ....

ALBANY — The daughter of former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey is getting ready for a potential state Senate run next year. Democrat Michelle Hinchey of ....

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) There could be a very interesting race shaping up for the NYS Senate seat currently held by Republican George Amedore. Democrat Michelle ....

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) There could be a very interesting race shaping up for the NYS Senate seat currently held by Republican George Amedore. Democrat Michelle ....

ALBANY – Michelle Hinchey, the daughter of the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey, is considering a state Senate run next year. Hinchey, a Democrat, announced Wednesday the creation ....

ALBANY – Michelle Hinchey, the daughter of the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey, is considering a state Senate run next year. Hinchey, a Democrat, announced Wednesday the creation ....

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