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Hinchey takes farewell tour; After 20 years in Congress, Hinchey says goodbye

Congressman Maurice Hinchey visits a dairy farm in Bethel, NY in March 2011.
TRR file photo

• As a member of the House Banking Committee, Hinchey’s persistent questioning of Alan Greenspan forced the Federal Reserve Board Chairman to admit to the existence of taped recordings of the meetings of the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC), the board’s policy making body. As a result, the public now has direct insight into the thinking of the FOMC, and the logic behind the decisions affecting interest rates and other important economic policies.

• In 1993, Hinchey and the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan authored legislation designating New York’s Route 17 as Interstate 86, in order to bring increased economic activity to the Southern Tier and Catskills regions.

• In 1999, Hinchey succeeded in passing an amendment that required the CIA to report to Congress on its involvement in the 1973 coup of Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende.

• As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Hinchey has secured billions of dollars in federal aid to spur job growth, improve public infrastructure, advance education and the arts, improve health care facilities and services, and support economic development in local communities throughout the congressional district he represents in a wide array of ways.

• Hinchey was one of the first and most outspoken members of Congress to oppose President Bush’s effort to invade Iraq. He subsequently became a forceful critic of ongoing operations within Iraq and led the call for the removal of U.S. forces, which has now occurred.

• Hinchey led the congressional outcry against the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program that was instituted under President Bush. He requested, and helped successfully secure, the launch of an independent Department of Justice probe to determine any wrongdoing.

• In 2007, Hinchey led the effort to establish The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC)—a not-for-profit entity in upstate New York that brings together private solar companies and research institutions throughout the state to develop new ways to efficiently and effectively develop economically viable solar technologies. Hinchey and TSEC have attracted numerous companies to upstate New York and helped create more than 600 solar energy-related jobs with many more on the way.

• Hinchey is the primary leader in Congress to protect drinking water and the environment from the risks of hydraulic fracturing. He is a co-author of the FRAC Act, which would mandate public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking fluid and allow the EPA to regulate fracking activities under the Safe Drinking Water Act.