maurice hinchey en Congressman Hinchey announces retirement <p>Maurice Hinchey&#39;s office announced Wednesday that the Congressman will not seek reelection this year.</p><p>The 73-year-old Democrat represented New York&#39;s 22nd District, which includes Binghamton, Ithaca and Monticello. First elected in 1992, Hinchey is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Banking Committee.</p><p>He <a href="" target="_blank">consistently voted with</a> fellow Democrats in the Republican-controlled House, one notable exception was his vote against extension of Bush-era tax cuts, which was supported by a majority of both Democrats and Republicans.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:45:20 +0000 Matt Richmond, WSKG 1578 at Congressman Hinchey announces retirement Did Hinchey or didn't he bring home defense contract? <p>The Greater Binghamton Business Journal had an update last week (that&#39;s just as quickly gone behind a paywall) on a $1.5 million contract awarded to ENSCO, a military contractor in Endicott.</p><p>The contract itself is small potatoes, according to <a href="$15-million-Naval-contract/Default.aspx?returnUrl=%2FHome%2Ftabid%2F148%2Fitemid%2F13820%2Fsourcemid%2F475%2FWestover-power-plant-to-close%2FDefault.aspx">the <em>Business Journal&#39;s </em>report</a>, estimated to create about two jobs and retain four, for a company with 225 employees. But the grant <em>will </em>help&nbsp;fund the company&#39;s in-depth exploration of high-tech visualization tools for military use.</p><p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 19:10:29 +0000 Emma Jacobs 495 at Did Hinchey or didn't he bring home defense contract? Binghamton Forum will not receive expected federal dollars <p>Broome County was hoping for $750,000 in federal dollars to restore its historic Forum Theater in downtown Binghamton. But word arrived this week it would meet the fate meted out to many a project hoping for a boost from the federal government.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:23:29 +0000 Emma Jacobs 407 at Binghamton Forum will not receive expected federal dollars Congressmen foresee cuts (but not to military contractors) <p>On the eve of Congress's <a href="">return to Washington</a>, two central New York congressman, from opposing parties, say they expect challenges to federal spending in the coming session.</p><p>Republican Congressman Tom Reed was swept into <a href=";sq=eric%20massa&amp;st=cse" target="_blank">Eric Massa’s empty 29<sup>th</sup> District seat</a> in November. &nbsp;Reed wasn't an "official" tea party candidate, but he did have support from the tea party movement.</p><p>Speaking by phone from Washington on Tuesday, Reed said he expected to see a new emphasis on cutting spending in the 112<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Congress - and that new members like him should play a significant role.</p><p>"Right now all signs are positive that we are talking as a group, meeting as a group, and we are standing firm, together as a group," said Reed.</p><p>Reed doesn’t discount the possibility of a federal shutdown to balance the budget. His fellow House Republicans have committed to cutting $100 billion from domestic spending (or perhaps&nbsp;<a href="">a little less</a>), but have said <a href="">the military will be spared</a>.</p><p>That's important in the Southern Tier, where lots of industry centers around contractors and manufacturing. &nbsp;And the possibility that the military won't be cut has given some cause for hope to nine-term Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey. &nbsp;</p><p>Hinchey&nbsp;spoke with Lockheed Martin employees in Owego Tuesday, at the formal announcement of two new Navy helicopter contracts worth $249 million. He says he's still hopeful that federal dollars will be heading to the region for important projects.</p><p>"That may be an element of my personality, I don’t know, but nevertheless, I’ve feeling optimistic about it," Hinchey said.</p><p>Both sides also report being optimistic about working together. We'll see how that holds up next week as Congress <a href="">takes up health care</a>.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:28:30 +0000 Emma Jacobs 385 at Congressmen foresee cuts (but not to military contractors) NY-22 race takes on local, national economy <p>New York’s 22nd congressional race has been identified as a possible Republican pickup. It’s a longshot, but the chance has focused national attention on the race. The conversation in the campaign so far has been mostly about the economy. The question is whether it’s the local economy or the national one that’s most important to voters.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:01:05 +0000 Emma Jacobs 233 at NY-22 race takes on local, national economy