maurice hinchey

11:45am

Thu January 19, 2012
Politics

Congressman Hinchey announces retirement

After 20 years in Congress, Maurice Hinchey is scheduled to announce his retirement Thursday.
House of Representatives Courtesy photo

Maurice Hinchey's office announced Wednesday that the Congressman will not seek reelection this year.

The 73-year-old Democrat represented New York'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.

He consistently voted with 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.

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2:10pm

Mon February 7, 2011
Defense industry

Did Hinchey or didn't he bring home defense contract?

ENSCO's new technology will make it easier for the Navy to see enemy submarines - or rowboats.
Keith Marshall via Flickr

The Greater Binghamton Business Journal had an update last week (that's just as quickly gone behind a paywall) on a $1.5 million contract awarded to ENSCO, a military contractor in Endicott.

The contract itself is small potatoes, according to the Business Journal's report, estimated to create about two jobs and retain four, for a company with 225 employees. But the grant will help fund the company's in-depth exploration of high-tech visualization tools for military use.

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5:23pm

Wed January 12, 2011
Economic Development

Binghamton Forum will not receive expected federal dollars

The forum theater, site of this summer's EPA hearings in Binghamton, won't be getting $750,000 in federal cash this year.
Emma Jacobs WSKG

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.

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12:28pm

Wed January 5, 2011
Politics

Congressmen foresee cuts (but not to military contractors)

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (left) appearing in Owego with Lockheed Martin Vice President Dan Spoor (right).
Emma Jacobs WSKG

On the eve of Congress's return to Washington, two central New York congressman, from opposing parties, say they expect challenges to federal spending in the coming session.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed was swept into Eric Massa’s empty 29th District seat in November.  Reed wasn't an "official" tea party candidate, but he did have support from the tea party movement.

Speaking by phone from Washington on Tuesday, Reed said he expected to see a new emphasis on cutting spending in the 112th Congress - and that new members like him should play a significant role.

"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.

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 a little less), but have said the military will be spared.

That's important in the Southern Tier, where lots of industry centers around contractors and manufacturing.  And the possibility that the military won't be cut has given some cause for hope to nine-term Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  

Hinchey 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.

"That may be an element of my personality, I don’t know, but nevertheless, I’ve feeling optimistic about it," Hinchey said.

Both sides also report being optimistic about working together. We'll see how that holds up next week as Congress takes up health care.

11:01am

Tue November 2, 2010
Election 2010

NY-22 race takes on local, national economy

Congressman Maurice Hinchey speaking to seniors in August. Hinchey is expected to go back to Congress as a senior member of the minority party.
Citizenactionny via Flickr

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.

Speaking before a campaign event in Endicott Friday, Maurice Hinchey acted surprised when asked about the perception of a tightening race between himself and his Republican opponent, George Phillips.

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