Michelle Hinchey announces state Senate campaign

The daughter of the late congressman Maurice Hinchey kicked off her campaign on Monday to run next year for the state Senate seat held by George Amedore, a Rotterdam Republican whose district includes part of Ulster County.

Michelle Hinchey, who made her announcement in Kingston with Rep. Antonio Delgado, will be running in the 46th Senate District, which takes in eight towns and the City of Kingston in Ulster County and all or parts of four counties to the north. Amedore has held the seat since 2014 and is serving his third term. Democrats hold the enrollment edge in the district.

Another Democrat, Jeffrey Collins of Woodstock, also plans to run for Amedore’s Senate seat in 2020. He and Hinchey will compete in a primary next June if both stay in the race.

Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat known for his environmental causes, represented parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills in Congress for 20 years, and in the Assembly for 18 years before then. He retired in 2012, when his district was eliminated through redistricting, and died in 2017 at age 79.

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