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Hinchey seeking re-election to NYS Senate; says 'no' to congressional run

May 08, 2022 1:00 am

Kate Lisa is reporting for State of Politics state Sen. Michelle Hinchey announced on May 6 that she has chosen to seek re-election to a second term in the state Legislature's upper chamber, ending speculation that she would launch a congressional run. Hinchey, a Democrat from Saugerties, said earlier in the week she was thinking about seeking the Democratic nomination in the 19th Congressional District after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado as the state's lieutenant governor. Delgado, a Democrat from Rhinebeck, has held the seat since 2019 and will step down soon, with a special election for the seat, and then another in November. Hinchey announced her plan to seek re-election on Twitter. "I ran for office because that’s how I could best serve my community — to give upstate residents a real seat at the table," Hinchey said. "When scenarios change, reflection on where the work is best continued, where you make the biggest difference and what’s truly at stake is brought to the forefront. But, with the events of this week and the impending and detrimental Supreme Court decision to overturn a person’s right to choose, it’s never been more clear that state governments are where the work is most important. With our federal government in turmoil, states are now the active battlegrounds in our fight to protect our democracy and to ensure equitable and just policies that protect all of us," she wrote. Retired state trooper Republican Richard Amedure, of Rensselaerville, announced in March that he is running against Hinchey for a second time. He lost his bid for the seat in 2020. Hinchey did not endorse another Democrat for the congressional nomination. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, a Democrat who lost the congressional nomination to Delgado in a 2018 primary, was the first person this week to announce that he is considering a run for the federal seat. On Twitter May 6, Ryan said he will make the decision to run for Congress soon, and supported Hinchey's Senate campaign. Also on May 6, City & State New York reporter Rebecca C. Lewis wrote on Twitter that a, "Source with knowledge says that Democratic leaders in NY-19 have lined up behind Ulster County Pat Ryan for the special election to replace soon-to-be Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado." Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.

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