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Sitting state senators Hinchey, Serino face off in new 41st district election

Oct 28, 2022 12:45 pm

Victor Feldman reports for the Red Hook Daily Catch the differences between Republican Sue Serino and Democrat Michelle Hinchey, who are competing for New York’s 41st Senate District seat. Both are current state senators, with Serino representing the old 41st District, and Hinchey in the former 46th District. Redistricting has moved Hinchey into the new 41st District that includes all of Greene and Columbia counties, and parts of Dutchess and Ulster counties. The two candidates participated in one debate hosted by The Daily Freeman, and one candidate forum with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. Serino ignored requests from The Daily Catch to participate in another debate and the League of Women Voters also canceled a planned debate after Serino declined their invitation. Hinchey is a former marketing executive from Saugerties, and Serino is a Hyde Park-based realtor. They agree on virtually nothing. Hinchey supports abortion rights, and Serino is against the medical procedure. They both bashed Central Hudson's electricity billing, though Hinchey pointed out that Serino gets campaign contributions from Central Hudson and voted in May against a bill to establish a utility consumer advocate. Both candidates decried the lack of affordable housing in the area but offered different solutions. Serino wants less oversight on developers. “It’s because of Albany’s bad policies that we are having a struggle with having affordable housing,” she said. Hinchey wants the government to encourage more affordable and workforce housing projects. Read more about this story in the Red Hook Daily Catch.