The majority parties in the Senate and Assembly have both proposed to eliminate the district of retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey, but don’t agree on where to cut a second seat.
Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans will file separate plans today for carving the state into 27 congressional districts. The state will have two fewer congressional districts in 2013 than it currently has because its population is growing at a slower pace that other states.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Silver said the Assembly’s map will split up Hinchey’s district, distributing his constituents to neighboring districts. The district currently stretches from the Southern Tier to the Hudson Valley, including the cities of Ithaca, Poughkeepsie and Binghamton.
Hinchey, a Democrat from Hurley, Ulster County, earlier this year announced his plan to retire at the end of his term.
“It’s obvious the Hinchey district is one,” Silver said. “We’re not eliminating, but we obviously have to consolidate some districts.”
Senate Republicans, meanwhile, will propose to eliminate the seats of Hinchey and Rep. Gary Ackerman, Senate GOP officials said. Ackerman is a Democrat whose district includes parts of Queens and Nassau County. (Hinchey’s is the 22nd Congressional District in the map at left, which is of the current districts. Ackermans is the 5th Congressional District.)
The Senate GOP plan would keep 44 counties whole, according to the officials, who did not specify which counties were included.
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Sean Patrick Maloney, a former aide to disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, said he’s considering a run for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, but has made no decision.
“I’m looking at it very closely,” Maloney told Gannett’s Albany Bureau yesterday. “I want to take time to have all the right conversations and do our homework, but if there is an opportunity, I’ll be ready to go.”
Maloney would join a crowded Democratic field planning to run for Hinchey’s seat, which is expected to be carved up in redistricting. Dan Lamb, a longtime aide to the retiring Hinchey, D-Hurley, Ulster County, said Tuesday he will run, as will Leslie Danks Burke, also of Ithaca, and former Ulster County Democratic chairman Julian Schreibman. Tompkins County Legislator Nathan Shinagawa, also of Ithaca, may also run.
Capital Tonight reported earlier this month about Maloney’s interest in a run. He lives in Manhattan but owns a home in Jeffersonville, Sullivan County.
The Capital reported Tuesday that Maloney filed paperwork with the FEC to open a campaign.
Leslie Danks Burke, a former New York City lawyer who lives in Ithaca, announced today she will seek the Democratic nomination to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, Ulster County.
That’s, of course, if there is a 22nd District. But Danks Burke said in a statement that she plans to run for Congress regardless of what the district looks like and would run against a Republican incumbent.
“I am fortunate to live, work and raise my children in this beautiful region where the Catskills meet the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier stretches into Western New York,” Danks Burke said. “I’m committed to seeing upstate New York rebound into an economically vibrant place for everyone who lives here. I work hard for my community, my clients and my family, and I will bring that same determination and passion to representing the people of New York.”
She is currently chairwoman of the town of Ithaca Democratic Party. She moved to Ithaca in 2004. She said he has already raised more than $100,000 for a run.
Danks Burke is the latest to jump into the race to succeed Hinchey, who is retiring at year’s end.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported yesterday that Tompkins County Legislator Nathan Shinagawa may run. Already, Julian Schreibman recently resigned as head of the Ulster County Democratic Committee to run for Hinchey’s seat. Other Democrats mentioned include a few of Hinchey’s current and former aides: Dan Lamb and Dan Ahouse.
“Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey will retire from Congress at the end of 2012, according to Democratic insiders.
“Hinchey, 73, is fighting colon cancer. He underwent a second round of surgery last week, a follow-up for an earlier operation in July.
“Hinchey was first elected to the House in 1992 after 18 years in the New York state Assembly. [He] is one of the most liberal members of the House Democratic Caucus. He also holds a senior post on the powerful Appropriations Committee.
“Hinchey’s office did not respond to requests for comments.”
Republican George Phillips today is out of the gate with his first web ad aimed at U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey’s record on supporting the public option in the health care law, spending and sanctions on Iran.
“Maurice Hinchey is too liberal for New York and too extreme for America,” the narrator says.
The ad also takes Hinchey task for backing the “Fairness Doctrine” which the ad claims limits free speech, but was originally introduced to require broadcast outfits to present both sides of a controversial issue. The Fairness Doctrine has been out of use since 1987.
The ad can be viewed here. I would have embedded the spot, but it plays automatically when entering the web page whether you want it to or not (something that may annoy readers).
Phillips is a teacher at Seton Catholic Central and Broome Community College.