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Maloney Bill Honoring Former Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey to Be Signed into Law

Mar 1, 2019
Press Release
Legislation Will Add Hinchey’s Name to The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Poughkeepsie, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his bill to honor late Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey by adding Hinchey’s name to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and will be signed into law. Congressman Hinchey led the legislation which originally established the heritage area in 1996 and is remembered for his tireless commitment to environmental protection. Rep. Maloney’s bill was cosponsored by every member of the New York Delegation and Senator Chuck Schumer worked to add the legislation to a larger Senate bill.

“Maurice Hinchey lived to serve others and protect our environment – he was a model public servant that has inspired my own service to the people of the Hudson Valley. It’s only fitting that the heritage area which Congressman Hinchey fought to create bears his name. It was my honor to work with so many of my colleagues to immortalize a true legend of the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Maloney.

“Maurice Hinchey carried many titles throughout his meaningful life: sailor, laborer, assemblyman, congressman, environmentalist and most importantly, husband, father and friend. Maurice was one-of-a-kind and he leaves behind an indelible public and private legacy that will endure the test of time. His unrelenting advocacy for open spaces, clean energy and environmental causes played no small part in preserving and enhancing the natural beauty throughout the Hudson Valley, making the addition of his name to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area a fitting honor for a deserving lifelong public servant. I’m proud of my role in helping to secure this honor in the recently passed 2019 Lands Package, and I am overjoyed that Congressman Hinchey’s legacy will continue to live on each day for the thousands of folks who will visit the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for decades to come,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer. 

"One of my father's proudest achievements was spearheading the creation of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, ensuring our local communities would thrive and our history be preserved. To have the opportunity to name this incredible landscape after him is an amazing honor that our family will cherish for generations to come. Thank you, Congressman Maloney, Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation for your work in making this dream a reality," said Michelle Hinchey on behalf of the Hinchey Family.

"We are so thankful for Congressman Maloney and Senator Schumer's efforts to add Maurice's name to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  Maurice loved the Hudson Valley; it's history, it's natural environment, it's culture and, most importantly, it's people.  He viewed the Heritage Area as a way to protect, preserve and celebrate those resources and to share them with the world.  It is truly an honor to have his name associated with this important program," said Dan Ahouse, former Chief of Staff for Maurice Hinchey.

“We are excited to have the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area named for Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Congressman Hinchey was a fervent supporter of natural and cultural resource conservation, throughout his long career in Congress and the New York State Assembly,” said Scott Keller, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, which manages the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey died in November of 2017 after serving the Hudson Valley in Congress and the New York State Assembly. One of Hinchey’s greatest legacies is his commitment to cleaning up the Hudson River and protecting the environment, including authoring the bill that established the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Rep. Maloney originally announced his legislation to honor Hinchey last year at press conferences at Locust Grove Estate in Dutchess County. Republican Rep. Pete King (NY-02), who served alongside the former Hudson Valley Congressman, was the lead Republican on the bill. The legislation passed as part of a larger public lands bill this week. 

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 1996 and is one of the now forty-nine federally-recognized National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area collaborates with residents, government agencies, non-profit groups and private partners to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally-significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. The heritage area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway. More information on the heritage area is available here.