WENY News - Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey passes away

Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey passes away

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PHOTO: December 2012 PHOTO: December 2012

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (WENY) -- The former congressman for New York's 22nd Congressional District, Maurice Hinchey, passed away at his home in Saugerties on Wednesday.

Saugerties is about 45 miles south of Albany.

The announcement was posted to Hinchey's Facebook page. Hinchey announced back in June a diagnosis of Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), a neurological disease.

The post also said his family will announce plans in the coming days, and wants to thank everyone for privacy during this emotional time.

Hinchey represented New York's 22nd district for Congress for 20 years, which at times, included Tioga and Tompkins counties. He started serving in the House of Representatives in 1993; he also worked to secure the conversion of Route 17 to Interstate 86. A project that has been credited for creating hundreds of jobs in the area.

He's also credited with securing nearly a million dollars to help create Ithaca's Waterfront Trail, which has become one of the most popular trails in the region.

Hinchey announced his retirement in 2012.

Before serving as a U.S. Congressman, the Democrat served 18 years in the New York State Assembly.

Hinchey passed away at the age of 79.

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