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Meet Michelle Hinchey

Dear Neighbor,

I ran for office to be an advocate for our upstate communities, making sure our issues are reflected at the table. I am proud that over my first two years in office I have been able to deliver on that promise and am a strong voice for our upstate communities. In my first year alone, my office and I passed over 30 bills with broad bipartisan support on important issues ranging from expanding healthcare and broadband access to making agriculture a key partner in the fight against climate change. We hosted over 40 community events in every county of the district, from blood drives, resource fairs, and info forums on things like Lyme Disease, to roundtables on critical issues like substance use disorder. And we helped well over one thousand constituents navigate government agencies and get the money they were owed like unemployment insurance, rental assistance and small business relief.

We’ve certainly been busy! And now that we have a newly drawn district, I’m looking forward to hitting the campaign trail and meeting new voters on both sides of the Hudson. And of course, I’ll keep checking in with current constituents to learn how I can help support all of our communities.

Just as I was inspired to run for office by my dad, Maurice Hinchey, and his work as a Congressman all those years ago, as a State Senator I’ve been inspired by all the people of Upstate New York that I’ve been lucky to meet. I’ve seen your determination during these difficult pandemic times, and I’ve witnessed the countless acts of neighborly kindness that continue to bind our communities together.

It has been an honor to be your State Senator these last two years, and in this campaign for re-election, I am re-committing to the fight for working people and finding real, common-sense solutions that improve our lives and our communities. I hope you’ll join me.

See you on the campaign trail,

Dear Neighbor,

I ran for office to be an advocate for our upstate communities, making sure our issues are reflected at the table. I am proud that over my first two years in office I have been able to deliver on that promise and am a strong voice for our upstate communities. In my first year alone, my office and I passed over 30 bills with broad bipartisan support on important issues ranging from expanding healthcare and broadband access to making agriculture a key partner in the fight against climate change. We hosted over 40 community events in every county of the district, from blood drives, resource fairs, and info forums on things like Lyme Disease, to roundtables on critical issues like substance use disorder. And we helped well over one thousand constituents navigate government agencies and get the money they were owed like unemployment insurance, rental assistance and small business relief.

We’ve certainly been busy! And now that we have a newly drawn district, I’m looking forward to hitting the campaign trail and meeting new voters on both sides of the Hudson. And of course, I’ll keep checking in with current constituents to learn how I can help support all of our communities.

Just as I was inspired to run for office by my dad, Maurice Hinchey, and his work as a Congressman all those years ago, as a State Senator I’ve been inspired by all the people of Upstate New York that I’ve been lucky to meet. I’ve seen your determination during these difficult pandemic times, and I’ve witnessed the countless acts of neighborly kindness that continue to bind our communities together.

It has been an honor to be your State Senator these last two years, and in this campaign for re-election, I am re-committing to the fight for working people and finding real, common-sense solutions that improve our lives and our communities. I hope you’ll join me.

See you on the campaign trail,

Michelle’s Priorities

Common Sense Politics

Michelle believes that government has a responsibility to work for the people, not special interests. Since taking office, she has passed over thirty laws that brought Democrats and Republicans together to improve the quality of life for Upstate New Yorkers. She’s fighting for issues that impact our entire community, elevating challenges that have been left on the table for too long. That’s why many of her bills like those expanding broadband and better healthcare access passed unanimously last year and it’s why she’s fighting to hold utility companies accountable by making their billing practices more transparent. Michelle will always be a State Senator who puts solutions above partisan politics.

Strengthening our
Farms & Food Supply

Michelle knows that agriculture is a key part of our upstate economies, which it’s why she’s committed to protecting our family farmers. In her first year, she wrote legislation to make New York’s farm to foodbank program permanent, creating a new market for our farmers while also getting healthier food to our most vulnerable residents. And this year, Michelle is fighting to ensure government agencies are spending more of the millions of dollars they use annually on food directly on purchases from local farms, ensuring their purchasing power and economic benefits stay in our communities and ensuring everyone across our state has access to locally-sourced, healthy food.

Health Care

Michelle passed several laws that are bringing us closer to treating health care as a basic human right for upstate New Yorkers. From empowering ambulances and hospices to provide increased medical services to ensuring homeless shelters are providing sanitary menstrual products at no-charge, Michelle has been fighting to ensure all New Yorkers have access to affordable, quality care and the ability to age with dignity and respect. If re-elected, Michelle will continue to fight to improve equal access to vital healthcare services like fair pay for homecare workers, substance use disorder treatment and making prescription medications more affordable.

Education

In her first term, Michelle was able to secure record funding for our schools, bringing home tens of millions of dollars that represented an 11% increase over previous levels. Michelle also secured funding to create hundreds of new Pre-K slots, because she knows early educational support can be key to success later in life as well as needed childcare. Michelle will continue to fight for high-quality, affordable education for every student from all walks of life across our district.

Infrastructure & Broadband

Michelle knows that, across upstate NY, our bridges are crumbling and our roads are riddled with potholes. That’s why she fought for and secured in the state budget tens of millions of dollars to repair our aging infrastructure, expand roadway improvement projects, and prepare for extreme weather events. Michelle also authored legislation to make broadband build out more affordable in our upstate communities and fought for the first-ever household mapping study to identify coverage and service gaps across the state. Michelle knows that improving infrastructure to meet our current and future needs must be a top priority and that’s why she will continue to elevate these issues until our infrastructure is reliable and safe.

Climate Change &
Preserving our Environment

Our region and its natural resources are some of the most unique and beautiful in the world, and it’s why Michelle has made preserving our environment a top priority. Michelle secured first-time ever funding for the Catskills Park in the state budget for stewardship and to combat over-usage. She was tapped to lead the charge to enshrine environmental rights into our State’s constitution - including the right to clean air and water. And she’s fought to bring farmers in as a key partner against the climate crisis by authoring legislation to update New York’s soil health laws to proactively incentivize carbon sequestration. We have to use every tool in the toolbox against climate change and Michelle is committed to keeping New York a leader in this fight.

Women’s Rights

Michelle believes everyone should have the right to make informed decisions about their own health care. That’s why she is leading legislation that would allow anyone seeking emergency contraception to receive it from New York pharmacists, registered nurses, and licensed midwives without having to pay more money out of pocket by taking an extra trip to the doctor’s office. Michelle will always fight to ensure that people can make difficult, personal decisions for themselves and their families without undue government interference.

Housing

the boom of the short rental market alongside the extreme migration to upstate caused by the pandemic, we’ve seen a huge increase in prices for homes and rental units, pushing out many residents who have lived here for generations. Michelle is focused on a multi-pronged approach to addressing our housing crisis by fighting for funding to build more affordable and workforce housing, strengthening code enforcement and tenant protections, and getting an accurate registry and taxing of our short-term rental market.

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