By Jay Braman Jr.
After representing the Catskill Region and beyond for two decades, Congressman Maurice Hinchey is calling it quits.
The career politician, who was first elected in 1974 to the New York State Assembly, announced last week that that he would not seek re-election in November.
Hinchey has been battling colon cancer and following two surgeries, the Congressman has been declared cancer free.
Regardless of his health issues, the Democrat was all smiles at a press conference last Thursday in Kingston at the historic Senate House when he made his announcement.