Schreibman said he expects maps of proposed new districts to be released later this month. But he said lawsuits also are likely to extend the process.
Across the Hudson River within Hinchey's district, Mike McCormick, chairman of the Dutchess County, N.Y. Republican Committee said he sees the congressman's retirement as opening up an opportunity for his party to grab an upstate Democratic House seat.
Agreeing that a newly shaped district's contours remain uncertain, McCormick said that despite that, "Congressman Hinchey has been a strong presence for the Democrats in that district for a lot of years." He said that Hinchey's 2010 GOP foe, George Phillips, had already said he was running again, and with Hinchey's announcement other Republicans will also likely now consider the race.
Hinchey, who serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, was first elected in 1992.
Hinchey's 22nd District stretches south from Ithaca and then snakes along the Pennsylvania border to Sullivan and Ulster Counties in eastern New York, just a couple hours north of New York City. As the congressional steward of Lockheed Martin's operations in Owego, NY, he tried (unsuccessfully) to save funding for a new fleet of presidential helicopters from his seat on the defense subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.
Hinchey's retirement was first reported by Politico.
He is the tenth House Democrat to retire outright this cycle without seeking higher office. Six House Republicans are retiring outright.
Scott Bland contributed