SAUGERTIES — Senate Majority Leader Charles B. Schumer will visit the area to deliver the keynote speech at state Sen. Michelle Hinchey’s swearing-in ceremony Saturday.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory located at 169 Ulster Ave., in Saugerties.
Hinchey represents the 41st Senate District, which includes all of Greene and Columbia counties, northern Dutchess County and most of Ulster County.
Federal, state and local leaders including Rep. Pat Ryan, Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado and state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, and constituents have been invited to attend the ceremony, which is expected to last about an hour.
On Wednesday, the first day of the 2023 state legislative session, Hinchey announced her Senate committee assignments, which include areas of longtime advocacy and local priority, according to Communications Director Bianca Coppola.
Hinchey was reappointed to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee and will serve on the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, Environmental Conservation, Energy and Telecommunications, Finance, Local Government and Transportation committees.
Climate and the environment, specifically their relationships to local agriculture, will be a priority for the new year, Hinchey said.
“I’m honored to continue my work as Senate Agriculture Chair and build on our bold record of action to support local farms, bolster our food systems and deepen the partnership between New York agriculture and our fight against the climate crisis,” Hinchey said.
“Agriculture is the conduit through which we can address many issues simultaneously, and I am incredibly excited to bring big solutions forward this session, including advancing climate protection efforts, addressing food insecurity, helping a new and diverse generation of farmers enter the trade and making New York a global leader in industrial hemp production,” she added.
Hinchey, along with Ryan and former state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, recently led the call for an investigation by the New York Public Service Commission that resulted in a report affirming that Central Hudson Gas & Electric demanded unjust and unreasonable charges from thousands of customers, failed to provide adequate and timely billing service and operated an estimated billing system in conflict with Public Service Law and Commission orders, among other findings.
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