Maurice Dunlea Hinchey (October 27, 1938 – November 22, 2017) was a U.S. Representative from New York. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He retired at the end of his term in January 2013 after twenty years in Congress.
A New York City native who moved to the Hudson Valley where he attended high school and college, Hinchey had previously represented part of the area in the New York State Assembly since 1975. As chair of that body's Environmental Conservation Committee, he took the lead in bringing environmental issues to the fore, particularly when he held hearings on the problems created by toxic waste disposal in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls. In his later years in Congress he vehemently opposed hydraulic fracturing to exploit the natural gas resources of the Marcellus Shale. Throughout his career he was considered a political progressive for his liberal stands on other issues.
Shortly after being treated for the colon cancer, Hinchey began experiencing symptoms of frontotemporal dementia, a diagnosis that his family did not make public until 2017. Hinchey died from the disease on November 22, 2017 in Saugerties at the age of 79. In December 2017, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution honoring Hinchey.
On July 26, 2018, President Donald Trump signed a bill renaming the Saugerties Post Office after Hinchey.