Hinchey leaves with the legislature seeking two districts to chop (and Cuomo standing by to veto)

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Rep. Maurice Hinchey. (facebook)
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Rep. Maurice Hinchey's decision not to seek re-election has either thrown a monkey wrench into the redistricting process here, or it's the best thing that could have happened to it, or both.

With Hinchey, a liberal Democrat, retiring, his party will be able to propose his seat for elimination and then ask Republicans downstate to cough up of their own. (Bob Turner?)

Hinchey was in poor health (he had colon cancer) and was facing a potentially tough Republican challenge with little cash on hand, so it's not entirely surprising that he's choosing this moment to go. 

But the fact that he's doing so this close to the deadline for submitting new district lines, coupled with the fact that Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to veto whatever lines the legislature eventually submits, suggests that the proximate effect of his decision will be, among other things, chaos.

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2016

"Now, some will argue, ‘Wait a minute, New York only raised taxes on the rich. Why not adopt Governor Cuomo’s package for New Jersey?’” Mr. Christie said. [Kate Zernike]

NY-22

Rep. Hinchey is the first New York congress member to announce his retirement and is the tenth Democrat in the House to do so. [Aaron Blake]

An unnamed Democrat said Hinchey's retirement means "we're in utter chaos here" because of redistricting. [Joshua Miller]

Or maybe not. Heavily Democratic portions of Hinchey's district could dilute neighboring districts represented by Republican freshmen Nan Hayworth and Chris Gibson. [Alex Isenstadt]

Hinchey is "one of the most liberal members" of congress, has seniority on the Appropriations committee and is a vocal opponent of fracking. [Josh Bresnahan]

Hinchey's retirement was rumored for some time. [Colby Hamilton]

Hinchey's campaign hasn't released its latest fund-raising numbers. [Brian Tumulty]

2012

DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel puts Dan Maffei of NY-25 on the Red to Blue list; NY-13 and NY-19 are on the "emerging races districts." [Liz Benjamin]

Republicans say NY-13 Democratic candidate Mark Murphy will be a "rubber stamp" for Obama. [NRCC email]

Democrat Andrew Gounardes has twice as many donors as Republican state senator Marty Golden. [Chris Bragg]

Dean Skelos wants to move the primary to August and thinks the Assembly Democrats couldn't get a quorum in June.* [Nick Reisman]

Frank Seddio eyes Lew Fidler's Council seat. [Randy Rojas]

SOPA

Google's advocacy has more of an impact than the Times editorial board, said a member of the Times editorial board. [Andrew Rosenthal]

The protesters outside Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's offices weren't as rowdy as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. [Sam Thielman]

But overall, the protesters are succeeding in weakening the bill. [Roger Yu]

"I have come to the determination that I am opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)." [Rep. Carolyn Maloney]

Technology

Schumer wants AT&T to adopt technology to help prevent cell-phone thefts, calling it an "epidemic." [Sam Levin]

Fund-raising

"Jenn Krinsky, a Fidler spokeswoman, said Kruger’s donation was made 11 months before the state senator was formally charged." [Reuven Blau]

John Sampson's law partner is a big Cuomo contributor. [Jimmy Vielkind]

Albany

Cuomo starts to travel. [Ken Lovett]

"Cuomo Says Transparency Critique Will Dog Him No Matter What" [Nick Reisman]

Teacher evaluations are Cuomo's biggest obstacle. [NY1]

Paid Sick Leave

Tweaks to the legislation include a grace period for small companies. [Celeste Katz]

De Blasio, Stringer and Liu strongly back it, giving them a potential issue against Quinn. [Jeremy Smerd and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh]

Education

Moskowitz is accused of recruiting "white" Williamsburg residents to attend her proposed charter school. [Aaron Short]

"A Harvard student group sells T-shirts sporting the slogan 'We are the 6%,' in reference to the undergraduate college’s admission rate last year." [Janet Lorin]

Courts

More charges against Pedro Espada. [John Marzulli]

Local

"[T]he most expensive golf course ever built" will go to Donald Trump, who'll pay "the lowest rent of any golf course in the city." [Juan Gonzalez]

Images 

"Me and Mitt" [Todd Shaprio]

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"The Republican Delegation pre-game at the MILO" [Councilman Dan Halloran]

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Hanging out with local police officers. [Councilman Mathieu Eugene]

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A larger-than-expected crowd protests SOPA. [Elana Levin] 326449_10150490810961992_515521991_9341543_1065731862_o (1)

Discussing Obama's re-election with host Daren Jaime. [Roy Paul]

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And Harvard brags about its exclusivity. [hygameday.com]

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