Maurice D. Hinchey

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center is proud to be named in honor of leading environmental advocate, the Honorable Representative Maurice D. Hinchey and honored to be his final resting place.

A Pioneering
Environmental Hero

Honorable Representative
Maurice D. Hinchey

NY Assembly District 101

26th Congressional District

22nd Congressional District

Hon. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey

Help Maurice Hinchey’s legacy live on through the Maurice D. Hinchey Legacy Fund for the Catskills Visitor Center


Career Highlights

As one of the leading progressive voices in Congress, Maurice was a tireless defender of the environment and unwavering champion of working people everywhere, fighting to ensure economic fairness and human rights world-wide.  His extraordinary work to protect our water, air, land, and food has saved millions of acres and often space for future generations.  In retirement, he remained an ardent advocate for America’s natural resources, and an inspiration to all who want to make a positive impact on our world.

Created the Hudson River National Heritage Area and Greenway, giving the region national prominence, and proving to be an effective education, cultural, and economic engine for the entire region.

Changed NYS Conservation Law to allow land conservancies and trusts to protect many thousands of acres of open space

Secured crucial early financial support for what would become the Walkway Over The Hudson, which has attracted more than one million visitors since 2009.

Protected nine million acres of Utah’s Red Rock Wilderness from oil and gas exploration and other development

Castle Rock & The Rectory, Proposed BLM Wilderness, Utah Seen from Dome Plateau La Sal Mountains beyond Manti-La Sal Mountains, Utah

Primary leader in Congress to protect drinking water and the environment from the risks of fracking (hydraulic fracturing).

Created the first law in the nation to control Acid Rain

Led the fight leading to General Electric’s cleanup of PCB’s from the Hudson River.

Conducted the first investigation into toxic dumping at the Love Canal, leading to a new era of environmental protection.

The Love Canal “Recipe”

Early and effective crusader for renewable energies, Wall Street reform, and preservation of safe, unadulterated fresh food supplies.