The worst kept secret in politics was finally confirmed today. Maurice Hinchey will not run for re-election.
Now, we will see two things. First, we will see Hinchey honored and praised at events all over the district. Second, we will see politicians tripping over each other to get a shot at his Congressional seat. Expect to hear names like Mike Hein, George Phillips, John Guerin, and Tom Engel, and that is just Ulster County.
There is one important detail to remember. We do not yet know what the district will be if it even continues to exist as a separate district at all.