Congressman's wife gets jail in DWI
By Jay Braman Jr.
Allison Lee Hinchey, the wife of Congressman Maurice Hinchey, was sent to prison for 60 days on Friday for drunk driving.
Mrs. Hinchey was arrested on the night of January 18 in Albany after crashing her car into the rear end of another vehicle. Published reports state that she told police that she had been texting while driving and had consumed a glass of wine before getting behind the wheel.
The incident was the second drunk driving arrest for the Congressman’s wife, who was pulled over in May of last year in the Town of Hurley.
Besides prison, Mrs. Hinchey must pay restitution to the driver of the other vehicle involved in the Albany accident. She also has had her driver’s license revoked for one year and will be on probation for three years. Once getting her license back Mrs. Hinchey must use an ignition interlock device that prevents an intoxicated person from starting the car. She also must pay a fine of $500.
Mrs. Hinchey, who works as lobbyist for a firm called DKC Government Affairs, was facing a possible prison term of up to one year.
She now resides in Albany County Jail.
The accident in January occurred the day before Congressman Hinchey, whose district includes the Catskills, announced he would retire from Congress at the end of this year.
New York’s’ 22nd Congressional District includes all or part of eight counties and ranges from the Hudson River, through the Catskills, across the Southern Tier and up to the Finger Lakes. Its cities include Binghamton, Ithaca, Middletown, Kingston, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie.
Hinchey has been battling colon cancer. Following two surgeries the congressman has been declared cancer free.
Regardless of his health issues or his wife’s arrest, the Democrat was all smiles at his retirement announcement in Kingston at the historic Senate House when he made his announcement.
He also reminded all that he still holds office until the end of this year.
“For the rest of my term I’m going to work hard. It’s something I must do and it’s something I can do.”