CONGRESSMAN MAURICE D. HINCHEY IS FEATURED SPEAKER AT AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES SEMINAR AT BARD COLLEGE.ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Bard College Graduate School of Environmental Studies (GSES) will hold an environmental issues seminar on Wednesday, August 18. The seminar's guest speaker is the Honorable Maurice D. Hinchey, representative for the 26th Congressional District of New York State. The seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center. A reception precedes the seminar at 6:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Congressman Hinchey will speak about environmental issues of both a regional and national interest, particularly those affecting the Hudson Valley area. Hinchey was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 1992 after serving eighteen years in the New York State Assembly. During his three terms in Congress, Hinchey's top priorities have been ensuring the economic security of working families, strengthening the education system, and protecting the environment.
A leading environmental advocate, Hinchey served on the Congressional Resources Committee from 1993 to 1998. The committee is responsible for legislation affecting public lands, national parks and forests, irrigation and reclamation, U.S. territories, mining and mineral land laws, Indian affairs, and federally owned petroleum reserves. In the 105th Congress, Hinchey served as the ranking Democrat on the Forests and Forest Health Subcommittee. He also wrote the federal legislation that established the Hudson Valley as a National Heritage Area.
As a member of the New York State Assembly, Hinchey became chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee in 1978. Under his leadership, the committee conducted a successful investigation into the causes of "Love Canal," site of one of the nation's first major toxic landfills, and developed landmark environmental legislation that included the nation's first law to control acid rain. Hinchey was also responsible for the development of the statewide system of Urban Cultural Parks (now called Heritage Areas) and is the author of the act that created the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
The Graduate School of Environmental Studies sponsors the environmental issues seminar series as an opportunity for discussion among the public, GSES students, and experts in various environmental fields. The series addresses environmental concerns and innovations on local and global levels.
For further information call 914-758-7073.
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