The start of 2013 marked the first time in 38 years hometown boy Maurice Hinchey wasn’t representing Saugerties. In his 18 years in the State Assembly and 20 years in Congress, Hinchey was a crusader on the environment and government transparency. He was an early and vocal critic of the Iraq War and Patriot Act. The 19th Congressional District was redrawn following the 2010 census, and Republican Chris Gibson defeated would-be Democratic successor Julian Schreibman in 2012. His likely opponent in 2014 is Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook millionaire Chris Hughes.