Report: Allison Lee Hinchey to keep lobbying job after jail sentence
The New York Post reports that Allison Lee Hinchey, the wife of retiring U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Saugerties, will keep her job at Dan Klores Communications after she serves 60 days in prison for a DWI charge.
Lee-Hinchey has run the firm's Government Affairs office in Albany.
The Post said a representative of the firm Mrs. Hinchey "has taken full responsibility for what happened."
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Mrs. Hinchey was sentenced Friday in Albany County Court. Hinchey also was given three years of probation upon her release, had her driver’s license revoked for a year and was ordered to have an ignition interlock device, which checks a driver for intoxication before starting the engine, placed on any vehicle she drives for three years after her release from custody.
In addition, Mrs. Hinchey was ordered to pay restitution to the driver whose car was damaged in the fender-bender in downtown Albany that resulted in the drunken-driving charge.
Mrs. Hinchey also must pay a fine of $500 and a $395 state surcharge, according to the Albany City Court clerk’s office.
Mrs. Hinchey, 50, of Morgan Hill Road, Hurley, was arrested at 9:43 p.m. Jan. 18 by Albany police after the rear-end fender-bender. She was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, driving while using a mobile phone, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and following too closely.
The Jan. 18 arrest was Mrs. Hinchey’s second for drunken driving in an eight-month span. She also was charged with drunken driving in May 2011 in Hurley, though in that case, she was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired by alcohol.
The penalty in the 2011 case was a 90-day suspension of Mrs. Hinchey’s license, a $340 fine and mandatory attendance at a DWI impact panel.
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