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District Profile from Politics in America
The scenic 22nd reaches from the hills above Cayuga Lake to the east bank of the Hudson River. Most residents are found at those extremes: Ithaca and Binghamton in the west and the Hudson Valley region, including Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston, in the east.
Ithaca, at the district's northwestern tip, is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and a corps of liberal activists, and the city remains one of the few expanding economies in the 22nd. The district extends south from Ithaca to the Pennsylvania border, before turning east and stretching along the border from Tioga County to Sullivan County, taking in Broome County's Tri-Cities -- Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott. The 22nd then widens in Sullivan to head for Hudson River population centers in Orange, Ulster and Duchess counties.
Defense firms Lockheed Martin Corp. and BAE Systems are still key local employers in the district's western arm. The state university in Binghamton is an anchor for local economic development. And although traditional manufacturing jobs have declined in the district, high-tech manufacturing is important in the Hudson Valley region. There are thousands of jobs at a former IBM plant in Kingston that now hosts electronic and solar-energy manufacturing firms.
In general, the 22nd is rural, with a large portion of the Catskill Mountains in the center and many apple and dairy farms throughout. The Catskills' Borscht Belt, a prominent Jewish resort area, declined as tourists began vacationing in more exotic locales, but officials are hoping to reinvigorate the hospitality industry here.
The district's mixture of cities and farmland creates a politically diverse environment, although the region's blue-collar history and the liberal areas surrounding the 22nd's universities give Democrats an edge. Barack Obama took 59 percent of the district's 2008 presidential vote.
Higher education, agriculture, technology
Binghamton, 47,376; Poughkeepsie (pt.), 32,602; Ithaca, 30,014
Bethel was the site of the marathon Woodstock rock concert in 1969.
|2010||general||Maurice Hinchey (D)||98,661||52.6%|
|George Phillips (R)||88,687||47.3%|
|2008||general||Maurice Hinchey (D, INDC, WFM)||168,558||66.4%|
|George Phillips (R, C)||85,126||33.6%|
|2006||general||Maurice Hinchey (D, INDC, WFM)||121,683||100%|
|2004||general||Maurice Hinchey (D, C, INDC, WFM)||167,489||67.2%|
|William Brenner (R)||81,881||32.8%|
|2002||general||Maurice Hinchey (D, INDC, L, WFM)||113,280||64.2%|
|Eric Hall (R, C)||58,008||32.9%|
|Steven Greenfield (GREEN)||2,723||1.5%|
|Paul Laux (RTL)||2,473||1.4%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 59%||John McCain: 39%|
|2004||John Kerry: 53%||George W. Bush: 45%|
|2000||Al Gore: 52%||George W. Bush: 42%|