Former NY Congressman Hinchey has rare neurological disorder

June 27, 2017 GMT

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — The family of former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey says he has a rare degenerative neurological disorder that has affected his speech and movement.

The 78-year-old Hudson Valley resident is being cared for at home for symptoms of frontotemporal degeneration, or FTD. The progressive and fatal neurological disease is characterized by a slow decline in behavior, language and movement.

His wife Ilene Marder Hinchey says Tuesday that he still greets each day with a smile. She said the family revealed the diagnosis now to raise public recognition of FTD.

Maurice Hinchey was elected to Congress in 1992, representing a large district in eastern New York. He announced his retirement in 2012. The Democrat had previously served for 18 years in the state Assembly, where he built a reputation as an environmental advocate.