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Hayworth, Maloney wage war of words during tight race

By R.J. MARX

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Sean Patrick Maloney

 
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, The Record-Review spoke with Democratic congressional hopeful Sean Patrick Maloney and 19th District incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican. The two are running for the newly created 18th Congressional District, which encompasses the Hudson Valley and includes Orange and Putnam counties and parts of Westchester and Putnam counties, including the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge.

Mr. Maloney was unable to schedule a face-to-face debate with Ms. Hayworth and spoke via telephone. Ms. Hayworth made her remarks at The Record-Review offices in Katonah.


Meet the candidates

RR: Please introduce yourself, and contrast yourself with your opponent in this race.

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Nan Hayworth

 
Mr.  Maloney: Nan Hayworth has voted with the tea party consistently. Pick an issue area. If you want to talk about Planned Parenthood, she wants to cripple the organization and defund it; that’s a tea party priority. If you look at the budget, she’s voted twice to end the guaranteed benefit of Medicare and give huge tax cuts to multimillionaires like herself; that’s a tea party priority.

If you look at the environment, she wants to cripple the EPA, roll back its ability to regulate greenhouse gases, she denies the science of global warming, she voted to cripple its ability to limit pollutants in drinking water, to regulate coal ash. These are all tea party priorities.

If you look at her position on Indian Point, she’s the largest recipient of Indian Point money in the Republican Party, and she wants to just keep it going forever and dismisses the threat of an accident. I think the record is crystal clear; she’s voted with the tea party every step of the way.

She is the most extreme conservative ever to represent the Hudson Valley in Congress, and she is busy trying to run away from her record, but facts are stubborn things.”

Ms. Hayworth: I’d like to be one of the most ecumenical to represent the Hudson Valley. I’m known for working across the aisle, starting in January 2011, when I sat down with Jeffrey Tannenbaum and David Gabrielson, Bedford Democrats, and brought forward the PACE protection act [a plan to help homeowners finance green energy improvements] to allow all mortgage holders to participate. That’s one example.

The same month I founded the Common Ground caucus to bring Democrats and Republicans together. Locally, I have a very good relation with Peter Harckham. I disagreed with Michelle Bachmann when she was saying negative things about Muslim House members. That’s not what an extreme conservative would do.

RR: Do you vote with the tea party, as Mr. Maloney states?

Ms. Hayworth: I think the tea party would be offended by that statement. I’m actually right in the middle of the House of Representatives in terms of my votes. I’ve voted 33 percent of the time with the president, I’ve voted pro-environment, I voted on social issues that deviate from the Republican majority.


Health care

RR: Congresswoman Hayworth, what are you thoughts on Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act?

Ms. Hayworth: I don’t call it Obamacare, because there are a lot of people who don’t appreciate that. I think we have to go from scratch, because there are such fundamental flaws in the law. It’s $2 trillion worth of Washington-generated costs that will not enhance the quality of our care.

It takes resources out of Medicare that Medicare can’t afford. I would preserve the goals. We should be able to insure every child in the United States, no question about it, and every person with preexisting conditions. Now we know that there is a national will to make sure we reorganize the way we finance our health care system.

I would take a page out of the book of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a well-respected fiscal manager, and the Legislature there, which has had varying majorities, including Democratic majorities. The cost of Medicare in the state of Indiana was becoming very difficult for them. The idea was to innovate in a way that would empower their Medicaid recipients and their providers to make smart decisions and drive down the cost of care without taking away that autonomy and without invading the doctor-patient relationship. They came up with health savings accounts as an idea. The state of Indiana helps people who receive Medicaid to fund health savings account, and they allow state employees to participate voluntarily, and it’s done very well. The poor have their health savings account, whatever help they need to get insurance. They get to choose a catastrophic plan that covers big expenses; other expenses, routine examinations, diagnostic, are covered by the savings plan. The idea is that people can afford to do things through their savings account. It’s money that is reserved. You’ve got pre-tax dollars protected, and people who need help funding those would get help.

RR: Does the public have the will to fight this battle for two more years?

Ms. Hayworth: It was the motivator for the 2010 election. if there was one fundamental driver, it was the serious trouble people have with the affordable care act. They’re just as mad about it now. We want everyone to have care who needs care, but we do have to make sure the dollars are well spent. When you have the federal government determining the level of care — we don’t need that. Yes, we have Medicare and Medicaid, and those are obligations we have to fulfill, but we should not take on the rest of health care that way. It’s not productive.

Mr. Maloney: On health care, there are some things I like and some things I don’t like about the health care act. I think it’s good that kids can stay on their parents’ health insurance policies for a couple more years. I think it’s good we’re going to close the prescription donut hole for seniors. My opponent wants to keep that open and make seniors pay more for medicine. I think it’s good that kids with preexisting conditions can’t be denied coverage. I think it’s great that we’re ending discrimination against women in the pricing of health insurance premiums. Those are all good things.

I don’t support the IPAD, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. I don’t support the $700 billion cut that Nan Hayworth voted for twice in the Paul Ryan budget. I’m worried about the effects on small business, you have to watch that like a hawk. There are areas we can improve, but we should move forward and stop fighting about it. Look, she voted 30 times to repeal the bill. CBS News said those votes cost taxpayers $50 million. We should stop fighting and playing politics, we should turn the page on this tea party nonsense and move forward.


The deficit

RR: You and Congresswoman Hayworth have disagreements on how to deal with America’s deficit. How would you characterize your positions?

Mr. Maloney: Nan Hayworth is going to blow a $5 trillion hole in the budget over the next 10 years by giving tax cuts to multimillionaires like herself. These guys talk about balancing the budget — we did it. I was on the White house senior staffing with Bill Clinton, we balanced the budget, and if we had kept his policies in place, we would have been a debt-free country today, we would have eliminated it. These guys talk about it — we did it. The Ryan budget, which Nan Hayworth supports, would not balance the federal budget for 28 years, and even then you’d need to eliminate all the deductions that the middle-class depends on. It’s not a balanced budget, it’s a tea party Trojan horse to give tax cuts to multimillionaires.

The nonpartisan congressional budget office says that health care reform will lower the budgets over the next 10 years. What will increase the budgets are giving huge,

huge tax cuts to multimillionaires who don’t need them while we end the guaranteed benefit of Medicare and de-fund Planned Parenthood. Only a hardcore tea party person thinks that makes sense. People in the Hudson Valley want Congress to focus on jobs and getting people working again. That’s what I’m going to do.

I want to extend the payroll tax break for another year at least. My opponent voted against the payroll tax break six times. My opponent voted against the payroll tax cut six times. She’s saying she’s for it now, but she voted against it six times.

Ms. Hayworth: I was one of the eight negotiators working to save it. I never voted against it. How could I have been a member of the conference committee that assured it would be carried out for 2012 and have Sean’s assertion about me in any way be materially valid? I was on the committee to ensure that it would be carried out. What we need to do with these deeply important and universally relied-on programs that are in peril, when you look at the trust funds, the baby boomers living longer, and people living longer, thank God, people consuming more medical care, we all need to sit down together and innovate solutions across party lines. We’re going to have to do that. This is essential. It’s not going to be one party dictating.

RR: Did you vote for the Ryan budget plan?

Ms. Hayworth: I have voted for the House budget twice. It would not balance the budget for 28 years, that’s correct, because I want us to honor our obligation to Social Security and Medicare. When Sean says Nan wants to end the guarantee of Medicare, the budgets I voted for guarantee Medicare.

We have to look at military spending as we do any part of the budget. It has to be effectively and strategically spent. I’m not one of those people who agrees with the Heritage Foundation, with whom I have certain fiscal policy affinities, but I disagree that we have to spend some mandatory percentage of gross domestic product on defense. I am in favor of an effective military that protects the lives of our men and women and honors our obligations to our veterans.

This race is a choice between a Bill Clinton Democrat and a tea party Republican. Period. That’s the choice.


Social issues

RR: Mr. Maloney how would you describe your differences with the congresswoman on social issues?

Mr. Maloney: The Ryan budget slashes funding for education, and even early education like Head Start. The point is, this is about choices. Here are three choices that are at odds with funding education. Congresswoman Hayworth wants to send $5 trillion over the next 10 years largely to the wealthiest Americans. At the same time she wants to give $4 billion a year in subsidies to oil companies and keep giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. I wouldn’t do any of those things, and I would support programs like Head Start that we know that work, like support for K through 12 education, which is essential for giving our kids the skills they need for the modern economy. When I was in the governor’s office we tried to create an endowment for the SUNY/CUNY system so that middle-class kids could get a better education more cheaply and the public colleges would have what the private colleges have, which is an endowment to support their activities. My priorities are to keep investing in our people, whether it’s education, infrastructure or innovation, to stop trying to end Medicare, stop trying to de-fund Planned Parenthood. We should not give huge tax cuts to multimillionaires when the middle class is struggling.

Ms. Hayworth: Planned Parenthood? I thought that was a legitimate issue. I sat down with Planned Parenthood, we have to respect people’s rights, I would not overturn Roe vs. Wade. We have to respect rights, but we have to respect taxpayers who don’t want their taxes to go to a deeply objectionable procedure. I support women’s preventive care, especially for those who have trouble affording that care in other settings. I’ve supported strongly our community health centers. The issue is Planned Parenthood would not separate its mission of elective abortion from its budget. Federal funds go in, and they are inherently used for that purpose.

It behooves Planned Parenthood to prioritize its provision of those fundamental protective and preventive services, and separate the provision for elective abortion. Taxpayer money should not be going to that, with the exception of rape and the health of the mother. They have various budget streams. Technically, they could somehow sort it out.

RR: Would you forego government support for programs like Head Start? Is that correct? And would you give more money for education, particularly public colleges?

Ms. Hayworth: I sat down in Poughkeepsie with pastors from churches in the area, with a group of them — ministers, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, community leaders — to hear what they had to say. I asked them to tell me what concerns them most. Not surprisingly, it’s the education of their children and the community atmosphere for their schools. These are issues that clearly they would like to have the command of resources locally. They know what their community’s values are. They need to be able to mobilize resources according to the sense of the community. It’s so important to integrate all the levels of government and bring them together instead of just having the federal officials sit down with the community. We need to bring everybody together so that we can get the entire perspective: balance, sustainability, common sense — get that perspective. We know as parents what works in a particular place or community. Let’s empower communities to do those things.

RR: Ms. Hayworth describes herself as pro-choice. Do you see that as accurate?

Mr. Maloney: Pro-choice? That does violence to the English language. She has voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood; that is a terrible assault on women’s health. She voted to make it harder to get reproductive coverage in insurance policies, she voted with the tea party every step of the way, she’s against equal pay for equal work, she won’t support full reauthorization for the violence against women act; there’s a reason Planned Parenthood and NARAL and every pro-choice group are supporting me and not her. Sandra Fluke is supporting me and she said it was because of her deep concerns about Congresswoman Hayworth’s anti-choice record in Congress. Talk is cheap. She has a record, and the record is pure tea party and anti-choice.

She says she is pro-gay rights, but she will not support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. There is one federal law that makes it illegal for states to deny full equality to LGBT couples. She says she supports the states doing whatever they want. That’s a dodge and a sham. The states are prevented from doing that by a federal law called DOMA, and she will not repeal it. So again, she talks the talk but will not walk the walk on marriage equality, on choice, on other issues of importance to middle-class Hudson Valley families.


Indian Point

RR: What is your position on the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear reactors?

Mr. Maloney: Congresswoman Hayworth wants to keep Indian Point going forever, and she’s the biggest recipient of funding from Indian Point. I want to see it closed responsibly with careful regard for the communities and workers affected.

The good news is that the history of decommissioning nuclear plants around the country

teaches us that for the next five-to-seven years, transitioning that plant will actually create jobs, good jobs. But we’ve got to have a responsible plan for moving away from it. Everyone knows we would never put a nuclear power plant there today, and the risk of a catastrophic event is too great to be casual about it. My opponent dismisses it; “vanishingly small” is the term she uses, but the fact is when she’s taking thousands of dollars from the owners of Indian Point, we can’t trust her to keep our community safe. She also voted against the funding for emergency response training. She voted to cut $1.4 billion from emergency response training.

You would think, at a minimum, that if you were going to be in favor of keeping Indian Point open forever you wouldn’t vote against training for radioactive disasters, which she did in February 2011, on HR 1, the first vote they took in the tea party congress.

On fracking, she took $56,000 from pro-fracking companies like Halliburton, Chesapeake Energy and the Koch Brothers. She supports natural gas drilling on military land like West Point, she supports drilling on parkland like the national Walkill bird sanctuary. Her record is pro-fracking and pro-Indian Point. Those are the wrong choices. We need a new generation of clean power for the Hudson Valley, and the jobs that go with it.

I think there are other ways to transition away from the power at Indian point.  Riverkeeper just issued a study on this; the key components are going to be wind, solar, geothermal and conservation.

RR: Mr. Maloney says that you are the largest recipient of funds from Entergy, the owner of Indian Point.

Ms. Hayworth: I don’t make my decision based on that support, and certainly Mr. Maloney has had very generous support from very different entities, a different spectrum, but you can examine my record. That’s not how I make my decisions. I’ve always supported the operation of Indian Point, long before I received funds.

RR: How would you dispose of the radioactive fuel rods?

Ms. Hayworth: I would like to see them securely stored. They are secure in iron casks. I’d like to see them stored somewhere else. Balance, sustainability, common sense, we have to look at all of these issues in that way, economic, fiscal and environmental sustainability, What does Indian Point do? It provides 18 to 30 percent of our baseline power and releases steam as opposed to carbon in our environment. That is a great virtue for Indian Point. It is really a very benign way, from the standpoint of global warming, to supply power to the Hudson Valley, provided it can be operated safety.

RR: Mr. Maloney said you described the chance of an accident happening at Indian Point as “vanishingly small.” Can you explain?

Ms. Hayworth: Vanishingly small, the risk of a catastrophic event that would necessitate evacuation? Yes. Is the plan safe? I think it would be very difficult to evacuate the New York metropolitan area or Westchester from a natural disaster, or an act of terror. Very, very difficult to evacuate this densely populated area. Then you have to look at what are the odds that there would be that kind of event at Indian Point, the odds are extremely small. After Fukushima, I spoke with the NRC. I toured the plant a couple of times. I spoke with the inspectors. This is not run cavalierly, by any stretch of the imagination. I understand everybody’s concerns have to be taken seriously, but I think it would be deeply unwise to close that plant immediately. It will have two consequences. The price of energy on families would rise substantially; two, the quality of our air and our environment would suffer and it would be replaced with a carbon source, most likely, if we could manage it.

RR: Mr. Maloney says you made cuts to funding for emergency responders?

Ms. Hayworth: I have voted in favor of supporting our first responders: fire, police and homeland security response. As for bill HR1, that bill had a long series of amendments that could have been interpreted by Sean a certain way.


‘Vote for me’

RR: Please tell us why the voters of the Hudson Valley should vote for you on Nov. 6.

Ms. Hayworth: I’ve been an honest and true servant of the Hudson Valley since I moved up here in 1988 with my husband. With my family, I raised my family here, my home here, I cared for patients here, I grew my business here, which was my practice, and now I’ve had the opportunity to serve the people of the Hudson Valley as its representative for the last two years. I have been able to work very successfully with members of all parties. I am here to serve every constituent.

What I propose, and what I do, has to make sense for everybody, ultimately, both in terms of local constituent service, which we pride ourselves on, but also in terms of national policy. What do we want to accomplish? We want to have an economy that will support the 23 million Americans who right now are either unemployed or underemployed, who deserve the dignity of work, who should be contributing to the economy.

All of us would benefit from that. So we need to have a federal government that promotes those jobs, that enterprise, that opportunity, by taxing us less. Let’s make the tax code flatter and fairer. Let’s grow business right here instead of driving working capital out of the United States.

We have far too many regulations; they go beyond the level of common sense. President Obama himself has said it, and he’s right; we need real regulatory reform, and we haven’t had it yet. In fact, the effects of two massive laws, the Affordable Care Act and Dodd Frank — we’ve been doing our best to mitigate the negative consequences — but you can see those everywhere you go.

Let’s lift those burdens, and let’s make energy affordable in sustainable ways. We can activate our domestic production of energy in ways that can be environmentally sound and sustainable. And we need to do that, because right now the cost of energy alone is making it very difficult for families here in the Hudson Valley, and that’s a very troubling thing. I am working hard on behalf of all our families here, and all of our constituents, with all the energy I have. I am fully accountable to them. Folks know I’m here in the community.

I have really reached out to everyone I can, and that’s the right thing to do. And I hope to continue to do that, working to make things better for everyone who lives here.

Mr. Maloney: I hear time and time again that people are tired of the tea party. They’re tired of the broken politics of anger and division, and they want to do again what has worked before. I talk about Bill Clinton because we need to make those kind of decisions again to get people working, and we don’t need to end Medicare, we don’t need to cripple Planned Parenthood. People are willing to sacrifice, but they want it to be fair. They don’t think helping multimillionaires with another tax cut is a good reason to end Medicare and cripple Planned Parenthood. They think the tea party is taking us in the wrong direction; I hear it every day. That’s why I’m going to win this race.


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