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February 28, 2014

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  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Barnett runs for Congress, challenges Hayworth


By DON HEPPNER
Andre Barnett, who announced his candidacy for the 18th Congressional District.
 

Republican Andre Barnett has his sights set on the 18th congressional seat, but first he must win the April 22 primary against Nan Hayworth. The seat is currently held by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. The 18th district includes northeastern Westchester County, including Bedford and Pound Ridge, all of Orange and Putnam Counties and parts of southern Dutchess County.

This is not Mr. Barnett’s first foray into politics. He ran for U.S. president on the Reform Party line in 2012. Mr. Barnett, 37, is the CEO and founder of WiseDome, Inc., a small information technology company located in Poughkeepsie. He said in an interview Monday that as a small business owner he has insights into the economy others might not.

He said he has many differences from his Republican opponent Ms. Hayworth. “The biggest difference is that I never lied,” he said. “My record does not include saying that I would not raise the debt ceiling and then raising it or saying I would not vote for same-sex marriage and then voting for it; saying that I would not vote for late-term abortions and then voting for it. These are all recorded votes.”

Mr. Barnett said that as a congresswoman Ms. Hayworth she did not create any legislation to benefit her district. “She really didn’t do anything,” he said. “But I am already working,”

Mr. Barnett said he would work with anyone to create legislation that would help residents of the 18th District.

“I don’t see party lines,” said Mr. Barnett. “I see a job that has to get done.” He said that he owns a small business and cannot understand how people “can do nothing and get paid. That is what Congress is doing; nothing. They are not getting the job done.”

He said he has been working to help residents regardless of whether the issue involves the state or federal government. Mr. Barnett has been working to stop the Common Core approach, which is an education initiative in the United States detailing what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade.

According to Mr. Barnett, schools are expensive. “Over 70 percent of your real estate taxes are school taxes,” he said.

He said that New Yorkers are burdened with high school taxes and he is working in districts like Wappingers Falls to lower them, even though only a small percentage of school taxes are affected by the federal government.

He said he is working with several schools in Manhattan to find alternative funding to the “Race to the Top” money provided by the federal government, which are predicated on student performance under the Common Core guidelines. “I also work to get crafted legislation to our elected officials that would benefit this area,” he said. “I have been doing this without being in office.”

He said that he has a plan, while Ms. Hayworth has none. “Hayworth’s own words are that she is not worried about the issues right now, she is only worried about getting elected,” he said. “Those are her words.”

Mr. Barnett said that he is worried about issues and wants to make things better. Mr. Barnett also said that he is defined by his actions, while Ms. Hayworth is defined by her relationships with people.

“She has taken a lot of money from large medical groups,” he said. “These are all entities that she is going to be beholden to if she ever got to office. When I get into office, I don’t owe anybody anything other than the people that I work for, and that is the people of the 18th District.”

He said that if he were elected, he would bring legislation back to his constituency for their feedback and to include them in the decision-making process.

Mr. Barnett would argue for recall elections, a procedure by which voters could remove an elected official from office by a direct vote before his or her term has ended. “That would hold politicians more accountable,” he said. “I also believe in term limits, but I think that if you are doing the job right you won’t want another term and that is the way it was designed.”

He said two words that never should be put together are “career and politician.”

“Our framers said that this job is a sacrifice,” he said. “I want to be able to come home from Congress, be able to look my friends in the eye and say I did what was best for us.”

Mr. Barnett said he believes in third-party political organizations getting involved in political races. “True representation of the people cannot come if two parties are dictating who the people will vote for,” he said. “I can guarantee you that nine out of 10 times, the people they put up for elections are not the best people, and that is the problem.”

He said that running for office is complicated and expensive and people don’t hear the voices of plausible candidates. “The media is skewed to the Republicans and Democrats and you usually don’t hear or see the media covering third-party candidates,” he said.

Another issue that concerns Mr. Barnett is “this forced charity that the federal government imposes on people.”

It is wrong for the federal government to take tax dollars and give it to people they want to give it to, Mr. Barnett said. “Charity comes from the heart, and the churches should get back into the business of helping people, not the government,” he said. “Charity is a decision the individual should make on his own. The federal government shouldn’t play any part in that.”

He said he believes in the concept of unemployment insurance, but not forever. “I know people that are offering jobs, but people here in Poughkeepsie won’t take them because they believe the jobs are below them. And it is not just people in Poughkeepsie.”

He said there must be an incentive to work and part of that would be that the safety nets should have a time limitation. “If you are able bodied you should get a job, and there are jobs out there,” said Mr. Barnett.

He said that he is the only candidate with a detailed plan addressing the issues of job growth, health care, tax code remediation and decreasing the size and reach of the federal government.

Mr. Barnett said that he would work hard to earn the votes of the Republicans in his primary battle against Ms. Hayworth.


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