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December 13, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  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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Maloney touts immigration reform bill


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI
ANTHONY R. MANCINI PHOTO

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney spoke in support of the House immigration reform bill that recently passed the Senate at a hearing at Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco. Joel Seligman, the president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, is to his right.

 

Business, education and religious leaders from Bedford joined Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in support of immigration reform at a Monday hearing at Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco.

Mr. Maloney, a Democrat from Cold Spring who represents Bedford and Pound Ridge as well as Putnam and Orange counties, part of Dutchess County and a section of northern Westchester, said that the House of Representative’s immigration bill, H.R. 15, would easily generate around 300 votes, more than enough for its passage. He said, however, that political forces in the House have prevented the bill from coming to a vote. H.R. 15’s equivalent Senate bill passed with a bipartisan coalition of 68 votes.

“This is a big bill. You can have lots of disagreements but we ought to agree on doing something,” Mr. Maloney said at Neighbors Link, an organization that provides work and education opportunities to immigrants. “We ought to agree on moving forward and so that’s why it’s so outrageous that the leadership in the House is refusing to act at all on this bill that garnered the support of a supermajority in the Senate.”

The bill is very lengthy and comprehensive. It would give undocumented immigrants in the United States the opportunity to apply for “registered provisional immigrant” status, would precede permanent resident status which currently exists. Registered provisional immigrants would be able to work in the United States and would be issued a Social Security number. They would be ineligible for many federal benefits.

The bill would streamline the process an immigrant could take to eventually become a permanent resident and eventually a citizen if all qualifications are met. Many immigrants who have a criminal history would be disqualified under the bill.

Simultaneously, the bill would also set up increased border security and would establish a process for new immigrants to enter the country.

Mr. Maloney said that the bill is in the best interests of the country and that immigration reform unites people who often have different political ideologies.

“This issue of comprehensive immigration reform brings together lots of folks who don’t always work on the same side of issues together,” he said. “It brings together labor and the chamber of commerce. It brings together progressive Democrats and evangelical religious conservatives.”

Russell Hernandez, an owner of the Bedford Post Inn, said at the hearing that many of his employees across his several business ventures in the restaurant, hotel and construction industries are immigrants. He said some of his employees have had to leave his businesses after he has invested thousands of dollars toward training them due to legal issues resulting from their immigration status.

“All these industries that I’m involved with have a high population of Latino and immigrant workers. Some of these employees have been employed with me for over 20 years. I’m very loyal to them and they are loyal to me,” he said.

Adrienne Viscardi, the director of the English as a second language program at the Bedford Central School District said many of the students in her program are undocumented and some suffered from delays in their education because they need to work and take care of their families in addition to school.

“At times students have enrolled in our schools one or more years after entering the U.S., up to five years later so that they could work and help their families care for young children,” she said. “Perhaps most tragic is when young people become so disenfranchised, when students with academic aptitude and tremendous life experience succumb to the fear that their futures are so uncertain because education seems futile.”

Pastor Paul Alcorn of the Bedford Presbyterian Church said at the hearing that it is important to remember that immigrants are people with families. He said they deserve the same opportunity for prosperity as anyone else and that the immigrants of today are no different than those whose ancestors came to the United States generations ago.

“We are not talking about aliens and we are not talking about criminals. We are not talking about those who have come to this country to steal our jobs or to destroy our community or to undercut our schools,” he said. “We are talking first and foremost about mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.”

Rabbi Jason Nevarez of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford, said that people have a neighborly duty to extend to immigrants in need of support.

“I can tell you that our Jewish tradition is very clear on the treatment of immigrants,” he said at the hearing. “Our faith demands of us concern for the stranger in our midst.”

Joel Seligman, the president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, said legitimizing many of the nation’s immigrants is necessary to the economy, because businesses like his are in need of more employees.

“We are part of an industry that has a chronic workforce shortage,” he said on Monday. “One of the saddest things is the inability to develop and recruit local talent.”

The immigration bill in the House has not seen much action the past weeks. It was most recently referred to the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, part of the House Homeland Security Committee.


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