Maloney, Hayworth Discuss Environmental Issues At Forum In Bedford

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and his opponent Republican challenger Nan Hayworth differ sharply when it comes to environmental issues in the 18th district.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney at an environmental forum in Bedford.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney at an environmental forum in Bedford.

Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Nan Hayworth at an environmental forum in Bedford.

Nan Hayworth at an environmental forum in Bedford.

Photo Credit: Sam Barron

The two participated in a forum sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) at the Bedford Historical Society Tuesday night. 

Maloney defeated Hayworth, the incumbent, in 2012. Maloney and Hayworth appeared separately and took questions from four panelists, including Daily Voice's Joe Lombardi, director of media initiatives, and from audience members.

Maloney, a Cold Spring resident, touted his record of bipartisanship since he came into office. Maloney said he has authored 13 bills that were approved.

"We are doing so much good work," Maloney said. "When I got to Congress, it was a mess. There were so many efforts to roll back environmental protection."

The congressman criticized Hayworth saying she only authored one bill and it was not passed during her two-year tenure.

Maloney said he opposed fracking and wanted to see Indian Point shut down. Hayworth expressed support for keeping Indian Point up and running.

"They are a clean source of energy and an important source of power," Hayworth said. "Closing Indian Point would be a difficult and costly process."

Hayworth was only given a 44 percent by several environmental groups.

"When one of my kids comes home with that grade on a test, we're not happy," Maloney said.

Hayworth said she was recognized by the Sierra Club and the NYLCV for her positive environmental record.

"We need balance and sustainability," Hayworth said. "I will work very hard to make sure our principles are honored."

The former congresswoman said she worked with environmental groups to help clean up the Hudson River and expressed concern over global warming.

"I accept the science of this," Hayworth said. "I will monitor and assess every piece of evidence we have. We need to minimize our carbon footprint."

Hayworth said we need to strengthen our infrastructure in the event of another disaster like Hurricane Irene or Superstorm Sandy. 

Scott Smith, a third-party candidate for the 18th district, was in attendance at the forum.

The 18th District covers Bedford, Pound Ridge, Yorktown, Lewisboro, Somers, North Salem, Putnam County, Orange County and parts of Dutchess County.

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