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September 27, 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)


  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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Congressman comes to Katonah on week of pending shutdown


Sean Maloney shares a laugh with Bedford’s supervisor Lee Roberts.


Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney came to downtown Katonah on Saturday for a meet-and-greet of district residents dubbed “Speak with Sean: Neighborhood Office Hours in Katonah.” “I just got back from Washington last night,” Mr. Maloney said as he stood in front of the Katonah Restaurant on The Parkway. “You have a group of extremists in the House of Representatives who just want a fight rather than to fix people’s problems. You can’t explain the obsession with trying to repeal the health care bill and threatening to shut down the government any other way. It makes no sense.”

Mr. Maloney was accompanied by staff, including former supervisor Ed Brancati of Lewisboro, seeking to provide assistance with questions people may be having about a federal government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Veterans Administration. Of the 60 or 70 people gathered in front of the Katonah Restaurant on The Parkway, his audience appeared more interested in the issues than in congressional services. Questions focused on the deadlock in Washington, D.C., over the federal budget, implementation of Obamacare, the farm bill, student debt and the situation in Syria.

“I have serious reservations about doing anything militarily in Syria,” said Mr. Maloney. I heard it loud and clear from people all over the Hudson Valley that people wanted no part in the Syrian civil war. They do not want their kids in there fighting and dying. They say there are not going to be any troops on the ground.

“The best argument I’ve heard for force is that you will be able to get a better diplomatic solution. But if we are able to remove the chemical weapons or put them under an international monitor, that’s a much better outcome than firing a bunch of missiles to prove a point. That still doesn’t mean you don’t hold accountable the people who did these terrible things. I’ve been through four or five classified briefings. I’ve met with the vice president.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the Syrian regime did this, that they did this on purpose, that they killed hundreds of people, including kids,” he continued. “It’s horrific. We should hunt them to the end of the earth and hold them accountable, but I don’t know if it will make it better getting in a civil war and spending a bunch of money we don’t have, and we’re still getting out of Afghanistan and everything else.”

Health care, representing the pivot of the congressional debate, was on many constituents’ minds.

“On Obamacare I have voted with Republicans a couple of times on things I don’t think work, I don’t think are smart, but I sure don’t want to repeal it,” Mr. Maloney said of the bill. “I want to fix what’s broken and go forward. The thing’s going to work if premiums are going down, it’s simple, and right now they’re going down.”

He described advantages of the health care act as a “bigger, healthier risk pool, with better coverage.”

“You won’t have a prescription drug doughnut hole, you won’t be denied for pre-existing conditions,” he said. “If you have a kid who’s 25 and is having trouble getting a job and is living at home, he can be on your insurance policy. Those are good things. I want to keep all that good stuff. If there are problems with it, let’s fix it. I wasn’t there.

“We should stop having some red-team blue-team fight about it and be serious about what’s working and what’s not,” he added. “We’ll amend and correct what’s broken and keep the stuff that’s good.”

As a member of the House agriculture committee, Mr. Maloney pointed to legislation to reform the crop insurance program, we got a provision on flood mitigation locally, conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley

One father in the Saturday gathering said he was concerned about student debt, especially with the cost of tuition soaring.

Mr. Maloney said he was addressing the issue, voting to limit the doubling of the student loan rate, which had been slated to go from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. He also suggested using public service as a way for students to earn money while in college and advocated other methods of meeting high college tuitions.

Mr. Maloney stressed compromise as essential to breaking the government’s current logjam. “I’m all for fixing whatever is broken,” he said. “I’ll listen to anybody. If anybody wants to identify problems with the health care law, great, let’s fix them. But for God’s sakes, let’s not default on our debts. Let’s listen to each other, work with each other.”

Mr. Maloney said he was a member of the congressional group No Labels, consisting of about 80 Democrats and Republicans. “I believe in that group and I believe in their mission,” he said. “In Washington, it’s a competition between those who want to fight and those who want to fix things. These dumb fights about shutting down the government don’t help anybody. We should knock it off. I’m just one guy, I need help. Every day folks need to tell people they’re tired of the fighting, they’re tired of the bickering and they want us to work together, and that means listen to the people you disagree with and coming together for the good of the country.”

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