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Editorial: Elect Sean Patrick Maloney in 18th Congressional District

Sean Patrick Maloney, Democratic congressional candidate in the

Sean Patrick Maloney, Democratic congressional candidate in the 18th Congressional District. (Aug. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Leslie Barbaro

The race for the 18th Congressional District, which includes parts of northern Westchester and Dutchess and all of Putnam and Orange counties, is one of the more competitive matchups in New York. And while there's far too much partisan talk of the tea party and carpetbagging, that may simply be an indication of the high stakes as the national parties struggle over control of the House of Representatives. Both Democrats and Republicans are targeting this district, which has flipped several times in recent election cycles.

Strip away the uninformative rhetoric, however, and you'll find the clear and substantial differences between Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth and her Democratic challenger, Sean Patrick Maloney.

Hayworth, 52, of Bedford, is a retired ophthalmologist completing her first term in the House. She wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead provide people with access to health savings accounts, allow them to purchase insurance out of state and provide a tax deduction for health insurance.

Hayworth supported a Republican budget in the House -- the so-called Paul Ryan budget -- that would have revamped Medicare by providing the next generation of recipients with government aid to purchase health insurance from private companies. She believes the federal government must cut spending to grow the economy and proposes a 10-year overhaul of the tax code, but isn't quite specific on what that means.

Maloney, unlike many first-time candidates, could hit the ground running. He's a lawyer who has served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton and to Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David A. Paterson in Albany.

Maloney, 46, of Cold Spring, in Putnam County, understands the importance of federal funding for roads and bridges and supports a federal infrastructure bank, which would enable private dollars to flow to public projects like the $5-billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Though he "prefers" that Indian Point Energy Center, home of nuclear power plants in Buchanan, not be re-licensed, he seems to understand that it's important to come up with plans to replace energy generated there with alternatives like wind, solar and biomass.

He supports tax increases on the wealthy -- though unfortunately he characterizes wealthy as incomes of $250,000 and above per couple, which isn't necessarily the case in suburban New York -- as long as the action is combined with budget cuts. Maloney backs commonsense immigration reforms, including the Dream Act, and opposes plans that would require Medicare users to choose their type of coverage.

Newsday endorses Maloney.

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