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Rep. Nan Hayworth Weighs in on New District

Incumbent Republican has a district that includes less of northern Westchester than before.

Despite , Rep. Nan Hayworth hopes her role in Congress will continue to benefit the community.

The incumbent Republican, who lives in Bedford, weighed in on the shape of her new Congressional district, now known as the 18th, which was drawn by a federal judge after the state legislature did not act to perform its decennial task of redrawing the boundaries.

"It’s a great district," she said. "It’s a district that I know well. The folks who are new to my direct representation in many, many cases, know me already."

Hayworth was also asked about representing towns that will be split in the area, including parts of Yorktown, New Castle and North Castle. She will be sharing all three of these towns with Nita Lowey's 17th district.

"I’m involved in these communities," she said. "There is always going to be some overlap with parts of other districts and that's fine. When I see people and get to know them, no matter where they're from, it’s a help."

For Westchester County, the new district still includes all of Bedford and the entirety of Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, North Salem and Somers. It also includes all of Putnam County, southern Dutchess County and all of Orange County.

Hayworth faces several Democratic challengers, although some - they include Cortlandt Town Councilman Richard Becker and Buchanan's Duane Jackson - have been displaced by redistricting. Becker has announced his intent to continue running against Hayworth, according to media reports. Other challengers include Wappinger Falls Mayor Matt Alexander and Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson.

Ann Kutter March 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM
These districts don't belong to the elected representatives (note that phrasing, it should give a clue), they belong to the people. We give the representatives the privilege of serving -- another illuminating phrase. That's why we have elections.

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