SOMERS, N.Y. -- It was standing room only at Somers Town Hall on Wednesday night as Rep. Nan Hayworth (R – Mount Kisco) fielded questions from over 70 constituents. Among the most popular topics were jobs, taxes, healthcare and education.
“How do you feel about repealing ObamaCare?” asked Mahopac resident Irene Hufnagel.
Hayworth said that she’d like to see it repealed and replaced.
“Insurance products should be available across state lines so that Americans have a choice. Competition would reduce the cost of insurance,” Hayworth said.
Bedford resident Len Martello addressed how Hayworth has talked about the need to stop tax breaks to some corporations.
“Yet you voted for continued tax subsidies to big oil companies as opposed to some start-ups,” Martello said. “Why do you continue to support tax subsidies to big oil?”
Hayworth responded by saying that she does not support continued tax subsidies to any entities.
“I want to see a flat tax. I want to see a fair, even code that doesn’t treat renewable any differently than it does big oil, or any other companies,” Hayworth said.
Hayworth moved on to discuss her plans to increase jobs, saying that she tries to take action on a local level wherever she can.
“Every regulation that we pass affects small businesses disproportionately,” Hayworth said. “In the house we’ve tried to lift some regulatory burdens that we feel are holding businesses back.”
Dr. Ifay Chang of Somers asked about the issue of public schools having trouble not only with quality performance, but with finances as well.
“What do you think Congress can do to really help public schools or should they?”
Hayworth, who said she is a strong proponent of public schools, would “like to see the federal government stop putting mandates on our local schools. That’s the single most direct benefit we could provide to our communities.”