The newly drawn 18th Congressional District has become a fierce battleground. Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth as a thin lead over Democratic candidate Sean Patrick Maloney in the latest polls numbers. YNN's Elaina Athans shows us the race is not only close, but also extremely contentious.
18th DISTRICT -- Two candidates are frenetically fighting to win the 18th District. Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth and Democratic candidate Sean Patrick Maloney each hurling harsh accusations against the other.
“She’s been terrible on issues that are important especially to women,” said 18th District candidate Sean Patrick Maloney.
"As far as I know, his home is Manhattan," said 18th District incumbent Nan Hayworth.
Hayworth says Maloney never cared about the district before wanting a seat in Congress and he only deeded his newly bought home in Cold Spring less than a month before the election.
"You say you live here, you say you're paying property taxes here, and you didn't register your deed?" said Hayworth.
Maloney believes Hayworth is a Tea Party extremist, voting in Washington along those party lines and against the needs and wants of Hudson Valley families.
"She has a record and the record is crystal clear. It is pure tea party," said Maloney.
Political jabs aside, issues both the candidates agree on are the need for improve the economy and revive the job market. Maloney feels one way this can be achieved is to expand services at the struggling Stewart International airport. Hayworth believes the unemployment rate can improve by lowering employer's taxes.
"We should have and beverage business incubator site here in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America," said Maloney.
"We need to make the tax burden lower, fairer, flatter. We need to relieve our businesses of the regulations that are really crushing," said Hayworth.
The candidates are divided though on the future of Medicare. Hayworth is looking to restore it.
"Medicare's trust fund is rapidly running out. Some say as early as 2016. We need to shore it up immediately," said Hayworth.
Maloney says the plan Hayworth supports would end up costing seniors $6,400.
"It’s a voucher. She doesn’t want to call it that, but that’s what it is and that’s what shifts all the costs over to our seniors," said Maloney.
The winner of the race will have a two year term in Congress, a sliver of time to try and tackle these issues and many others residents of the 18th District are facing.