A Few Words with Senator Hillary Clinton

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"I wish every child could go to school in a place like Chappaqua," states Senator Hillary Clinton in a September story in her hometown magazine, Inside Chappaqua. In a wide-ranging interview in the upcoming "back-to-school" issue, Senator Clinton praises the renowned Chappaqua school district for its extraordinary programming but also pointedly reminds Chappaqua readers to reach out to other school districts with fewer resources.

I wish every child could go to school in a place like Chappaqua

"I wish every child could go to school in a place like Chappaqua," states Senator Hillary Clinton in a September story in her hometown magazine, Inside Chappaqua. In a wide-ranging interview in the upcoming "back-to-school" issue, Senator Clinton praises the renowned Chappaqua school district for its extraordinary programming but also pointedly reminds Chappaqua readers to reach out to other school districts with fewer resources.

"People who say that education is not a matter of money are talking about somebody else’s kids," says Clinton. "Because people who live here not only pay very high property taxes but also contribute in other ways... that gives even more advantage to their children."

Commenting further about life in an affluent community, Clinton addresses the extra mile parents in such communities need to go to avoid a sense of entitlement affecting their kids.

In the article, Senator Clinton reveals her favorite haunts in town and explains why Chappaqua has genuinely become home to her and Bill Clinton. "I think the challenge for anybody... is to feel like you are at home and to have a sense of community. Know your neighbors. I just feel that completely."

The Senator also describes her efforts to keep Indian Point safe... with her own home located about 12 miles from the plant. "Recently, I’ve been calling for an independent safety assessment. There are just too many problems... leaks, exposure to workers, problems with evacuation..."

Finally, Senator Clinton addresses her possible candidacy for President and what it would mean to have a woman run for that office.

The interview took place at the now famous Lange’s Delicatessen, an unpretentious spot frequented by the Clintons and Secret Service agents. The interview was conducted by Grace Bennett, publisher and editor of Inside Chappaqua, "The Magazine for New Castle and Beyond." Bennett, a long-time journalist who started up the (20,000 circulation) magazine four years ago, is a 10-year resident of Chappaqua.

For excerpts or an interview with Bennett, send email.

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