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Letter from New Castle Dems

Dear Neighbors,

With only a couple of weeks left until Election Day, we wanted to step back and reflect on what we believe are many of the most important things to the residents of the Town of New Castle.

In order to do this, we start our observations with this past Saturday morning in Millwood. There, at Tazza Cafe, as we hosted many residents who were visiting for their morning coffees, we saw mothers and fathers with their children about to start their weekends. We enjoyed our conversations with them - listening to them and learning about their concerns -- rather than telling them what should be on their minds. This revitalized side of town, with new businesses and sidewalks - with magnificent Gedney Park, was the perfect place to start our weekend.

Heading west in the hamlet of Chappaqua, we went over to the Farmer's Market - a project that has grown vibrantly over the last couple of years. The green at the center of the train station has become a hub for local merchants and shoppers. One thing we noticed: residents linger not just to shop, but to enjoy our town.

Residents were also able to enjoy the benefits of the newly renovated shoppers parking lot behind our stores. As of this month, people don't have to negotiate faded lines and ruts and holes. Instead, the residents, shoppers from out of town, and our merchants all have the benefit of a welcoming lot that they can use when they wander around town.

We also couldn't get over the hundreds (yes, really that many!) of children in their soccer uniforms. They wandered on and off of the Bell fields - a reminder that we want to work with the Chappaqua School District to help it get its fields in better shape --- the kind of shape that our town Recreation Field is in, even though it seems like it's used constantly. Rarely is there a night that some youth group isn't using that field to practice under the lights.

And this past Sunday gave us our Ragamuffin Parade. The town and the merchants cooperated, so some were open especially for the day. Now goblins and ghosts, witches and princesses and mysterious creatures marched through our streets. The measure of happiness for us doesn't have to come in anything other than looking at the smiles on the faces of all the participants, parents and children alike.

Yes, we've been busy putting up signs and dealing with debating issues. As the five of us have campaigned, we have still fulfilled our respective obligations as judges, deputy supervisor, board members and volunteers. But it was a pleasure to take some time this past weekend to step back and look at what we have and to plan for even better times ahead. Criticism helps us grow -- and debate is healthy. But for us, your Democratic slate, we want to focus on the positives and continue to plan for the future.

Very truly yours,Susan Carpenter, Candidate for Town SupervisorElise Mottel, Candidate for Town BoardJason Chapin, Candidate for Town BoardDouglas Kraus, Candidate for Town JusticeDavid Zuckerman, Candidate for Town Justice

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