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New Castle Board Member Looks Ahead to 2012

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. - After winning a seat in the Nov. 8 election, incoming New Castle Town Board member Jason Chapin is looking forward to what awaits him in 2012, and says he will not renege on any promises he made during the campaign season.

"I think the priorities are things that we focused on in the campaign," Chapin said. "I would like to enhance the communication with residents and businesses and landowners and others."

Chapin recently said that the board, which currently holds its meetings in the Chappaqua-based Town Hall, may soon be taking its meetings to Millwood and other areas on the west end of town in 2012.

"I think it’s important to get more input from everyone," said Chapin. "Obviously people are very interested in what’s going on and they have a lot of ideas and so forth."

Not only does Chapin hope to open up communication with residents, he hopes to work more closely the Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education. Chapin has experience working with the district as part of New Castle C.A.R.E.S., which involves many town boards.

Along with following through on the recently passed sewer petition in New Castle , Chapin is hoping to work closely with many of Chappaqua and Millwood's local merchants.

"Business development’s a big opportunity and interest of mine," said Chapin. "We want to make sure that now that bridge is done, we can finish other street-scape projects and make sure that if there are any vacancies, that you fill them up with businesses."

Chapin said that the board may try and limit the number of businesses that New Castle believes it already has enough of and try to diversify the business district.

Chapin will be sworn in on Jan. 4 alongside incoming Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter. 2012 will mark the beginning of his second term on the board, having originally served from 2000 to 2003.

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