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Lowey Swears in Elected New Castle Officials

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A packed house of residents, friends and family members came to New Castle Town Hall on Wednesday night for the official swearing-in of recently elected town officials.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D – District 18) was given the task of administering the oath of office to the officials, who made the trip down from Albany after appearing at the State of the State earlier in the day .

“It’s people who are willing to put themselves on the line to make changes in their community,” Lowey said about those who took the oath. “And that is why this evening is so special.”

Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter (D), Council members Elise Kessler Mottel (D) and Jason Chapin (D), Town Justices Douglas Kraus (D) and David Zuckerman (D) and County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D – District 4) all took the oath to “support the Constitution of the United Sates and the Constitution of the State of New York" and to "faithfully discharge the duties" of their office.

“This is a wonderful town,” Carpenter said. “And it’s not a wonderful town because of bricks and water and asphalt and grass. It’s a wonderful town because of the people that work here and the people that live here. That’s what a town is.”

Among those showing support for the elected officials on Wednesday were some of their opponents from the Nov. 8 election: supervisor candidate Bob Kirkwood, town council candidates Rich Diefenbach and Rob Greenstein, and town justice candidate Kevin Moore.

“Thank you for putting up a great fight and a great campaign,” Mottel said. “It taught us an awful lot.”

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