On Monday, Susan Carpenter (Dem-Candidate Town Supervisor), Jason Chapin(Dem-Candidate Town Board), Elise Mottel (Dem-Candidate Town Board), and David S. Zuckerman (Dem - Town Justice) were joined by Westchester County Legislator Michael B. Kaplowitz (D/Somers) to announce their vision for the future of New Castle.
The New Castle Democratic candidates gathered with residents and merchants of New Castle at Marion Place in downtown Chappaqua.
Carpenter began the press conference by speaking on her land and development planning and how she plans to encourage business development in the area.
I think we need to be creative about what sort of businesses might find a site attractive and work with potential tenants and the current owners to make sure they know the town welcomes new business at that site, said Carpenter. We need to go out and ask residents what kinds of businesses they would go to in Chappaqua and Millwood, then we need to get those businesses here.
Mottel spoke next on her measures to maintain the town's AAA Bond Rating. She also highlighted her time and achievements as New Castle deputy supervisor.
The hard work and long hours I have spent working on the budget process have made it possible for New Castle to be one of only seven towns in the state to achieve this highest rating, said Mottel. Mottel also went on to discuss the devastation caused by the closing of D'Agostinos and the need to feel their vacancy.
Town Board member Chaplin spoke warmly about the tight-knit community of New Castle and his desire to maintain the sense of community that attracts so many families, including his own, into the area.
Zuckerman spoke on behalf of himself and Douglas M. Kraus, who could not attend the conference due to a medical emergency within his family. Zuckerman focused his time on the commitment both him and Kraus have made to New Castle and will continue to make.
Kaplowitz concluded the conference by asking the small group of residents if they would rather have a 2.2 percent tax that he was able to get the county to cut or a one percent tax cut that his opponents proposed. The crowd lit up with excitement.
In 2011, I was successful in leading the board in cutting county taxes 2.2 percent with $30 million in spending cuts, said Kaplowitz.
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