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New Castle Dems Hold Lead on Town Board

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. - Broken polling machines delayed any official results Tuesday night, however, cautiously optimistic New Castle Democrats celebrated what appears to be a clean sweep for town positions.

“Thank you to everybody here, because I think the candidates know there’s no way we could have been successful without everybody’s support,” said Town Board candidate Jason Chapin. “Take a few days off from emailing, spend some time with your families. This really was a team effort and I want to thank you entirely for everything you did.”

Polling machines in election Districts 9 and 16 were sealed after they were deemed defective. The ballots from those districts could not be tabulated on Tuesday night.

With 13 of the 16 districts in New Castle reporting, the Westchester Board of Elections unofficially has Susan Carpenter (D) leading Bob Kirkwood with 1,603 votes to 1,412 in the town supervisor race.

“I never expected to get as much support as I got,” said Carpenter. “So I really, really appreciate it. It’s been fun. Win, lose or draw it’s been a good experience. I can't imagine trying to do [Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard's] job. Somehow, if I win, I’ll muddle through and we’ll figure it out.”

For the Town Board, incumbent Elise Kessler Mottel (D), with 1,576 votes and Chapin (D) with 1,475 votes lead challengers Richard Diefenbach (R,I), 1,282 votes, and Rob Greenstein (TIG), 807 votes.

Town Justice incumbents David Zuckerman (D) and Douglas Kraus (D), with 1,920 and 1,994 votes, respectively, hold a sizeable lead over challenger Kevin Moore (R,I), who has 1,219 votes. Zuckerman believes the votes reflect the town’s satisfaction with the current government.

“The story that never gets out is how many people we would ask ‘is there anything you want to ask us about? Anything you want to talk about?’” said Zuckerman. “They consistently would say to us ‘no, everything’s great, we love this town.’”

The proposed ward referendum, which would have divided New Castle into six voting wards based on population and expanded the Town Board, appears to have been  overwhelmingly shut down. The Westchester Board of Elections unofficially has it 1,749 votes against 717.

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