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New Castle Residents Take to Polls

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – New Castle residents showed up at seven different polling locations throughout Chappaqua, Millwood, Ossining and Pleasantville on Tuesday morning to cast their vote for District 4 County Legislator, town supervisor, town board and town justice.

“I always vote. It’s a responsibility to vote. People who complain about government and don’t vote, what are they doing?” said resident Richard Roher. “I voted a straight Democratic ticket. I’m pleased with the way the town is run and has been running for 20 years.”

While some residents were satisfied with the Democrats, others said they would like different parties have more representation in New Castle’s government.

“It would be nice to see a change,” said one resident who withheld their name. “The Democrats have been there so long and it would be nice to see some new ideas.”

Republican Town Supervisor candidate Bob Kirkwood arrived at Horace Greeley High School at 9 a.m. to punch his ballot. “I’m exhausted,” said Kirkwood, who spent much of his morning doing last-minute campaigning at Chappaqua's train station.

Approximately 50 voters showed up at Horace Greeley High School before 9 a.m., and pollsters said they expect to see more activity when residents get off from work after 5 p.m. Kirkwood said he is anticipating upwards of 4,000 New Castle residents voting on Tuesday.

“I think it’s good to have turnout,” said Kirkwood. “We’ve had a contested election, so I think it’s good to see people coming out. Great weather, no excuses for not voting. It’s wonderful out here.”

Along with the contested elections, residents were also casting their vote on whether or not to expand New Castle’s town board. The proposed referendum would divide New Castle into six voting wards based on population. Each ward would then elect a representative to serve on the town board.

“You could say it leads to greater participation and a more democratic process,” said Roher. “One of the things you worry about is, is there going to be too mach fractionalism and not enough decision making? So again, I’m satisfied with how the town has been run, so I voted against that.”

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