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New-Look New Castle Town Board Holds First Meeting

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The New Castle Town Board introduced its two newest members when the board held its first meeting of 2012 on Tuesday. A day before being publicly sworn in the same building, Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter and Council member Jason Chapin took their seats behind the bench at New Castle Town Hall.

While the seat was the same, the setting was different for Carpenter, who is making the transition to the town board after spending four years as chairperson of the planning board. Chapin returned to the board after initially serving as a council member from 2000-2003.

“It is my very first meeting as supervisor,” said Carpenter, at the town’s annual organizational meeting. “The first thing we’re going to deal with is a number of appointments.”

Among the officials being appointed, or re-appointed, for two-year terms expiring on Dec. 31, 2013 were: Penny Paderewski as town administrator and budget officer, Jill Shapiro as town clerk and receiver of taxes, David Brito as town planner, Robert Deary as town comptroller, and Elise Kessler Motel as deputy town supervisor.

The board also adopted district water rates, a salary schedule for full-time and part-time employees and its meeting schedule. All board meetings for 2012 will take place on Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m.

The water rate will be $77 per 1,000 cubic feet and, to encourage conservation, water consumption of more than 6,000 cubic feet by any user during any billing period creates a “substantial likelihood” that a penalty will be imposed on the district by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP).

To off-set any penalty that the NYCDEP might impose, the town board, acting as commissioners of the district, set a surcharge at $12.50 for each 1,000 cubic feet, or portion thereof, in excess of 6,000 cubic feet.

Carpenter and Chapin, along with Council member Elise Kessler Motel, Town Justices Douglas Kraus and David Zuckerman and County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D – District 4) will be sworn in at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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