District Residents React To State Sen. Candidates' Debate

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Richard Auslander was among those who asked questions at the Castelli-Murphy debate.
Richard Auslander was among those who asked questions at the Castelli-Murphy debate. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marilyn Miller speaks at the Murphy-Castelli debate.
Marilyn Miller speaks at the Murphy-Castelli debate. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. --  Folks who live in the 40th State Senate District were pleased with the debate between candidates Robert Castelli and Terrence Murphy, before a packed audience on Wednesday night at the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps building.

Castelli and Murphy are running in the Republican Primary on Sept. 9.

Richard Auslander, a Lewisboro resident, said the candidates “spoke very well.”

“They were pleasant to each other,” he said. Auslander also said that they both have good ideas.

“I think they both did a good job,” said North Salem resident Howard Hellwinkel, who added that they expressed “themselves clearly.”

Hellwinkel also said, “They were respectful of each other.”

Southeast resident Marilyn Miller said “they did well.” Miller spoke favorably of Castelli, saying that he has more experience.

Philipstown resident Cathy Sapeta does not live in the state senate district but came to the debate and asked a question pertaining to the Common Core. She is part of a group called New Yorkers United for Kids, which supports repealing the Common Core.

“I think the debate went really well,” she said. Sapeta says issues need to be understood before voting. Sapeta confirmed that, if she could vote in the race, she is inclined to support Murphy.

The 40th Senate District covers Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Armonk, Bedford, Briarcliff, Peekskill, Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Yorktown and parts of Putnam and Dutchess County.

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