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Team New Castle to Millwood: You Have a Voice

MILLWOOD, N.Y. – Republican slate Team New Castle brought its listening tour to Tazza Café in Millwood Thursday night to give a voice to what they believe is an overlooked hamlet in the town that bears its namesake.

“I know that many of you have been very disenchanted with the fact that Millwood seems to be a second-class citizen when it comes to New Castle,” said Rich Diefenbach, candidate for town council.

Diefenbach’s sentiment was echoed by a number of Millwood residents who believe their needs have not been met by the town board.

Earlier this week, a proposed referendum that would split New Castle into six equally-represented wards on the town board was debated at Town Hall .

“I think the biggest problem is that a lot of the residents in the town conflate Chappaqua with the Town of New Castle,” said resident Michael Olin. “They don’t see there’s a difference.”

Olin said he and other residents think they are being taxed above their property value and believe they should not be lumped in with Chappaqua residence’s assessed values.

Bob Kirkwood, candidate for town supervisor, told the crowd, if elected, he would be in favor of a re-valuation of New Castle.

Comparing their situation to that of Millwood's, Diefenbach, Kirkwood, and Kevin Moore, candidate for town justice, said they are are hoping to bring a voice to a party they believe has been ignored.

“What we’re doing is looking for a place at the table,” said Moore. “There are two town justice positions, I’m only asking for one of those.”

Both supporters and critics of Team New Castle spoke with the candidates Thursday night, rarely letting a second go unused during the two hour meet-and-greet. As was the case with last week’s listening tour, another one of the most debated issues on the night was the recruitment of more businesses to the town.

“We have to market our town,” Kirkwood said. “We have to get out there and say we have demographics here that are favorable. We have demographics that you want. Other towns are doing it, we all know that.”

Team New Castle will return to Millwood on Monday night for a fundraiser at Spaccarelli's Restaurant.

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