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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Ivy Pool, Town Supervisor

Welcome to my first Supervisor’s Report. I am excited to begin this new adventure, and I pledge to work hard every day on behalf of the residents of New Castle. Serving as your Town Supervisor is an honor and a privilege...and I can't wait to get to work!

There are several new faces and some returning characters on the Board. I want to welcome back Councilwoman Lisa Katz, who is the longest-serving member of the Board, having been elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. I also want to extend a warm welcome to new Town Councilman Jason Lichtenthal, who was elected in 2019.

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New Town Board

Jeremy Saland Appointed Deputy Town Supervisor

Jeremy Saland photo

I am thrilled to announce that Jeremy Saland has accepted the offer to serve as Deputy Town Supervisor, and was officially appointed to this role at last night’s Organizational Meeting. First elected to the Town Board in 2015, Jeremy was re-elected in November 2019. Prior to joining the Town Board, Jeremy served as Town Prosecutor from 2010-2015. He has a wealth of knowledge about Town issues, and he is insightful, dedicated, and honest. Congratulations Jeremy and thank you for your service!

Lauren Levin Appointed to Vacant Council Seat

Lauren being sworn in

At our Organizational Meeting on January 7th the Town Board unanimously appointed Lauren Levin to serve as Town Councilwoman, filling the vacancy left when I was elected Town Supervisor.  Under New York State law, Lauren’s appointment to serve on the Town Board will last until December 31, 2020, and the position of Town Council Member for the 2021 calendar year only (i.e., a 1-year term) will be filled at the next general election to be held in November 2020. Welcome Lauren! The Town Board looks forward to serving with you.

Welcome Back Town Administrator Jill Simon Shapiro and Deputy Administrator/Comptroller Robert Deary

I am also pleased to announce that Town Administrator Jill Simon Shapiro will continue her service to the Town, and the Board voted last night to approve her contract. Jill has served as Town Administrator since 2014, and is an invaluable source of historical knowledge as well as a tireless public servant. Also continuing in his role is Deputy Town Administrator and Comptroller Robert Deary, whose steady leadership of the Town’s finances has been a source of pride and comfort for the Board and residents alike. This year Rob will assume responsibility for managing the project management office to track progress against the Town Board’s goals and objectives. Thank you Jill and Rob!

Update on the Form Based Code – Rezoning the Chappaqua Hamlet

A traditional zoning code regulates land use by dictating where certain uses (ie: business, residential, industrial, etc.) can occur.  By comparison, a form based code attempts to look holistically at how zoning relates to infrastructure, parking, open space, design/architecture, etc., and focuses more on the “form” of the building, as opposed to mandating its use. This is a truly exciting way to plan for the future of our beloved downtown. 

Working with the members of the Downtown Working Group, the Town Board is charged with creating a form based code that reflects the goals of the Town’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan: “to preserve the Town’s bucolic, residential character and its historic resources, while promoting new mixed-use development in the hamlets to meet the community’s housing needs and fostering thriving commercial and civic spaces.” Last night the new Town Board heard a presentation from Director of Planning Sabrina Charney-Hull as to the current status and next steps for this project. Next week, the Downtown Working Group will convene on Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30PM to discuss the most recent draft of the code. To learn more, please visit:

Comprehensive Sidewalk Plan

Most residents want the Town to invest in sidewalks to improve walkability, connect our neighborhoods with the hamlets, and create safe routes to schools. The 2017 Comprehensive Plan detailed the need for complete streets and enhanced walkability.  There are financial challenges with implementing sidewalks, as well as coordination and cooperation with the State and County, where necessary. The first step is to complete the Comprehensive Sidewalk Plan. A plan will enable us to apply for grants and/or to find other funding solutions. Last night the new Town Board reviewed the “priority areas” identified by the previous Town Board and discussed next steps town the creation of the Comprehensive Sidewalk Plan. The priority areas identified by the previous board include:

  1. Millwood sidewalks – Station Place, Rt. 100 to Hidden Hollow, and Rt 133 to Gedney Park and Granite Rd.,
  2. Bedford Road (NYS Rt. 117) from King St to Roaring Brook Road,
  3. ChapLine,
  4. Quaker Road from Chappaqua to Millwood,
  5. Roaring Brook Road (east of the Saw Mill).

To this list of priorities, the new Town Board added

6. Douglas Road, and
7. Bedford Road (NYS Rt. 117) from King Street to Old Farm Lake.

Goals and Objectives for 2020-21 Term

At the beginning of each term, the Town Board establishes Goals and Objectives, which serve as the priority projects on which the Town will be working during the coming months and years. While the Goals and Objectives do not represent the totality of the issues on which the Town will be working, they are important for establishing areas of focus and tracking progress. On Tuesday evening the Town Board discussed a framework for tracking its Goals and Objectives for this term. Each Town Board member is now providing his or her own initiatives for inclusion. The areas of focus will include:

  1. Thriving Hamlets,
  2. Capital Planning and Modern Infrastructure,
  3. Climate-Smart New Castle,
  4. Recreation and Community Spirit,
  5. Municipal Management.

The Office of the Deputy Town Supervisor/Comptroller Rob Deary will establish a Project Management Office (PMO) to track progress against the Goals and Objectives on an ongoing basis, and to make quarterly progress reports to the Town Board.  The PMO template, including a list of initiatives associated with each of the goals and objectives listed above, will be published on the Town’s website when finalized.

Catskill Aqueduct Shutdown Update

On December 11, 2019 the Town switched its water source temporarily from the Catskill Aqueduct to the New Croton Reservoir. This is due to a scheduled shutdown of the Catskill Aqueduct by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, to allow the DEP to make necessary repairs to the aqueduct, which provides drinking water to millions of NYS residents. The shutdown will last until late January, at which time the Aqueduct will be reopened and our water source will shift back to the Catskill Aqueduct. Please note that 10-week shutdowns are also planned in 2020 and 2021. Due to the change in water source, residents may detect a slight change in the taste or smell of their water. Rest assured that the water is tested and treated at the Millwood Water Treatment Plant, our state of the art facility that provides some of the cleanest and best tasting water around, greatly exceeding all NYSDOH and EPA water quality standards! We are fortunate to have this incredible asset in our Town. To learn more please review the FAQs published on the Town’s website.

Update from the Airport Advisory Steering Committee

Be heard and help resolve the impacts of Westchester County Airport (HPN) on our community.  Join the New Castle Airport Advisory Board or participate in the following public meetings:

  • Westchester Airport Advisory Board. Regular monthly board meeting held Wednesday, January 8th @ 7:00 pm in the Terminal Conference Room, Westchester County Airport. (Click here for more information

  • New Castle Airport Advisory Board. Organizational meeting to be held Thursday, January 9th @ 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall. (Click here for more information)

  • FAA Airport Noise Forum. Wednesday, January 22nd @ 6:00 p.m. in the New Castle Community Center, 10 Senter Street. (Click here for press release)

Please contact with questions or to join our mailing list.

Thank you to Ken Silverman, Jim Smith, and Jon Yanovsky for leading this effort!

April 1 is Census Day

The 2020 Census is an important opportunity for everyone to be counted! Census data is used to determine legislative and school districts, community funding, and local policy and program needs. The 2020 Census will conducted online for the first time, in addition to mail and phone, making it even easier to be counted. Stay tuned for more information!

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administrator's report
Jill Shapiro, Town Administrator

Summer Help Wanted!

If you are New Castle resident, with one year of college completed by Summer 2020, we have paid internships available.  The Town of New Castle is looking for college students for a 6 week internship, knowledge of CAD preferred but not required. Compensation is $1500 for the 6 weeks with an opportunity to extend. Cover letter with resume should be sent to Jill Shapiro  at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.Org by January 31, 2020.

Volunteer Board and Commission Openings!

There are currently vacancies on the Beautification Advisory Board, Conservation Board, Planning Board, and Recreation Commission.  If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out a volunteer application form and return it to Jill Shapiro at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.Org.

Questions? Need more information? Please call me at 238.4742 or email me
at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.Org.

Beautification Board

A non-partisan advisory committee that advises on, formulates and promotes programs that will enhance the beauty and appearance of New Castle. Read more about the Beautification Board here:

Conservation Board

The Conservation Board studies and advises the Town Board and other Town departments, boards and commissions on developing sound open space planning and assuring preservation of natural and scenic resources within the Town of New Castle. Read more about the Conservation Board here:

Planning Board

The Planning Board is responsible for approval of all subdivisions and site plans throughout the Town as well as certain environmental permits. Read more about the Planning Board here:

Recreation & Parks Commission

The mission of the New Castle Recreation and Parks Department is to enhance the quality of life in New Castle through sports, leisure, and other recreational experiences and to provide a safe environment that emphasizes fun and the joy of personal development through participation and discovery at all ages. Read more about the Recreation and Parks Commission here:

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