Supervisor, New Castle
Westchester County Airport Advisory Board
Last week the Town Board voted to recommend Robert Fleisher to be appointed to the Westchester County Airport Advisory Board. Rob is the very person who told us we were entitled to this position and few New Castle residents have been more involved on the County level. To paraphrase County Executive George Latimer, hopefully other municipalities follow our lead and appoint people who are more concerned with community sensitivity, over industry.
New Castle Airport Advisory Committee
Deputy Supervisor Lisa Katz has suggested creating a New Castle Airport Advisory Committee. The Town Board feels it would be beneficial to have a committee to discuss issues of interest regarding community impacts from the Westchester County Airport. The committee will provide advisory reports and recommendations to the Town Board. The committee will also provide updates and recommendations to the Town Board on matters pertaining to the airport including the Airport Master Plan update and any proposed privatization. If interested in joining this committee, please email Town Administrator Jill Shapiro JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org.
2017 Comprehensive Plan
In 2017, the Town Board adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan. It had been 28 years since the Town’s Comprehensive Plan was last updated. Last week, the Town Board began the discussion of executing Goal 26 of 2017 Comprehensive Plan. Goal 26 is titled “Create a sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses within the hamlets”. We must explore increased opportunities for housing in the hamlets. This would not only provide businesses with increased foot traffic but provide residents with immediate access to the hamlet’s amenities, services and transportation opportunities. This goal clearly states that existing zoning should be examined and revised to better facilitate the revitalization of the hamlets. We will holding a joint meeting with the Planning Board to start implement this community goal.
Every week, I plan on adding something to the agenda to help downtown Chappaqua. Here’s a summary of some of the efforts done over the years.
- 2012 – Started Chappaqua Millwood Chamber of Commerce started – Shop Local campaigns & more community events.
- 2015 to 2018 – Increased beautification budget from a mere $500 to $25,000
- 2014-2017- Planned & started $14M Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project ) – new wider sidewalks, attractive new public spaces, new crosswalks and traffic/parking improvements that will make it safer and more enjoyable to walk around our downtown. This project will improve the overall aesthetic of our Chappaqua Hamlet and finally provide us with an infrastructure platform that will allow our downtown to grow and prosper.
- 2017 – Adopted the 2017 Comprehensive Plan – last week we began discussing Goal 26 of 2017 Comprehensive Plan. Goal 26 which is titled “Create a sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses within the hamlets”.
This week, the ChapLine was on our agenda. The ChapLine is essentially a “pathway” that connects downtown with “Chappaqua Crossing”. This path would connect over 400 households to downtown Chappaqua. It’s 100% consistent with the comp plan. Last night the Town Board agreed to create a committee to study the ChapLine. All stakeholders are invited to join the committee – those in favor of this concept and those against. If interested in joining this committee, please email Town Administrator Jill Shapiro JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org.
Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
The largest and most critical sewer manhole was installed at Starbucks. We also installed the new sewer lines on lower King. Although the new sewer lines were installed pursuant to the engineering design which was approved by the Westchester County Board of Health, we wanted to verify that the connection to the County trunk line was correct. Construction was temporarily stopped on lower King while we waited for written confirmation. We were not idle while we waited for the sewer confirmation. From April 2 – April 13, we worked on the stormwater system behind Pizza Station. The vortex drainage structure was successfully installed and all parking spots have been restored. Last week we finally received the written confirmation we needed and we immediately recommenced work on lower King. Construction on lower King continued this week as we completed the lateral connections. We plan to pave lower King on Friday, 04/27. When we pave lower King, we will patch Greeley. The street sweeper is supposed to come on Friday morning. Continuation of the new sewer main will then continue on South Greeley from King (Starbucks) to Woodburn (Pizza Station). Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates. http://mynewcastle.org/chappaqua-infrastructure-and-streetscape-project/construction-information/. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me – RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org.
The Town of New Castle and New Castle Police Benevolent Association finally agreed on a new 5 year contract. Their contract had expired on 12/31/17. Thank you to New Castle PBA President Chad Golanec and Town Administrator Jill Shapiro for their hard work to get this done.
This month Sunday was Earth Day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board. Their commitment to sustainability is measured not by talk, but by their actions.
- Paris Accord – Adopted a resolution supporting Paris Climate Accord
- Reusable Bag Initiative – New Castle was the 1st town in New York State to implement a real, comprehensive Reusable Bag law! Our ordinance is now a model for other towns throughout Westchester
- Solarize – Our solar rooftops are producing hundreds of thousands of kwh from the sun every year and saving GHGs from entering the atmosphere.
- Community Choice Aggregation -Over 80% of New Castle residents and business use green power for their electricity!
- Composting – The SAB will soon introduce municipal composting. Residents will be able to bring their compost to a central location. We’ll save GHGs and save the town money.
- LED Street Lights -Forget the old inefficient lights that burn out every couple of years. We’re installing highly efficient LED lights that look good, save GHGs, and save money – and they last a long time.
- Education – Join us on May 3, 2018, 7p Chappaqua Performing Arts Center for a free community screening of the Leonardo DiCaprio film Before the Flood.
I am happy to report that we are receiving additional fund from NYS for paving. Our original budget was $922,452. With the additional funds, our total paving budget for 2018 is $1,016,024!
While Clean-Up Day was officially on Saturday, April 21st, please remember that bags and gloves are available all week at Millwood Hardware, Chappaqua Paint and Hardware & Town Hall. Bags will be collected roadside starting Monday, April 30th. Thank you to the New Castle Beautification Advisory Board, and the Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts for helping this past Saturday.
Chappaqua Crossing Shuttle Service
Beginning April 11th, Chappaqua Crossing started offering their free shuttle service. Initially, they are using a 12 person school bus. The shuttle will operate on a loop that will stop at Chappaqua Crossing (security gate), Walgreens (King Street) and the Chappaqua Train Station before making the return trip at the following times: Monday – Friday: 7:00am-9:30am, 11:30am-2:00pm, 4:00pm -7:00pm / Saturday: 8:00am-11:00am
Sunshine Children’s Home
The Town Board wrote to Westchester County Department of Health asking questions about water quality of the wells at Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center. Westchester County wrote back with answers. Follow these links to read our letter and their response.New Castle Town Board letter to Westchester Department of Heath dated April 3, 2018
Westchester County Department of Health letter to New Castle dated April 23, 2018 re: Sunshine Wells
Internet Purchase Exchange Location
The New Castle Police Department is offering residents increased safety when buying or selling items over the Internet. Residents can now make exchanges in the first floor lobby of Town Hall. The lobby is located right outside of the police station door where an officer is on duty 24/7. Video cameras have been installed that will record activity in the lobby. While everyone still needs to be careful whenever dealing with internet purchases, New Castle’s Internet Exchange Location provides a safer alternative for these transactions.There is no need to notify the police department. Anyone interested in using the Internet Exchange Location can simply show up and conduct the transaction. Call the police desk at 238-4422 if you have any questions or concerns.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Lifesavers Award for Public Service
Kudos to Ben Lieberman on being selected to receive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Lifesavers Award for Public Service. His dedication to reducing distracted driving deaths and injuries and his commitment to keeping families safe on our roadways is being acknowledged.
Roaring Brook School Beautification Project
I was proud to take part in the Roaring Brook School Beautification Project unveiling last week. Incredible job by the kids and staff!!