Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report December 11, 2017

Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report December 11, 2017

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Deputy Supervisor Adam Brodsky

Please join us next Tues, Dec. 19th, 6:15p-7:15p, as we thank Deputy Supervisor Adam Brodsky for this dedication and commitment to the Town of New Castle. A light dinner and refreshments will be served outside the Assembly Room of Town Hall. Please RSVP to Ciara Gannon at CGannon@MyNewCastle.org or (914) 238-4774. Going forward Adam will still be involved as we appointed him as liaison to the Town Board for the Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization.

Recyclables in Plastic Bags Will Not be Picked Up

Effective January 1, 2018, recyclables in plastic bags will not be picked up. All recyclables must be loose and unbagged and placed in recycling containers. If recyclables are in plastic bags, this SaniPro sticker will be affixed to the plastic bag as a reminder.

Changes in Federal Tax Law

With possible changes in the Federal tax law, some residents have contacted us regarding prepayment of 2018 property taxes. We are permitted under NYS tax law to collect a prepayment of the second half of 2017-18 school taxes, but we are not permitted to collect any prepayment of the 2018 Town and County taxes which will be due by April 30. If you wish to prepay second half of 2017-18 school taxes in 2017, be sure the New Castle Tax Office receives payment on or before December 31, 2017 or transmittal of payment is postmarked on or before December 31, 2017. Please note you can review your tax history on the home page of our website: MyNewCastle.org. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Tax Office at (914) 238-4773 or TaxReceiver@myNewCastle.org.

Raising the Age for Tobacco & Vape Product Purchases

We are looking into raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products, as well as vaping products, from 18 to 21. We are committed to protecting young people, and passing this legislation will help achieve that goal. IMO, Westchester County should also raise the age to 21. I will encourage them to do so.

2018 Budget

We passed the 2018 budget. Once again, our 2018 budget provides residents with the essential municipal services they expect and deserve, repair the long neglected infrastructure and respect the tax cap. We were presented with the opportunity to raise the total tax levy by $ $701,646 for 2018 and still remain within the tax cap. However, this budget increases the levy by 1.06% or an increase of $219,632, less than one-third the amount allowable under the tax cap for this year. Our tax increase is $23 increase per average household. Our paving budget was increased by another $100,000 to $922,452. In addition, the Town has maintained our $25,000 funding for beautification, and $10,000 for public safety initiatives. Thank you to Comptroller Rob Deary for his financial stewardship which allowed us to once again respect the tax cap even while undertaking the massive Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization project.

Balloon Float Test – Millwood Cell Tower

As I previously mentioned in a prior Supervisor Report, we are exploring putting a cell tower on the water treatment property in Millwood. This cell tower would be near the Con Ed transmission line towers which would reduce the visual impact. To date, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are interested in this site. A balloon float is currently scheduled for Monday 12/18.   If the weather conditions are not satisfactory on Monday, it will take place on Tuesday 12/19.  This is the 1st balloon float test. If a lease is eventually approved, another balloon float during the site plan approval process would be rescheduled.

New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Celebration

The 1st New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Holiday Celebration took place last Saturday. The celebration included a display of the diversity logo contest entries, and the winner was announced. Congratulations to Katie Ginsberg for her winning entry. This is the new logo of the New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee.

Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden

The beds are built and filled with soil. Thank you to all the volunteers. Planting will be next Spring. You must be a New Castle resident to participate. InterGenerate will be managing the garden. No experience is required. To be added to their email list, please email Suzi Novak suzin@jsgnovak.com.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Nice Article in Westchester Magazine about Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Clic k here for spring schedule