Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report June 12, 2018

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – June 12, 2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle
 

Come join us on the last day of school!


Recreation Field (across from Bell Middle School) from 11:00am – 1:30pm on June 22nd. We will have bounce rides, obstacle course, games, band, free pizza and more! All kids welcome! 

Summer Concerts

Please join us for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. We will have beer & wine from DeCicco & Sons, multiple food trucks & fun activities for the kids.

  • Wed., 6/27 – Chappaqua Orchestra 6:30 – 7:30
  • Wed., 7/11 – White Wedding (80’s tribute band)
  • Wed., 7/18 – Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen cover band)
  • Wed., 7/25 – Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart
  • Wed., 8/1 – FDR Drive

 

Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

Con Ed continues to relocate & install new utility poles in downtown Chappaqua. This will enable us to widen the sidewalks. These new poles are higher & will raise the wires! Con Ed also began moving their wires to the new poles. Verizon & Altice will then do the same. The old poles will then be removed – last one to remove their wires removes the pole (that’s the actual rule). Sewer work at the intersection of South Greeley & Woodburn continues. Sewer installation should be completed within the next 2 weeks. We will then begin drainage work starting with work on the culvert near the Shell Station to Woodburn. 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

Leaf Blower Legislation

  • Our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board (“SAB”) has proposed legislation setting forth seasonal limitations regarding the use of motorized leaf blowers. Motorized blowers create noise, emit gases and blow dust particles and other airborne pollutants into the air and onto neighboring properties. In order to reduce the impacts of motorized blowers, our SAB is recommending prohibiting the use of motorized blowers from May 15 through September 30. Other Westchester Towns who have instituted seasonal bans include Rye, Tuckahoe, Yonkers, Larchmont, Ardsley, Mamaroneck, Hastings, Sleepy Hollow, New Rochelle, Pelham, Dobbs Ferry & Irvington.
  • “We are Still In” – in New Castle! “We Are Still In” is a coalition of states, cities, universities, faith groups, and environmental activists working to keep the Paris Agreement goals in play, including the official U.S. Paris target of a 26 to 28 percent reduction in CO2 by 2025.
  • On March 12, 2018, the New Castle Town Board unanimously authorized a food scrap recycling program for residents! Food scraps are one of the largest components of trash sent to landfills and incinerators. You can buy the kits you need to participate at the Recycling Center http://mynewcastle.org/departments/dept-of-public-works/recycling/. The kits cost $25 and consist of a kitchen collection bin, a locking transportation bin to take the waste to the Recycling Center and compostable bags for both bins. For more information email Composting@MyNewCastle.org

 

Electric Shuttle

Our electric shuttle has arrived! You’ll soon see it on the streets of New Castle. 

Chappaqua Crossing Apartments

Proud to take part in the Chappaqua Crossing apartment dedication last week. The iconic cupola building at Chappaqua Crossing now represents how affordable housing should be – integrated with market rate units and workforce housing in a beautiful and vibrant location. This is affordable housing we can be proud of! This is housing we can be proud of! Some coverage here

2017 Comprehensive Plan

In 2017, the Town Board adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan. The Town Board & Planning Board continued to discuss the 2017 Comprehensive Plan and the rezoning of downtown Chappaqua. We discussed the use of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“GEIS”) to review proposed zoning changes. Use of a GEIS makes it attractive to developers to know that any potential significant adverse environmental impacts have already been studied. To date, we have received awards from the American Planning Association & Westchester Municipal Planning Federation for our 2017 Comprehensive Plan. We are now proud to introduce our 2017 Comprehensive Plan website. Thank you Sabrina D. Charney Hull, our Director of Planning, and Lyle Anderson for making this web site a reality. 

School Safety

As I previously mentioned, there will be an increased New Castle Police presence at Horace Greeley High School, as well as our other schools in New Castle, for the remainder of the school year. Our children and those who dedicated their lives to educating them deserve no less. 

Gun Safety – June 21 is “ASK Day” (Asking Saves Kids)

In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign – a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics – promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play. It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a child’s life. The Town of New Castle has free gun locks provided by Project Child Safe. They are available in a display box next to the Med-return box in the police lobby. 

Taxi Service


Unfortunately due to the mandatory increases in minimum wage & the effects of Uber, Lyft, and other transportation network companies (“TNC”), Leros/Greeley Taxi has decided to no longer provide local service from the Chappaqua train station as of June 28th. We sent a Request for Proposals (RFP) to 67 taxi companies. We realize how important this is to our residents and those who work in our community & will do everything we can to fill the void left by Greeley Taxi. 

New Castle Airport Advisory Committee

We appointed 13 members to our newly formed New Castle Airport Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advisory reports regarding community impacts from the Westchester County Airport and provide related 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. 

Westchester County has scheduled 3 “Community Input Meetings”

The first two community input meetings were well attended by New Castle residents. The topics of those meetings were the “Master Plan” & “Governance and Privatization”. Thank you to everyone who attended & voiced their concerns! The topic of the last planned meeting is “Operations and Noise” and it’s scheduled for June 25th, 7 pm, West Harrison Senior Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison. Please attend and voice your concerns! 

Workers Comp Savings

We approved a renewal for the 2018-2019. We are savings another $42,533 over last year’s premium 

Betsy Towl – Women of Distinction

Congratulations to Betsy Towl for being a Women of Distinction honoree. Betsy was the Executive Director of the New Castle Historical Society for 22 years. In the late 1990’s, she lead the organization which permitted the historical society to purchase and restore the Horace Greeley House. Under her leadership, the organization grew from a small group of volunteers with an office in borrowed space to a wonderful historic house museum in the center of the community. Betsy continues to be a valued volunteer of the historical society to this day. Betsy has also served on the New Castle Beautification Advisory Board for the past 15 years and has recently been appointed to the New Castle Landmark Advisory Committee. 

Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony

Proud to take part in the Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Congratulations to the 2018 Gold Award recipients!