Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report March 13, 2018

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – March 13, 2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Power Outage

power outagePower has been restored to all New Castle customers!

Thank you to our first responders – our volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps – who are always there for us. While we were safe at home, they were away from their families working on our behalf. They were on our roads, working tirelessly in often dangerous conditions to keep our communities safe. As always, they were there for us when we needed them most. Thank you!

I want to thank the long, hard hours put in by police department, department of public works, our entire municipal staff, and, of course, all the dedicated line crews who worked to restore our power.

I also want to thank our elected officials – including Congresswoman Lowey’s office, the Governor’s office, Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz – for their advocacy on behalf of our community.

We are aware that many storm related issues remain that need to be addressed. These include tree limbs in wires, trees leaning on wires, debris in the road. Please email us identifying the issue (i.e. tree on wires) include the location of the issue (house number on street or intersection) along with photos, if possible, to: stormdamage@mynewcastle.org.

The Public Service Commission may require Con Edison to provide reimbursement for spoilage losses.  A Residential Claim for Food and Prescription Medicine Spoilage Form can be found here. Claims must include an itemized list, with a maximum of $515.  There must also be a proof of loss in the form of a cash register tape, store or credit card receipts or photographs of spoiled items.

Please join us on Wed, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library, our Community Preparedness Committee will host a Community Conversation to discuss lessons learned from this event. We want to hear your feedback, comments, concerns, and suggestions. We will also invite experts on solar power and generators to provide real-time responses to some of the questions you may have.

For those who used generators and now have used oil that needs to be discarded, service stations who sell motor oil are required by law to accept used motor oil and oil filters. The New Castle Recycling Center has the ability to accept small quantities of used motor oil (1 gallon or less is tightly sealed containers) from residents only. We do not accept oil filters, antifreeze, brake fluid, or gasoline. Private companies who service generators are not permitted to bring motor oil to the Recycling Center, a photo ID is required for town residents. Please call the Recycling Center at 914-238-8091 with any further questions.

Composting

compostingLast night we authorized a food scrap composting pilot program. A drop-off site located at the Town Recycling Center on Hunts Lane will be created. The program is only for New Castle residents. We also established an ad-hoc committee to coordinate program implementation, provide public program education and outreach to residents, monitor program success and make recommendations as to the continuation of the program. Thank you to Suzi Novak & Dick Goldsmith, and our entire incredible Sustainability Advisory Board, for their work on this initiative.

Coffee & Conversation with George Latimer

latimer coffeePlease join us on Sat., April 14, 10:00-11:30am for a casual conversation over coffee with County Executive George Latimer and Legislator Michael Kaplowitz. Town Hall, 200 S. Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization

Two week look aheadOur crews continue to work on Lower King St. from Greeley Ave. leading down the street towards the railroad. Traffic will be maintained from S. Greeley to King St. for night time operations. We continue our bi-weekly meeting with our project manager and contractor. Click here for weekly updates & two weeks forecast. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me – RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org

Gun Violence

Deputy Supervisor Lisa Katz is planning a trip to Albany with Horace Greeley students on Fri., April 20th. Stay tuned for details. For those who may be interested, please email Lisa at LKatz@MyNewCastle.org

RBI Summit

rbi summitI was honored to take part in the Reusable Bag Initiative Summit sponsored by our incredible SAB (Sustainability Advisory Board). Our SAB chair Steve Wolk & member Jennifer Mebes Flagg discussed the challenges and positive results of our program so other communities can follow our lead. Thank you to John DeCicco, Jr. for taking part in the discussion.

Eric Doppelt

Eric DoppeltLast night we honored Horace Greeley student Eric Doppelt. Eric lost his Aunt Jane to pancreatic cancer. Eric has not stopped his fight to end this awful disease. Eric created a charity in honor of his Aunt. A link to the video is here.

Eagle Scouts

Congratulations to Alexander Chin & Jonathan Fischer on their achievement of becoming Eagle Scouts. Alex created a website database for the New Castle Historical Society. Jonathan created an educational native plant garden at the Wagon Road Camp. They have both demonstrated leadership, commitment, and honor which exemplify an outstanding Eagle Scout.