New Castle Supervisor’s Report – April 10, 2019
Supervisor, New Castle
Jacob Breitstein (“Poppy”), father of Grace Bennett, Publisher/Editor in Chief of Inside Chappaqua, passed away this past Saturday night. Poppy was a Holocaust survivor. He was 96 years young. Poppy was loved by many in the community. I would like to share parts of a beautiful tribute that Grace wrote for her father :
My strong, defiant, fun loving, irrepressibly cheerful father…my best friend these last two years especially… an unforgettable character and study in true grit and perseverance, truly. May the world never forget all that he and his family endured, and what all the lost souls and survivors endured, when hate and loathing ran so thoroughly amok. If I could wish for and have learned anything from him, his legacy, it would be to have the same iron will to survive through any hardship (the light at the end of the tunnel is real and bright and promising) and to also open your mind to new ideas… I will picture him flying free now with the spirits of his lost brothers and sisters and mother so cruelly taken. Or maybe meeting up again with his father who lived a long life after the war too. Or with my mom, 13 years later, who he’ll be resting next to again soon…..Poppy truly was that chipper, eclectic character so many here enjoyed learning about, and I’ll deeply miss him and cherish my memories of him forever.
April is Genocide Awareness Month
April is Genocide Awareness Month. New York is one of eight states that have laws requiring schools to teach about the Holocaust or genocide. I am recommending that we create a Holocaust Memorial somewhere in town.
Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
We are currently working from Town Hall to the Shell Station (on the town hall side). We have installed new curbing, footings & electrical conduits for the new decorative light poles & sidewalks. They are now grading & preparing for the pouring of the new sidewalk. Installation of our new decorative light poles has started – from the library to Bell School. We will be installing a total of 57 decorative light poles. We have also installed the foundations for the pedestrian beacons (for pedestrian crossing) along South Greeley. The bricks for the accent strips along the granite curbs have arrived, and will be installed in the near future. The trenches have been excavated for the sitting wall by Pizza Station. We are also currently working from the Post Office to Susan Lawrence (on the Susan Lawrence side of street). Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates.
As I mentioned several months ago, we issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to update our zoning, so it’s consistent with the 2017 Comprehensive Plan which calls for a new and more vibrant mix of retail and residential uses within the hamlets. We have completed our interviews and hope to finalize our decision in the near future.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
I had a very productive meeting with Lisa Hofflich on March 27, 2019. She is the Hudson Valley Regional Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. We discussed airport issues and funding for bridge over the railroad crossing on Roaring Brook Road and Saw Mill River Parkway. We discussed funding for clean water/sewers and discussed the Con Ed Gas moratorium.
Back in 2015 we introduced “Welcome to the Neighborhood” – a guide for current and prospective New Castle residents. We worked with Inside Chappaqua. The guide was full of Town and relevant information that captures the essence of living in New Castle. Here’s the online version. With the construction coming to an end, I am recommending that we update the Welcome Guide. We definitely have good content to add: our new streetscape, ChappPAC, DeCicco’s, Whole Foods, Life Time Fitness, Millwood Garden, our green initiatives, new playground at Gedney and new playground & basketball court coming to town hall.
New Castle Basketball Court & Playground
Construction of New Castle’s new expanded, inclusive playground and basketball court behind Town Hall is currently scheduled to start in September. We are hoping to start it sooner. The basketball court and playground are expected to take about three months to complete. The 84-by-50-foot court will be located in the back corner of the lot near Recreation Field. We plan to use the basketball court for pickleball as well. Additional parking will be added to the front parking lot at Town Hall to offset the loss of spaces in the back,.
We previously passed a new rule prohibiting smoking in our public parks. We also passed a local law raising the age to purchase tobacco & vape product from 18 to 21. As well, we passed a local law regulating the location of vape shop. We prohibited vape shops within 2,000 feet of the lot line of any school, 500 feet of any park, playground, library or religious institution & no more than one vape shop shall be located on any lot or within 1,000 feet of any other vape shop. We are now considering amending our vape law to include the same restrictions for the retail distribution, sale or offer for consumption of recreation marijuana. On March 26th, we opened our public hearing, and adjourned it to April 30th. We also wrote a letter to Senator Peter Harckham & Assemblyman David Buchwald expressing our concerns re: recreational marijuana.
Join the Beautification Advisory Board by accepting the #Trashtag challenge to clean up our community this April. #Trashtag is a global movement that is sweeping social media. The idea is simple: 1) choose a street or neighborhood, 2) snap a before photo, 3) clean up and leave your bags for curbside collection, 4) post photos of your efforts on social using #TrashtagNewCastle to inspire others to do the same. Tag You’re It! Want to issue a #TrashtagNewCastle challenge? Choose a friendly rival (neighborhood, sports team, Scout Troop, etc.) and challenge them to see who can collect more trash. At the end of April the winning team (who collected and posted a photo with the most bags) will be announced, so stay tuned! Pick up plastic bags all month at: Town Hall, the Recycling Center and Hardware Stores in both Chappaqua and Millwood. YOU CAN START BEFORE CLEAN-UP DAY, APRIL 27TH! Join the challenge today!
New Castle Seniors Invite Greeley Students to Shine at Spring Concert
Thank you to members of the Horace Greeley Chamber Orchestra for performing a wonderful concert for the New Castle Seniors.
- Abby Gould
- Zoya Yan
- Jason Kang
- Nicolas Eichenberger
- Mariah Walsh
- Linda Zhang
- Bjorn Pagen
- Leona Liu
- Chirag Kumar
- Allison Lupatkin
- Thomas Ye
- Nico Andreshak
And thank you to Greeley music teacher Kathleen Feldman for developing this incredible program, in conjunction with members of the New Castle Senior Activity Board.