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

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

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Getting Started with Backyard Poultry

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua. Presented by Rachel Moody, Livestock Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County. The basics of getting started with a backyard flock will be covered. Topics will include:

  • Basic Anatomy
  • Breeds
  • Basic Husbandry
  • Equipment & Facility Management
  • Disease Control

Join us for this great introductory program to get you started with keeping your own backyard flock of poultry. They are fun, entertaining animals that provide fresh eggs and meat. This program will offer an overview to flock management with emphasis on: pasturing flocks of poultry, management of the poultry house, selecting hens for production, common diseases of the small flock, feeding and nutrition of poultry. An instructional sheet for residents who are interested in obtaining the requisite permitswill be available on Thursday night. Our building Inspector, Rich Polcari, will also be on hand to answer questions. Last night, the Town Board amended our fee schedule to include a charge of $25 for a permit fee. 

Blood Drive

Please consider donating blood in honor of Chris Longhitano on Sat, Feb 17th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Chappaqua Fire Dept, 491 King Street, Chappaqua. Open to the public….invite your friends and family. 

2018 Swearing-In Ceremony

I would once again like to thank President William Clinton for taking part in our 2018 inauguration for incoming Town officials. It was an incredible honor! The President’s insights about the value of kindness and compromise could not be more timely or important. I found it particularly heartening to hear the President highlight the importance of running for office, embracing difficult issues and doing your best every day for your constituents. 

Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization

We continue our bi-weekly meeting with our project manager and contractor. Many are concerned about the current condition of our roads in downtown Chappaqua. No doubt they are in bad shape! Replacing the gas lines and water system, and now working on replacing the sewer system, will do just that. Please remember that most asphalt plants not yet open. Potholes are generally filled with “cold patch” — a temporary fix that involves filling the hole with pre-mixed asphalt and tamping it down. Weather and traffic take their toll on the repair causes the asphalt to crumble. That’s unfortunately happening in downtown Chappaqua. The road will be repaved when all excavation is completed and new curbing is installed. I am very happy to report that we are now in a position to restore items back to the streetscape. We are currently restoring the full granite curbing installation. This will allow us to restore all sidewalks, if the budget permits. Work continues to be concentrated on the corner of lower King Street and Greeley. We have kept – and will continue to keep – 2 way traffic from King to South Greeley all night. They will not be closing lower King until 9 pm. Click here for weekly updates & two weeks forecast. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me –


The Town Board will once again be revisiting the ChapLine. The ChapLine would connect over 400 houses to downtown Chappaqua. It’s consistent with our updated comp plan! The previously studied ChapLine was located directly within two separate NYSDEC wetlands. It required an elevated boardwalk. We have another option. We can use the existing Westchester County trunk line as a surface for a trail. It runs the entire length of the proposed ChapLine. This issue was explored previously with Jerry Faiella. It was feasible at the time, subject to securing easements from the property owners along the trunk line where it extended into their properties. 

Electric Shuttle Bus

Pursuant to our a prior resolution, Town staff was directed to identify a vendor for the purchase of an electric shuttle. Town staff found a smaller & less expensive 9-16 passenger electric bus. After the state rebate, the electric shuttle will cost $88,000. After the $100,000 grant, we will have $12,000 left over for LED street lights. The electric shuttle bus will be handicapped accessible and have a 145 mile capacity on a single charge. Last night the Town Board approved the actual purchase of this electric shuttle. I look forward to seeing it on the roads of New Castle. 

Westchester County Airport Advisory Board

The Town of New Castle is interested in appointing a resident to the Westchester County Airport Advisory Board. The Westchester County Airport Advisory Board is authorized by the County Charter to:Hold meetings of its members at such time and place as the members of the board shall determine. Meet with the airport manager of the county airport or such other appropriate representative of the firm which manages the county airport at such time and place as the members of the board shall determine. Report to the county government, from time to time, on all matters related to the county airport. Meet with any parties and agencies, public and private, interested in the county airport and make recommendations to the county government based on its findings.

Interested residents should complete this form.

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. Last night we set a public hearing for March 13, 2018. We previously passed a new local law regulates the location of vape shops. We are committed to protecting young people from all nicotine delivery systems.. 

Millwood Sidewalk Improvements Project

We continue to work on the proposed Millwood Sidewalk Improvement Project. All of the design features that were requested by the Millwood-West End Advisory Board have been incorporated into the plans, which includes the following:

  • Pedestrian access will now be provided between the termination of the existing sidewalk located along Station Road (southerly entrance to the shopping center, DeCicco & Sons) and the existing sidewalk located at the southerly side of the Millwood Town Plaza (Spaccarelli’s).
  • The existing posted speed limit along Saw Mill River Road is presently 40 MPH. Due to the volume of pedestrian traffic which crosses over Saw Mill River Road (NYS Route 100) a lower speed limit of 30 MPH would be requested from the NYSDOT.
  • The existing crosswalk located at the northern side of the intersection of Saw Mill River Road (NYS Route 100) with Station Road (NYS Route 133) would be moved southerly and closer to the roadway intersection, which would now include a new traffic loop, pedestrian signal and signal timing. A second mid-street crosswalk would be installed at the southerly entrance to Millwood Park.

Habitat for Humanity

We had a great meeting with Habitat for Humanity a few week ago. Find out how you can help in 2018. You can also learn about Builder’s Camp. Contact Jim Killoran, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity of Westchester – jim@habitatwc.orgLearn More here
Donate here
Builder’s Camp information is available here.



The RoboChaps met with our Sustainability Advisory Board a few weeks ago to discuss their work studying how water is being used locally and how to reduce water use. Our Sustainability Advisory Board was excited to work with them on their campaign to raise awareness to help people reduce water use. Scan the QR code to download their incredible app.Residential Water Overuse: Sources and Prevention
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Modern Blowdry Bar

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