New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 6/26/2019
Supervisor, New Castle
Chief Charles Ferry
After 35 years on the New Castle Police force, including the last 10 as Chief of Police, I am sorry to report that Chief Charles Ferry is retiring effective June 28, 2019. Of course, because he’ll have time to enjoy his family and not be on constant 24-hour call, Chief Ferry may not share my disappointment!
Chief Ferry has served the Town of New Castle with professionalism, integrity and honor. Under Chief Ferry’s leadership, we have assembled a diverse police force of outstanding professionals. The women and men who served under Chief Ferry have responded to the full spectrum of situations, keeping all of New Castle safe and secure.
On a personal level, I have really enjoyed working with the Chief over the last 5 ½ years. We’ve collaborated on a number of public safety initiatives including our nationally-recognized “Hands off the Phone and On the Wheel” initiative. Those efforts, including the distracted driver diversion course, will be part of the Chief’s legacy.
Chief Ferry leaves our police department in great shape for his successor, Lieutenant James Carroll, who will be surrounded by a great team.
On behalf of the residents of New Castle, I thank Chief Ferry for his service and wish him the very best.
Chief James Carroll
Chief Carroll has been with New Castle for over 25 years. He started as a police Officer in 1993. He was a field training officer for 5 years, Sergeant from 2004- 2016 and Lieutenant since 2016. He has more than 15 years of police supervisory experience. He has been & will continue to be an asset to the Town. We wish Chief Carroll great success in his tenure as Chief of Police. Congrats!
Thank You Chappaqua Station
At the request of Chappaqua Station, the Town Board has consented to the assignment of the Chappaqua Station lease to Bobo’s Café from Somers. Check out their menu. I know my daughter is looking forward to their pitaya bowls & smoothies! Thank you Chappaqua Station for a beautiful renovation of the space & serving the community for the past 4 years.
Downtown Chappaqua Rezoning
We are currently working on changing the zoning in downtown Chappaqua so it’s consistent with our 2017 Comprehensive Plan. We are working to increase housing to meet the needs of young people and older adults, increase recreational opportunities and create design guidelines. Here’s a great source of information for the Chappaqua Hamlet Rezoning. We held our kick-off meeting on 5/23. Watch video here. We held our 2nd work group meeting on June 10th. Our third meeting was June 25th. Our next meeting is July 17th. New Castle Comprehensive Plan
Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
Some have asked why the gaps in the new sidewalks. That reason is that we are waiting for NYSDOT approval for ADA compliance before pouring sidewalks at a few locations, such as by Eye Gallery, ICD, Local, Whispering Pines & Bank of America. This approval comes after the curbs are installed & involves reviewing redesigned steps into those stores. We also cannot pour new sidewalks until some trench drains are installed by Starbucks and Pizza Station. Lastly, before working at the corner King & Greeley, we need approval from NYSDOT for the temporary location of the stop sign. As far as South Greeley (by Pizza Station), this week & next week they will be fabricating the trench drain. As far as South Greeley (by Starbucks), last week they poured some sidewalks. This week they will install brick pavers & place concrete in areas with trench drains.
As far as South Greeley (Chappaqua Hardware side), they graded for sidewalk & started pouring the sidewalks. This week they will continue to grade for sidewalk, pour more sidewalks & install brick pavers. As far as lower King, last week they continued to place concrete and continued to install the brick pavers. By Casa Tile, they excavated & graded for the bluestone. This week they will place the concrete & bluestone. They will continue to install brick pavers. Full depth road restoration on lower King is on hold. As far as Allen Place, they installed the sidewalk & brick pavers. As far as upper King from South Greeley to Senter Street (Family Britches side), next week they will excavate & install new drainage in the sidewalk & roadway. Night work is not currently planned over the next 2 weeks.
Our 1st pedestrian beacon is currently being installed. The other 3 pedestrian beacons will be installed at the following locations:
- By Pizza Station to Bank of America
- By Lange’s
- By Route 100/bike path
We tried to have one installed by The Bagel Emporium but the state would not it due to sign line issues. These beacons, along with our new crosswalks, bump-outs & traffic light will make it safer and more enjoyable to walk around our downtown!
Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates. To date, there have been 46 updates.
The Town Board approved funding for content for a brand new web site the town is planning called Discover Chappaqua. A site similar to this. For the content we are collaborating with Grace Bennett of Inside Press. This Discover Chappaqua website that will highlight all that Chappaqua has to offer – a great place to shop, eat & live. The web site will also highlight the streetscape improvements. The web site launch will coincide with a ribbon cutting celebration in downtown Chappaqua when the streetscape improvements are completed.
Work on 117 continues. The expected completion date is 7/20. Last night the Town Board approved the opening of the remaining retail once the road improvements are completed to the satisfaction of our Commissioner of Public Works & Town Engineer (with the new turning lanes fully operational) while they await for final administrative approval from NYS DOT.
Last night the Town Board authorized the acceptance of the bid for the Chap-Line feasibility study to Barton & LoGuidice.
Westchester County Airport
As part of a program to reach more county residents, the Westchester County Airport Advisory Board is holding its next meeting on Wed. June 26th at 7:00pm at the Rye Brooke Village Hall – 938 King St, Rye Brook, NY 10573. Items expected to be discussed include Airport Landing Fees and the County’s recent engagement of Harris Miller to conduct a Noise Study. Please try to attend to help reinforce the importance of this issue to New Castle residents. Here is the Westchester County Airport Contract with Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc (HMMH). The Town Board, along with our Airport Advisory Board, wrote a letter to County Executive Latimer expressing our concerns re: the HMMH Contract.
Leaf Blower Environmental Protection Law
We held another public hearing on 6/11. One again, we heard lots of great feedback. Our next public hearing is 07/16. The revised leaf blower legislation permits gas-powered leaf blowers during October thru May but only permits electric leaf blowers in the summertime. Eliminating gas-powered leaf blowers in the summer will reduce air pollutants & reduce noise levels. As far as greenhouse gases, it is estimated that with this proposal over 135 metric tons of CO2 annually will be saved from the atmosphere. Click here to see the SAB Report – Leaf Blower Environmental Protection Law April 2019. Click here to read the draft law.
2019 Summer Concert Series
- 7/10 – Tramps Like Us – Bruce Springsteen tribute band
- 7/17 – Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart – American Country band
- 7/24 – Arena Rock Tribute – multi-tribute Classic Rock band that pays homage to iconic bands and artists who helped define Classic Rock in the 70’s and 80’s
- 7/31 – FDR Drive – Top 40 and classic hits
- 8/7 – The Haks – Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Country, Southern Rock
- 8/14 – The Chappaqua Orchestra
Thank you to our sponsors Breezemont Day Camp, Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center, Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, Financial Asset Management & Korth & Shannahan