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New Castle Supervisor's Report - 12/18/2019

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle

Rob's Last MeetingSo much has changed in New Castle since I was elected 6 years ago.

But for me, the biggest change is what I learned. I’ve learned a lot about our town.

I’ve learned that our town employees are incredible. They are professional, hardworking and dedicated to serving our community. Our town department heads are experienced and insightful - a true pleasure to work with. I would like to thank all of them.

I learned the benefits of working with the biggest municipal attorneys in the County – Keane & Beane. We got a lot done and could not have so without the size and experience of their skilled team. Thank you for your guidance over the last six years and keeping me out of trouble!

But, the most important thing I learned is just how important Jill Simon Shapiro is to our town. When I was elected 6 years ago, there was only 1 person who stepped up to help me – Jill. Her institutional knowledge was invaluable. Her work ethic was immediately apparent. Jill reluctantly accepted my challenge to be Town Administrator. She took a huge risk to take the job. She stepped away from a comfortable job as Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes. For what, to work with a brand new Town board – including Town Supervisor – with zero experience. We had brand new town attorneys. From day 1, Jill did an incredible job. She faced great challenges in her first 6 months. Criticisms of me somehow became criticisms of her. But together we overcame those challenges Jill has been the secret to our success! Thank you, Jill.

I’d also like to thank our greatest resource – our residents. So many take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for the town. Their hard work makes a huge difference in our community and multiplies the things we can accomplish.

I’d like to thank our New Castle Republican leaders. They supported me - a Democrat – 3 times without regard to my political affiliation. They put community first, as I have tried to do over the years.

This leads me to another point. We are a community. We are a small and involved town. We are neighbors and citizens first and foremost. In local politics, labels shouldn’t matter. I hope that I proved that over the last six years. I certainly tried to do so.

A little over six years ago, when I first ran for Supervisor, I gave my closing statement at the League of Women Voters Candidates Night. I mentioned that that I had recently attended a local forum in Scarsdale, and their mayor was trying to summarize the State of the Village in 1 word. He couldn't. So he summarized it by simply saying as a village we continue to move forward. At that time, I mentioned that I didn’t think we could say the same thing. I now do. I believe we are heading in the right direction. And I am very confident that Ivy, Lisa, Jeremy, Jason & Lauren will continue to make New Castle an even better place to live, work and raise a family. And if I was to summarize the State of our town in one word - that word would be - community.

Finally, without taking anything away from those who I have already thanked, I cannot leave tonight without letting you all know that I am nothing without my family. Our three children spent six years being patient and understanding of the demands of my job. And my wife Cindy has been beside me and so supportive that without her, I couldn’t have served the Town as I have.

It was truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle, and I thank you for the opportunity.

New Castle Administrator's Report 12/18/2019

Jill Shapiro
Administrator, New Castle

FAQs about our water during the Catskill Aqueduct Shutdown.

Q: Why are we getting our water from another source?

A: New Castle usually gets its water from the Ashokan Reservoir via the Catskill Aqueduct. This aqueduct is also used to provide drinking water to millions of New York City residents. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun a multi-year project to repair the century-old Catskill Aqueduct. This project requires DEP to shut down the Catskill Aqueduct for 10 weeks. As a result of this work, New Castle’s water source will change in early-mid December. During the shutdown, we will get our water via the New Croton Aqueduct, which draws from the Croton Reservoir.

Q: How long will this last?

A: DEP shut down the Catskill Aqueduct in early-November, and it will be out of service through the end of January 2020. As a result, New Castle’s water source will switch to the Croton Reservoir in early-mid December. The Catskill Aqueduct rehabilitation project began in 2018, and similar 10 week shutdowns are planned in 2020 and 2021.

Q: Will I notice a difference in my water?

A: Some people may detect a difference in the taste of their water because it is coming from a different source. Waters coming from the Ashokan and Croton Reservoirs are exposed to different kinds of bedrock, minerals, and other natural features, which can cause them to taste slightly different.

Q: Is the water safe?

A: YES! All water that is treated at the Millwood Water Treatment Plan is thoroughly tested and exceeds the stringent requirements of the New York State Department of Health.

Q: Will the cost of my water increase due to this change?

A: No.

For further information please contact the Millwood Water Plant at 944.0036 or 944.0037 and ask for the Plant Manager John Young or the Assistant Plant Manager Paul Steirs Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

The Last Meeting of 2019

Last night was the last Town Board Meeting for outgoing Supervisor Rob Greenstein and Council Member Hala Makowska. A “thank you” reception with speeches and proclamations was held before the meeting. The reception, as well as the Town Board meeting that followed, can be viewed at

Fun Fact!

Today, December 18, 2019 is Rob Greenstein Day in Westchester County!

December 19, 2019 is Hala Makowska Day in Westchester County!

Holiday Schedule

Town Hall will be closing at 2:30 pm on December 23 and will be closed December 24 and December 25 in observance of the Holidays. Please note that times of closure may change depending upon the weather.

Town Hall will also close at 2:30 pm on December 31st and will be closed on January 1 for the New Year. Please note that times of closure may change depending upon the weather.

We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy Healthy New Year. See you in 2020!

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Email Your Town Council and Town Administrator

You may contact your town board members and town administrator by using the links below, or as a group. For a full list of town contacts, click here.

Rob Greenstein - 914-238-7281

Ivy Pool - 917-698-4373

Lisa Katz - 914-238-7299

Hala Makowska - 914-238-4785

Jeremy M. Saland - 914-238-4778

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Jill Shapiro - 914-238-4742

Important Links

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