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Supervisor, New Castle
So 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.
Town Administrator, New Castle
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