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New Castle Town Council {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Term: 4 years Salary: $10,250

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    Lauren L. Levin
    (Rep, SAM, Oth)

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    Jason M. Lichtenthal
    (Dem, WF, I)

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    Sean B. Maraynes
    (Rep, SAM, Oth)

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    Jeremy M. Saland
    (Dem, I)

Biographical Information

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What is your position on increasing the supply of fair and affordable housing in your community?

City/Town of Residence New Castle
Current Political Office NA
Education Bachelor of Arts Economics, New York University
Prior Civic Service Board Member-Downtown Streetscape Committee, 7/2015-Present; Board Member-New Castle Historical Society, 3/2019-Current; Parent Liaison & Board Member-Chappaqua Friends Nursery School, 9/2018-Present; Vice President-Chappaqua-Millwod Chamber of Commerce, 1/2015-12/2016; Committee Chair-Fundraising, Chappaqua Friends Nursery School, 1/2015-Present
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Increasing vibrancy in our hamlets and improving quality of life is key to a strong community. I can become the Town Board liaison for the downtown businesses and merchants. I can recruit and attract new businesses to fill the vacancies and program events that bring families and friends together. I will focus on improving recreational spaces and roads while being fiscally responsible. My collaborative approach, as well as my sense of urgency, can help our town grow into a better community.
I support increasing the supply of fair and affordable housing in New Castle and am pleased to see new developments in New Castle and the surrounding towns. Our community will be more vibrant as increased affordable units provide opportunities for existing residents and newcomers. As with all additions to the community, it is critical that these housing developments meet the town's charm and character and have the support of residents. We should all welcome these additions.
City/Town of Residence Millwood, NY
Current Political Office Commissioner, Millwood Fire District
Education MIT (chemistry 1990-1994), Brooklyn College (computer science 1994-1996), Binghamton University graduate student (computer science 1996-1998)
Prior Civic Service Member of the Chappaqua Central School District Finance Advisor Committee (2018-present); Board Member of Up2Us (formerly Chappaqua Friends of Hillary) (2015-present); District Leader for New Castle Democratic Committee (2015-present); Board of Directors of Willowbrook Swim and Tennis Club (2014-2015); Campaign Volunteer for Hillary Clinton, George Latimer, Peter Harckham, local elections (2015-present); Volunteer EMT for Brooklyn College Ambulance Corp (1996-1998)
My focus is on ensuring New Castle is a welcoming, wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. For me, that means creating safe, vibrant downtown hamlets (Chappaqua AND Millwood); investing in sustainable, green infrastructure; enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities; and supporting climate-smart policies.

We need strong local leaders who will support and promote economic security, diversity and inclusion (ensuring accessibility for all), and have a positive vision for the future.
We need to develop inclusive, high-quality affordable housing, especially for those that help our community thrive and want to live where they work – including first responders, civil servants, veterans, senior citizens, and teachers.

For those that want to downsize and prefer to simplify their lives, reduce stress in retirement, and lessen the financial burdens of home ownership, we need to ensure an adequate supply of townhouse/condo living so everyone can remain in the community they love.
City/Town of Residence New Castle, New York
Current Political Office None
Education University of Maryland, BA Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD
Prior Civic Service Assistant District Attorney, Bronx, NY; Mock trial coach for inner city high school students; 2018 Graduate of Leadership Westchester; Open Door Family Medical Centers (Foundation Board Member).
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The most pressing issues will involve how we continue to develop the downtown hamlets in a manner that will 1) Minimize disruption to residents/merchants and 2) Is inclusive of different views about how the town should look and operate. Growing up in New Castle and now raising my own family here helps me understand the views of people who, on the one hand, don't want anything to change, as well as the views of those who want more development and more apartment style housing.
I agree there is a need for fair and affordable housing in the community. However, past administrations have been absolutely negligent with regard to the location of the housing and the way it has been developed. Members of our community need to have more of a voice in decisions related to affordable housing and if the past administrations had actually listened to the concerns of residents, New Castle never would have pursued the boondoggle of the current Hunts Place construction project.
City/Town of Residence New Castle, New York
Current Political Office Council Member, Town of New Castle
Education B.A., History, University of Colorado at Boulder (1997), J.D., SUNY at Buffalo School of Law (2000)
Prior Civic Service Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Trial Division, Domestic Violence Unit, Appointed by Robert Morgenthau to Serve in the First Ever Identity Theft Unit: 2000-2007; Town Prosecutor, New Castle, New York: 2010-2015; Council Member, New Castle, New York: 2016 to Present; Board Member, Manhattan District Attorney's Association: 2016 to Present; Soccer, Tee-ball, and Baseball Coach, New Castle, New York: Multiple Years for Three Children Approximately 2008 to Present
Engage all residents from the West/East End to the Chappaqua and Millwood Hamlets whether they are retirees or have children enrolled in New Castle's many school districts to ensure the long-term health of the entire community. Collaborate with residents, retailers/restaurateurs and experts to implement policies for our collective future, protect our youth, expand recreational opportunities, preserve the environment, keep taxes flat/property values high, and maintain our small town character.
I am proud of the Town's efforts during my tenure to make Chappaqua Crossing's affordable housing a reality and to adopt our Comprehensive Plan. While I was not part of the administration that set Conifer's Hunts Place housing in motion and am disappointed in its management, I am grateful I successfully lobbied the developer to install generators. We must continue examining zoning regulations and how to create more workforce and senior housing that is of a proper scale, price point and location.