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New Castle Supervisor

Term: 2 years Salary: $42,865

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    Ivy A. Pool
    (Dem, WF, I)

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    James A. Smith
    (Rep, SAM, Oth)

Biographical Information

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City/Town of Residence New Castle
Current Political Office Council Member, Town of New Castle
Education B.A., History, Columbia University, 2000; M.P.A., Public Policy, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2006
Prior Civic Service Program Director, Integrated Eligibility System, NYS Office of the Governor; Executive Director, HHS-Connect, NYC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Director of Strategic Planning, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services; Vice President, Greeley Hills Neighborhood Association; Troop Leader, Chappaqua Girl Scouts; Grafflin PTA; Board Member, Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
For most residents, our home is the most significant investment we will ever make. As supervisor, I will protect your investment by increasing property values. To do this, we must hold property taxes flat while improving Town services and enhancing our overall quality of life. My priorities are creating thriving downtown hamlets, capital planning and modern infrastructure, climate-smart policies and resiliency, and enhanced recreation opportunities and improved community spirit.
The Town’s comprehensive plan addresses the need to add affordable housing for low and moderate income households. I believe the Town has a responsibility to support the creation of affordable housing for senior citizens, first responders, teachers, civil servants – people who live and work in the community we love. Affordable housing should match the scale and character of our community and need not be limited to large developments; smaller housing options can present meaningful opportunities.
City/Town of Residence New Castle
Education Harvard Business School (MBA, Management); Boston University (BA, Environmental Analysis & Policy); Certified Fraud Examiner
Prior Civic Service Chairman, Planning Board, Fremont 2008-present; Business Executives for National Security, non-partisan service focused on bringing a business lens to government; Department of Homeland Security analytic exchange fellow on intellectual property theft, counterfeiting, and emerging technology; Vice President, Tennanah Taxpayer's Association; Clinton-Gore Campaigns and Inaugural Committee; Philanthropic activity includes multiple veterans organizations, conservation groups, and Special Olympics.
Campaign Web Site http://teamnewcastle.org
Campaign Email teamnewcastle@tnc2019.org
Campaign Phone (917) 816-7927
After years of construction and tax dollars spent, residents deserve vibrant/commercial hamlets that add to the tax base and the Town experience. They deserve well-maintained roads and recreation within safe, small-town neighborhoods. Every Town action (or inaction) has impact, on property values and quality of life. I’ll deliver with an executive and common-sense leadership style. I’m proactive and practical. I collaborate and listen. If an issue is important to residents, it’s important to me.
Affordable housing is not just about building new multi-family units; it’s about people. Our market needs a mix of housing for seniors and college grads, those who want to live where they work, those who can afford market rent and those that cannot. Our Town failed by approving the Conifer project but succeeded with Chappaqua Crossing’s inclusive units. Government can help find more solutions, support organizations like The Fuller House, and make our Town/County cost competitive beyond housing.