Jim Smith

Candidate For Supervisor

Jim has lived in New Castle for 7 years with his wife, Deb, and their four children.  Their youngest son attends Westorchard Elementary, two sons are at Seven Bridges Middle School, and their daughter is at Horace Greeley High School.  He is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group where he helps companies and governments solve complex economic, financial and operational problems.  He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Environmental Analysis & Policy from Boston University.

Jim serves at local and national levels of government wherever and whenever he feels he can make a difference, regardless of the party or politics of the moment.  He has done so in some capacity since he was 14 years old, starting with a part-time job assisting the Town Board of his hometown. He then worked as an aid to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton Administration, the Clinton-Gore campaign, and the inaugural committee.  Since 2008 he has served on the Planning Board of an upstate town where his family owns property, including 8 years as Chairman.  Jim is also a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a member-funded, non-partisan think tank where he contributes his business expertise and talent to help senior government and military leaders with our country’s most pressing national security challenges. Jim is a parishioner aT the Church of St. John & St. Mary in Chappaqua.

Jim has supported Team New Castle elected officials for the refreshing leadership they have brought to our Town: not beholden to partisan politics that divide communities, but instead, focused on the ties that bring us together, and the desire of residents to have local government that puts differences aside and just gets things done.  The basic concepts of transparency, candidness, and communication would grow even stronger under Jim’s leadership.

Jim’s public service philosophy is refreshing— he can work with anyone, he is dogged in his pursuit of facts on all sides of the issue, brings creative solutions to the table, works incredibly hard to get results, and couldn’t care less who takes the credit.  He believes that the role of elected officials is not to dictate what happens up until the next election, but to be a conduit, champion and voice for those you represent, and to address problems using community input and facts.

Jim is optimistic for New Castle; against the headwinds that have driven some out of New York, Jim believes our Town can compete for new residents who will find an incredible quality of life here and who won’t want or need to leave once their kids leave the school system, but should they choose to, the Town’s actions will have gone towards improving their property values.

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