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  • Don’t Lose Power with Community Preparedness

    by Jim Smith While waiting at Town Hall Monday night (prepared for the Community Preparedness Committee meeting that must have been cancelled) I decided to use the time to write about preparedness, a favorite topic. I’ve spent significant professional and personal time over the past 20 years in this arena; from my past and current…

  • Board of Elections Rules in Favor of “TEAM NEW CASTLE” Ballot Line; Opponents Pool, Saland & Lichtenthal Surrogates hire Kristen Browde to Challenge BOE decision in court.

    On Friday, June 14 the bi-partisan Board of Elections (BOE) ruled in favor of Team New Castle and declared that “…the names of James A. Smith, Lauren L. Levin and Sean B. Maraynes will appear on the Independent Party “TEAM NEW CASTLE” ballot…” in November’s election.   That decision of the bi-partisan BOE was not…

  • Issues: Recommendations Re: Leaf Blower Regulation

    by Jim Smith Although there are many important local issues that deserve our focus, one issue—the regulation of leaf blowers—has generated more public interest and concern over the past year than any other.  Town Hall was filled on Tuesday for another leaf blower public hearing. I must admit this issue has sucked me in—I’ve spent…

  • Issues: Leaf Blower Demonstration Video

    Sometimes just talking about talking about an issue isn’t enough. See Jim’s leaf blower demonstration video to get a glimpse (and a hear) of five different leaf blowers: battery, corded, and gas powered.

  • A Petition Challenge Update

    Additional General Objections filed against Team New Castle petitions We talked to so many people at Town events this weekend, and with more than a few, the conversation led to local elections.  We were asked too many times, “What’s going on with the objections to Team New Castle petitions?” So we’re posting an update to…

  • Last Call for Democracy

    A petition challenge has been filed against us. We have obtained well over the minimum number of signatures required on the Independent Nominating Petition to create a Team New Castle line on the ballot. But to honor the voters whose signatures may be challenged, we are collecting additional signatures up until today’s deadline. We will…

  • Thanks for the signatures New Castle!

    Team New Castle 2019 continues to collect signatures to add a non-partisan line <TEAM NEW CASTLE> to the ballot.  Thank you to everyone who has stopped to sign and talk with us at the Train Station and around Town.  We will be collecting signatures 6-9pm on Wednesday, May 8th at Quaker Hill Tavern, 61 Bedford…

  • Not Left. Not Right. Forward!

    Help Team New Castle collect signatures to create an independent line on the November ballot Why are we seeking a Team New Castle line on the ballot? Before Team New Castle candidates won 6 years ago, the New Castle Democratic Committee held a monopoly on Town government. This monopoly was built on the premise that…

  • Issues: Background & Recommendations Re: Community Airport Noise

    Team New Castle offers background and recommendations on the airport noise issue impacting our community. See attached briefing sent to the New Castle Town Board and the New Castle Airport Advisory Committee. Dear New Castle Town Board and New Castle Airport Advisory Committee: While not everyone in our Town knows what it feels like to…

  • Team New Castle Hosts 1st Community Connect Event, May 8

    Please join Jim Smith, Lauren Lagman Levin, and Sean Maraynes on May 8th for our first Community Connect event, a chance to talk amongst neighbors and meet Team New Castle 2019. Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM At Quaker Hill Tavern