Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Edition

A message from the New Castle Town Board

As many of you are aware, Supervisor Ivy Pool and her husband, Christian Edstrom, lost their son in a tragic accident over the weekend. From her colleagues on the Board and Town Staff to fellow community members and neighbors, all of us are devastated by his passing. Each one of us on this Town Board and collectively as a community offer our deepest and sincerest condolences and support.
In times of great heartbreak, it is often difficult to grapple with and understand why such things happen and how we can help in the healing. While we do not have the answers during this time of profound sadness, both individually and together as a community, we can offer our ears to listen and hands to hold one another. In these difficult times, our community is at its best – united together in friendship and love – for Ivy and her family as well as one another.
Please know that your Town Board will continue to effectively work together and move our New Castle family and municipality forward. While we ask that you respect Ivy’s privacy as she and her family mourn, you can reach out to Rev. Martha Jacobs at the First Congregational Church in Chappaqua. Visitation will be at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home in Pleasantville on Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Jill Shapiro, Town Administrator

Coronavirus Update

The Town of New Castle works closely with Westchester County when it comes to matters of public health and preparedness.  The County Departments of Health and Emergency Services participate in state and federal briefings, and provide important information to municipalities. To learn more about the current status and the steps that the County is doing to keep residents safe please visit:

View the Westchester County Fact Sheet updated March 4, 2020 here.

Recent updates will from the Town of New Castle Facebook Page:

Construction Update

The construction of the new inclusive playground and basketball court at Town Hall has continued through the mild weather. Look for the installation of the light poles for the lights on the basketball court and the foundations for the basketball hoops  over the next two weeks.  The concrete sidewalks around the court and new concrete path to between Town Hall and the commuter lot  have been completed although will not be open to the public until the project is completed  sometime in early Summer.

Emergency Preparedness: A Refresher

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Town Staff met with Con Edison Emergency Preparedness project specialist  Ana Bolivar and  Luigi Vingo, Westchester Regional & Community Affairs as part of its  2020 Annual Municipal Liaison Site Visits and Exercises.  This was the annual refresher for Town Staff on the Municipal Liaison Program and its tools and resources available to the Town in case of gas and electrical emergencies. 

We would like to remind residents that in case of an electrical outage- call Con Ed at 

1-800-75ConEd to report outages. 

In case of a Gas Emergency- know these three important steps:

  1. If you Smell gas- (Can you recognize the smell?.
    Smell an odor similar to rotten eggs)- See a white cloud, bubbles in water, blowing dust, dying plants- Hear a roar, hiss or whistle.
  2. Leave immediately and take others with you. If the leak is outside, move to a safe spot far away.
  3. Call 911 or 1-800-75ConEd (1-800-752-6633).

Coronavirus Program at Chappaqua PAC 

The Chappaqua Library and Town of New Castle are hosting a program Saturday, March 7th, 1:30pm at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on the coronavirus. The program is in coordination with the infectious diseases department of Westchester Medical Center. The speaker will be Dr. Harish Moorjani, M.D. Medical Director, Infectious Disease Clinic, Westchester Medical Center.

Paper Bag Players at Chappaqua PAC

The Town of New Castle Recreation Department along with the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center and the Chappaqua Library are excited to present a monthly Children’s Series at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. All performances are free, however registration is required. 

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00pm  
The longest running children’s theater company in the United States! Performance of original musical theater for children Pre-K thru 3rd grade


Holocaust and Human Rights Art & Writing Contest 

The New Castle Holocaust & Human Rights Committee and the Horace Greeley High School club E.N.O.U.G.H. have announced the first annual Holocaust and Human Rights Art & Writing Contest. Prizes will be awarded to eligible middle school and high school students. By learning from the past, we enrich our future.

Learn more at:

Census 2020 – Make Us Count 

April 1, 2020 is Census Day! Data from the Census will be used for the next ten years for many things - including determining New York State’s representation in Congress as well as local districting. Census data is also used for the distribution of about $880 Billion of federal funds to local municipalities.

The Census Bureau estimates that every person that is not counted equals a loss of approximately $2,500 per year to local municipalities. This means that every 400 people who are not counted equates to a loss of about $1 Million in funding - each year.

We need to get everyone living in New Castle to be counted! The New Castle Census Complete Count Committee will be responsible for creating and disseminating marketing materials, hosting special events, and engaging in other activities to encourage all residents to be counted.

Town Hall:  Learn More and Contact Us

Town Hall Meetings and Board Packets

To find agendas, supporting documents, and meeting minutes for Board meetings, click here.
To watch videos from recent meetings recorded by New Castle Community Media Center, click here.

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Contact Us! - Email Your Town Council and Town Administrator

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New Castle Community Calendar

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New Castle First Responders

Storm Central

storm centralClick here for Con Edison's Storm Central including outage location maps, storm preparation, and recovery tips!

Click here for New Castle's storm FAQ.

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