ARMONK, N.Y. – A year and a half into his first term as North Castle Town Supervisor and Howard Arden is already planning to run for re-election.
He said he will run whether or not he is endorsed by the town’s Republican Committee—which is likely to endorse its candidates sometime soon.
“Since taking office a year and a half ago, I have taken North Castle in a new direction,” Arden said in an interview with The Armonk Daily Voice . “As promised, I converted our town to a council-administrator form of government. I have used best business practices and technology to run our town more efficiently; carefully tracked expenses while taking every opportunity to increase revenue,” he added.
Arden is confident, if re-elected, that his approach will continue to pay off for North Castle—literally.
“My efforts have produced the lowest tax increase of any town in Westchester; and has allowed us to use our savings for significant town-wide upgrades in equipment, infrastructure, park facilities and resident services,” he said.
Though North Castle has flourished financially under Arden, it is no secret the town board has become split on several topics. Issues such as CVS and a dog park coming to North Castle have become polarizing, controversial hot buttons of discussion—not only among residents, but also the town board.
It remains to be seen if such a dynamic on the town board will attempt to come back next November.
Incumbent council members Diane DiDonato-Roth and John Cronin, whose terms expire at the end of the year, have not decided whether they would seek re-election. The two Republicans are expected to make their decision within the next two weeks about whether to run for a second term.
No matter who ends up on the town board, Arden hopes he’s at the helm.
“If I am honored by the people of North Castle with a second term, I will continue to focus on lower taxes and more efficient government,” he said.
“Many projects are in the development or planning stages and will take many months to complete. I look forward to finishing what I have started and elevating North Castle to the Town we all know it can be.”
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