CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. 89th District Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) visited the Chappaqua Rotary Club meeting at Crabtrees Kittle House in Chappaqua to discuss with the Rotarians the past legislative session and the issues concerning the 89th District. Castelli discussed the property tax cap bill, reductions in Medicaid, school expenditures, labor reform and ethics reform. He also discussed hydrofracking and the Indian Point nuclear power plant debacle.
Castelli spoke candidly about public office and public service to the members of the Rotary Club present.
People hate politics and people hate politicians. I hate politicians,but I love public service, Castelli said. At the end of the day as Tip ONeill once said, all politics is local. You serve the community we work for you, you dont work for us. Some of my colleagues have forgotten that but I havent. The day I do, you should run me out of office. It is an honor to do serve. Public service is just that, it is service to the community.
Castelli spoke with great honesty about the State of New York and how he, his constituents and Governor Cuomo are working to make it better.
The nature of the State of New York is dire I should say to you, Castelli said. I dont want to sit here and do a lot of doom and gloom predictions and then say to you everything is rosy. Everything is not rosy. The good news is, weve reversed the trend and that started this year.
Castelli described this summers legislative session and what was accomplished at the New York State Capitol in Albany.
What weve done is reduce the budget this year. The budget last year was $134.8 billlion so we reduced it to $131.7 billion, a reduction of 2.4% or $3.1 billion, Castelli said. Its really cutting through all the fat and starting to get close to the muscle and bone which is the dangerous thing. That portends for the future because this is not the first year were going to have to do it.
He gave credit to a member of the party across the aisle, Governor Andrew Cuomo, for the success of this past legislative succession.
He is a dynamic person, I work well with him. We are friendly. His agenda has been my agenda so we kind of think alike on most of these things, Castelli said. We both agree that saving the Empire State and making this the Empire State again is absolutely paramount.
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