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New Castle Republican Committee Eying First Ticket Since 1996

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The New Castle Republican Committee gathered Wednesday for an informal meeting to collect signatures for the petition to nominate three new candidates for New Castle town government.

Robert Kirkwood, Rich Diefenbach and Kevin O. Moore are hoping to create the first Republican ticket in New Castle in years. “I believe it’s a civic duty to give people choices,” said Kirkwood, who is eyeing the town supervisor position. “Republicans have been dormant in this town for 16 years. It’s important to have a major party candidate.”

One of Kirkwood’s most contentious issues is Chappaqua Crossing, the former headquarters of the Readers’ Digest. Currently, Summit Greenfield is levying a lawsuit against the Town of New Castle, which Kirkwood said he feels could create unnecessary costs to town taxpayers.

“We’ve got to sit down and make a deal with these people,” Kirkwood said. “We can’t sit here and have the town litigate this thing. We have to resolve it.”

Kirkwood also said he believes the town has done a poor job communicating with state representatives about the conditions of state roads throughout New Castle. “The conditions of the roads in this town are abominable. Route 117 and Route 133 in Millwood are not well maintained.”

“We need more transparency,” said Diefenbach, who is vying for an open seat on the New Castle Town Board. “We need to communicate more information to the public.”

Diefenbach commented that there are parts of New Castle that are not properly represented.

“It’s not just Chappaqua,” Diefenbach said. “Millwood and other neighborhoods need to feel like they’re involved too. They want to know what tools they need to get their problems solved.”

Kevin O. Moore wants to be the newest New Castle town justice. He graduated from Fordham Law School in 1979 and has practiced numerous types of law -- trial and appeal, commercial and complex litigation, construction, landlord/tenant, labor racketeering, RICO defense and Wills and Estate legislation -- in his career. Moore has represented worldwide clients for Ogihara & Associates, PLLC, which handles the legal services of the Japanese community in New York City as well as corporate and individual clients in Japan. Moore hopes to combine his knowledge and experience as the town justice of New Castle.

Currently, Kirkwood, Diefenbach and Moore are still collecting the necessary number of signatures to create a Republican ticket.

On election day, New Castle will have two seats up for election -- town council and town supervisor. The position of town justice is not up for election, however.

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