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New Castle Republicans Might Force Democratic Primary

Supervisor Rob Greenstein, running on the Republican ticket, is considering forcing a primary against Democratic challenger Kristen Browde.
Supervisor Rob Greenstein, running on the Republican ticket, is considering forcing a primary against Democratic challenger Kristen Browde. Photo Credit: File

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein is already running on the Republican ticket. Now he's considering running on the Democratic ticket as well.

Greeinstein, along with his running mates council members Lisa Katz and Adam Brodsky, is collecting signatures to potentially force a Democratic primary with their opponents Kristen Browde, who is running for supervisor and Ivy Pool and Gail Markels, who are running for town council.

Greenstein and Katz are registered Democrats, while Brodsky would need approval from a majority of New Castle Democratic district leaders.

The supervisor said the move is in response from Browde trying to use anti-Donald Trump sentiment in Chappaqua against his slate.

"We're not Republicans," Greenstein said. "They're misleading voters. Party affiliation shouldn't be relevant. The constant need to use labels is not in our best interest, but if the Democrats are insistent on only having people vote for Democratic candidates, voters should realize they have a choice."

Browde dismissed Greenstein's move as a desperate candidate who knows he is going to lose.

"I don't think the Democrats are going to be fooled by this," Browde said. "No one is going to be fooled this. For six years, he's been saying he's not a politician, but this is the ultimate political inside baseball move."

Browde has attacked Greenstein for endorsing Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, calling him "The Trump of Westchester," and Republican Senator Terrence Murphy, who she said is extremely right wing.

"He said endorsing Hillary Clinton was not appropriate, but it's appropriate to endorse Rob Astorino and Terrence Murphy?" Browde said. "Really?"

Greenstein said he was simply endorsing the candidates in his role as supervisor.

"Voters have a right to know what Terrence Murphy has done for the community," Greenstein said. "I don't agree with them on every issue, but as town supervisor, I've worked with them and I know what they've done for the town. I'm not going to endorse someone just because they're a Democrat. I don't think that's fulfilling my obligation to the people of New Castle."

While Browde said she will work with Republicans, she would never consider trying to get the party's endorsement.

"I won't pretend to be something I'm not," Browde said. "I won't pull a scam."

Greenstein has said they have collected well over 200 signatures. The Democratic slate has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.

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