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North Castle Voter Registration
October 10, 2012

On November 6, the North Castle Polls will be open from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM. North Castle's general election ballot will include the following offices with the option to vote for candidates from the following parties:

United States Senator
Kirsten E. Gillibrand - Democratic, Working Families and Independence
Wendy Long - Republican and Conservative
Coliab Clark - Green
Chris Edes - Libertarian
John Mangelli - Common Sense

Representatives in the Congress 17th (North Castle Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10)
Nita M. Lowey - Democratic and Working Families
Joe Carvin - Republican
Francis E. Morganthaler - Socialism and Lib

Representatives in the Congress 18th District (North Castle Districts 1, 6, 7, 9, and 11)
Sean Patrick Maloney - Democratic and Working Families
Nan Hayworth -  Republican and Conservative

State Senate 37th District
George S. Latimer - Democratic and Working Families
Bob Cohen - Republican, Conservative and Independence
 
Member of Assembly 93rd District
David Buchwald -  Democratic, Working Families and Independence
Bob Castelli - Republican and Conservative

State Supreme Court Justice
9th Judicial District (Vote for any three)
Gerald E. Loehr - Democratic, Working Families, Independence
Noreen Calderin - Republican and Cinservative
Maria Rosa - Democratic, Conservative, Working Families and Independence
Carl Chu - Republican
Sandra Sciortino - Democratic
John LaCava - Republican, Conservative, and Independence
Rory I. Lancman - Working Famlies

Country Court Judge
David S. Zuckerman - Democratic and Working Families
Matthew J. Troy lll - Republican and Conservative

Online Voter Registration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a new initiative to expand access to voter registration and streamline DMV services by allowing New Yorkers to apply to register to vote, or update their address or party enrollment, through a secure online site. August 19, 2012 Read more at www.governor.ny.gov

DiDonato-Roth Withdraws From Senate Race

August 16, 2012
Diane DiDonato-Roth has withdrawn from the State Senate race for the 37th District, said Doug Colety, Chairman of the Westchester Republican County Committee.

A general objection was filed against DiDonato-Roth's signatures on her petition to appear on the ballot in the Republican primary September 13th. The Westchester Board of Elections ruled that many of her 1786 signatures were not eligible for a variety of technical reasons.

Mr. Colety did not have the final report yet, "but at the end of the day she didn't have enough signatures. Her final count of signatures fell below the 1,000 signatures required for her to be on the ballot." Mr. Colety suggested Ms. DiDonato-Roth was not familiar with the election procedures.

Jeffrey Binder, who is a managing member of the Strategic Political Group, a White Plains-based political consulting firm that often advises both Democratic and Republican candidates for elective office, said, “Like anyone who throws his or hat in the ring, she deserves a lot of credit for putting herself out there even when the entire GOP organization was aligned against her. Being a maverick politician is often the toughest and loneliest path to elective office. It is also a source of strength for Diane, and her constituents in Armonk should be proud of her effort to give the GOP a choice. But for some petitioning technicalities, she just might have pulled off an impressive upset in both the primary and general elections. She believes in the principles of the Republican Party and its philosophy of governance, so she will be supporting Bob Cohen – a sure sign of party unity, which should make the race a very close contest come November.”

The race for State Senator for the 37th District, which includes Bedford, North Castle, Harrison, Rye, Rye City, Mamaroneck, Eastchester, and parts of White Plains, New Rochelle and Yonkers, will be between the Democrat Assemblyman for the 91st District, George Latimer, and Republican businessman Bob Cohen.

George Latimer said, "I thought Diane, as a principled Conservative, added a unique voice to the race. I'm sorry she won't get the chance to compete." 

"Ms. DiDonato-Roth has learned a lot about the process, added Mr. Colety. She clearly wants to remain part of the Republican Party and support Bob Cohen's campaign, and looks forward to working for future Republican campaigns."

"We respect the democratic process, and in this case Ms. DiDonato-Roth did not have enough valid signatures to run in the primary. We wish her the very best," said Republican Candidate Bob Cohen's spokesman, Bill O'Reilly.


George Latimer
George Latimer
Bob Cohen
Bob Cohen
Diane DiDonato-Roth
Diane DiDonato-Roth

Most of DiDonato-Roth's Petition Signatures Declared Invalid

Updated August 6, 2012
Democrat George Latimer and Republicans Bob Cohen and Diane DiDonato-Roth filed petitions with the Westchester County Board of Elections on July 16 to run as candidates for the New York State Senate, representing the 37th District.

North Castle Councilwoman Diane DiDonato-Roth said she has filed 1,776 signatures. "We could have gotten as many as 3,000 and upwards, but our symbolic goal was to reach 1,776 as a message that we are independent of the special interests and of the party bosses in Westchester," said Diane DiDonato-Roth. She reported approximately $50,000 on hand, while she has raised $100,000.

The Westchester County's Board of Elections ruled on a general objection that was filed against Diane DiDonato-Roth's nominating petitions. They reviewed DiDonato-Roth's signatures and ruled that: 106 are not registered, 34 not registered at the address given, 198 are not enrolled the Republican Party, 86 residents are not in the political subdivision, 40 had the town or city listed incorrectly or omitted, 136 names were printed, rather than signed, two were improperly signed with incomplete names, 24 were unidentifiable names or addresses, four were marked invalid for a variety of other reasons and the statement of the witness was defective for 526 of the signatures. In all, over a thousand signatures have been ruled invalid, leaving well below the 1,000 or so required signatures needed to get on the ballot.

DiDonato-Roth said she just has to validate each signature, and criticized what she called a political tactic to stop democracy by not allowing the people to choose a candidate through an election. If DiDonato-Roth appeals the Board of Election's ruling on her signatures, and enough of them are upheld for her to remain in the race, she will appear on the ballot in the Republican primary against Bob Cohen on September 13.

Assemblyman George Latimer filed 3,817 signatures, "nearly four times the amount required to qualify for the ballot." His financial disclosure reports over $230,000 in the bank with nearly $300,000 raised.

"The petition gathering process was a great opportunity for me to meet voters that I have not represented before…. Every day that I spent knocking on doors re-affirmed the strong grassroots support that exists for my candidacy, " said Mr. Latimer.

Businessman Bob Cohen has reported filing 2,771 GOP signatures. He received $411,000 in contributions and reports a cash-on-hand balance of $246,120. Significantly out-fundraising his opponents, he says, "I'm honored and humbled by all of the New Yorkers who have invested in my campaign."


Primary on Tuesday June 26th

June 21, 2012
North Castle's registered voters will have a chance to go to the polls on Tuesday June 26th for primaries in New York's newly formed 17th and 18th Congressional Districts and for the U.S. Senate. Polls will be open from 6 AM to 9 PM.

North Castle's Democrats will have the choice to vote for Democratic candidates seeking election to the U.S. House representing the new 18th Congressional, which includes most of Armonk and Banksville.

The Democratic candidates for Congress are Dr. Richard Becker, cardiologist and Cortlandt Manor Town Councilman, Matt Alexander who is the Mayor of Wappinger's Falls, Tom Wilson, the Mayor of Tuxedo Park, Duane Jackson, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Sean Patrick Maloney, who served as First Deputy Secretary to the former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer. 

The Democratic primary winner will face Republican incumbent Dr. Nan Hayworth in November. Hayworth has served in the 19th District since 2011 and is running for the newly formed 18th Congressional District.

Some of North White Plains registered Republicans will go to the polls for a primary in New York's newly formed 17th Congressional District in addition to the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

The candidates for the Republican primary in the 17th Congressional District are Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin and Hawthorne resident Jim Russell, who served as a Republican District Leader. 

The primary winner in the 17th district will face Democratic Representative Nita Lowey of Harrison, who is currently serving her twelfth term in Congress.

North Castle's Republican residents will also vote in Westchester's county-wide Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. The candidates are U.S. Representative Bob Turner, Wendy Long, a member of Mitt Romney's Justice Advisory Committee, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos

The primary winner will face the Democratic incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. This will be Gillibrand's first bid for election to a full six-year term, as she was originally appointed by Governor David Patterson to replace Hillary Clinton as New York's junior senator in 2009 before being elected to a two-year term in 2010.


Congresswoman Nan Hayworth Visits Armonk Businesses

May 31, 2012
Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth recently toured Armonk's Main Street businesses. A neighbor to North Castle, Hayworth currently resides in Bedford. She retired as an ophthalmologist in 2005 from her own practice and as a partner in the Mount Kisco Medical Group. Hayworth has served in New York's 19th Congressional District since 2011. "Even though her office is in Washington DC, it is nice for government to always be a good neighbor to businesses,” said North Castle Councilwoman Diane DiDonato Roth. "It shows support, gives them a moment to discuss problems and links higher government to the community."


Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
Supervisor Howard Arden, Councilmen Roth and John Cronin introduced Hayworth to several Armonk local businesses. Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s Manager Lisa Hogan Theiss said Armonk has a small town feel in a bucolic setting of beautiful lakes, yet also offers the sophistication of Manhattan.

And with Elliman's recent purchase of PruHolmes, she added that the company has expanded, with the power and depth of the new company, attracting top producers; they have built a bridge to Westchester for Manhattan buyers.

As the crane behind the office could be heard, Theiss pointed out that Elliman's office will be in a prime location, as part of the Armonk Square development. By August 1 they may move to a temporary trailer, as they await construction of the two buildings that will be part of the complex along Main Street.

Hayworth said Manhattan is the dynamic part of New York State, with so many people traveling from New York to Europe and around the world. She pointed out that Westchester County is the gateway to the Hudson Valley, where agriculture and local farming play a role.

Arden said that while the A&P, Armonk’s former local supermarket, has closed, DeCicco's Family Market and CVS will be coming to town. He added that the CVS will be able to accommodate the needs of the community, while Haywood commented that the CVS in Bedford Hills has been a good neighbor in her community.


Congressman Nan Hayworth
The group stopped at Armonk Country Kitchen, which Hayworth used to frequent when it had been the Cheese Box.  Roth explained the recent changes to the local outdoor dining regulations. Arden is thankful that North Castle's building inspector can now sign off on an application, eliminating the red tape. 

Hayworth acknowledged the importance of time and cost reductions with local legislation in ensuring the success of business establishments.

Hayworth believes the federal government has become so invasive that it is getting in the way of small businesses. They must stay out of the way if revival and prosperity are to spread, she said.


nan Hayworth 18 congressional district
Judy Chapin, manager of Armonk's Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate office, said that last year was their best year ever. "We defy gravity." She added that the housing market is coming out of the doldrums, which dominated the last two-to-three years.

Hickory & Tweed’s Owner Skip Beitzel is celebrating their 50th year in business. Hayworth and Beitzel know each other from her days practicing ophthalmology in Mount Kisco. They discussed the family-run business in which his wife Michaela oversees the purchasing of the clothing and store displays.

Nan Hayworth 18 congressional district

Beitzel also mentors many of Armonk’s young men and women as he provides them with their first job; Skip had also worked for H&T as a young man.

With the new boundaries and the shift of the congressional districts (the new rules went into effect after the November 2012 elections), the new 18th Congressional District will include Orange County, the southern part of Dutchess County, all of Putnam County and parts of Westchester County. The northeast section of North Castle will be part of the 18th District, while the southwest portion of town will be part of the Congressional District 17.


Dem State Senate Candidate Latimer's Armonk Fundraiser
By Mark Weston

May 20, 2012
“The easy message is ‘Taxes are bad, vote conservative,’” says Assemblyman George Latimer, a Democrat from Rye, “but I won’t pander to the anger of the moment. We can’t wreck the quality of life that we have created.” Latimer is running for the State Senate now that Suzie Oppenheimer is retiring, and spoke at a fundraiser in Armonk at the home of Ann Dantzig and John Diaconis on Sunday May 20.

Latimer’s Republican opponent will be either Scarsdale’s Bob Cohen or North Castle’s Diane DiDonato Roth. The newly redrawn 37th Senate District starts in Bedford and extends south through North Castle, Rye, Harrison, Mamaroneck and parts of New Rochelle, but also includes Eastchester and eastern Yonkers. Eastchester and eastern Yonkers are much more conservative than Chappaqua and White Plains, which used to be in the district, so Latimer will have a much tougher race than Oppenheimer did.
         
“My assembly seat is safe,” Latimer says, “so by running for the Senate, I have put my pension at risk, and since I’m not a lawyer, I don’t have a practice to return to. If I lose, I’ll be a 59-year-old passing out resumés. So why am I running for the Senate? Because I’m tired of seeing good bills in the Assembly die in the Senate. Bills to protect libraries, the environment and reproductive freedom.”
         
Wearing a dark gray jacket, a striped tie and khaki pants, Latimer held a glass of seltzer as he spoke on a stone patio next to a Japanese Maple tree that was gleaming beneath a cloudless sky. “I grew up on the south side of Mount Vernon,” Latimer recalled. “My dad was a maintenance man, my mom was a factory worker. Late in their lives they bought a house in a pretty rotten neighborhood. If it weren’t for the good public education I received in Mount Vernon, and for tuition assistance from New York State when I went to Fordham, I don’t know where I’d be. This is why I will not let the Tea Party slash our education budget.”
         
Latimer earned a Master’s degree in public policy from New York University, then worked in sales management, marketing and promotion for the Stouffer and Benchmark - Hospitality hotel chains. “The Republicans will say that I’m a career politician, because I was a city councilman and a county legislator for Rye for a decade before I became an assemblyman,” Latimer explained, “but I’ve also worked as a businessman for twenty-five years.”
         
Many of North Castle’s top Democrats came to support the candidate, including former Assemblywoman Naomi Matusow, former Town Board members Gene Matusow and Gerry Geist (who went to high school with Latimer) and Barry Malvin, Co-Chair of the North Castle Democratic Committee. Sandra Sciortino, who is running for New York State’s Supreme Court, and Reggie Lafayette, Chairman of the Westchester Democratic Party, also attended.
         
Former North Castle Supervisor Reese Berman also came with her husband Stan, and spoke briefly to praise Assemblyman Latimer for sponsoring the Environmental Protection Fund Enhancement Act, which would enable the five cents on unclaimed bottles and cans to go directly to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund rather than to
the state’s general fund. This would allow the fund’s budget to increase from $134 million a year to over $200 million a year without any increase in taxes. The bill passed the Assembly unanimously but still awaits action in the Senate.
         
Latimer has also sponsored legislation to repeal the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s quarterly tax on businesses, which many entrepreneurs loathe because it requires more payments and paperwork in addition to the state’s income tax.
         
Latimer’s campaign slogan is “On Our Side Every Day,” and his website is www.latimerforsenate.com. “I don’t intend to get into negativity or mud,” says Latimer, “because it won’t help voters make an intelligent decision.”

Democrats Sweep Elections

Nov. 8, 2012
President Barak Obama's re-election carried all the Democrats running for office in North Castle with about 80 percent of the election results reported in Westchester.

Democrats won every office. Democrat and North Castle resident Gene Matusow was astounded and very pleased to learn that all the Democrats had won.

Incumbent United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand declared victory over her Republican opponent, Wendy Long, on election night. Gillibrand received 70 percent of the total office votes.

Incumbent Representative Nita Lowey has been re-elected with 67 percent of  the newly drawn lines of the 17th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin.

Sean Patrick Maloney's 52 percent win in the Congressional 18th District was attributed to the substantial change in the congressional district lines, said North Castle Democrat Reese Berman who was a member of the North Castle Town Board and served as Supervisor. Berman said the substantial change in the districts under Hayworth affected the results; she was also marred by the Tea Party. "Her positions were too extreme and did not match her constituents,” Berman added.

Berman said we have elected some excellent people. She was surprised with David Buchwald's win with 53 percent over the Republican incumbent Bob Castelli as a member of the 93rd District Assembly. "Buchwald is extremely smart and well trained in a variety of ways," added Berman.

The state senate race for the 37th district between George Latimer and Bob Cohen was closely watched. The post-election morning results indicated that State Senator Latimer was declared the winner by 8,091 votes or 55 percent.

The three-Democratic Justices for the State Supreme Court, Gerald Loehr, Maria Rosa and Sandra Sciortino, won as did David Zuckerman for the County Court Judge seat.

Armonk resident and registered Republican William Potvin said he is generally disappointed with the election results. "This is going to be a major hit for retirees who will see taxes go up on their retirement savings significantly.” By his estimates, there will be a 20-to-30-percent tax increase on retirees’ capital gains and interests.

Neighboring Chappaqua resident Joan (she wanted to use her first name only) said people voted to preserve the values of Roe v Wade and universal health care, while also reigning in the Tea Party. She added that it is a wake-up call for Republicans who are on the wrong track and are not in touch with issues that the majority of people support.

We asked David Buchwald a few questions before the election. As our new assemblyman, we will hold him to these statements.

1. As we get closer to election day, what is the most important issue, in your view, that has been overlooked by the media?  

It hasn't been ignored, but I believe the media should be paying more attention to the potential for high-tech job growth here in Westchester County. IBM's decades-long partnership with Armonk has been a boon for the area in a whole host of ways, and we have an opportunity to foster the next great companies here in Westchester as well. In White Plains, I successfully pushed to rezone our office parks to make it possible to conduct scientific research there, based on a similar initiative in Harrison. Even though the rezoning was only completed a couple of months ago, we've already had success, attracting a new research division to White Plains, meaning that 150 jobs will be located in our area. We should be trying to take the same approach across all of Westchester County, looking for innovative ways to ensure that the jobs of the future are built right here. As Assemblyman, I'll work to make the kind of smart investments the business community needs to grow our local economy, and I think the media should be paying more attention to ways the government is innovating to be more business friendly.

2.  What is the one issue that your opponent has claimed against you that you believe is wrong and why?

I think my opponent's criticism of White Plains' public safety record has been badly misguided. Back in August, my opponent falsely claimed that violent crime was up 50% in White Plains over the past three years. That's just not the case -- in reality, violent crime has fallen by 20% over that time frame and is at or close to historic lows. You can see that transformation every time you shop in, work in, or visit White Plains. Business is booming and our streets are safe and getting safer. That doesn't mean we can't do better - I agree with Governor Cuomo and law enforcement organizations statewide that legislation like the microstamping bill and laws that would further limit domestic, violent offenders' access to guns would go a long way toward both helping solve crimes and prevent them from occurring in the first place --but my opponent's attack was just not true.

Beyond the dishonesty of the attack itself, there's a broader issue as well, which is that it's just wrong for one of our elected officials to base his re-election strategy around harming the image of a community he represents. I believe that it is a fundamental responsibility of our elected officials to serve as an ambassador for the area, to be a cheerleader for communities here, to attract new businesses, keep our property values high, and make sure people outside of Westchester know how great our communities are for business and families. Trying to score political points by falsely claiming that a community you represent is unsafe and is not good for anyone in the 93rd Assembly District. I'd take a different approach as our Assemblyman, and I think it's a better approach.

North Castle Democratic Committee
North Castle Voter registration
North Castle Registered Voters

Updated October 19, 2012
According to the Westchester Board of Elections, as of October 19, 2012, the total number of active registers voters in North Castle are 8,759.

The party affiliations are as follows:
Democrats: 3,123
Republicans: 2,896
Non-affiliated: 2,283
Independence: 296
Conservative: 131
Working Families: 8
Green: 5
Libertarian: 2
Other: 14

The party affiliations of 8,482 registered North Castle voters in September 2011 were as follows:

Democrats: 3,023
Republicans: 2,855
Non-affiliated: 2,174
Independence: 290
Conservatives: 131
Other: 9

Unofficial Tally of Election Results
June 26, 2012 11:45PM

Office CONGRESSIONAL DIST 18
DEM SEAN PAT MALONEY 45%
DEM DUANE JACKSON 5%
DEM RICHARD H BECKER 30%
DEM MATTHEW ALEXANDER 18%
DEM THOMAS WILSON 2%


Office CONGRESSIONAL DIST 17
REP JIM RUSSELL 35%
REP JOE CARVIN 65%

Office UNITED STATES SENATOR
REP WENDY LONG 55%
REP BOB TURNER 34%
REP GEORGE MARAGOS 11%


2012 ELECTION DATES

June 26, 2012 Congressional Primary (U.S. House & Senate)

September 13, 2012 State and Local Primary

November 6, 2012 General Election


Senate District 37
PROPOSED SENATE DISTRICT 37
Westchester's Congressional, Senate and Assembly Races  

March 21, 2012
The new political boundaries have split the town of North Castle between the 17th Congressional District, 

Congressional District 17
Congressional District 17
which includes North White Plains and Quarry Heights, and the 18th District, encompassing Armonk and Banksville.

Democratic Representative Nita Lowey will run for her thirteenth term in the House of Representatives for the 17th District. She said, "I am delighted to announce that I will run for re-election in the newly formed 17th Congressional District to continue representing Westchester and Rockland Counties in Congress."

Republican candidate Mark Rosen has announced his withdrawal from the race. He says, “Given the redistricting that was just announced, I regret that I can no longer run the effective race we envisioned with Congresswoman Nita Lowey. My kids go to Murray Avenue School. This is our home. And, we are not moving. The redistricting has me living outside of Ms. Lowey’s district, and I regret that I must leave the race." He endorsed Republican Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, who is expected to enter the congressional race. Carvin withdrew his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate.

Republican Congresswoman Dr. Nan Hayworth is running for re-election in the 18th District. With the new boundaries, the 18th Congressional District will become the 17th District, and the 19th District will be known as the new 18th District. The 18th District will no longer include the town of Cortlandt, but will now include the towns of Newburgh and Middletown.

Congressional District 18
Congressional District 18
Two Democrats are running against Hayworth. Cortlandt Town Councilman Dr. Rich Becker, one of the candidates, says he plans to relocate to the new district so he can run in the 18th District. "I've been part of our community for over thirty years, and I fully intend to represent us in Congress." The other Democratic candidate, Wappinger Falls’ Mayor Matt Alexander, is the only Democratic candidate that currently lives in the new district.

Incumbent Junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat, is running for her first full six-year-term as a United States senator. In 2009, she was appointed by former Governor David Paterson, and she won a special election to assume the balance of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s term in 2010.

Three Republican candidates are seeking election to oppose Gillibrand: Conservative Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long, businessman and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Congressman Bob Turner.

The New York State Senate candidates for the 37th Senate District are businessman Bob Cohen (R), and Assemblyman George Latimer (D). North Castle's Councilwoman Diane DiDinoto-Roth (R) is expected to announce that she is running and will primary Cohen for the vacated seat that was held by Suzi Oppenheimer, who served 28 years in the New York State Senate.

The new 93th Assembly District, which had been the 89th Assembly District, will now represent the town of North Salem.

37th Senate District
37th Senate District
It currently includes the following towns and cities: Lewisboro, Bedford, Pound Ridge, Ossining, North Castle, Mount Pleasant, and Harrison, as well as changes to the line of the city of White Plains. Incumbent Assemblyman Robert Castelli, Republican, will be challenged by two Democrats: White Plains attorneys Jeremiah Frei-Person and David Buchwald.

The New York State Republican Convention for Westchester and Rockland Counties will be held in White Plains on March 27, at which time the their nominees will be selected.

The national primary will be held June 26, 2012.