FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 16, 2014
Contact: Charlie Banks; 845.664.1999
GOLDENS BRIDGE — Former Assemblyman Bob Castelli (R,C – Lewisboro) announced this morning his intention to seek his party’s nomination for the State Senate seat to be vacated by Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) at the end of his term.
“Recently, at the urging of many of my former Assembly constituents, I entertained the possibility of returning to public life. The recent turn of events involving Senator Ball has opened up the opportunity of service in an environment where I can be even more effective, on behalf of a larger constituency,” Castelli said.
Referencing Sen. Ball’s recently released announcement on YouTube, Castelli advised patience moving forward.
“While Sen. Ball has decided to pick his replacement — a man we both know and like — I am however calling upon the leaders of the Republican Party in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess to open up this process to all qualified candidates. This way the chairmen, chairwomen and our district leaders can hear from each and every candidate, and make up their own minds.”
A Vietnam veteran, former State Trooper and college professor, Castelli was elected twice to represent his Westchester district in the Assembly. As a Republican in a Democrat-dominated district, he earned a reputation for bipartisan accomplishment that garnered him the respect of County Executive Rob Astorino and Governor Andrew Cuomo alike, both of whom live in the Senate district he now seeks to represent.
Castelli was the first Republican to win this seat in over 17 years, despite a 3-to-2 Democrat-to-Republican registration advantage. Reasons cited for his success are his tireless work for constituents, bipartisan attitude, and record of lasting and tangible results.
During two terms in the New York State Assembly, Bob Castelli had an outstanding record of accomplishment to include
- taking an instrumental role in repealing the MTA Payroll Tax, which saved thousands of individuals and small business owners countless dollars;
- authoring the toughest ethics law in the State’s history, a version of which was adopted as the Governor’s Program Bill and passed into law;
- sponsoring legislation to punish corrupt public officials, and ensure that they were not rewarded with retirement benefits for their criminal conduct;
- fighting to obtain funding to keep the Montrose VA Home open;
- passing three on-time State budgets;
- passing an historic tax cap to rein in municipal and school spending;
- passing a middle class tax cut to reduce taxes statewide to the lowest level in a generation; while funding millions in job-creating projects through the Regional Economic Development Councils.
On a local level, Castelli gained funding for the completion for the bridge in Chappaqua, gained funding for infrastructure projects, and officially named streets and roads to honor our fallen police and military veterans.