“Bob is the kind of partner in Albany that I need to help fulfill my promises to the people of Westchester.”
County Executive Rob Astorino
Robert J. Castelli has dedicated his life to public service. He is a Vietnam veteran who, after a distinguished 21 year career in the the New York State Police which included service on the Organized Crime Task Force, went on to receive his graduate degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
During the ensuing fifteen years, as a college professor, Bob used his experience to help shape the future leaders of our state. As a small businessman, he operates a security consulting business where he provides expert advice and commentary to television and print media on criminal justice and homeland security matters. He is a former Lewisboro Councilman, and was Chair of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committees of County Executive Rob Astorino’s transition team.
Bob continued his lifetime of public service by representing the 93rd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly for two terms, having won a special election in February 2010.
A committed fiscal conservative and budget hawk, Bob has advocated on behalf of the residents of Westchester and fought hard to reform Albany’s dysfunction. In just three years as an Assemblyman, he was able to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass six pieces of his own legislation, and to co-sponsor 37 other pieces of legislation that were later signed into law by Governors Paterson and Cuomo. He was also a key architect of the property tax cap, the repeal of the MTA payroll tax, historic ethics reform, and passage of the largest middle class tax cut in a generation.
Bob is the father of two sons: Christian, a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces and graduate of the Kennedy School of Government; and Paul, an ordained minister, serving a congregation in southern Florida.