Is New Castle really “open for business?” Not so, says County Legislator candidate Terrence Murphy, and the small business owners of Team New Castle, who today echoed the sentiments of Chief Executive Magazine, which ranked New York as the 50th ‘Worst State for Business’ in 2010 based on taxation, regulation, quality of workforce and living environment.
Murphy, joined by Team New Castle Supervisor candidate Robert Kirkwood and Council candidate Richard Diefenbach, unveiled their plan to repeal various local regulations they say shackle existing businesses and prevent new economic opportunities.
Murphy suggested that soliciting a new grocery store to the Chappaqua hamlet would be vital for growth.
“After having personal discussions with several high-end grocers, we have learned that quality stores like Trader Joes and DeCicco’s would be more apt to relocate to Chappaqua if accompanied by a wine and liquor store,” Murphy said. “This type of common sense, yet independent, outside-of-the-box thinking is what I have come to know and respect from Team New Castle. Bob Kirkwood and Rich Diefenbach are small businessmen, like myself, and they have the knowledge and momentum to get New Castle ‘back in business’.”
“The town needs to announce that it is open for business,” said Kirkwood, second generation owner of a family-operated insurance business. He continued, “It needs to market itself as a desirable location for IT, intellectual capital companies, medical and bio-tech firms. We should be marketing the industrial zones and upgrading where necessary to accommodate today’s growing companies. Emphasize transportation. We should be helping the former Readers Digest property fill its divisible commercial spaces. We should actively fight for sewage for the Millwood hamlet.”
Diefenbach, founder and CEO of RPD Media Associates, LLC, a full-service, multiple award-winning documentary production firm based in Chappaqua, said that both hamlets revitalization would part of a theme of “putting the charm back in New Castle,” creating vibrant hamlets which will thrive on a mix of second floor residential and office occupancies.
“More critical mass is desirable for thriving hamlets,” he said. “The current regulation that requires new construction to include a residential second floor interferes with market forces, frustrates the inflow of capital investment and upgrade in the hamlet’s building stock. The current regulation should be repealed.
In order for the Millwood hamlet to grow, and thrive, the candidates emphasized the necessity of having a proper sewage connection, and pledged to work with the County to achieve the expansion.
“Securing the necessary funds for Millwood’s sewers and working with the State to expand the sewer district is priority number one,” Murphy said. “By seeking new funding streams, we can make this project a reality, which will lead to inevitable economic development, job creation, and reduced property tax burden on homeowners throughout New Castle.”
“Why can’t our hamlets look and perform like Rye, Greenwich, or Katonah?” Kirkwood asked. “Residents should feel more a part of the shaping of the community. Team New Castle will continue to work to elicit input from residents, on ways we can offer ideas and innovation to enhance the character of New Castle.”