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Assemblyman Castelli Visits Mt. Kisco Village Hall

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Assemblyman of the 89th District, Robert Castelli (R – Bedford) visited Mount Kisco Village Hall on Monday, and spoke of a new piece of legislature that was passed this year up in Albany.

Among the many topics in his 30-minute address, Castelli spoke of the large money the state is paying, which, he said, is lacking the desired results.

“We’re spending twice as much as we’re making, and that’s not acceptable at the state level, if we’re going to lead, we should lead by example,” he said. “Our state is number one in spending on education and we are number 34 in results. We are number one in spending on healthcare, and only number 21 in result.”

Castelli talked about the property tax cap that was passed over the summer, which is the first of its kind in the state. It places a tax cap at 2 percent, or the rate of inflation—whichever is less. However, Castelli said he believes the cap doesn’t do enough.

“We pay the highest property tax in any county of the U.S, with an $8,474 average property tax. The tax cap is a partial solution, and as I support it, that in and of itself, it could have an onerous consequence unless we add a number of other things, to include legitimate short-term mandate relief.”

In response to those wishes, Governor Andrew Cuomo instituted a mandate relief team that “will look for ways to reduce the costs of mandated programs, identify mandates that are ineffective and outdated, and determine how school districts and local governments can have greater ability to control expenses,” reads Cuomo’s website.

On the other side of the podium, Mayor J. Michael Cindrich said he thinks the state’s department of transportation needs to improve its effectiveness and better maintain the roads, highlighting the danger of Route 172.

“It will require additional expenditure just to keep it free of snow with additional snow and salt and additional materials,” he said. “They haven’t made a plow to effectively remove snow from a road filled with ruts. The state is on notice, and that the road is a dangerous road, and we should be working in an effort to at least do something in the near future.”

Castelli agreed, adding, “It is nothing short of disgraceful that one of the richest counties in the state has potholes that cars can disappear into.”

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