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North Castle Organization Hosts Ward Referendum Forum

A forum will be held to discuss changing North Castle's Town Board representation to a ward system.
A forum will be held to discuss changing North Castle's Town Board representation to a ward system. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Voters in North Castle will get a chance to learn more about a referendum to change their government to a ward system Monday night, Oct. 6.

Concerned Citizens of North Castle will host a forum at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall at 35 Bedford Road in Armonk. The event will be moderated by Joe Lombardi, Daily Voice's director of media initiatives.

The proposals, which come from North White Plains resident Tony Futia , call for having the Town Board elected in geographical districts instead of getting votes from across the town. Futia's other proposal would be to enlarge the Town Board from five members to seven.

The Town Board is currently made up of four council members and a supervisor.

The forum will feature a discussion of what the ward system would mean for North Castle and allow for questions and conversation from the audience.

"This is a significant change for our town government," William Potvin, a member of the Concerned Citizens of North Castle, said. "People in the town should know about and understand this issue so they can make an informed decision. This is a controversial and immediate topic."

Potvin said the Concerned Citizens of North Castle is not taking a stand on the referendum.

"We're trying to provide a forum," Potvin said. "The members on the panel are those who proposed the panel and others who have been involved in similar kind of movements."

A ward system would see more of a focus on neighborhood issues, Potvin believes.

"It will be interesting to see it," Potvin said. "It will change the tone of government in North Castle a good deal. The day-to-day aspect of government won't change.

Potvin said representation from Banksville and North White Plains would improve with a ward system.

"Armonk and North Castle are composed of a number of distinct neighborhoods which differ a lot from the other," Potvin said. "It is important for people to understand the pros and cons of this referendum."

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