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Longtime North Castle Democrat Avoids "Nasty" Race

North Castle voters will find a familiar name missing from the ballot when they go to the polls Tuesday – Rebecca Kittredge, who’s been a Democratic member of the Town Council for 32 years, is not running for re-election.

“The reason I’m not running is not by choice,” she said. “It was a number of people felt it was going to be such a nasty campaign and it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to run. I’m an adult, I think I could have handled it. I’m a little disappointed and a lot of people have said they’re disappointed I’m not going to be on the Board.”

Four candidates are running for two Town Board seats on Tuesday: Michael Schiliro, a Democrat, is running for reelection; Democrat Chris Carthy and Republicans Steve D’Angelo and Matt Rice are running for Kittredge’s seat.

Supervisor William Weaver is running for reelection against Howard Arden.

“I’m supporting the present Supervisor, Mr. Weaver and I’m supporting  Mr. Schiliro and Steve D’Angelo as well as Ann Curran for Town Clerk,” Kittredge said.

Kittredge leaves the Town Council after a long and distinguished career.

“I’ve been on the Town Board for 32 years and worked with Jack Lombardi ,who made me his deputy,” she said. Lombardi served as Supervisor for 44 years, Kittredge said.

“Jack was a Republican and I was a Democrat and I consider that a real compliment that Jack had enough faith in me to make me his deputy.”

But politics in 2011 have turned nasty, Kittredge believes.

“In 32 years we never had anything like this,” she said. “Very nasty e-mails and political literature. It’s a disgrace. It’s a very dirty campaign and it’s very similar to what’s happening in government all over and it’s too bad.

“I’m not going to be on the Board but I’ll keep my fingers involved and help the community,” Kittredge said. “I hope things will turn around when the economy gets better and people will stop picking on our local government officials who are trying to do their best to provide highways, police, water and sewer and recreation.”

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