Rice Hopes to Be Responsive to North Castle Residents

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North Castle town council candidate Matt Rice
North Castle town council candidate Matt Rice Photo Credit: Matt Rice
Matt Rice
Matt Rice Photo Credit: Matt Rice

ARMONK, N.Y. - The races for two seats on the North Castle Town Board are in full swing with only a few days to go before voters go to the polls.

North Castle residents on Tuesday will elect a town supervisor, two town board members, a town clerk and a town justice.

In the Supervisor’s race, incumbent William Weaver will run against Howard Arden and faces an uphill battle because Arden won the Republican primary by a 17-vote margin, 406 to 389. Weaver, a Republican, received support from the Democrats, so he will run on the Democratic ticket.

Incumbent Michael Schiliro, a Democrat, heads the list of Town Council candidates who will vie for two slots. Incumbent Rebecca Kittredge’s, a Democrat, is not running for re-election. Democrat Chris Carthy and Republicans Steve D’Angelo and Matt Rice are on the ballot with Schiliro.

The candidates took time out from their campaigns to speak to TheDailyArmonk.com. Here are excerpts from the conversation with Rice.

“I moved to North Castle three years ago. I went to Cornell, married my college sweetheart, then went to St. Johns Law School and graduated in 2003. I’ve been a trial attorney in New York City for the past seven years at Brody, Benard & Branch LLP. I also received an MBA from NYU.

"The Town Board has lost sight. The government is about representing people but resident voices aren’t being heard. My focus is to do the best for residents and the town with no ties to developers or interest groups.

"I seek lower taxes and better fiscal responsibility. We suffer from mismanagement and my legal and business experience will assist us in correcting the problems. My opponents have stressed their desire for financial responsibility but it’s ironic that they’ll accept lucrative pensions and health care benefits that end up costing the town hundreds of thousands of dollars. I signed a pledge to refuse it. I’m here for the long term. It’s the place I chose to raise my children so I want the town to be the best it can possibly be.”

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