Schiliro Celebrates North Castle Supervisor Win | Armonk Real Estate

Michael Schiliro is now the man in charge in North Castle.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Schiliro, a councilman, defeated incumbent Republican Howard Arden to become North Castle Town Supervisor, 56 percent to 44 percent.

The Republican majority of Arden and council members John Cronin and Diane Didonato-Roth had governed the town over the past two years. Arden and Cronin were defeated, and Didonato-Roth was defeated in a primary in September.

“It feels great,” Schiliro said.  “Campaigns are always a lot of hard work but they are enjoyable because you get to meet so many people. It’s a real privilege and honor to serve the town and to be chosen supervisor by the people of North Castle.”

Schiliro said residents were concerned about the financial health of the town and the lack of civility at meetings.

“Residents can expect a respectful government and a civil atmosphere,” Schiliro said. “Nobody will be talking over each other. We have cohesive board that will make well informed decisions. We’ll disagree, like a full functioning board should be doing. I’m looking forward to it.”

Arden blamed his loss on residents disapproving of the Brynwood Golf and Country Club’s development proposal. Brynwood is proposing 88 luxury condominium units for older adults.

In Sept. 2012, Arden, Cronin and Roth voted to accept Brynwood’s environmental review while Schiliro voted against it.

“You have to maintain integrity,” Arden said. “They have a right to present their application. We had never gotten to the point of making a decision. At the end of the day, it’s more important to maintain character and be fair and open.”

Arden said he plans to take a break from town politics.

“I put a lot of time and effort into it and the results were outstanding,” Arden said. “There shouldn’t have even been an election if you look at the results. I had two great years, the town is in the best financial and quality of life shape it’s ever been in.”

Republican Barbara DiGiacinto and Democrat Barry Reiter were elected to the town board with each getting 28 percent of the vote. Democrat Jose Berra had 22 of the vote, while Cronin had 21 percent of the vote.

Patricia Colombo ran unopposed for receiver of taxes, while Republican Douglas Martino defeated Democrat Linda Napolitano for town justice

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