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Robert Castelli, Rep. Candidates for Assembly Seat in Westchester

Castelli served as a sergeant in the U.S. military

General Information

Name : Mr. Assemblyman Robert J Castelli
Also known as : Bob
Age : 62
Place of residence : Goldens Bridge, NY

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : Palmer College, the State University of New York

Grad school

University : Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Military service

Has served in the military: Yes
Rank : Sergeant

Employment Information

Job titles held : Adjunct Professor at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Marist College; Professor and Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at at Iona College; Trooper, Sergeant and Station Commander at New York State Police
Employers : NA

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: State office
Running for position: 93rd Assembly District
Chamber/district: 93rd
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 23 February 2010
Previous elective offices : Town Councilman, Lewisboro, 2000-2004
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 214 Mamaroneck Ave, 2nd Floor
White Plains
NY
10601

Campaign Manager

Name : Dean Travalino
Title : Campaign Manager

URLs

Website : http://www.bobcastelli.com
Twitter : @bobcastelli
Facebook : facebook.com/robert.j.castelli

Other facts

Robert J. Castelli has served as the Assemblyman for the 93rd Assembly District in Westchester County since taking office in a Special Election on February 9, 2010. Assemblyman Castelli is considered one of the most fiercely independent voices in the legislature, fighting to change Albany and make Westchester a more affordable place to live. He believes that Westchester County taxpayers are tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation. Since being elected, he has proven himself one of the most effective lawmakers despite Albany's infamous reputation for dysfunction, passing two pieces of his legislation in his first 120 days in office. As one of only two combat veterans in the State Assembly, he currently serves as ranking Minority member of the prestigious Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Conservation Committee for his strong environmental advocacy, and has received endorsements and accolades from organizations such as the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. Assemblyman Castelli has dedicated his life to public service. He is a Vietnam veteran who, after a distinguished 21-year career in the New York State Police, which included service on the elite Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Organized Crime Task Force, went on to receive his undergraduate degree from SUNY Empire State College and his graduate degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1996 to 2010, as a college professor at Iona College and at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Assemblyman Castelli used his experience to help shape the future leaders of our State. As a small businessman, he operates a security consulting business, and is a nationally- recognized commentator to television and print media on terrorism and homeland security, criminal investigation, organized crime, white collar crime, security management and police procedures. From 2000 to 2004, Assemblyman Castelli was a Lewisboro Town Councilman, and in 2010 he served as Chair of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Transition Committees for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. He holds certifications as a Certified Fraud Examiner, Crime Prevention Specialist, Certified Criminal Analyst, Certified Protection Professional, Certified Police and Security Officer Instructor, Certified Firearms Instructor and licensed and bonded Private Investigator. He resides in Goldens Bridge and is the proud father of two sons: Christian, a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces, and also a graduate of the Kennedy School, and Paul, an ordained Minister, serving a congregation in southern Florida. The 93rd Assembly District includes Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mt. Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and White Plains.

Len Martello August 10, 2012 at 02:47 PM
We must not forget that Bob Castelli was on the wrong side of history just a year ago, when NY State enacted marriage equality - a huge step for the civil rights of EVERYONE in this state. I have also been troubled with Mr. Castelli's contention that we must make public the evaluations of our teachers, but not any other taxpayer-funded employees. His office confirmed this stance on teachers was due to taxpayer dollars, but our police, firefighters and other municipal workers are paid with those same tax dollars. Can't have it both ways, Bob. Why single out teachers when taxpayer dollars are used to compensate all kinds of municipal workers? It just doesn't seem logical or equitable. I suggest David Buchwald as the candidate with a solid record of accomplishment for his current constituents and someone more in tune with the times. David Buchwald for Assembly! Read about David at: http://davidbuchwald.com/
Marcus J. Brutus August 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Since Mr. Martello is so well-versed on the disingenuous talking points of Assemblyman Castelli's opponent I bet he knows that the Assemblyman has been consistently in favor of civil unions and voted against a version of the same-sex marriage bill that would' have imposed criminal sanctions on religious organizations refusing to conduct such marriages. The bill was subsequently corrected in the Senate and adopted without a re-vote in the assembly. Anyone who followed the issue knows this. Assemblyman Castelli's votes on education have followed Gov. Cuomo's lead and have been intended to protect our children and the majority of teachers whose jobs are in jeopardy because of current benefit packages.. His office confirmed that while he did vote for teacher evaluations he did not vote to make them public. Mr. Castelli's opponent is another Sheldon Silver sycophant from White Plains ready to carry the union's water. Perhaps the most craven of all has been their campaign's attempt to portray the Assemblyman as being against a woman's right to choose despite the fact that he has been a pro-choice Republican his entire career and a member of a bipartisan pro-choice legislative caucus.
Len Martello August 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Civil Unions do not carry the same legal standing as a state marriage, in terms of benefits and equal rights. Marriage is a civil right, and Assemblyman Castelli voted against that right...no matter what his reasons he will always be on the wrong side of history. This has nothing to do with religion, we have separation of church and state in this country. It is about the civil act of marriage, not the religious ceremony. Mr. Castelli opposed that equal right, which despite his obstruction, has become the law of the land in The Empire State.
Proud American August 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Castelli 2012. It is the only choice and a smart choice of the people of 93 AD. An great American Hero who serves his community and country with distinction and honor. You can't ask for a better public servant.
Proud American August 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
If you want a liberal democrat who would do anything and everything to get elected, the choice is clear. This will raise your tax and no doubt he will be the part of the Silver Sheldon clown in Albany, which puts politics above the rights of voters. Castelli served in Vietnam, followed by a remarkable career in the NY State Police and served 14 years a College Professor. His son was also served the Army for almost 20 years and just recently retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Special Forces.

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