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To the editor:
Several weeks ago, Senator Greg Ball announced he would not seek another election due to (self-imposed) term limits.
It was a commendable decision and one that looks out for constituents over one's own gain. At the same time, he recommended who he would like to see as his replacement. Was that a decision set in stone? Absolutely not. Last time I checked, what is required to be on a ballot are some signatures and if all goes well, enough votes during the primary and on Election Day to send someone to Albany. One person not in total agreement with the recommendation made by Senator Ball was Bob Castelli, who from 2010-2013 served in the 89th state assembly district. In this election, Mr. Castelli, would like to return to office representing the 40th District which includes much of the Northeast corner of Westchester County. When I first heard Bob Castelli speak about returning to the State Senate, my initial reaction was that of a deer looking into headlights with its jaw hung open. There appeared a serious desire for wanting to be back in public service yet the animosity towards the powers that be within the local GOP seemed a bit over the top. Soon after, some area residents received an anonymous political mailer that was sent out about Mr. Castelli, labeling him as "pro-abortion." I have yet to meet anyone, including many liberal friends who admit to being pro-abortion. As for his response, Castelli reiterated that as a Catholic, while he personally does not favor abortion, he does not believe it is the government’s place to decide for women. What does this say about one of his character traits? Very simple -- he has guts. The other aspect about Castelli that I like is he is a Vietnam vet. I spend a lot of time working with vets and most of them take words like Honor and Code seriously. I think it is safe to say Bob Castelli does as well. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about whoever sent that anonymous mailer. In the meantime, I am lending my support to Bob Castelli to have him serve the 40th District for the New York State Senate. Albany can use more people like him.