LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Lewisboro’s Robert J. Castelli!
Robert J. "Bob" Castelli, who resides in Lewisboro, turns 66 on Wednesday.
Castelli, a security consultant, professor and media personality from Goldens Bridge, was born Dec. 16, 1949, in Jamaica, N.Y. During the Vietnam War, he served with the 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Army. After his military service, he became a member of the New York State Police, where he served with the Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Organized Crime Task Force for more than two decades.
Castelli was elected as a town councilman in his home town of Lewisboro from 2000 to 2004.
He served two terms as a member of the New York State Assembly, representing northeastern Westchester County, New York. He authored a bill to eliminate the Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency, a moribund public authority, which was called an "unnecessary mandate" for the village, that successfully passed both houses of the legislature in 2012.
He also authored and passed legislation to rename portions of New York State Route 120 in Chappaqua and Purchase for Staff Sgt. Kyu Hyuk Chay, and Specialist Anthony Kalladeen, soldiers from those communities who were killed in action during the wars in Afghanistan, and Iraq, respectively. A graduate of Harvard University, Castelli is a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice and security matters. He is also a columnist for the website Politico.