Robert Castelli

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Robert Castelli
Former candidate for
New York State Senate, District 40
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly, District 89
2010 - 2013
Bachelor'sCriminal Justice, State University of New York
Master'sKennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1967 - 1970
Campaign website
Robert Castelli was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 40 of the New York State Senate.

He served in the New York State Assembly, representing District 89 from February 9, 2010, to 2013. He was first elected in a special election held February 9, 2010, to replace Adam Bradley. Castelli defeated Democrat Peter Harckham for the seat.[1]

Castelli previously ran for the seat in 2004 and was defeated by Bradley. His win put the District 89 seat into Republican hands for the first time in 17 years.[2] Castelli has also been councilman for the Town of Lewisbro.


Castelli earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York and his M.P.A. from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His professional experience includes working as a professor at Empire State College, Iona College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, Marist College, as President of Robert J. Castelli Associates and a Station Commander for the New York State Police from 1974 to 1995. He served as an Infantryman in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970.[3]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Castelli served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Castelli served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Justin R. Wagner was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Terrence P. Murphy defeated Robert Castelli in the Republican primary. Wagner ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Murphy ran on the Conservative Party, SCC-StopCommon Core, Green Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Murphy defeated Wagner in the general election.[4][5][6]

The New York State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, or 4.8 percent of the chamber. District 40 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia, and as a battleground district that could determine control of the New York State Senate. In this open seat, Yorktown Councilman Terrence P. Murphy (R) defeated Justin R. Wagner (D) in the general election. In 2012, Wagner was narrowly defeated by former incumbent Greg Ball (R) by a margin of victory of 2 percent. According to filings as of October 2014, Senate Republicans spent $350,000 in the race, the most on any one candidate. In comparison, Senate Democrats only spent $94,000.[7][8]

New York State Senate District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerrence P. Murphy 53.2% 46,884
     Democratic Justin R. Wagner 43% 37,875
     None Blank 3.8% 3,323
     None Scattering 0.1% 69
Total Votes 88,151
New York State Senate, District 40 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTerrence P. Murphy 69.8% 4,566
Robert Castelli 30.2% 1,976
Total Votes 6,542


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Castelli ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 93. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. He was defeated by David Buchwald in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

New York State Assembly, District 93, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Buchwald Incumbent 54.4% 29,394
     Republican Robert Castelli 45.6% 24,609
Total Votes 54,003


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Castelli ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. Castelli defeated Thomas M. Roach, Jr. (D) in the general election on November 2.[12] Roach conceded after recanvassing established Castelli's victory.[13] In addition to running on the Republican ticket, Castelli ran on the Conservative Party ticket and the Taxpayers Party ticket.

State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations
New York State Assembly, District 89 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Castelli (R) 21,263
Thomas M. Roach, Jr. (D) 21,151

Campaign donors


In 2010, Castelli received $146,165 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[14]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Robert Castelli endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [15]

In 2012, Castelli's endorsements included the following:

  • West Chester Tea Party


Castelli has two children; Chris and Paul.

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  1. Westchester News 12, "Castelli wins special election in NY's 89th AD," February 9, 2010
  2. The Journal News, "GOP's Castelli surprises in 89th District win," February 10, 2010
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Castelli," accessed August 11, 2014
  4. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  5. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  6. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  7., "Hudson Valley Senate races will shape New York's future," accessed October 24, 2014
  8., "5 things to consider about the future of the NY State Senate," accessed October 24, 2014
  9. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  13., "Roach concedes to Castelli in 89th Assembly District," December 11, 2010
  14. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  15. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces New York Assembly Endorsements," December 9, 2011(Archived)
Political offices
Preceded by
Adam Bradley (D)
New York Assembly District 89
February 2010-2013
Succeeded by
J. Gary Pretlow (D)