Hillary Clinton, Cuomo March in New Castle Parade
As scores of spectators gathered, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo marched down King Street, heading into downtown Chappaqua. Marching with them were Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and state Assemblyman David Buchwald.
After the parade stop near the Chappaqua train station, Clinton was greeted with large numbers of people eager to see her. After tributes to veterans and active soldiers, she talked with reporters.
“Well, I'm just happy to be here for the Memorial Day parade and to see a lot of my friends and meet some new people and be inspired as I always am every single year," she said.
Clinton, also a former first lady and U.S. senator, also praised a speech given by former state Assemblyman Robert Castelli, about Memorial Day, saying it "was one of the best Memorial Day addresses I've heard in a very long time.”
Clinton lives in the Chappaqua hamlet of New Castle while Cuomo lives in the town's Mount Kisco postal section. Both have been considered by political pundits and national press to be possible 2016 presidential candidates.
Cuomo served as secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, in the 1990s. The former commander-in-chief, who has marched in past Memorial Day parades in Chappaqua, was unavailable this year because of his scheduling, according to James McCauley, a veteran and organizer of the event.