YORKTOWN, NY – Concerned parents in Yorktown are asking why they must take off from work to sign-up for a parks pass. Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater joined them today alongside Council members Tom Diana, Ed Lachterman and Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia and called for Yorktown to begin offering online registration through the Community Pass program.
“Yorktown is the only community where one cannot sign up for a park pass online, and the extra dollars generated from this new system could go a long way to getting Yorktown to operate in the 21st Century,” , Slater said. “It’s time Yorktown got with the times. We are here today to take the first step toward redefining service delivery for the citizens of Yorktown and frankly it is a pretty simple one.”
Neighboring communities including Carmel, Cortlandt, Mount Kisco, New Castle, Peekskill and Somers all participate in Community Pass. In these communities, the program has saved time and money by making the registration process more secure, efficient and convenient for residents.
Jillian Sherman, a Shrub Oak resident and small business owner, operates her business during the time window when residents must appear in-person at the Parks Department to register, including Saturday mornings. “I have a two-and-half year old son and own my own business, so it is difficult for someone like me to take off time from work to register in person all the way across town. We want to be able to take part in what our town offers,” she said.
Rosemarie Panio, chairperson of the Yorktown Senior Advisory Committee, said “This will be a convenient for seniors, and while some of us are not computer literate, with our children and grandchildren this will be a very easy way to apply for all these programs. Anything we can do to help seniors to improve our quality of life and make them feel more a part of our community is certainly worth doing.”
Under Slater’s plan, residents would still be allowed to sign-up for programs in person or by mail if they so choose. However, adopting an online registration system will cut down on countless hours of data entry at the parks department, saving time and money, while expanding participation in town programs, generating revenue.
“Our parks department is one of the best, but they’re bogged down and its tough for our residents to get to their facility to sign-up,” Diana said. “We have to give our residents the quality of service that they have become accustomed to and deserve. The town is a business and you shouldn’t have to leave the comfort of your home.”
“We are so far behind the times,” Lachterman said. “Community Pass would tie everything together. It would make the jobs easier for employees, save us money over all, as well as being able to maximize the reach our programs. This hasn’t been acted on, and we need the leadership to move this through.”
“Four years ago we called for online registration and the current town clerk, who is a member of the recreation commission, paid lip service to the idea,” Capoccia said. “It is clear that this administration is unable to execute on any initiative that would move our town toward greater efficiencies. For the taxes we pay, we deserve a responsive local government that will turn words into action. The status quo just isn’t good enough.”
Slater said the issue is indicative of an overall problem with the current administration leaving local taxpayers behind instead of leading the way. “Under my administration, we will not only make the Community Pass a reality but we will redefine how we deliver services to and communicate with all of Yorktown,” he concluded.