Supervisor Candidate Has Plan To Make Yorktown A Regional Leader In Alternative Energy
“My wife Kellie and I made the decision months ago to install solar panels on our house for a number of reasons including the economic and environmental benefits,” explained Slater. “Now as a power producer we are doing our part in reducing fossil fuels and the overall carbon footprint of our home.”
Slater took advantage of several tax credit programs offered by New York State and the federal government. Those credits reduced the upfront cost of installation by half. On December 31st the federal government’s tax credit begins to phase out.
“If homeowners are doing their part in embracing alternative energy then our local government can as well,” Slater charged. “My plan to make Yorktown a certified Climate Smart Community includes components for Yorktown to maximize alternative energy sources and improve efficiencies of town buildings using modern technology. My plan will help save taxpayer money.”
Becoming a Climate Smart Community means participating in a state recognized and supported program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Many of the priority projects associated with the certification process qualify for state financial assistance. There are only three certified climate smart communities in Westchester County.
Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “As Washington continues to roll back environmental protections, local leadership is more important now than ever. One of the ways that towns can make an impact on the environment is through achieving Climate Smart Community certification. With Matt Slater’s pledge to finally achieve CSC certification and give Yorktown a fresh start, Yorktown is poised to be a model that other towns can follow in our fight against climate change.”
Slater says under his leadership the town will establish the required Climate Smart Communities Task Force within his first 30 days in office. This is the first step in the certification process and would be followed by a Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory.