YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – At Yorktown’s first town board meeting of 2020 resolutions were passed creating a Veterans’ Advisory Committee and a Climate Smart Communities Task Force. Both measures were passed unanimously.
Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater applauded the approvals saying, “Our community took great strides forward in our first meeting. We as a community are committed to improving services and communication to our local veterans and the creation of a Veterans’ Advisory Committee is a great first step. Additionally, establishing a Climate Smart Communities Task Force is significant progress in making Yorktown a leader in combating local climate change.”
Yorktown originally passed a resolution in 2009 pledging to become a Climate Smart Community but no additional actions have been taken until Tuesday’s town board meeting. 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. Currently there are 35 participating communities in Westchester County but only three have been certified.
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “From our veterans to local environment our first meeting set a strong tone that I believe will continue for the rest of the year. We have a lot of work to do for our community and Tuesday’s meeting gave residents a glimpse of the direction Yorktown will now be heading in.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman, who will serve as the liaison to the Veterans’ Advisory Committee added, “Our veterans deserve so much for defending our freedoms and way of life. This committee will help streamline services to our veterans and gives them the official recognition which they have earned.”
Yorktown Councilwoman Alice Roker said, “2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and a new Town Board for the Town of Yorktown. A new spotlight will be focused on improving the lives of veterans and finding new ways to combat the climate crisis with the creation of two new volunteer boards.”
Anyone interested in joining either the Veterans’ Advisory Committee or Climate Smart Communities Task Force is encouraged to contact the Supervisor’s office at 914-962-5722 ext. 201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Yorktown’s next regular Town Board session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st.