Working with local schools, charities and municipal officials, Matt helped Senator Murphy secure state funding for critically-important local projects, including $1.9 million for road repaving and another $250,000 which was used to resurface Quinlan Street in the summer of 2019. He also worked to acquire $725,000 to modernize town facilities, $500,000 for the Yorktown Heights Fire Department to equip the new Kitchawan Fire Station, $75,000 for the Lake Mohegan Fire Department and $80,000 to fight the blue-green algae intrusion affecting town lakes.
In addition, in Matt’s role as Senator Murphy’s Chief of Staff, they secured $40,000 for a new special needs playground at the Lakeland School District, $25,000 for sports programs at the Yorktown School District, $22,500 for the John C. Hart Library, $20,000 to support Yorktown’s Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), $65,000 for the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center and $10,000 for the Yorktown Police Department to purchase a new K9 officer named Spar.
In 2015, 914Inc. and Westchester Magazine recognized Matt for his accomplishments as Senator Murphy’s Chief of Staff, noting that the position was “normally reserved for someone with decades of experience [but it was] nothing new to Slater.”
After attending Yorktown High School, Matt graduated from St. Anselm College, in Manchester, New Hampshire and joined Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. Prior to serving as State Senator Terrence Murphy’s Chief of Staff, Matt was Hudson Valley Regional Director for New York State Assembly Minority Leader and worked for Westchester County. Matt earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from Marist College.
Matt was a member of CSEA Local 9200 and remains a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on the Congregational Council for four years.
Matt was a charter member of Yorktown’s Energy Advisory Committee and he volunteers with the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine event for children with special needs. He is a member of the Yorktown Elks and has served on the White Plains Hospital’s Breast Cancer Awareness Committee and Go Red for Women’s Health Committee.