YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam has joined the growing team of Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater. The Council is regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s renowned voices in support of improving local infrastructure, growing local jobs and supporting local workers.
Ed Doyle, President of the Building & Trades Council said, “Matt Slater has the proven experience and leadership that the hard working men and women of Yorktown can count on. He has been a strong partner in our fight on important issues such as fair wages and needed protections for the workers at Indian Point. We proudly endorse him and support his campaign to be Yorktown’s next Town Supervisor.”
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam represents more than two dozen construction unions and more than 30,000 members.
Jeff Loughlin, Business Manager for IUOE Local 137 said, “I have always been impressed with Matt Slater’s honesty, integrity and eagerness to find solutions to the toughest problems facing working class families. He will be a breath of fresh air that our families can count on. We are proud to stand with him and provide strong support for his election to be Yorktown’s next Town Supervisor.”
Louis Picani, Business Manager for Teamsters Local 456 said, “Matt Slater has been a fierce advocate for the hardworking families of Westchester and Putnam Counties. He has stood on the forefront with our members fighting for safer working conditions and fair wages. Matt will continue to take part in the perpetual battle for fair labor practices and is a strong voice for not only the men and women of labor, but for all of the hard-working residents who need their voices to be heard. He will lead Yorktown to a new chapter and we proudly stand by his side.”
Bill Banfield, Eastern New York Regional Manager of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters added, “Yorktown needs a leader like Matt Slater. He understands the challenges facing today’s workforce and their families. More importantly, Matt Slater has proven to be able to build consensus on issues that matter most to the hardworking families of Yorktown and the Hudson Valley.”
Tom LeCount, Business Manager for the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 91 said, “Matt Slater has been a tireless advocate for working class families of the Hudson Valley. His values and leadership will benefit the entire community. The Heat & Frost Insulators Local 91 is proud to endorse Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor!”
Thomas Carey, President of the Central Labor Body of Westchester & Putnam, AFL-CIO said, “The Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body is proud to have endorsed Matt Slater For Yorktown Supervisor. Matt is a proven leader who represents his constituents with honesty, intellect and integrity. Matt has worked tirelessly on issues on both the community and State levels and we need a strong voice who can continue to keep Yorktown a thriving community.”
“It is immensely humbling to have the support of the labor leaders of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam,” Matt Slater said. “I am very excited to work with this great organization to modernize our infrastructure, generate local jobs for Yorktown’s families and create an environment that allows Yorktown to economically compete with our neighboring communities.”
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – For the first time in more than four years the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) has endorsed a candidate for Yorktown Supervisor in Matt Slater. The NYLCV cited Slater’s involvement in several major conservation projects and policies during his time working in the New York State Senate.
Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “Matt Slater will fight for our environment and public health. He was a Charter Member of Yorktown’s Energy Advisory Committee, helped secure $500,000 for the Croton Grassland Meadow restoration, allocated $1.84 million to preserve the oldest working farm in Westchester, and supported legislation that expanded the inland waterway program. We are proud to stand with Matt Slater in his election for Supervisor and we urge voters in Yorktown to cast their ballot for him this fall.”
During his tenure serving as Chief of Staff in the New York State Senate Slater helped forge partnerships that preserved Stuart’s Fruit Farm and funded Westchester County’s largest conservation project at the Croton Grassland Meadow. Early on in his campaign Slater identified and proposed several initiatives that focus on rejuvenating Yorktown’s lakes and enhancing access to local parks.
“The New York League of Conservation Voters has been an immense partner on a number of issues both locally and on a statewide basis,” Slater said. “Working together we will make Yorktown a model community that safeguards and enhances our natural resources while emerging as a leader in the fight against climate change.”
(L-R: Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana, Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater, Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman press the need for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for Mohegan Lake)
NYLCV is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air renewable energy and open space.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – The dynamic team of State Senator Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Highyway Superintendent Dave Paganelli and Murphy’s former Chief of Staff, Matt Slater, celebrated the anticipated makeover of Quinlan Street. In 2018 Murphy secured a $250,000 grant from New York State to give the busy artery a much needed facelift. Last week, crews from the Yorktown Highway Department were out milling the stretch of road from Granite Springs Road to Lee Boulevard. Now fresh asphalt is being delivered to finish the job.
Watch the announcement 📷here.
“Highway Superintendent Paganelli and his entire staff have been working through the heat of the summer to fix many of our local roads,” Murphy said. “I was thrilled to secure this important grant and make sure Superintendent Paganelli had the funds to address as many local roads as he could.”
Murphy represented the Town of Yorktown in the New York State Senate for two terms. In addition to the $250,000 for Quinlan Street Yorktown received more than $1.9 million in state funding to improve local roadways during Murphy’s tenure.
“This would not have happened without the great work of Senator Murphy and the help of Matt Slater,” Superintendent Dave Paganelli explained. “From the Quinlan Street grant, to the new traffic light on Route 118, we were able to accomplish some great things by working together. It comes down to teamwork.”
Paganelli explained his department milled Quinlan Street in an effort to reduce potential flooding issues from raising the road above people’s driveways. He hopes this will be the standard for local roads moving forward.
In addition to securing funds for paving, in July of 2018 a 📷new traffic light was installed at the intersection of Route 118 & Route 129 thanks to the efforts of Murphy, Paganelli and Murphy’s office. It replaced a blinking yellow light that was reinstalled in 2012 following the completion of the AMVETS Bridge reconstruction. Many residents expressed concerns over the light and Paganelli deemed it a public safety issue because of the numer of traffic incidents that occurred at the intersection. Since they are state roads, Murphy’s office successfully engaged the New York State Department of Transportation in getting approvals for the full traffic light.
Matt Slater served as Murphy’s Chief-of-Staff and is now running for Yorktown Town Supervisor. Paganelli praised Slater’s involvement in the Quinlan Street grant, helping him complete the necessary paperwork and acting as a conduit with the necessary state agencies. Slater says more resources are needed to reduce Yorktown’s paving schedule.
“With the current funding in place Yorktown is paving local roads once in a generation,” Slater charged. “Our Highway Superintendent and his Department do a great job with the resources that are allocated by the Town Board but more is needed to tackle the more than 200 miles of roads in Yorktown. In comparrison to other communities in our region Yorktown is significantly underfunding an essential service for our town.”
I have lived in this town for decades and have watched elected officials come and go. Yorktown has been blessed to have some great leaders, from both parties, emerge from our community.
This year, Matt Slater is running for Yorktown supervisor. He will bring an incredible combination of education (masters of public administration), more than a decade of governmental experience, charisma and vision to our local government that will propel our community to new heights.
He has put forth several policy proposals focused on our local environment and improving our quality of life. Matt’s middle of the road, common sense approach, is a refreshing breeze in a time when partisan smog prevents government on all levels from functioning for the people.
Yorktown has a chance to elect a real leader, who has a vested interest in the future of our town, and has the integrity we can count on. Matt Slater continues to impress those who meet him and I urge my neighbors, both old and new, to pay attention to his positive message of how he intends to improve our community.
This letter is to sing the praises of Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown town supervisor.
We first met Matt when he was working with then Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. As secretary of the Jefferson Owners Corp. and a resident of Jefferson Village, we also interacted with Matt as chief of staff to Senator Murphy. He was always there making sure things were going well in our community.
Jefferson Village is a 55-plus community of 1,000 units. When Senator Murphy came to check on our community during winter storms, or hurricanes like Hurricane Irene, Matt was in the background making sure everything Senator Murphy wanted done for us went accordingly.
To this “elderly” couple, we found Matt to be a sincere and honest person—and a family man to boot. He has from the start involved his wife and his son in his life. We know he will be a wonderful asset as our town supervisor. He has grown up in Yorktown, has family here, and wants to stay here to make Yorktown a great place to live!
Read more in the Yorktown News.
YORKTOWN, N.Y. – One of Yorktown’s parks got some tender love and care last week after residents and a political hopeful rattled cages in the form of social media posts and a television news broadcast.
Touring the overgrown Blackberry Woods Park with a reporter from News 12, Republican town supervisor candidate Matt Slater criticized the current administration for allowing such conditions to exist.
A day after the report aired, the Marcy Street park had been landscaped and cleaned by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Earlier in the week, a Facebook post showing conditions of the park received dozens of comments from frustrated residents.
“It shouldn’t get to this point,” Slater told Yorktown News. “Obviously, there’s no plan. This should be done earlier in the season. People want to use their parks.”
Slater called the condition of town parks inexcusable. For example, he said, construction equipment and materials are being stored on unusable tennis courts at Shrub Oak Park and Downing Park.
“It starts with management. It starts with having a plan,” Slater said. “It falls squarely on the supervisor’s shoulders.”
Before looking into hiring more parks employees, Slater said, he would order a full inventory of the town’s parks to determine what work is needed and in what order. The town’s website should also have an interactive map of its parks, letting residents know what equipment a park has and where they can park their cars, he said.
The town should also be more transparent about planned improvements to its parks, Slater said. Residents should at least know the town is aware of issues and has plans to fix them, even if the repairs may take years to complete.
Slater’s criticism didn’t end with the condition of the parks. He said residents have also expressed concern to him about what the town is using to control weed growth.
“Are [kids] playing in Roundup or are they playing in something else?” Slater asked.
The Parks and Recreation Department has since clarified it does not use chemicals, but rather an “organic-based solution.”
“We apply natural citrus oil commonly found in the citrus peels of oranges, limes, lemons, and grapefruits,” the department said in a statement provided by Gilbert’s office.
“The use of citrus oil on weeds is applied in small amounts or spot applications. The product is a safe, fast acting, effective approach to controlling weeds and the department only schedules an application on a case-by-case basis.”
Still, Slater said, neighborhood residents should be notified about when the department plans to use this mixture in their parks.
“It’s an issue of transparency,” Slater said.
Read more in the Yorktown News.
YORKTOWN – Yorktown residents say some of their parks are unusable and even dangerous.
Matt Slater, who is challenging Ilan Gilbert for town supervisor of Yorktown, says this has been a problem at many of the town’s 31 parks for over a year.
At Blackberry Woods Park on Marcy Street in Mohegan Lake, people have to weave through overgrown trees and grass to reach part of the park, which leads to a tennis court.
“I’ve talked to the homeowners on the other side of the street, no one uses this,” says Slater. “There’s been reports of coyotes and of course we have to worry about ticks.”
One slide is warped, equipment is rusted and benches are covered with overgrown weeds.
At Shrub Oak Park on Sunnyside Street in Shrub Oak, cinder blocks and gravel fill what are supposed to be tennis courts.
On Facebook, one woman said the grass at Blackberry Woods once reached 3-to-4 feet. Another said her kids came home covered in ticks after playing in another park.
Slater says this is because Gilbert hasn’t sent crews to maintain the parks. Read more on news12.com.
YORKTOWN, NY – Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater says the town should be doing more to provide information to residents and town employees that could calm concerns regarding the use of herbicides and pesticides before they rise. Slater believes Yorktown should enhance its notification capabilities to allow concerned residents and employees to receive notices when vegetation management is underway at town parks and public buildings. In addition, he is proposing the town provide an online account of vegetation management practices cataloged by property so the public can see, before arriving to their destination, if any pest management controls were applied.
On March 1, 2001 New York State enacted the Neighbor Notification Law to ensure advance notification of the use of pesticides to neighboring properties. Westchester County opted into the state program in 2009 which applies to commercial pesticide applicators, property owners, retailers and homeowners. Recent vegetation management at Willow Park, located on the corner of Curry Street and Tulip Drive, have raised questions over Yorktown’s own notification policies when addressing vegetation issues on town owned property.
“Private businesses have strict notification requirements and it is time our town government holds itself to the same standard,” Slater explained, “As a parent who often visits Willow Park with my young son I can understand the concerns neighbors have when they see and smell what appears to be chemical use in a kid or pet friendly place. Our local government can easily provide accessible information that not only preempts questions or concerns but ensures the public is indeed safe from harmful chemicals.”
Originally questions were raised on social media about the overall condition of the park. Residents posted pictures of weeds growing through benches, damaged slides and trash in the play area. On Saturday evening, more concerns were raised over the state of the park as well as “…the strong odor of weed killer…”
Chemicals that are frequently used as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs are registered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and cataloged to provide detailed information of the ingredients contained in them.
Slater continued, “It is time to redesign local government with the end user in mind. Thankfully, in the case of Willow Park, organic weed killer was used to combat overgrowing vegetation but we should be taking the extra step of proactively informing our citizens and providing clear and accessible information to those who are searching for it.”
I recently put forth a plan to help restore the health of Lake Mohegan. New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation identifies it as the state’s most impaired waterway. Since 2012 the blue green algae issue has intensified to the point of closing the beaches during the summer months.
Sadly, but not unsurprisingly, there was a misinformed rush to attack the plan I put forth. From a process standpoint, according to documentation that can be found on the Department of State’s website, the Town of Yorktown could have initiated the process of developing an LWRP, and submitted it as part of its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), when the legislation was passed by the State Senate and State Assembly in June of 2018. The Department of State goes on to say, should the application have been approved, only after the Governor signed the legislation (in September), would the town have received the allocated money.
From a funding standpoint, the grants associated with the CFA process are not the only dollars available through the development of an LWRP. The development and implementation of an LWRP qualifies for federal funding from the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act Fund as well as planning grants through the Hudson River Greenway Communities Council. Look no further than the Village of Ardsley. Sadly, these are just more missed opportunities by this administration to address a serious issue.
To be clear, a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan would not replace the good work of the Mohegan Lake Improvement District, but provide added resources to restore the health of Lake Mohegan, and depending on the approved plan, would act as a sword or a shield for the future development of the Mohegan Lake hamlet.
As Supervisor, I will be fully engaged in building the necessary coalitions, and be willing to cross the political aisle, to make an LWRP a reality not just for Lake Mohegan but Lake Osceola and Sparkle Lake as well. These are incredible resources for our community that we should be paying greater attention to.
Yorktown is a place for families. I’m proud of growing up here and my wife and I are raising our family here too.
For Yorktown to be a place where young families grow and seniors can retire, we must have both a plan and a commitment to achieve smart growth.
As I’ve begun knocking on doors in my campaign for Town Supervisor, I’ve heard one overarching theme: Yorktown is just too expensive.
For starters, Yorktown’s commercial tax base continues to be the lowest in Westchester County. So when the town needs money, it looks squarely at our homeowners. Yorktown has fallen behind our neighbors who are welcoming new employers and new jobs. Traveling down Route 6, you see transformative projects underway expanding the commercial tax base in nearby towns and alleviating the pressure placed on their residential taxpayers.
Unlike Cortlandt, which quickly zoned, cited and approved a new ShopRite, the Yorktown Lowe’s took nearly a decade and an estimated $20 million to open for business. And while the rest of Yorktown lays dormant, there are exciting projects underway in Somers, Mahopac and Chappaqua.
Yorktown has earned a reputation as hostile to new opportunity—and it’s crushing our homeowners. Look no further than the cancelled expansion of the Jefferson Valley Mall, which is one of Yorktown’s largest taxpayers. Beyond new jobs, the additional tax revenue could have helped alleviate the Town’s property tax burden, improve services for our seniors and enhance our schools.
I have a plan to get Yorktown moving again and the experience needed to deliver real results. We need walkable downtowns in each of our hamlets and complete streets that improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. We need smarter, more efficient delivery of services. It’s time for our local government to be a leader in innovation and, considering the taxes we pay, it already should be!
I have the experience needed to reform Town government and I’ll work hard every day to get Yorktown headed in the right direction. I believe in public service and, for the past four years, I was privileged to serve our community as State Senator Terrence Murphy’s chief-of-staff. Together, we wrote and passed 50 new state laws benefitting local residents and delivered over $4 million in new state funding for Yorktown. We tackled a wide range of state and local issues, ranging from the heroin epidemic to the installation of a new traffic light at the intersection of Route 118 and Route 129.
Working with Senator Murphy, we partnered with local officials and members of our community to enact important reforms, including new state laws requiring insurance companies to cover treatment for opioid addiction and ending the long-term prescriptions that helped flood our communities with Oxycontin and other dangerous narcotics. We also invested in Yorktown’s quality-of-life by delivering $1.9 million to rehabilitate local roads and millions more for our fire departments, school districts, libraries and vital community organizations that provide important services for local residents.
One such grant provided $700,000 to modernize town facilities. Yorktown has the best employees in Westchester, but we must continue working to ensure they have the resources and technology needed to move our community forward. Specifically, we must create an online system to streamline the permitting process and use Open Data to improve government transparency. The rest of the world is already doing these things and Yorktown’s dormant town government is not keeping up.
It’s time for new leadership for Yorktown. As Town Supervisor, I will bring my passion and experience to the job. Let’s make Yorktown a place that everyone can afford to call home.
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