YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – On Saturday, Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater, Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble and Monsignor Joseph Giandurco of St. Patrick’s Parish welcomed Timothy Cardinal Dolan to Yorktown. They toured St. Patrick’s Old Stone Church which was one of the sites of recent vandalism. In total, Yorktown Police continue to investigate six sites of vandalism including three houess of worship.
“We are not letting what happened here define this community,” Supervisor Slater said. “We are so appreciative of the leadership and partnership of Cardinal Dolan and Monsignor Giandurco. Working with our religious and community leaders, as well as the Yorktown Police Department, we will continue to reject all forms of hate.”
In a video message to the Yorktown community Cardinal Dolan said, “This is so contrary to everything Yorktown stands for. You have a sense of solidarity, helpfulness, outreach that brings people together. You are known for your unity not your divisiveness, you are known for peacefulness not violence.”
Cardinal Dolan led mass at St. Patrick’s Church Saturday evening and Elizabeth Ann Seton on Sunday.
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 email@example.com. Yorktown’s next regular Town Board session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Authorities in Yorktown released a photo of a suspected vehicle in a string of vandalism that has now reached six separate sites across the suburb community. The Yorktown Police Department continue to investigate damage caused as the John C. Hart Memorial Library, First Presbyterian Church, Yorktown Stage, Veterans’ Memorial Park and the St. Patrick’s Old Stone Church.
Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater stated, “We will not tolerate these acts nor will we let these actions define our community. I have full confidence in the Yorktown Police Department, as well as our partners on the county, state and federal levels. We are doing everything possible to bring a swift conclusion to this awful incident. Yorktown will continue to stand firm against any and all forms of hate.”
Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble said, “We are casting a very wide net. We have called in any resource we can think of to assist us in our investigation including the Westchester County Police, the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney, the New York State Police and the FBI.”
Chief Noble released a photo of a suspected vehicle leaving the John C. Hart Memorial Library. The Yorktown Police Department is currently working with law enforcement agencies to enhance the photo.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino offered his continued support saying, “My office will continue to work closely with Yorktown police in investigating these serious and unsettling acts. Our prosecutors and our crime analysts at the Westchester Intelligence Center will do everything we can to see that this investigation moves swiftly. And we will prosecute whomever committed these heinous crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Yorktown Police Department has maintained an increase presence over the weekend throughout the community and will continue with an increased presence at local houses of worship. Yorktown’s Builidng and Maintenance Department, in partnership with Yorktown Glass, have already replaced the glass doors at the Yorktown Stage. The seventeen panes of glass at the John C. Hart Library are expected to be replaced this week while the library continues to operate.
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “This is something we will not tolerate. We do not tolerate racism, we do not tolerate anti-Semitism in this community.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman stated, “This does not happen in Yorktown. The results of this will hopefully make sure something like this does not happen again.”
Msgr. Giandurco of St. Patrick’s Church said, “Our parishoners were both sad and upset of the breaking of our 90 year old windows. Obviously it could have been a lot worse but we thank God it was only the windows. We hope that these types of actions cease from happening both here, across the country and around the world.”
Rabbi Robbie Weiner of Temple Beth Am said, “I want to thank the Chief and Supervisor for taking this so seriously. For us, when an attack happens at one of our houses of worship it is an attack on all of our houses of worships. The interfaith community is very much bonded together and will continue to be united in support of each other.”
Pastor Chip Low of the First Presbyterian Church gave thanks to the town leadership and police department. “We are thankful that this is not a normal occurrence in Yorktown. We must not respond to this attack in the same way it was done to us.”
Pastor Tami Siedel added, “We are so grateful to our police department and town government for their quick reaction. We continue to pray that all of our faith communities stand together and be a beacon of light and hope.”
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Authorities in Yorktown were alerted to a string of vandalism which occurred in early morning hours of January 4th on both town and private property.
Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater and Police Chief Robert Noble released the following joint statement:
“Earlier this morning, a number of acts of vandalism were discovered on Town Property. Four glass doors were shattered at the Yorktown Stage, a menorah was toppled at Veterans’ Field and multiple windows were broken at the John C. Hart Memorial Library. In addition, windows at the First Presbyterian Church and the St. Patrick’s Old Stone Church were also destroyed. As soon as these criminal acts were discovered town government took immediate action.
The Yorktown Police opened an investigation and are currently collecting evidence and reviewing video of the immediate and surrounding areas. At this point, the incidents appear linked. Town personnel are repairing the damaged town facilities.
The Town of Yorktown wholeheartedly condemns these hateful and disrespectful acts. We will attempt to identify and hold accountable those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
Destructive acts such as these have no place in Yorktown. They have no place in any community. We ask that our community assist our police department by sharing any information that may be helpful in the apprehension of those responsible for these crimes. If you have any relevant information, please contact the Yorktown Police Department by phone at 914-962-4141 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town is monitoring its other public facilities and the Yorktown Police will maintain an increased presence.”
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – For the thrid year in a row the Yorktown community embraced the Hudson Valley Turkey Trot hosted by former State Senator Terrence Murphy and the Taconic Road Runners Club. More than 400 runners sprinted down Front Street with all of the proceeds being divided among the food pantries of St. Mary’s in Mohegan Lake, St. John’s in Mahopac and CHHOP of Peekskill.
“Once again our community turned out in support of a fantastic cause,” Yorktown Supervisor Elect Matt Slater said. “Our local food pantries provide an invaluable service to families and this is an easy and fun way to support them during the holiday season.”
The inaugural trot took place three years ago thanks to then State Senator Terrence Murphy. Murphy, who resides in Yorktown and represented the area, has pledged to continue the race because of the positive impact it has on families who rely on local food pantries.
“This is just such a great event that supports an even greater cause,” Murphy explained. “Our Turkey Trot raises critical funds for our local food pantries who do so much for our neighbors in need. This year’s 400 runners set a new mark for us to beat next year.”
This year’s event sponsors included JV Bagels, Gatorade, the Taconic Road Runners and the Yorktown Police Department. The first runner crossed the finish line at a blistering 15:38. Next year’s Turkey Trot is already scheduled for Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26th.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Recognizing the important role small businesses play in Yorktown’s local economy, Supervisor Elect Matt Slater joined New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce President Sergio Esposito at Wishes Boutique of the Heights Hamlet on Small Business Saturday.
“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful way to raise awareness and support our local independent retailers,” Slater explained. “Studies show that supporting our small businesses, like Wishes Boutique, means supporting our local community. With holiday shopping in full swing I encourage all of our residents to think locally first.”
American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010. Studies have shown that for every dollar spent at a small business in the United States, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.
State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “We have so many a great small businesses here in Yorktown that do tremendous job stimulating our local economy and employing members of our community. When you go out to do your holiday shopping this season, please consider supporting these excellent main street establishments.”
Wishes Boutique is an eclectic gift shop carrying jewelry and personal accessories for girls and women of all ages, as well as beautiful items for the home.
“The Chamber is committed to promoting businesses in our town and the area,” Yorktown Chamber of Commerce President Sergio Esposito said. “Small Business Saturday is just another opportunity to highlight the incredible businesses we have right here in Yorktown and encourage local support of our small business community.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lactherman added, “As a small business owner I cannot tell you the importance of people coming out to support small businesses. We rely on people to come out and take advantage of the products and services our local businesses have to offer. Wishes always has unique products and supports other local businesses by carrying jewelry and items made by their fellow small businesses.”
SHRUB OAK, NY – Just three weeks after winning the election for Yorktown Town Supervisor, Supervisor-elect Matt Slater hosted the inaugural meeting of his bipartisan community transition team at the Shrub Oak International School. The team of nearly twenty people represents different political parties, community not-for-profits, business leaders, school officials and labor leaders.
“This transition team is a collaborative effort to move Yorktown forward in a positive direction,” Slater explained. “Our first meeting produced an incredible dialogue about ideas we have discussed over the past eight months as well as new initiatives for us to explore. I am very excited about the direction it is heading for the people of Yorktown.”
Slater made the issues of affordability, climate change and modnernization of town government the focal points of his campaign. Tricy Cushner, President of the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids, and Peter Lanza, Vice President of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, serve as co-chairs of the transition team.
“This is a very exciting time for Yorktown,” Slater said. “We have identified some great things to accomplish for our community and we are already hard at work.”
The public has already submitted additional ideas through the transition team email email@example.com. Slater says he hopes more people engage in the process over the coming weeks.
YORKTOWN, NY – Preparing to assume the office of Yorktown Supervisor in six weeks, Matt Slater has formally requested Governor Cuomo to offset the unfunded mandate associated with the sweeping criminal justice reforms that are set to go into effect on January 1, 2020. The Supervisor-elect detailed his concerns pertaining to the financial impact, as well as those regarding overall public safety, in a letter to the Governor.
“Our Police Department and local courthouse provide model leadership on a daily basis,” Slater explained. “These new standards will have a negative impact on their ability to properly protect our residents and will cost local property taxpayers more of their hard-earned money.”
Keith Olson, President of the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester agreed saying, “The new bail reform and discovery laws will only make the jobs of our police officers that much harder. The financial burden and unnecessary workload that accompanies this reform will result in less cops patrolling our neighborhoods, the place where we need them the most.”
Albany’s latest unfunded mandate is estimated to cost Yorktown taxpayers $80,000 this coming year. Meanwhile New York State’s Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM), which is approved as part of the state budget, has remained flat.
“Having worked in the both houses of the State Legislature, I firmly understand that details of complicated policies are often not recognized until the final stages of implementation,” Slater continued. “Seeing how we are on the cusp of the full enactment of these new procedures and protocols, I believe the state has a responsibility to take immediate action to delay the implementation of these reforms, determine the true fiscal impact this will have on local governments, identify the necessary funding mechanism to offset these costs and engage in a meaningful dialogue with law enforcement officials about the new protocols.”
Specifically concerns have been raised about the new discovery requirements and the burden it will place on local police depatments and district attorneys. The new mandates are leaving municipalities scrambling to cover the costs. Earlier this week the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) became the latest organization to publicly raise concerns over the criminal justice reforms citing inadequate funding.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, President of the District Attorneys Associaion of New York stated, “The bail changes enacted in Albany this year are reckless; forced through the budget process where they didn’t belong; without adequate consideration of how they will adversely affect public safety; and without adequate input from most of the agencies that work in the system, prosecutors, police, the courts.”
YORKTOWN, NY – Following his impressive victory last week, Yorktown Supervisor-elect Matt Slater today announced the members of his Transition Team. The bipartisan, community-based Transition Team will help lay the foundation for the new Slater Administration.
“Yorktown’s best days are ahead of us and I am proud to already be bringing people together from every corner of our community to make sure my administration is ready to go on day one,” Slater explained. “We have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to get started for the people of Yorktown.”
As co-chaired by Tricy Cushner, President of the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids, and Peter Lanza, Vice President of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, the Transition Team will be responsible for reviewing the Town’s budget, organizational structure and existing operations. Using their in-depth knowledge of Yorktown and commitment to the community’s future, the Transition Team will also help establish priorities for the new administration.
“It is with great pleasure that I serve as a co-chair with Peter Lanza on the Transition Team working with Yorktown’s newly elected town supervisor, Matt Slater,” said Tricy Cushner. “Our Yorktown community will absolutely benefit from a smooth transition supported by the outgoing supervisor and a community transition team. These joint efforts represent many community sectors and age groups allowing for various perspectives and sharing of skill-sets. Matt also emphasized his focus on communication and planning as the key elements to working together and accomplishing goals that highlight the reasons we all love Yorktown. This inclusive and thoughtful idea for a community transition team speaks volumes for where Matt’s leadership will take us.”
Peter Lanza, who is also the Vice President of BNC Insurance Agency added, “Matt Slater has made a firm commitment to addressing the affordability issues facing our community by nurturing a thriving business atmosphere. This transition team is the first step in that process and I am honored to join Matt, Tricy and the rest of the stakeholders to move Yorktown in a new direction that is focused on transforming and modernizing Yorktown’s local government to make it easier for everyone to use.”
In addition to Cushner and Lanza the other members of the transition team include:
- Denise Kness – Vice President of the Lakeland School Board
- Tom Donatelli – Vice President of Teva Pharmaceuticals and Former Yorktown School Board Member
- Mike Dubovsky – Owner of Hanover Electric
- Barney Molloy – Legislative Aide to Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa
- Anthony Ascenceo – Business Manager for Laborers’ Local 60
- John Kincart – Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate Professional
- Charlie O’Neil – President of Jefferson Owners Corp
- Alexa O’Rourke – Jefferson Valley Mall General Manager
- Heather Novak – Marketing Director for Washington Prime
- John McGuire – Retired NYPD Detective & CitiBank Fraud Analyst
- Roger Campos – Putnam County Savings Bank Branch Director
- Adam Brodsky – Fmr. New Castle Deputy Supervisor and Director of Commercial Properties for the Hakim Organization
- Dorothea LaScala – President of Yorktown Circolo da Vinci
- Charles Scheld Esq.
- Frank Biele – Program Director for SPARC
- Tom Huber – Vice President of Technology for Synchrony Bank
- John Cronin – Senior Fellow at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences and Former Hudson Riverkeeper
The public is encouraged to participate in this process by submitting ideas and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Transition Team’s first meeting is scheduled to take place next week at the Shrub Oak International School for Autism.
YORKTOWN, NY – On Tuesday, Matt Slater defeated Supervisor Ilan Gilbert by six points, leading the new Republican majority to victory. Joining Councilman Tom Diana and Councilman Ed Lachterman, Slater will officially take office on January 1, 2020.
“I am so honored and humbled to lead the community I was raised in,” Slater said. “There are so many people to thank but it starts with my wife, kids, Mom and Grandmother. We have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to get started.”
Slater, a first time candidate, earned 5,543 votes according to the unofficial count by the Westchester County Board of Elections giving him a 600 vote lead. Previously, Slater served as Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Terrence Murphy.
“Supervisor Gilbert has graciously offered a smooth transition in the coming weeks,” Slater continued. “Our organization is already in the process of putting a transition team in place which we will announce in the near future.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana was the top vote getter with 5,510 votes for the Yorktown Council race followed by Councilman Ed Lachterman who received 5,045.
Councilman Diana said, “I would like to thank the voters in Yorktown who came out and put their trust in me for another four years. I pledge to continue to work for all the residents of our great town.”
Councilman Lachterman added, “I would like to thank all of those that helped with this election and all of those who came out to support me at the polls. I look forward to serving the town of Yorktown for another four years! God bless you all.”
Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo was also elected to another four year term.