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.
Raises Taxes & Increases Spending For Second Straight Year
YORKTOWN, NY – Supevisor Ilan Gilbert quietly released his proposed budget for 2020 that raises taxes and increases spending for the second straight year. The tax increase is projected to double the following year despite municipalities being sold on additional windfalls from increasing the county sales tax by 14%.
“Local homeowners bear the brunt of Yorktown’s tax demand to the tune of 77%,” said Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater. “For the second year in a row Supervisor Gilbert is overtaxing and overcharging homeowners while taking credit for revenue that is not reflected in the budget.”
A closer look of the Supervisor’s proposed budget includes:
- No increase in projected sales tax revenue despite an anticipated $1.9m windfall from Westchester County’s 14% sales tax increase;
- Continued decline of projected building permit revenue since 2017 which indicates slowing economic growth;
- 25% increase for Supervisor’s Office salary budget;
- 5% salary increase for the Town Clerk’s office and an additional 65% salary increase for part time help for the Clerk’s office;
- 9% increase for leagal professional services including a 63% increase specifically for the Oxman Firm;
“The public was told that our current legal team, which has been embroiled in ethicial conflicts, would save us money,” charged Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana. “This budget does more for Supervisor Gilbert’s cronies than it does for the hardworking taxpayers of Yorktown.”
“I will not vote for a budget that gives a raise to our legal team,” echoed Yorktown Councilman Ed Lactherman. “They are ethically challenged and there is clear evidence of a pay-to-play scheme that Supervisor Gilbert seems happy to participate in. It is just wrong.”
In addition to questionable salary hikes to existing donors and political operatives the Supervisor’s budget also brings into question the reality behind Westchester County’s 14% sales tax hike. The proposed budget includes a minimal increase despite being sold on a windfall of more than $1 million.
“These are either or discussions,” Slater explained. “Either Yorktown stands to gain from a 14% sales tax hike or it doesn’t. The same can be said for the revenue Supervisor Gilbert is so eager to take credit for but can’t be found in his own proposal. If Yorktown stood to gain all of this money then there should be no reason to hit local homeowners with another property tax hike.”
YORKTOWN, NY – Yesterday, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced plans to cut the county tax levy for the first time since 2011. In Dutchess County, Marc Molinaro proposed the largest tax levy reduction in 20 years. In comparison, Yorktown’s property taxes under the Gilbert Budget is set to increase and the increase is expected to double next year.
For the second year in a row Yorktown Supervisor Ilan Gilbert has released a budget that smacks local taxpayers by increasing property taxes despite receiving a sales tax windfall from Westchester County which is allowing county government to propose cutting property taxes for the first time since 2011.
“Ilan Gilbert and his team are overcharging and overtaxing Yorktown residents,” Supervisor candidate Matt Slater said. “With failed policies like this it is no wonder our commercial tax base continues to erode and homeowners bear the highest burden in all of Westchester County. How are other counties and municipalities, including Westchester County, cutting property taxes and improving services, while local taxpayers in Yorktown continue to get hammered? It is clear we are overpaying for services and are being overtaxed because of the continued mismanagement of our town.”
Slater continued, “Yorktown’s tax structure targets homeowners because of the alarmingly low commercial tax base. The budget demonstrates a path to affordability by making Yorktown more competitive and attracting employers to Yorktown. This will offset the crushing property taxes on homeowners and provide good paying jobs right in our backyard which is exactly what I will focus on as Yorktown’s next Supervisor.”
YORKTOWN, NY – The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester (APA) endorsed Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, and Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo today citing their commitment to the law enforcement community. The APA represents more than 50 law enforcement organizations in the county of Westchester and more than 5,000 law enforcement officers.
Keith Olson, President of the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester as well as the Yonkers PBA said, “Having worked so closely with Matt Slater during his time serving as Chief-Of-Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy we saw his determination and capabilities firsthand. We worked together to combat the opioid crisis and improving the safety of our local police officers. Matt Slater is the only candidate for Supervisor we support because he is the law and order candidate.”
“I am unapologetic of my support for our law enforcement officers and first responders,” Slater said. “Anyone who puts on the uniform to protect our families and answer our calls in times of need deserves our respect and gratitude. To have the support of the APA and its member organizations is a true honor.”
Olson also endorsed Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo saying, “Having worked so closely with Judge Raniolo over the years, both in the DA’s office and here on the bench, his experience speaks volumes. He is a fair judge and is the right candidate for Yorktown.”
Judge Raniolo said, “The safety and security of my community is my top priority. Safety and security begins with effective law enforcement. Here in Yorktown we are blessed with the finest, best trained and most community oriented force in Westchester County led by Chief Robert Noble. I am humbled and grateful for the recognition of the APA.”
The members of the APA include:
ARDSLEY POLICE PBA
BEDFORD POLICE PBA
BRIARCLIFF MANOR POLICE PBA
BRONXVILLE POLICE PBA
BUCHANAN POLICE PBA
CROTON-ON-HUDSON POLICE PBA
DOBBS FERRY POLICE PBA
EASTCHESTER POLICE PBA
EASTCHESTER POLICE SOA
ELMSFORD POLICE PBA
GREENBURGH POLICE PBA
HARRISON POLICE PBA
HASTINGS-ON-HUD. POLICE PBA
IRVINGTON POLICE PBA
LARCHMONT POLICE PBA
MAMARONECK TOWN POLICE PBA
MAMARONECK VILLAGE POLICE PBA
MTA POLICE PBA
MOUNT KISCO POLICE PBA
MOUNT PLEASANT PBA
MOUNT VERNON POLICE PBA
NEW CASTLE POLICE PBA
NEW ROCHELLE POLICE PBA
NEW ROCHELLE POLICE SOA
NEW YORK STATE TROOPERS PBA
NEW YORK STATE PARK POLICE
NEW YORK STATE UNIV POLICE
NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT OFFICERS ASSOC.
NORTH CASTLE POLICE PBA
NORTH SALEM POLICE PBA
OSSINING TOWN POLICE PBA
OSSINING VILLAGE POLICE PBA
PELHAM POLICE PBA
PELHAM MANOR POLICE PBA
PEEKSKILL POLICE PBA
PLEASANTVILLE POLICE PBA
PORT CHESTER POLICE PBA
POUND RIDGE POLICE PBA
RYE BROOK POLICE PBA
RYE CITY POLICE PBA
SCARSDALE POLICE PBA
SLEEPY HOLLOW POLICE PBA
TARRYTOWN POLICE PBA
TUCKAHOE POLICE PBA
WESTCHESTER COUNTY PD
WESTCHESTER COUNTY COBA
WESTCHESTER COUNTY SOA
WESTCHESTER COUNTY DA INVESTIGATORS
WHITE PLAINS POLICE PBA
YORKTOWN POLICE PBA
YORKTOWN, NY – For more than a decade the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce has hosted a debate for candidates vying for local political office. On Wednesday, the Chamber hosted the only debate for Yorktown voters but notably missing were Supervisor Ilan Gilbert, Town Clerk Diana Quast and their runningmates. Instead, reports have emerged that Gilbert and Quast were spotted in the audience of the New Castle League of Women Voters Debate rather than appearing on stage in the town they represent.
Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater said, “Supervisor Gilbert’s refusal to participate in a dialogue about his record of raising taxes, foolish spending, stifling local business growth and forefiting state grants should tell Yorktown voters all they need to know. This was a great opportunity to answer questions from Yorktown residents and put forward my plan to give our community a fresh start.”
This is not the first time Supervisor Gilbert hid from a public debate hosted by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 Gilbert pulled the same stunt, refusing an opportunity to debate, depriving voters of an opportunity to make an informed decision in the election. Now with history repeating itself voters are catching on to Gilbert’s games and voicing their disdain.
On Gilbert’s Facebook page resident Steve Schaefer called his behavior, “a slap in the face of Yorktown Voters.” He went on further saying, “…it was sad that anyone that came out looking to hear from the Democrats did not even get to hear or see their candidates in a debate forum. Regardless of your party, it is not right and is a shame.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for standing firm in their belief that voters deserve an opportunity to hear from their elected officials and those running for office. Our opponents knew they could not uphold their slogan of ‘Getting it done’ because they have no record to run on. If their Party stops from them from going to a community debate we have to wonder who will really run the town if they are elected. Their behavior and disrespect towards Yorktown’s voters speaks volumes.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “I am proud of my record and service to our community and appreciate the opportunity to highlight it for Yorktown’s voters. This should have been an informative dialogue for members of our community to hear. Instead our opponents, who continue to opine that they are above politics, chose politics over doing the right thing for the people. It didn’t take long to expose them as political hypocrites and it is a scary thought to think about what they would do if actually elected.”
Yorktown Town Clerk Candidate Mary Capoccia stated, “The Town Clerk plays a pivotal role in ensuring town hall operates in a transparent manner. By avoiding this public forum my opponent proved her unwillingness to publicly stand before the voters. If she won’t stand for a simple statement how can we trust her to stand for taxpayers?”
YORKTOWN, NY – The Westchester County Police PBA has joined the impressive team of support for Matt Slater who is running for Yorktown Supervisor citing his record of accomplishment and commitment to the law enforcement community.
Michael Hagan, President of the organization said, “We are confident that Matt Slater will be a fair, honest effective Supervisor for the residents of Yorktown. The Westchester County Police PBA proudly endorses his candidacy and looks forward to working alongside him.”
“Having the support of the Westchester County Police PBA is a true badge of honor,” Slater said. “These days there is never enough we can do to ensure our families are safe and to have the support of so many law enforcement organizations such as the Westchester County PBA is a reflection on my commitment to public safety.”
Slater continues to pile up support from the local, county and state levels. In particular, law enforcement organizations have been lining up behind the Yorktown native citing his legislative experience and commitment to their members. The Westchester County Police PBA joins the PBA of New York City, the New York State Troopers PBA, Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2956, the Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association, the Westchester County Superior Correction Officers Association and the Supreme Court Officers Association.
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.
YORKTOWN, NY – The Police Benevolent Association of New York City has endorsed Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor. The PBA of New York City represents more than 24,000 police officers.
Patrick Lynch, President of the PBA of New York City said, “Matt Slater’s commitment to public service and law enforcement is well recognized, and we believe he is well qualified to serve the people of Yorktown as Town Supervisor. We look forward to continuing to work with him towards our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.”
“I am humbled and honored to have the support of New York’s finest; the PBA of New York City,” Slater said. “Our families deserve safe communities to grow and thrive. The members of the PBA of New York City are instrumental in making this mission a reality and I look forward to working with them, and all of our partners in law enforcement, to make sure our families are protected.”
Despite never holding elected office Slater has generated unprecedented support on the local, county and state levels. In particular, law enforcement organizations have been lining up behind the Yorktown native citing his legislative experience and commitment to their members. Now the PBA of New York City joins other prominent organizations including the New York State Troopers PBA, Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2956, the Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association, the Westchester County Superior Correction Officers Association and the Supreme Court Officers Association.
YORKTOWN, NY – Another prominent law enforcement group has endorsed Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor. The New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, which represents more than 2,500 active and retired members, cited Slater’s experience and proven support for law enforcement groups across New York State and the Hudson Valley.
Patrick Cullen, President of NYS SCOA said, “Our members respect Matt Slater’s experience and support throughout his professional life. His established ability to work with law enforcement groups and the success he has delivered in providing and enhancing safety to the public is beyond reproach. Matt Slater’s ardor for duty and service is manifest throughout his life and career and that makes the Association proud to endorse him for Yorktown Supervisor.”
“I am honored to have the support of the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association,” Slater said. “Our court officers play a pivotal role in ensuring our justice system, and those participating in it, are well protected. I am humbled to add this strong organization to our team and look forward to our continued work together.”
Slater’s campaign has built unprecedented support on the local, county and state levels. He is the first Yorktown Supervisor candidate in more than four years to be endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters. Slater has also been endorsed by the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body, The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam, the New York State Troopers PBA and Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2956.
WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association (WHLEA) has endorsed Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor. Established in 1996, WHLEA membership includes active and retired law enforcement officers from all over Westchester County, as well as members of State and Federal agencies. Many of WHLEA members are bilingual which has played a critical role in law enforcement as communities have become more diversified.
“It is an incredible honor to have the support of the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association,” said Matt Slater. “WHLEA has a strong history in Westchester County and continues to help build bridges between law enforcement and our local communities.”
Hector Lopez, Chairman of WHLEA said, “We believe Matt Slater will continue to put the citizens of Yorktown first. His accomplishments, while working together with former Senator Terrence Murphy, is a testament to his commitment to the people of Yorktown.”
Slater’s campaign continues to earn unprecedented support on the local, county and state levels. He is the first Supervisor candidate in more than four years to be endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters. Slater has also been endorsed by the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body, The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam, the New York State Troopers PBA, Detectives’ Endowment Association and Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2956.