YORKTOWN, NY – Concerned parents in Yorktown are asking why they must take off from work to sign-up for a parks pass. Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater joined them today alongside Council members Tom Diana, Ed Lachterman and Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia and called for Yorktown to begin offering online registration through the Community Pass program.
“Yorktown is the only community where one cannot sign up for a park pass online, and the extra dollars generated from this new system could go a long way to getting Yorktown to operate in the 21st Century,” , Slater said. “It’s time Yorktown got with the times. We are here today to take the first step toward redefining service delivery for the citizens of Yorktown and frankly it is a pretty simple one.”
Neighboring communities including Carmel, Cortlandt, Mount Kisco, New Castle, Peekskill and Somers all participate in Community Pass. In these communities, the program has saved time and money by making the registration process more secure, efficient and convenient for residents.
Jillian Sherman, a Shrub Oak resident and small business owner, operates her business during the time window when residents must appear in-person at the Parks Department to register, including Saturday mornings. “I have a two-and-half year old son and own my own business, so it is difficult for someone like me to take off time from work to register in person all the way across town. We want to be able to take part in what our town offers,” she said.
Rosemarie Panio, chairperson of the Yorktown Senior Advisory Committee, said “This will be a convenient for seniors, and while some of us are not computer literate, with our children and grandchildren this will be a very easy way to apply for all these programs. Anything we can do to help seniors to improve our quality of life and make them feel more a part of our community is certainly worth doing.”
Under Slater’s plan, residents would still be allowed to sign-up for programs in person or by mail if they so choose. However, adopting an online registration system will cut down on countless hours of data entry at the parks department, saving time and money, while expanding participation in town programs, generating revenue.
“Our parks department is one of the best, but they’re bogged down and its tough for our residents to get to their facility to sign-up,” Diana said. “We have to give our residents the quality of service that they have become accustomed to and deserve. The town is a business and you shouldn’t have to leave the comfort of your home.”
“We are so far behind the times,” Lachterman said. “Community Pass would tie everything together. It would make the jobs easier for employees, save us money over all, as well as being able to maximize the reach our programs. This hasn’t been acted on, and we need the leadership to move this through.”
“Four years ago we called for online registration and the current town clerk, who is a member of the recreation commission, paid lip service to the idea,” Capoccia said. “It is clear that this administration is unable to execute on any initiative that would move our town toward greater efficiencies. For the taxes we pay, we deserve a responsive local government that will turn words into action. The status quo just isn’t good enough.”
Slater said the issue is indicative of an overall problem with the current administration leaving local taxpayers behind instead of leading the way. “Under my administration, we will not only make the Community Pass a reality but we will redefine how we deliver services to and communicate with all of Yorktown,” he concluded.
YORKTOWN, NEW YORK – The Independence Party of New York State announced this week it has endorsed Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater and his running-mates, Mary Capoccia for Town Clerk and incumbent Council members Tom Diana and Ed Lachterman, and Judge Gary Raniolo. The slate now has the support of three party-lines going into the November elections.
“Our campaign is about putting community over politics,” Slater said. “Our issues-oriented platform for more economic growth, innovation in government and preserving our quality-of-life is being recognized. We pledge to appeal to voters from all parties as we work together to bring solutions to the many issues facing our town.”
The Independence Party’s decision was made Monday after both sets of local candidates had delivered petitions attempting to gain the line.
Frank MacKay, state chairman of the Independence Party said, “When it came to choosing the right men and women for the job in Yorktown the choice was clear. Matt Slater, Mary Capoccia, Tom Diana, Ed Lachterman and Gary Raniolo embody public service. They have gained our support because we know they will put words into action.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana stated, “I have lived in this town my entire life and have been dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our neighbors. The Independence Party endorsement validates my focus and efforts on behalf of our community.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “The Independence Party endorsement stands as the voice for nonpartisan voters who are community focused. My record echoes those sentiments and I look forward to carrying this banner on Election Day.”
Mary Capoccia, candidate for Town Clerk welcomed the endorsement, “Yorktown is a great community but there is more we can do to enhance the town’s government and make it easier to navigate. With the support of the Independence Party, I will institute modern day changes to the Town Clerk’s office’s operations. I look forward to getting the Town back on track towards real prosperity.”
Yorktown Town Justice Gary Raniolo said, “I appreciate the support of the Independence Party yet again. Our court continues to shine as a model of justice and efficiency for the Hudson Valley.”
The candidates also have the backing of the Republican and Conservative parties. Slater, his team and their supporters outworked their opponents, filing petitions for each line, turning in over three times the minimum number of signatures required to run on the Republican and Independence lines, and quadruple the number of signatures required to appear on the Conservative line, under New York’s electoral fusion system.
MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – Over $14 million in local waterfront revitalization program funding is being left on the table since Yorktown has failed to complete it’s local waterfront revitalization plan, or LWRP. Today, Yorktown supervisor candidate Matt Slater joined Council members Tom Diana and Ed Lachterman, to call for the process to begin for Mohegan Lake, which has closed for parts of each summer since 2012 due to water conditions.
“Mohegan Lake became eligible for the local waterfront revitalization program over six months ago, but nothing has happened,” Slater said. “In the Senate, I helped secure $80,000 for a new weed harvester in Mohegan Lake and secure special permits from DEC to combat algae and invasives, but these are minor victories. Issues in the hamlet and greater watershed including failing septic systems, traffic, and pollution at the town’s only public access point, the Holland Sports Club, will cost millions of dollars to remediate. A local waterfront revitalization plan can provide those dollars.”
Over a year ago, former Senator Terrence Murphy passed legislation to authorize the town of Yorktown to participate in the state’s inland waterway program to help Mohegan Lake, which allows the town to complete an LWRP. Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater served as Murphy’s chief of staff, and helped similarly protect dozens of other waterways in communities like Peekskill and Somers, which are already pursuing their LWRPs. Last week, Murphy’s successor, Senator Peter Harckham, passed his first bill through the State Senate, which would authorize three additional Yorktown lakes to have LWRPs, but the town is yet to act on last year’s law.
Council member Tom Diana said, “This is a beautiful lake that I used to swim in growing up, but since 2012, this lake has basically not been open for swimming. The algae is so thick, its almost like you could walk across it. With an inland waterway designation, we would be able to get the help we need to keep this lake a viable resource to the community.”
Council member Ed Lachterman said, “This is not only about cleaning the lake, but cleaning the areas around it. There is a lot of grant money available, we could work on sewers and do a lot of projects that have been a priority that our current supervisor says, ‘hey, we’re going to work on’, but we’re not working on them. I hope we can get the ball rolling on this.”
New York’s coastal and inland waterways program was designed to help be a sword or a shield for communities to access funding through an LWRP to achieve goals including toxic blue-green algae control and phosphorous reduction, flood control, tourism and economic development, while requiring all actions taken by developers, as well as federal, state and local government agencies, be consistent with the plan.
“Walking into the Supervisor’s office, there should not be a learning curve,” Slater concluded. We know what we want to get done. We should not be waiting a year to draft a plan to protect New York’s most endangered lake.”
YORKTOWN, NY – Yorktown resident Matthew Slater announced his candidacy for Town Supervisor today. Slater, 33, is a longtime fixture in state and local government and was formerly chief of staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy.