Become A Blockchain Leader

March 7, 2019

What: Local governments across the nation are beginning to understand the importance and potential of properly utilizing Blockchain Technology.  What is blockchain? Blockchain technology is a byproduct of living in a digital world. It is a constantly evolving and secure network of data that is used to store electronic records, establish e-notaries and even collect taxes.  The nation of Estonia has run their country electronically for more than a decade. Blockchain technology provides governmental infrastructure for a wide range of services from e-health records, automated electronic taxation, and even e-business registration.   


How: There is real value being discovered by utilizing and mastering blockchain technology in the public sector.  Properly using this data helps local governments become more proactive rather than reactive by using customer trends to predict needs.  Places like South Burlington Vermont, with a population of 19,000, are being used as a case study to properly implement blockchain technology in the daily decision making of public administrators.


Why: Yorktown’s local government continues to have the same conversations and has attempted to tackle the same issues for decades.  Meanwhile, the rest of the world is advancing itself in other areas leaving Yorktown in their dust. Utilizing Blockchain Technology will push Yorktown ahead of the curb, allow for a more proactive, efficient and effective local government that would be tackling the real issues of our local citizens.  It is time we change the conversation and Blockchain Technology will allow for that. 

by Matt Slater

Matthew Slater graduated Yorktown High School in 2004. He was recognized by 914Inc. as a member of Westchester Wunderkinds Class of 2015 and previously worked as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy. Prior to his time in the State Senate, he spent time as the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, following the 2012 election, and formerly served as Mid-Hudson Regional Director for the New York State Assembly Minority Conference. In addition to his career in government, Slater has helped quarterback nearly all of the local elections in Yorktown for the Republican Party since 2009. In addition to serving as a field director for Yorktown GOP candidates, Slater has previously served as a top aide to Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Colety, a campaign manager with the New York Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Steve Katz and a Regional Coordinator for the New York Republican Assembly Campaign Committee. Slater received his undergraduate degree in political science from St. Anselm College, where he was a volunteer for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. Matt and his wife Kellie reside in Jefferson Valley and have one child.

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