Complete Streets

March 7, 2019

WHAT: Many studies have shown that the “transit” is not the only essential component needed to pursue to transit-oriented development.  alkability, mixed use, traffic density and other factors are just as important as our proximity to rail stations.

HOW: We can begin to address these areas in the context of planning by passing a local sustainable complete streets ordinance to make our departments, as well as the planning and zoning board utilize sustainable complete streets design principles when implementing transportation projects. If we start with streets that provide safe, comfortable, and convenient access for users of all abilities and all modes, implementing, whenever practicable, elements of design, construction and operation that also serve environmental sustainability for functional needs like storm water retention and curbing runoff, we will contribute to safer mobility and address our longstanding need to ween ourselves off of separate stormwater sewer systems.

WHY: That is why I would also invest in our infrastructure and finally begin building combined sewer systems with the funding we have available, some of which I helped secure during my time in the Senate.

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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