Digitize Government

March 7, 2019

What: Yorktown’s citizen services are becoming obsolete.  In a world that is constantly changing, revolutionizing and advancing, Yorktown is being left behind.  We can’t even sign up our kids for town Parks & Recreation programs online! We need to fundamentally redefine how we communicate, deliver citizen services and make faster decisions based upon analytics and data.  This starts by closing the innovation gap, giving our town employees modern tools to accomplish daily tasks and reorganize the workflow of town services to maximize output. Most importantly it relies on design thinking techniques that puts citizens, the real end users, at the table to make sure government understands their needs and is tackling them accordingly.

 

How: This is the real mission for the foreseeable future if we choose to accept it.  Modern technology is constantly evolving and producing tools that make our dailys tasks easier, allow our local government to become proactive and ultimately less costly by tackling tomorrow’s problems today.  Tech companies from IBM to Google are investing millions of dollars in research and development for local governments. It is time Yorktown becomes an active participant.

Why: It’s time Yorktown got with the times.  We are continuing conversations that started, in some cases, 50 years ago!  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.  If we really want a community that leads then we must start a new conversation focused on maximizing modern day tools to redefine how our government provides services and communicates with our citizens.

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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