Born and raised in Yorktown, Matt Slater is committed to making our town a better place to live, work and raise a family. A graduate of Yorktown High School, Matt has spent the last four years as Chief of Staff for former State Senator Terrence Murphy. In that role, Matt partnered with Senator Murphy to enact more than 50 new laws benefiting Yorktown residents, secure millions of dollars in state funding for area projects and lead local relief efforts helping the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
Specifically, Matt played an integral role in the State Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse—helping to write a new law limiting opioid prescriptions to combat the region’s heroin epidemic and provide $45,000 for locally-based Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. Matt also worked to designate Mohegan Lake, Sparkle Lake, Junior Lake and nearly two-dozen others as state inland waterways to promote environmental protection.
To protect Westchester property taxpayers, Matt helped write a state law requiring the state to properly value the tax revenue lost by local communities through New York State’s unfair untaxed land policy. Matt also worked to honor area veterans by helping pass a new laws establishing the Vietnam Veterans of America as a benevolent organization and renaming two local roads for fallen soldiers with ties to the Yorktown community.
Working with local schools, charities and municipal officials, Matt helped Senator Murphy secure state funding for critically-important local projects, including $1.9 million for road repaving and another $250,000 to resurface Quinlan Street this summer, $725,000 to modernize town facilities, $500,000 for the Yorktown Heights Fire Department to equip the new Kitchawan Fire Station, $75,000 for the Lake Mohegan Fire Department and $80,000 to fight the blue-green algae intrusion affecting town lakes.
In addition, they secured $40,000 for a new special needs playground at the Lakeland School District, $25,000 for sports programs at the Yorktown School District, $22,500 for the John C. Hart Library, $20,000 to support Yorktown’s Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), $65,000 for the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center and $10,000 for the Yorktown Police Department to purchase a new K9 officer named Spar.
In 2015, 914Inc. and Westchester Magazine recognized Matt for his accomplishments as Senator Murphy’s Chief of Staff, noting that the position was “normally reserved for someone with decades of experience [but it was] nothing new to Slater.”
After attending Yorktown High School, Matt graduated from St. Anselm College, in Manchester, New Hampshire and joined Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. Prior to serving as State Senator Terrence Murphy’s Chief of Staff, Matt was Hudson Valley Regional Director for New York State Assembly Minority Leader and worked for Westchester County. Matt earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from Marist College.
Matt and his wife Kellie have a three-year old son, Charlie. Matt’s mother, Kathy, and his grandmother, Elinor, still reside in Matt’s childhood home off London Road. Matt is a member of CSEA Local 9200 and Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on the Congregational Council for four years.
Matt was a charter member of Yorktown’s Energy Advisory Committee and he volunteers with the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine event for children with special needs. He is a member of the Yorktown Elks and has served on the White Plains Hospital’s Breast Cancer Awareness Committee and Go Red for Women’s Health Committee.