Improve Decision Making Processes

March 7, 2019

What: Progressive public sector organizations are recognizing the valuable information local governments collect and store.  Investments are being made to improve the management of and use of this important data. Analytics can then be applied to identify issues, forecast needs and make sure the right decisions are being made by local officials.

 

Example: The City of Tallahassee utilizes an analytics platform to comb through information gathered by multiple systems including thousands of water meters of local homes and businesses.  Previously, municipal workers would have to manually review consumption records to identify leaks. Now, analytics races through data and alerts officials of any potential signs of leaks which saves water and prevents exorbitant utility bills from finding their way into mailboxes.  

 

Why: Tools that have been developed as part of the digital age are available to make town government more efficient, effective and proactive.  Updating our data capabilities improves the decision making of municipal employees and provides a concrete foundation for why those decisions were made.

 

How: Yorktown needs to change the conversation. Rather than continue to advocate for traditional municipal employment investments, a conversation which has been ongoing for more than a decade, Yorktown should examine the value in hiring personnel who specialize in data management and determine the cost benefit analysis associated with having analytic specialists.

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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