Inclusive Work Programs

March 7, 2019

What: Individuals with special needs are underemployed yet are important members of our community.  Building on existing programs, such as Dutchess County’s ThinkJobs initiative, Yorktown will partner with local providers and businesses to find potential employment opportunities including at Town Hall.  


Why: Support our neighbors with special needs is just the right thing to do.  Caregivers are in constant search for programs for their loved ones that is both safe and fulfilling for the individual.  Yorktown can and should be a leader in fostering opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for the special needs community.


How: We don’t need to reinvent the wheel here but stand as an active and willing leader.  Partnerships with local organizations such as SPARC and Westchester ARC are key and can provide a framework for similarly successful programs.

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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