Integrated Pest Management

March 7, 2019

What: Reports show in New York State millions of pounds of dry pesticides, and gallons of liquid pesticides, have been used in homes, apartments, schools, parks, day care centers, senior centers, hospitals, offices and office buildings.  While the Federal Government and New York State Government have taken steps to protect our families from these harmful chemicals there is more that local government can do. Implementing an integrated pesticide management program at our town facilities and parks will reduce exposure to harmful chemicals for our employees, visitors, children and families.

 

Why: There are direct correlations between exposure to harmful chemicals used in pesticides and health issues.  New York State has cited birth defects and brain damage that can be caused by pesticides.

 

How: An integrated pest management program for town facilities and parks, similar to that implemented in Yonkers, would minimize entry points for rodents and pests.  There are cultural practices, mechanical and physical controls, as well as biological controls that can be implemented that can reduce the need chemical pesticides.

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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