Invest In Our Parks

March 7, 2019

What: There is a parks crisis in Yorktown. Residents continue to look at dilapidated and dangerous conditions at local town parks such as Blackberry Woods, Kensington Woods and Sunnyside.  Poor management of our staff and resources have resulted in overgrowth and damaged equipment.  


Why: Considering the tax burden Yorktown residents struggle with everyday we should have a local parks system we are proud of.  Our local parks should not resemble inner city parks. Yorktown’s local park system should be a model for all communities across the Hudson Valley.


How: Under the Slater Administration Yorktown would develop an interactive map of all town parks that show: where they are located; age appropriate equipment; closes the pesticide loophole by notifying residents when a pesticide/herbicide was last applied; what improvements are scheduled for each park; the cost of scheduled improvements; the timeline for improvements to be implemented; and online registration for any programs offered by Yorktown Parks and Recreation at individual sites.

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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