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March 8, 2019
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Delivering for Yorktown

As Chief of Staff for State Senator Terrence Murphy, Matt helped guide the state’s investment in Yorktown. Over the past four years this included::

  • $1.9 million in state funding to rehabilitate our local highways and bridges
  • $250,000 to pave Quinlan Street, which is scheduled to occur this Summer
  • $725,000 to assist in the modernization and consolidation of town facilities
  • $500,000 for the Yorktown Heights Fire Department to purchase necessary equipment for the new Kitchawan Fire Station
  • $80,000 to help Yorktown purchase a new weed harvester to fight against the dire blue-green algae that continues to close our local lakes during summer months
  • $75,000 to purchase new radios for the Lake Mohegan Fire Department
  • $65,000 to advance the services of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center
  • $45,000 to support the mission of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard
  • $40,000 for the Lakeland School District to build a new playground accessible to children with special needs.
  • $25,000 for the Yorktown School District to purchase new scoreboard for the baseball and softball fields, as well as new equipment for the high school swim team
  • $22,500 in additional funding for the John C. Hart Library
  • $20,000 to support Yorktown’s Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK)
  • $10,000 for the Yorktown Police Department to purchase a new K9 officer named Spar.

 

Solving Problems

Working with the New York State Department of Transportation, Matt facilitated the installation of a full traffic light at the intersection of Route 118 and Route 129.

As Senator Murphy’s Chief of Staff, Matt helped enact new laws:

  • Designating nearly two-dozen local lakes, including Mohegan Lake, Sparkle Lake and Junior Lake, as inland waterways for the purposes of waterfront revitalization and environmental rehabilitation.
  • Limiting opioid prescriptions to just 7-days, a direct result of a statewide task force on opioid abuse and addiction that Matt organized and executed.
  • Recognizing the Vietnam Veterans of America as a benevolent order to provide parity with other veterans’ organizations.
  • Executing a study to properly determine the true value of lost revenue to our community through New York State’s untaxed land policy.
  • Naming two state roads for fallen warriors with ties to the Yorktown community.

 

Helping People in Need

Along with Senator Murphy, Matt was one of the first people to arrive at Allan Avenue’s Beaver Ridge where Matt helped organize and deliever dry ice, bottled water and food for the residents when dangerous winter storms caused blackouts in our area.

After Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast Matt organized the “Fill A Truck” effort in the Yorktown Heights CVS parking lot which collected nearly 50,000 pounds of donated goods and sent them to Texas. When Hurricane Maria destroyed the island of Puerto Rico, Matt worked with the New York Medical College, the Greater Hospital Association of New York and the Center for Excellence in Precision Response to Bioterrorism and Disasters to send a medical mission to the island administering 1,000 doses of necessary vaccines and providing direct care to residents still in need.

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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