Saving Our Lakes

March 7, 2019

What: Lake Mohegan, Junior Lake and Osceola Lake were added to New York State’s inland waterways list making them eligible for local waterfront revitalization plans to be developed and funded.  Legislation adding Sparkle Lake to New York’s Inland Waterway List has already passed the New York State Senate this year. These planning documents address an array of issues from environmental remediation, economic development and infrastructure needs such as finally bringing sewers to these areas. 

Why: Yorktown has watched three local lakes significantly deteriorate over the last decade.  New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation classifies Lake Mohegan as that state’s most at risk waterbody.  The cost to handle the necessary improvements continues to grow as time passes and conditions worsen. Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans can act as a sword or a shield by cutting through years of neglect by collaborating with our government partners on the state and federal levels.

How: A Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan is a collaborative planning documents that requires stakeholders on the local, state and federal levels of government to engage in this process.  As Supervisor, my administration will immediately begin this process, build critical partnerships here in Yorktown and expand to our cohorts in Albany and Washington. 

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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