Stronger Ethics Laws

March 7, 2019

What: The current ethics laws and enforcement apparatus have become outdated.  The current ethics board lacks any enforcement capability and has deliberated for more than a year on complaints with no resolution.  It is time to update Yorktown’s ethics laws to ensure greater transparency, accountability and protection of Yorktown’s taxpayers.

 

Why: Yorktown’s Town Attorney should not be an officer of a political party and wade into potential conflicts of interest.  Residents should not have to question the interests of the decisions and advice given to the town and any complaints should be deliberated as part of a system that can enforce the laws.

How: A three pronged approach to strengthen our ethics laws include instituting an Ethics Board, Conflict of Interest Board (COI) and retain an IG to give teeth to complaints that upheld.  Under this proposal the Ethics Board would hear all complaints, including those referred by the COI Board and the IG would enforce any complaints that are found guilty. All guilty complaints will be made public unlike the current administration. 

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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