Yorktown Commuter Council

March 7, 2019

What: One of the glaring deficiencies of our community is the lack of direct transportation into Manhattan.  Commuters are forced to leave Yorktown for Metro North stations in Croton, Mt. Kisco, North White Plains and Peekskill.  It is time to open up a dialogue with the MTA and Metro North to establish a bus shuttle service, like the existing service in parts of Somers and South Salem, from Yorktown to a nearby train station.

 

Why: Yorktown no longer has an active train station as we once did and this is proving to be a major impediment for potential growth.  Providing a shuttle partnership for commuters will reduce traffic congestion, encourage the use of local mass transit and increase convenience for local workers.

How: Establishing a Yorktown Commuter Council to engage the MTA, MetroNorth and the MetroNorth Commuter Council with the mission of developing a shuttle system from Yorktown to a designated train station.  Cost would be negotiated between Yorktown’s Commuter Council and necessary regulatory agency. The town would not supplement the cost but act as a conduit to the needed agencies.

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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