YORKTOWN, NY – A popular prescription drug take back program made its return to Yorktown as State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne hosted Shed the Meds at Jefferson Village. Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, was on hand to help continue the program that started under his watch as Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy. For four years, the program collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted or expired medications from local residents in coordination with the Yorktown Police Department, Alliance for Safe Kids and Drug Crisis in Our Backyard.
“I want to thank Assemblyman Byrne for continuing this great program in Yorktown,” Slater said. “Providing a safe place to discard unwanted or expired medication keeps our local waterways clean and prevents them from falling into the wrong hands. I was proud to help start this program and thank all of our community partners for their continued efforts.”
According to the National Safety Council, drug poisoning is now the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. In 2017, a total of 61,311 people died from drug overdoses – many from prescription opioid medicine.
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “Today’s Shed the Meds Event is a continuation of a tradition that we started with Senator Terrence Murphy. Over the last couple of years we’ve received and safely disposed of over 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs and today was equally as successful. This is a team effort and I thank all of our community partners for their support and assistance in making this so successful.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “I am proud of the work that has been done locally to stem the tide of the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis. We have already seen success through our K-9 program and this event gives residents another way to safely dispose of dangerous medications that could otherwise turn them into targets by nefarious individuals.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “Yorktown must remain active in our fight against the opioid epidemic. This program not only provides a service but educates and reminds the public of the perils of prescription drug abuse. I thank Assemblyman Byrne for continuing this program along with our great community organizations.”
A safe disposal bin sponsored by Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids can be found in the lobby of the Yorktown Police Department. Residents with unwanted or expired medications can dispose of them there 24/7. Sharps are not accepted.
MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – The Lake Mohegan Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 2956 has formally endorsed Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor. Local 2956 is the only professional firefighter union that services Yorktown covering the hamlets of Crompond, Jefferson Valley, Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak and parts of Yorktown.
“The Lake Mohegan Professional Fire Fighters look forward to a positive working relationship and we are confident that Matt Slater is the right person for the position,” said Paul Denault, President of IAFF Local 2956. “Matt Slater has been, and will continue to be, a positive attribute for our members by continuously having our best interest in mind.”
“Make no mistake, Yorktown has the best first responders and law enforcement officers around,” Slater said. “To have the support of the Lake Mohegan Professional Fire Fighters is truly a badge of honor and one I do not take lightly. I will always stand with those who keep our families safe every single day and look forward to the great work that lies ahead of us.”
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – In a letter to New York State’s Public Service Commission, Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater called the proposed 23% rate increase for local NYSEG customers an insult. Slater, who served as Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Terrence Murphy pointed to the disastrous preparation and response to Winter Storms Quinn and Riley which left more than 100,000 customers in the dark including 83% of NYSEG’s Brewster division, which serves Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess counties.
“If approved, this rate increase will have a crushing impact on every member of Yorktown’s community,” Slater said. “Our seniors on fixed incomes cannot continue to take it on the chin, our local businesses are barely keeping their doors open and our families struggle every month to make ends meet. The fact that we are now staring at a utility rate increase of 23% is unconscionable.”
Following the 2018 storms Slater helped organize two Senate hearings focused on the lack of preparation and poor response by local utility companies. The CEOs of Central Hudson, Con Edison and NYSEG all testified at a hearing at the State Capitol that highlighted the infrastructure and communication deficiencies that impacted the region.
As a result of the hearings Slater assisted in writing and introducing S.7262A which strengthened the required emergency plans, directed the PSC to review reimbursement policies for customers and required system restoration performance reports following outages that lasted more than three days. In addition, the legislation required any penalties or settlements related to Winter Storms Quinn and Riley be invested directly into the areas impacted for communication upgrades, vegetation management and first responder training among other items. The legislation passed the Senate but was never brought up for a vote in the Assembly.
“It is simply unacceptable, considering the pattern of failures by NYSEG, to consider raising rates for customers,” Slater wrote. “Residents deserve a plan and proven results that they can rely on. To date, NYSEG has failed to adequately achieve either of these objectives.”
Slater is a NYSEG customer. The full letter can be found here.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam has joined the growing team of Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater. The Council is regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s renowned voices in support of improving local infrastructure, growing local jobs and supporting local workers.
Ed Doyle, President of the Building & Trades Council said, “Matt Slater has the proven experience and leadership that the hard working men and women of Yorktown can count on. He has been a strong partner in our fight on important issues such as fair wages and needed protections for the workers at Indian Point. We proudly endorse him and support his campaign to be Yorktown’s next Town Supervisor.”
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam represents more than two dozen construction unions and more than 30,000 members.
Jeff Loughlin, Business Manager for IUOE Local 137 said, “I have always been impressed with Matt Slater’s honesty, integrity and eagerness to find solutions to the toughest problems facing working class families. He will be a breath of fresh air that our families can count on. We are proud to stand with him and provide strong support for his election to be Yorktown’s next Town Supervisor.”
Louis Picani, Business Manager for Teamsters Local 456 said, “Matt Slater has been a fierce advocate for the hardworking families of Westchester and Putnam Counties. He has stood on the forefront with our members fighting for safer working conditions and fair wages. Matt will continue to take part in the perpetual battle for fair labor practices and is a strong voice for not only the men and women of labor, but for all of the hard-working residents who need their voices to be heard. He will lead Yorktown to a new chapter and we proudly stand by his side.”
Bill Banfield, Eastern New York Regional Manager of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters added, “Yorktown needs a leader like Matt Slater. He understands the challenges facing today’s workforce and their families. More importantly, Matt Slater has proven to be able to build consensus on issues that matter most to the hardworking families of Yorktown and the Hudson Valley.”
Tom LeCount, Business Manager for the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 91 said, “Matt Slater has been a tireless advocate for working class families of the Hudson Valley. His values and leadership will benefit the entire community. The Heat & Frost Insulators Local 91 is proud to endorse Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor!”
Thomas Carey, President of the Central Labor Body of Westchester & Putnam, AFL-CIO said, “The Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body is proud to have endorsed Matt Slater For Yorktown Supervisor. Matt is a proven leader who represents his constituents with honesty, intellect and integrity. Matt has worked tirelessly on issues on both the community and State levels and we need a strong voice who can continue to keep Yorktown a thriving community.”
“It is immensely humbling to have the support of the labor leaders of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam,” Matt Slater said. “I am very excited to work with this great organization to modernize our infrastructure, generate local jobs for Yorktown’s families and create an environment that allows Yorktown to economically compete with our neighboring communities.”
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, continues to gain unprecedented support from statewide organizations as the New York State Troopers PBA formally announced their endorsement of his campaign. The organization represents more than 6,000 active and retired uniformed members and cited Slater’s experience holding high level staff positions in the New York State Legislature.
“Having spent the last four years as Chief of Staff to former State Senator Terrence Murphy, Matt Slater has focused on legislation benefiting Yorktown residents, securing state funding and leading local relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters,” PBA President Thomas Mungeer said. “Matt Slater has shown great support for law enforcement and public safety, and the general well-being of the citizens of Yorktown.”
Slater was a driving force behind the “Fill A Truck for Texas” campaign following Hurricane Harvey. The truck, donated by Tiso & Associates, Inc. Trucking, was filled with 50,000 pounds of donated items in the parking lot of the Yorktown Triangle Shopping Center.
“I am proud to stand with the New York State Troopers and all law enforcement officers,” Slater said. “We are living in dangerous times and the brave men and women like the New York State Troopers are working tirelessly to keep us safe. To have their support is an incredible honor.”
Slater has already been endorsed by prominent organizations including the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body and New York League of Conservation Voters.
Click here to read the endorsement letter.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – For the first time in more than four years the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) has endorsed a candidate for Yorktown Supervisor in Matt Slater. The NYLCV cited Slater’s involvement in several major conservation projects and policies during his time working in the New York State Senate.
Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “Matt Slater will fight for our environment and public health. He was a Charter Member of Yorktown’s Energy Advisory Committee, helped secure $500,000 for the Croton Grassland Meadow restoration, allocated $1.84 million to preserve the oldest working farm in Westchester, and supported legislation that expanded the inland waterway program. We are proud to stand with Matt Slater in his election for Supervisor and we urge voters in Yorktown to cast their ballot for him this fall.”
During his tenure serving as Chief of Staff in the New York State Senate Slater helped forge partnerships that preserved Stuart’s Fruit Farm and funded Westchester County’s largest conservation project at the Croton Grassland Meadow. Early on in his campaign Slater identified and proposed several initiatives that focus on rejuvenating Yorktown’s lakes and enhancing access to local parks.
“The New York League of Conservation Voters has been an immense partner on a number of issues both locally and on a statewide basis,” Slater said. “Working together we will make Yorktown a model community that safeguards and enhances our natural resources while emerging as a leader in the fight against climate change.”
(L-R: Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana, Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater, Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman press the need for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for Mohegan Lake)
NYLCV is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air renewable energy and open space.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Changing direction from the 2017 election cycle the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO has endorsed Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater for this November’s election. Slater worked on a number of initiatives during his time working for the New York State Senate from paid famiy leave, to imporving working conditions at local hospitals, to protecting the more than 1,000 workers at the Indian Point Nuclear Powerplant.
“Having the support of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body is a great honor,” Slater said. “This endorsement is a testament of my willingness and ability to work with anyone with a common goal of improving the quality of life for others.”The WPCLB represents more than 200 unions and their affiliates. There are more than 8,500 AFL-CIO members in Yorktown. Slater is a member of CSEA Local 9200.
WPCLB President Tom Carey said, “We are happy to announce our endorsement of Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor. Matt has been a great friend to labor! Matt’s ability to work on local and state issues will be an asset to us all and the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO endorses his candidacy wholeheartedly.”
WPCLB Vice President Louis Picani of Teamsters Local 456 stated, “Matt Slater has been a fierce advocate for the hardworking families of Westchester and Putnam Counties. He has stood on the forefront with our members fighting for safer working conditions and fair wages. Matt will continue to take part in the perpetual battle for fair labor practices and is a strong voice for not only the men and women of labor, but for all of the hard-working residents who need their voices to be heard. He will lead Yorktown to a new chapter and we proudly stand by his side.
WPCLB Vice President Jayne Cammisa of the New York State Nurses Association added, “NYSNA stands with any friend of labor who supports our issues. Matt Slater has stood with local nurses and will be a great leader for Yorktown.”
Slater is challenging Ilan Gilbert who is completing his first term as Yorktown Supervisor. Gilbert was endorsed by the WPCLB in 2017.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – The dynamic team of State Senator Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Highyway Superintendent Dave Paganelli and Murphy’s former Chief of Staff, Matt Slater, celebrated the anticipated makeover of Quinlan Street. In 2018 Murphy secured a $250,000 grant from New York State to give the busy artery a much needed facelift. Last week, crews from the Yorktown Highway Department were out milling the stretch of road from Granite Springs Road to Lee Boulevard. Now fresh asphalt is being delivered to finish the job.
Watch the announcement 📷here.
“Highway Superintendent Paganelli and his entire staff have been working through the heat of the summer to fix many of our local roads,” Murphy said. “I was thrilled to secure this important grant and make sure Superintendent Paganelli had the funds to address as many local roads as he could.”
Murphy represented the Town of Yorktown in the New York State Senate for two terms. In addition to the $250,000 for Quinlan Street Yorktown received more than $1.9 million in state funding to improve local roadways during Murphy’s tenure.
“This would not have happened without the great work of Senator Murphy and the help of Matt Slater,” Superintendent Dave Paganelli explained. “From the Quinlan Street grant, to the new traffic light on Route 118, we were able to accomplish some great things by working together. It comes down to teamwork.”
Paganelli explained his department milled Quinlan Street in an effort to reduce potential flooding issues from raising the road above people’s driveways. He hopes this will be the standard for local roads moving forward.
In addition to securing funds for paving, in July of 2018 a 📷new traffic light was installed at the intersection of Route 118 & Route 129 thanks to the efforts of Murphy, Paganelli and Murphy’s office. It replaced a blinking yellow light that was reinstalled in 2012 following the completion of the AMVETS Bridge reconstruction. Many residents expressed concerns over the light and Paganelli deemed it a public safety issue because of the numer of traffic incidents that occurred at the intersection. Since they are state roads, Murphy’s office successfully engaged the New York State Department of Transportation in getting approvals for the full traffic light.
Matt Slater served as Murphy’s Chief-of-Staff and is now running for Yorktown Town Supervisor. Paganelli praised Slater’s involvement in the Quinlan Street grant, helping him complete the necessary paperwork and acting as a conduit with the necessary state agencies. Slater says more resources are needed to reduce Yorktown’s paving schedule.
“With the current funding in place Yorktown is paving local roads once in a generation,” Slater charged. “Our Highway Superintendent and his Department do a great job with the resources that are allocated by the Town Board but more is needed to tackle the more than 200 miles of roads in Yorktown. In comparrison to other communities in our region Yorktown is significantly underfunding an essential service for our town.”
MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – In response to Westchester County’s Department of Health shuttering Mohegan Beach Park and Mohegan Beach colony due to blue-green algae, Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater called on New York State’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team to intervene. In a letter to the co-chairs, Slater said both the lake and hamlet need their assistance in combating the harmful algal blooms (HABs) that have consistently closed local beaches in recent years.
“The State’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team was put into place to assist communities like ours that are vulnerable to harmful algal blooms,” Slater explained. “It is time Yorktown puts every option on the table to address the short and long term needs of the Mohegan Lake community.”
Since launching his campaign for Yorktown Supervisor, Slater has been advocating for the need for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) to improve the conditions of Mohegan Lake. Serving as Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy, Slater helped get Mohegan Lake added to the New York State’s Inland Waterway List in 2018. To date, no additional action has been taken by the Town to maximize the benefits of the designation. In June, state officials added three more local lakes to the same list.
In June of 2018 Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the State’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team and tasked them with devising action plans for 12 identified lakes that are vulnerable to HABs. Mohegan Lake was not included despite a 2016 Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) Report commissioned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that concluded Mohegan Lake was impaired and highly susceptible to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and invasive species.
“I have met dozens of Mohegan Lake residents who can’t understand why more isn’t being done about a consistent issue that directly impacts their neighborhoods,” Slater said. “People deserve a lake they can enjoy throughout the summer which will add to the natural beauty and enhance this important part of our town. The Mohegan Lake Improvement District has done a great job to date but there are additional resources available for the town to proactively obtain.”
One of the areas that has closed, Mohegan Beach Park, is actually a park district for the Town of Yorktown. According to town records the park district collected $55,000 in taxes In 2018 while spending $26,484.
I have lived in this town for decades and have watched elected officials come and go. Yorktown has been blessed to have some great leaders, from both parties, emerge from our community.
This year, Matt Slater is running for Yorktown supervisor. He will bring an incredible combination of education (masters of public administration), more than a decade of governmental experience, charisma and vision to our local government that will propel our community to new heights.
He has put forth several policy proposals focused on our local environment and improving our quality of life. Matt’s middle of the road, common sense approach, is a refreshing breeze in a time when partisan smog prevents government on all levels from functioning for the people.
Yorktown has a chance to elect a real leader, who has a vested interest in the future of our town, and has the integrity we can count on. Matt Slater continues to impress those who meet him and I urge my neighbors, both old and new, to pay attention to his positive message of how he intends to improve our community.