Jefferson Valley, NY - Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater cruised to an overwhelming victory on Election Night for the 94th Assembly District. According to the New York State Board of Elections website, Slater scored 62.5% of the vote coming from Putnam and Westchester Counties over his opponent Kathleen Valletta.
Assemblyman-elect Matt Slater said, "I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support we received in this election. We ran a strong grassroots campaign focused on the issues facing families, seniors and businesses of the Hudson Valley. I appreciate the spirited campaign by my opponent and wish her well."
A breakdown of the district shows Slater carried his home county of Westchester with more than 63% of the vote and Putnam, which makes up a vast majority of the district, came in at a nearly identical 62% of the vote. Throughout the campaign Slater pointed to his strong record as Yorktown Town Supervisor which included cutting taxes for the first time in a generation, growing the local economy, supporting law enforcement and enhancing the environment. He also attributed the strong numbers to an organized campaign focused on the issues of the high cost of living for the region and concerns of crime.
"I believe our message resonated strongly with voters because they know New York State is entirely too expensive to live in and Albany's cashless bail system and pro-criminal policies have made us less safe. I am proud of the campaign we ran, the broad coalition of support we built and I am ready to hit the ground running on January 1st."
Slater received strong support from law enforcement groups from across New York State. He was also endorsed by a wide range of labor groups including the New York State AFL-CIO, NYSUT, CSEA, Westchester-Putnam Building Trades and Construction Council and the New York League of Conservation Voters. Business advocates such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Business Council of New York State also supported his candidacy.
Slater will remain at the helm for the Town of Yorktown until the end of the year. Deputy Supervisor Tom Diana will stand in on January 1st at which time the Town Board will have 30 days to formally appoint him for the rest of the current term which ends in 2023 or a special election will be called.