BUCHANAN, NY – The Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 have endorsed Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater for the 94th Assembly District citing his proven commitment to local workers. The UWUA represents thousands of members working in the electric, gas, water industries in the New York area.
William Smith, Vice President of UWUA Local 1-2 said, "We watched Matt Slater fight to protect the jobs at Indian Point, when the news of its closing hit the community out of the blue. This included his efforts with the working group to pass the Worker Protection Bill, after the rug was pulled out from under our Members working at Indian Point as well as for the other Unions affected by the sudden closure. We have also witnessed his work as Yorktown Supervisor where he was able to reach fair aggreements with the Unions who represent town workers including the CSEA, PBA and SOA. We have full confidence that he will be a strong voice for skilled workers and local jobs in the New York State Assembly."
"I was proud to fight alongside UWUA Local 1-2 to prevent the energy crisis that is forcing rates in the Hudson Valley to skyrocket," Slater said. "The men and women of Local 1-2 knew the closure of Indian Point would be catastrophic because they were the skilled workers running the plant. We continue to rely on them to keep our lights on and restore our power after storms. I am honored to have their support and will continue to fight alongside of them for a common sense energy policy for our state that not only protects ratepayers but produces local jobs."
As Chief of Staff to former State Senator Terrence Murphy, Slater worked with trades across the region and state to mitigate the impact of the closure of Indian Point. Leading a working group of labor leaders who represented the 1,200 employees at the plant, Slater assisted in authoring S8326, titled the "Nuclear Facility Closing Workers' Protection Act," which set health, safety and employment standards for those losing their jobs as a result of the closure of Indian Point. The measure passed the Senate in 2018. In addition, Slater worked alongside Senator Murphy to secure $24 million in the 2018-2019 state budget to protect local taxpayers from the fiscal impacts of the plant's closure.
Slater is the endorsed Republican and Conservative candidate currently serving in his second term as Yorktown Supervisor. He has earned prominent endorsements by statewide and local organizations including the Detectives' Endowment Association, LIUNA, the Affiliated Police Assoication of Westchester, North Atlantic Council of Carpenters, the Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association and IAFF 2956 among others.
The 94th Assembly District includes Carmel, Kent, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Somers, Southeast and parts of Yorktown. Election Day is November 8th.