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Yorktown News: Mr. Slater Goes to Albany!

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown’s Matt Slater is heading to Albany to represent the state’s 94th Assembly District.


According to unofficial results released by the New York State Board of Elections, the Republican/Conservative candidate won the Nov. 8 race with 32,063 votes to Democratic challenger Kathleen Valletta’s 17,607.


Slater was looking forward to “rolling up his sleeves” and being a “strong voice” in Albany for his constituents.


“The voters made it pretty clear that there are still important issues such as inflation and crime to be addressed,” said the assemblyman-elect last week, adding that it will be “interesting” to see how Gov. Kathy Hochul responds to them.


In a message posted on his campaign website, Slater wrote: “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.”


Saying that he appreciated the “spirited campaign” by his opponent, Kathleen Valletta, Slater wished her well.


According to his website, Slater carried his home county of Westchester with more than 63 percent of the vote. Putnam, which makes up the majority of the district, came in with 62 percent of the vote.


He had campaigned on his record as Yorktown supervisor, pointing to accomplishments such as “cutting taxes for the first time in a generation, growing the local economy, supporting law enforcement, and enhancing the environment.”


He also credited 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 Jan. 1,” he wrote.


Following the election, Valletta released a statement on her Facebook page, saying: “Thank you all for your energy, support and hard work. The campaign was exhilarating and exhausting. I am honored to have run on the Democratic ticket. And, although I did not prevail, I have gained so much from this experience and met some stellar people. So, if you haven’t already, join a committee, I’ll introduce you!”


Slater will remain Yorktown’s supervisor until the end of the year, and Deputy Supervisor Tom Diana will take over on Jan. 1. The Town Board will have 30 days to formally appoint him for the rest of the current term which ends in 2023. A special election could also be called.


The original article can be found at: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown/sections/government/articles/mr-slater-goes-to-albany

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