Supervisor Ilan Gilbert is being challenged in his bid for re-election to a second two-year term by Republican candidate Matt Slater.

We asked each of the candidates to talk briefly about themselves, their positions and goals. 

Ilan Gilbert

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Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
Current political office: Incumbent Yorktown Supervisor
Education: BA SUNY Binghamton J.D. Hofstra Law School, with Distinction
Prior civic service: Court Attorney 1982 to 2017, Bronx Supreme Court. Town Justice -Yorktown 2006-2011 Former chair of Yorktown conservation board. Former Member Yorktown zoning board.  Monthly delivery of food to homebound by food pantry
Raising my family and five children in the town. 

Why do you want to be Town Supervisor? 
I am seeking a second term as supervisor because I am proud of what I have accomplished so far in my first term. Stores opening on my watch, keeping taxes low. Created business revitalization committee. Protected the environment yet worked with utilities for storm hardening. Fought political bickering. Opened town government. I’ve negotiated millions in revenue for repairs of long neglected infrastructure maintenance and paving roads. Installed long needed generators. Allocated funds to repair Mohegan Avenue retaining wall.

However, just as I have uncovered many areas of infrastructure that have been neglected for many years and have addressed it in my brief tenure,

Unfortunately there were some areas of town government I’ve inherited from past administrations that are not functioning to its best capacity, as soon as I uncovered we have begun to address these issues as well.

What is a top priority for the town going forward? 

I want to leave Yorktown better than I found it.  

Priorities obviously include dealing with the opioid and mental health crisis. Doing what we can to attract a stronger commercial base in our town to alleviate taxes on our residents... that must be balanced with preserving the bucolic nature of our town. I believe it is vital to keep the senior citizens, town employees/civil servants and young adults (including our own children) who want to remain and live in our town. Even beyond what I have enumerated, truly, it is only once you sit in the office of supervisor that you understand how many priorities, facing the town, there really are.

Matt Slater

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I was raised right here in Yorktown.  I graduated Yorktown High School in 2004 and went on to get my Bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College as well as my Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College.  I have more than a decade of experience in state and local government.  Most recently, I served as Chief-of-Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy.  Together we helped expand the Yorktown Police Department’s K9 Unit, secured funding for the town to purchase new equipment to combat harmful algal blooms in our local lakes, and wrote and passed the nation’s first law to end 30-day prescriptions of painkillers to fight the opioid crisis.

Why do you want to be Town Supervisor?
I am running for Supervisor because I believe Yorktown needs a fresh start.  I want our town government to be results oriented and solve the challenges facing our community.  It is no secret that Yorktown is not competing economically with our neighboring communities and that has a direct impact on local taxpayers.  We need to breathe confidence back into our community that local government will be a partner and part of the solution.  My administration will be forward thinking, open and accountable to local taxpayers.  I am focused on expanding the commercial tax base to shift the crushing tax property tax burden away from homeowners.  This will help make Yorktown a more affordable place for both our young families and seniors.

What is a top priority for the town going forward?
Starting Day One, I have a plan to give Yorktown a fresh start.  Within my first 30 days in office, I will establish a Veterans’ Council to improve communication and streamline services to our local heroes. I will also create a Climate Smart Communities Task Force as part of my plan to make Yorktown Westchester County’s fourth certified Climate Smart Community.  I will also modernize how town government operates by establishing online portals and open data platforms that will make it more transparent, accountable to taxpayers and easier for residents and businesses to use.