I am a Newton native with two children in the Newton Public Schools. I have been active in the community for many years including serving as vice president of the Newton Conservators, and on the Board of the Newton League of Women Voters. I am currently serving my second term as the ward councilor from ward 1. A graduate of Simmons College, I am the Associate Director for the Community Preservation Coalition (CPC) in Boston, a project of the Trust for Public Land.
I am running for re-election to continue working with my colleagues on zoning reform and a holistic plan to thoughtfully manage growth and development. I am committed to the highest level of public safety and improving the city’s transportation networks, while continuing to provide the high level of community services that the citizens of Newton have grown to expect. I am committed to the schools, but I also recognize that we need to pay more attention to our seniors who have been under-served for many years. I am committed to working with the Council on Aging on proposals for a new senior center and improved services and facilities.
At my core, I am an environmentalist and I recognize how important it is that we continue push our goals around sustainability issues and work on reducing our carbon footprint. This also saves money and resources.
I supported increasing our solar capacity, including maximizing roof top solar on municipal buildings. I support more transportation options for all, including better public transit and safer, more inviting walkable village centers and bike lanes. I co-sponsored an item on municipal aggregation designed both to save rate payers money on electricity rates and encourage the purchase electricity from renewable sources.
I docketed the Solid Waste and Recycling budget resolution which unanimously passed the full city council in May, 2016. I developed a list of action items that move the City forward on a holistic, cost effective path for managing trash and recycling, including reducing consumption, improving recycling rates, and encouraging re-use and re-purposing of materials and products. Here is a link May 2016 my article in the Newton Tab; Newton Should Set a Higher Bar for Recycling: newton.wickedlocal.com/article/20160519/OPINION/160515345
I was honored as the “2015 Environmentalist of the Year” by the Newton Conservators for work as a dedicated educator and advocate for environmental issues and by Green Newton for my efforts to phase out thin, single-use plastic bags and encourage reusable bag use.
I have been endorsed by the Massachusetts Sierra Club for my commitment to protecting the environment. Read more here in Village 14: . https://village14.com/2017/09/26/massachusetts-sierra-club-endorses-in-city-council-races/
I am proud to also be endorsed by Progressive Newton:https://progressivenewton.com/
Please read my candidate statement published in the Newton Tab: newton.wickedlocal.com/news/20171011/city-council-election-2017-alison-leary
I believe my record for the last four years demonstrates a clear record of commitment and effectiveness. I hope I have earned your vote when you go to the polls on November 7th. Remember that all Newton voters can vote for me.
I welcome your input. Please call me at 617-821-5619, email me at alisonlearymooradian@gmail.Com and visit my website: www.alisonleary.com