Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am running for the at Large City Council Seat in Ward One. For the last 4 years, as the Ward Councilor, I have been deeply involved on issues ranging from zoning reform, development and land use issues, traffic and parking, pedestrian safety and accessibility and environmental sustainability.
I was honored to have been awarded the "2015 Environmentalist of the Year" by the Newton Conservators for my years as a dedicated educator and advocate for environmental issues, including a successful effort to phase out the thin, single use plastic bags and promote re-usable bags. In addition, Green Newton honored me with their 2015 "Environmental Leadership Award to an Individual" for my years of advocacy on environmental issues.
Newton is a great place to live, but we have our share of challenges. Maintaining and adding to our quality of life is paramount. For me this includes; preserving the character and diversity of our neighborhoods and villages, managing economic growth so it adds to the economic vibrancy of our city, and supporting and maintaining our excellent school system.
Our Mayor, the Board of Alderman, and hard working city staff have made good progress in addressing the serious fiscal and environmental challenges we face. The costs of running our City now better match our revenues. We have a Capital Improvement plan based on good comprehensive assessment of municipal buildings and infrastructure. We have made excellent progress on our water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure by repairing costly leaks and reducing infiltration and inflow. The recent purchase of the former Aquinas Jr. College site will dramatically improve our school capacity on the North side of the City, and allow us to house the entire pre-school program on one site.
However, there is still much to do. We must not fail to invest in regular maintenance of our public buildings, facilities and infrastructure. This includes the problem of widespread and costly gas leaks, and protecting our surface waters from Stormwater runoff. My priorities include; improving pedestrian safety and access across the entire City, and particularly in Newton Corner. Restoring the former Newton Centre library for community use. Protecting Webster Woods from development, and ensuring that ongoing street improvements balance the needs of all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and mobility and visually impaired citizens.
In many ways, local government has the most impact in our day to day lives, and is where most people can have the most impact in the decision making process. I am committed to being part of that process, and working to engage my community in that process.
I want to serve as your alderman to see that we address these challenges by being better caretakers of our city, living responsibly within our means and continuing to invest in our future.
My priorities include:
· Being a strong voice and advocate for the City as a Whole
· Maintaining our school and city buildings, parks and open space, roads and infrastructure; including water, sewer and storm water.
· Supporting mixed-use, transit oriented developments while still protecting and enhancing neighborhood character.
· Investing in energy efficiencies and best management practices to lower maintenance and operating costs;
· Supporting a range of housing opportunities to serve the needs of our culturally and economically diverse community;
· Greening” our City; environmental improvements save money, reduce our carbon footprint and improve quality of life.
· Improving bike and pedestrian access and safety
· Exploring public private partnerships that can save money.
I can’t do this alone. I need your help and support now and on Election Day.
Please contact me for a lawn sign.
Please make a contribution: http://www.alisonleary.com/donate.html
Or mail your check to:
Campaign to Elect Alison Leary
c/o Andrea Kozinetz Treasurer
192 Chapel St.
Nonantum, Ma. 02458
The general election is November 5th, 2013.
I am truly lucky to be a resident of such a great community and will do my best to make sure it stays that way, and that is why I can ask you for your vote on Election Day and hope you will support my campaign and join me in creating an even brighter future for Newton.
I welcome your input. Please call me at 617-821-5619, email me at alisonlearymooradian@gmail.Com and visit my website: www.alisonleary.com