I was first elected in 2013. One of the reasons I ran for office was my concern about the impacts of climate change threatening our future. I also quickly grasped the basics of good government and the importance of meeting human needs and preserving our quality of life. I serve on two substantive committees: I chair the Public Facilities Committee which oversees the Department of Public Works and the Building Department, and I am a member of the Zoning and Planning Committee which makes recommendations on land uses and is now in the midst of making recommendations on zoning reforms.
My major priorities for the next term include:
Advocating for a new Lincoln Eliot School that we can all be proud of and will meet our future needs.
Continue the work on zoning reform that will help us meet our goals of creating more diverse housing choices, including multifamily housing affordable to more people.
Implement thoughtful planning of our village centers that includes a mix of uses and comfortable and accessible outdoor public spaces.
Implement our climate action plan - develop a more sustainable future and reduce GHG emissions with a focus on residential and commercial buildings and the transportation sector which are responsible for nearly 90% of GHG emissions.
Continue the work on comprehensive water, sewer and stormwater rehabilitation programs to ensure excellent quality drinking water, reduce stormwater impact and reduce costs.
Continue to invest in roads and sidewalks and continue a commitment to creating more bike lanes.
Improve and expand athletic fields. This includes supporting more resources for maintenance and major capital improvement projects, including new lights at Albemarle Field and Newton North High School and creating new fields at the Burr School.
Continue plans to meet our goals to reduce trash, improve recycling and divert food waste which can help reduce future costs.
Implement and expand robust rodent control measures with a holistic approach coordinated across city departments.
My votes this term have included yes votes for Community Preservation (CPA) funds for rental assistance for vulnerable Newton residents, and for CPA funds for the stabilization and restoration of the historic Grace Church Tower overlooking Farlow Park. I also nominated two properties as landmarks including the iconic Masonic Building in Newtonville. I supported the three-classroom addition at Oak Hill Middle School which was built on time and under budget and I voted for comprehensive zoning restrictions to protect Newton from gun shops and related firearms businesses from operating within the City.