At the end of the day, our town needs to work for all of us. Robust economic development means the success of enterprises from Wegmans and the Glen Lennox complex, as well as independent businesses and next-step spaces for Launch entrepreneurs. I am a champion for downtown businesses, in particular, and I’ve worked toward creating a downtown where people can live, work and play, year-round.
Driverless cars are decades away — we don’t have the money for the multi-million-dollar infrastructure — and in the interim, we need sufficient parking, especially downtown. As a member of the Transit Partners Board, I have supported a bus system that runs on evenings and weekends to serve commuters who work nontraditional hours. Bus Rapid Transit and its stoplight synchronization will help get all of us where we need to go. As a cyclist, I know the need for bikeways separated from motor vehicle traffic.
Above all, people need to feel safe. I supported raises for our police force and lobbied for parity of retirement benefits for firefighters. I continue to lobby for municipal workers to get first dibs on some of the town-financed workforce housing to ensure that people who work for the town are welcome to live here.