Nashua Alderman Ward 3
The Board of Aldermen is the governing body of the City of Nashua and as such is the policy-making entity of the City, except where otherwise expressed in the City Charter. The Board of Aldermen consists of 9 ward aldermen elected for a term of 2 years at every municipal election and 6 at-large aldermen elected for a term of 4 years, 3 of which are elected at each municipal election.
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What qualities and experience do you think would (or does) make you a good alderman?
How would you describe an alderman's duties to the people in Nashua in your own words?
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the city right now?
If elected, what are three specific things you'd like to accomplish?
Do you have any priorities related to your own ward?
Is there anything else you'd like to share with the voters?
Honesty/Hardwork/Commonsense. My 1st duty is to listen & be willing to help. While I don’t get everything I request, I won’t give up easily. If I’m told No, I can take it at face value & say “That isn’t possible because…”; I can demand something be done; or I can work towards finding common ground. I’d love to say the latter is where I live but there are times when I have to pass on the information that I or the city just can’t make it happen. BUT I’m not afraid to stand up & ask questions like Why not?, What are the alternatives?, What can we do to get it done?. Commonsense: Too often we hear Cost is too high. While I agree that we can’t spend money because it makes us feel good or there is an exciting project afoot. We need to vet projects & understand if the outcome/benefit will make us a better community. I’ve learned not to have a knee jerk reaction & say NO out of fear or YES because it sounds exciting. For me Commonsense is best served by being informed & working hard.
I have been asked this question quite often and I usually reply with “as a body we make laws and oversee the spending”. However, it isn’t as simple as that for each individual Alderman, meaning that our duties do and should go beyond that of the Aldermanic Chamber. I spend more hours of my day working on individual constituents concerns and problems than voting in laws and budgetary matters.
The biggest challenge is the State & it’s unkept promises. This means shifting cost/burden to taxpayers. Beyond that, I see the lack of affordable housing rents & single family homes as our largest problem. I admit I don’t have a solution but I believe we can be creative & help w/these issues. I don’t believe in keeping low income or affordable housing in a single location of the city. We need to watch over & pay special attention to those areas that are more economically challenged without creating a gentrification of the area. We can’t get rid of the old just to make room for the new & shiny. In Ward 3 we have the beautiful, French Hill, where the history of work housing & neighborhoods still exists. When I walk down Layton, Summer, Cross & Whitney etc I love the neighborhoods as they remind me of where I grew up & it gives me that sense of family & belonging. I feel these neighborhoods have been ignored or forgotten for too long...That doesn’t happen w/me.
I’d like increase our affordable housing. To do that we need to bring in new business & a reason for outside investors to invest in our city. This is why I’d like to continue to work towards making Nashua even more desirable by making the city a place where people want to come to live, work & play. Each of these are important to attract new families & to keep current residents. Even with the controversy of the PAC, statistics show that when a city invests in downtown areas offering a variety of events & venues you increase the city’s success. Performing Art Venues are one of the leading efforts that make that happen. We need to continue our infrastructure work by efficiently paving roads/sidewalks. Informing constituents is important. As a sitting Alderman I send out a weekly newsletter. I take the time to post all of the links to upcoming meetings, minutes and video of as many Aldermanic related meetings as possible. I hope to help residents to see what Nashua has to offer.
My most important priority for Ward 3 is to see through the grant we were given for the enhancement & safe pathways of Lock/Whitney Streets. My 1st action as Alderman was to fight for attention to French Hill. I had walked through the streets and noted the lack of passable sidewalks for those w/mobility issues & baby carriages. The mayor offered some funding to help however, it would not be enough for needed fixes. With the help of the Mayor, Community Development & Public Works we received a million $ grant to widen the sidewalks of both Lock & Whitney streets plus bike paths. We rec’d a $1 million grant...actually $800K in grant funding w/ a matching $200K from the city. It was hoped that we’d have the grant $ in hand by this fall. However, due to the Fed shutdown there is a severe delay in awarding grants. It’s now looking more like the
$ will come towards the end of 2020/beginning of 2021. I’m hoping if we can show that we are “shovel ready” we can get the $ sooner.
I have to start by saying that the best job that I have ever had is as the Alderman for Ward 3.
I have been privileged to be the Ward 3 Alderman for almost 2 years and it is an honor that I take very seriously. I am very responsive to my constituents needs and questions. I have proven that I am honest and will work extremely hard for both the Ward and the city. I don’t believe that we accomplish this with negative finger pointing energy so I work towards the goal of accomplishing & fixing an issue without laying blame or being the person in the limelight. I may be the person who is doing the pushing to get something done but I know that it really takes a team and cooperation from all parties to achieve that goal. I am proud of the job that I have done over these almost 2 years and I plan on working just as hard over the next two years if once again elected. I honestly love Nashua and have a special place in my heart for Ward 3.
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