Ald. Johnson supports Brian Yates
I am pleased to join several other board members who are endorsing Brian Yates for another term on the Board of Aldermen. There’s hardly a member on the current board who hasn’t been guided and mentored by this gifted and quiet man, and the high standard for public service he has set throughout his public career. His institutional memory, strict attention to detail, passion for getting his facts straight, and uncompromising sense of right and wrong are timeless attributes our board needs more than ever.
Brian’s accomplishments on the board and as a volunteer leader in Newton have been remarkable. He has been:
· A strong advocate for fair and responsible controls to prevent overdevelopment in Newton.
· A creative problem solver for promoting business development from his positions on the Newton Economic Development Corporation, the Upper Falls Community Development Corporation and the Board’s Zoning and Planning Committee.
· A guardian of Newton’s parks and protected areas who led a 30 year campaign that transformed the Hemlock Gorge Reservation from a blighted eyesore into the Crown Jewel of Newton’s protected areas.
· A Friend of Newton’s Libraries whose leadership stimulated volunteer efforts that reopened the Waban and Auburndale libraries.
· A champion of historic preservation who was instrumental in helping to establish historic districts in Auburndale, Chestnut Hill And Newtonville.
· A leader in energy and solar conservation whose perseverance helped make Newton one of the first “Green Communities” in Massachusetts.
Brian has never felt a need to promote himself or his accomplishments, but there are scores and scores of people in Newton who have been helped by him and touched by his leadership. I ask that you please join me in voting for Brian Yates, Alderman-at-Large, Ward 5 on Nov 5.