Fmr Alderman Rodney Barker: Yates is a zoning whiz

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:00pm

I am writing this letter in support of the re-election of Brian Yates as Alderman at Large, Ward 5.

I have known Brian from many years and have continued to be amazed at this dedication to our city and to his role as an Alderman. I first knew Brian, when I was Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee of the Board of Alderman in the late 1980s. He became Chair when I left the Board in 1991 and continued as Chair until 2007. A list of Brian’s accomplishments as a member the Board of Alderman and in particular as Chair and member of Zoning and Planning Committee would impress anyone. However, at this time I would like to address and commend his work in the area of historic preservation. He had a leading role in getting approval of the Auburndale, Chestnut Hill and Newtonville Historic Districts. He worked with Barney Frank’s office to get the Jackson Homestead included on the underground Railroad National Network of Freedom and has championed the use of CPA funds to restore the Civil War Soldier’s Monument in Newton Cemetery.

As a member of the Historical Commission I look to him to advise and assist on historic preservation issues. In addition, he has enormous knowledge and memory of Newton life in the areas of alternative energy, open space and economic development.

I strongly commend Brian for re-election.

His immense experience and energy will be of continuing importance to the city

--Rodney Barker, Newton Highlands Area Council,
Former Chair, Zoning and Planning Committee and
Alderman Ward 6
Newton TAB, October 9, 2013


Brian E. Yates
Councilor At Large
Ward 5

1094 Chestnut St.
Newton, MA 02464

My campaign for re-election in 2017 is now underway. Please look through this website for information on my qualifications, viewpoints, and accomplishments.


Brian E. Yates Councilor At Large