Michael and Myrna Malec: Brian Yates has a history of service to Newton
Newton —We hope that voters across Newton will join us in supporting Brian Yates for Ward 5 Alderman-at-Large in the upcoming city election. We have worked with Brian for many years on policy and constituent issues and have found him informed, alert to neighborhood needs, helpful and responsive.
Brian’s focus always has been on the importance of our villages to the quality of life in Newton as a whole. His untiring effort on behalf of maintaining neighborhood library opportunities is a notable example. During the most recent branch closings, he worked to assure that the people of affected neighborhoods could retain book collections on which to build community libraries. He stands ready to work with activists from other areas who would like to have a village library. Brian was instrumental in blocking cuts in MBTA bus service to affected villages; led the approval of the Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, and Newtonville Historic Districts; helped St. Bernard’s Church become designated as a City Landmark; and, as founding president of the Friends of Hemlock Gorge, helped revitalize and protect a beautiful, historic Newton Park.
Brian’s leadership on zoning matters and conservation issues has benefitted every section of the city. As past Chair and current member of the Zoning and Planning Committee, his testimony before the Zoning Board of Appeals and submission of court briefs helped gain approval of zoning amendments to protect neighborhoods from “monster homes” and assure denial of illegal building permits. Brian’s innovative and effective advocacy for solar energy for city facilities, recycling, and Energy Stretch Code adoption which helped gain state designation of “Green Community” for Newton.
Brian’s experience, dedication, vision, and leadership have served our city well. We urge Newton voters to recognize Brian Yates’s accomplishments and passion for service, and re-elect him as Ward 5 Alderman-at-Large on Nov. 5.