I am writing to voice my support for the reelection of Town Council President Mark Sideris and Councilors-at-Large Steve Corbett, JD Donohue, Susan Falkoff and Tony Palomba.
I’ve worked closely with all five as a Town Councilor and now as State Representative. We fought some tough battles together to end the disfunction on the Council, adopt progressive policies, and stabilize the town’s finances. If you go on YouTube to look at the chaotic, unproductive Council sessions of years past, you’ll see how far we’ve come.
More recently, the town has had to deal with a bad economy and the loss of millions in state aid and local revenue. In the face of this challenge, these Councilors have done a remarkable job of maintaining town programs and personnel while at the same time adopting important innovations in recycling, energy efficiency, recreation, open space, and human services. One of the keys to their collective success is their different individual experiences and outlooks, which reflect the diversity of Watertown, contribute to informed decision-making, and result in broadly supported policies to keep the town moving forward.
The next two years will present new challenges for Watertown. Budgets will remain tight and the town will face significant development pressures and opportunities. While there are many good candidates running for the Council this year, I believe we would do best to reelect Council President Sideris and Councilors Corbett, Donohue, Falkoff and Palomba. They have shown they know how to put their varied skills to work for the benefit of all Watertown.