Explain why the City Council has at-large members, and what, if anything, can they offer that a ward representative cannot?
At-large members provide constituents with more than a single ward council member to represent them and help with problems. Ward seats provide newcomers an opportunity to run for office without running citywide, thereby improving diversity of representation and viewpoints on the council.
What is the single biggest issue that the City Council must address?
Sound community-involved planning to proactively manage our rapid redevelopment — for parking and traffic on our dense and crowded Main Street, for community-supported development on our waterfront/train station, for access, and traffic for our large creekside projects.
What initiative are you most proud of from your previous term?
The level of scrutiny of plans and budgets (I do planning and budgeting for my career) has risen measurably with my return to [the] City Council. As a single example, the council stopped automatically voting to override the property tax cap, which it had done in all prior years of the tax cap.
What skills or experience qualifies you to serve as a council member?
Seven terms on [the] City Council, beginning in 1993 when Beacon was still declining as a community. I led council efforts in 1990s and 2000s to preserve single-family neighborhoods, phase out ground floor Main Street apartments and eliminate [the] city incinerator on the Hudson River. Head of planning and budgeting at two major financial institutions; graduate degrees from Yale in law and economics.