Having worked closely with Rep. Kay Khan over many years on community projects and issues, I heartily endorse her reelection as our state representative.
Kay is a collaborative problem solver. She is a great listener, consensus builder, and tenacious in bringing an issue or project to resolution. To do this, she engages the right mix of people and resources needed to make things happen, and follows through with persistence, patience and passion, for as long as it takes to achieve success.
As a champion of pedestrian and bike safety improvements, Kay was instrumental, for example, in accomplishing the Trestle Bridge restoration in Newton Lower Falls that provides pedestrian access crossing the Charles River, connecting to the town of Wellesley.
When her constituents wanted to repair the aging and deteriorated Newton Lower Falls Community Center, Kay secured a significant grant initiated by the Patrick/Murray Administration. Rep. Khan then assembled the city departments, community leaders and expertise, (including me and others) to help bring additional resources and prioritize improvements. This effort achieved a highly energy-efficient renovation, Newton’s first “deep energy retrofit” on a public building, that will save substantially on building operations and serve Newton Parks programs for decades to come.
This is the kind of practical, hands on leadership we need in the statehouse to continue to improve our city, so please join me: vote for Kay Khan on Nov. 6, 2012.
—Deb Crossley, Circuit Avenue, Alderman at Large, Ward 5