Candidate Statement: Carolyn Gabbay
I am a 20-year resident of the Newtonville area. Since retiring from a national law practice ~2 years ago, my activities include:
Tutoring in the Newton Free Library English Language Learners program;
Volunteering in Newton’s Food Pantry;
Working with a charity that abolishes medical debt for financially challenged individuals;
Participating in the Opt Out Newton campaign; and
Serving on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Elected Officials’ Compensation.
If elected to the Newtonville Area Council, I will seek to:
Promote rational, right-sized development balancing commercial tax base expansion, affordable house and residents’ quality of life;
Mitigate the impact of the vaping and marijuana industries on Newton’s youth;
Preserve green spaces, particularly in connection with the proposed NewCAL senior center replacement;
Advocate for transparency and fiscal responsibility, including with regard to addressing the City’s $1.4Billion unfunded liabilities for retiree benefits; and
Press the City Council and Mayor to respect local residents’ sentiments.