Equity, Accessibility, Engagement.
- Brighton Town Councilmember since 2018
- Chair: Public Safety Committee
- Member: Community Services Committee
- Board Liaison: Conservation Board
- Past Member: Zoning Board of Appeals
- Member: Envision Brighton 2028 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee
- Founder: Brighton Safe Streets for All
- Community Advocate: public transit and mobility equity
Photo Credit: Jess Kamens Photography
My husband and I chose Brighton in 2007 for its socioeconomic, cultural, racial, and religious diversity; its high-quality public and private schools; the rich array of public amenities, including the library, parks, trails and access to the canal; the architectural beauty and integrity of the distinctive neighborhoods; the convenience of the commercial districts; the active neighborhood associations; the proximity to the City of Rochester’s rich cultural resources; and the progressive values and genuine friendliness of the community. Brighton was clearly the best possible place for us to raise our daughter with the ideals we embrace as a family and that—not coincidentally—are the values of the Town itself: diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and education.
In the time that we’ve lived in Brighton, I have served the Willowbend Neighborhood Association as a block representative, communications chair, and president; I founded Brighton Safe Streets for All, a collective of the bikers and walkers of Brighton banding together to advocate in concert with the Town of Brighton for safer State and County roadways in our town and to educate others on the value of “complete streets” infrastructure; I sat on the Brighton Zoning Board of Appeals, serving as vice-chair from 2015 to 2018; from 2014 to 2018 I served as the ZBA representative on the “Envision Brighton 2028” Comprehensive Plan Update Committee; in 2018, I was appointed to the Brighton Town Board to fill the seat vacated by the passing of long-serving Councilmember Jim Vogel; and in 2019, I was duly elected to complete the remainder of the term for that seat. As your Councilmember, I currently serve as the chair of the Public Safety Committee, co-chair of the Community Services Committee, and the Town Board liaison to the Conservation Board.
In each of these roles, I actively seek to understand residents’ interests and needs, bringing those matters to the attention of the appropriate government officials, offices, or community resources, and collaborating on practical near-term solutions or crafting achievable long-term plans, all for the well-being of the greater Brighton community. When I was appointed to this seat, and again when I was elected to complete the term, I publicly pledged not only to work to preserve what makes Brighton so uniquely appealing, but also to help shape Brighton’s future by collaborating with fellow Town officials to engage with constituents, make decisions, and implement policies that will sustain Brighton’s status as a progressive, welcoming, well-managed community for all.
I bring the perspective of a parent of a school-aged daughter, the spouse of a mobility-challenged, physically-disabled husband, former teacher of Spanish, and former executive director of a civic engagement and leadership education non-profit to all matters brought before the Board and its committees. From ensuring ASL-English interpreting support for all Town Board meetings, to advocacy for expansion of pedestrian safety infrastructure on the County and State routes that run through Brighton (including a Cornell University student review and proposal for design changes to Monroe Avenue and the new pedestrian crossing on Westfall Road that connects the Brickyard Trail to Buckland Park), to working with RTS to bring the HOPR bike share system to Brighton by 2021, I have fulfilled that pledge—even during the most unusual circumstances of life in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the rest of the disruption that 2020 threw our way.
I believe deeply that open access to government leaders and community assets is essential to civic engagement, democracy, and the well-being of all who live, work and enjoy life in Brighton. As your councilmember and your voice in Town government, I pledge to facilitate that access–be it to Town Hall, our parks, our library, our community programs, our streets, and our business corridors–in any way that I can.
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