To make Newtown a “better place to live” my role as an elected Zoning Board of Appeals official is to accept responsibility to protect the personality and vitality of our community. And to carry out duties, digesting a mountain of information and negotiating a maze of delicate situations.
During my last term, we encountered a wide variety of zoning related problems. Knowing the intricacies of zoning, learning how to deal with people, both applicants and neighbors, with patience, tact and diplomacy and knowing how to act in stressful circumstances has helped me learn more through experience.
If re-elected, I will continue to work to be responsive to the needs of Newtown’s residents and businesses, preserving the character of our town. As a lifelong resident of Sandy Hook, I believe my critical thinking, analytic and problem-solving skills can contribute to our town’s development. Working together to take collective action and generate solutions to problems improves the lives of our residents and ensures we are attracting and keeping talent. I will be a new dynamic voice for Newtown planning for the town’s future in a strategic way, encouraging desirable economic growth and initiating better engagement in town matters.
Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate (2019-2021)
FuelCell Energy in Danbury, CT
Experience providing: investor relations support, supporting public relations outreach, drafting press releases, crafting messaging, summarizing markets, working with local town and city officials to submit CT RFPs, working with state officials on amendments to support the energy industry, understanding the permitting and interconnection process related to site installations, transmission permitting, urban redevelopment, brownfield redevelopment strategy, land use permitting/project management, etc. My experience has helped me as a Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate to not only listen carefully and understand individuals as the plead their case for a variance but also to clearly recognize when hardships that would allow for a variance of Newtown Zoning Regulations are demonstrated due to topography, irregular shape of lots and reasonable use of the land or buildings involved.
Personal Finance Program Facilitator with Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut
This experience has helped me better identify the fundamental elements of finance and determine if in fact a hardship is financial vs topography, shape lot or reasonable use of land/buildings-related which determines whether or not a variance can be granted in Newtown.