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Affordable Housing: Keeping Cambridge affordable is an increasingly difficult task and the City Council needs to be a leader in finding ways to keep housing costs down. In the coming term, I will put an emphasis on middle-income housing programs that support families with moderate incomes and help keep Cambridge a city with a diverse range of residents from all social and economic backgrounds. I will also continue to be an outspoken advocate for the placement of affordable housing throughout the city rather than only in certain neighborhoods. The geographic disparities in Cambridge's affordable housing stock only serve to increase social and economic disparities, and this is not something that the City Council should tolerate.
Sound Fiscal Management: Cambridge is one of only a small handful of cities in the United States that has achieved a AAA bond rating from all three major credit rating agencies. This has enabled the City to borrow cheaply, and as a result, we have been able to invest in infrastructure improvements that bring tremendous value to our city. The main library, police station, CRLS renovations, and the new Martin Luther King school are all examples of the investments that are only possible under sound and principled fiscal management. Robert Healy did a admirable job in guiding our city's finances throughout his tenure as City Manager, and I plan to work with the current City Manager to make sure that these practices continue.
Environment and Public Health
Traffic, Parking, and Transportation
With regard to the MBTA Green Line Extension, I will continue to advocate for a safe pedestrian crossing to the new Lechmere Station, which will be sited on the opposite side of McGrath Highway. As part of a mitigation deal, HYM investments has been tasked with upgrading street infrastructure in the North Point area, including areas adjacent to the new Lechmere Station. I am confident that HYM will continue to incorporate the feedback it has received through the station design's robust public process, but I will only support a design that is safe and comfortable for the most vulnerable pedestrians.
Central Square Vision
"The open space along the Grand Junction Railroad offers us an incredible opportunity to develop a multi-use community path for Cambridge residents to use for transportation and recreation. Watch this video to learn more."
On Friday, City Councillor Tim Toomey announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by a number of labor and environmental groups, including the Massachusetts Sierra Club and the Greater Boston Labor Council.
"I am honored to have received the endorsement of so many groups that I feel represent the values of the Cambridge community," said Toomey. "I work hard and do my very best to make sure that our community is represented on the Cambridge City Council, and I am humbled to see that work be recognized by so many groups."
In addition to the endorsement of the Greater Boston Labor Council, Toomey received endorsements from Laborers International Local 151 and IBEW Local 103. "I am very grateful to have the endorsement of organizations representing Cambridge's workers," said Toomey. "Labor unions play a very important role in our city, and I have always felt that the right to organize is something that should be fiercely defended. I am proud to receive these endorsements and promise to continue to represent the voices of workers as a member of the City Council."
The Greater Boston Labor Council is a federation of 154 local unions and councils. The Council's affiliated unions represent over 90,000 workers, including teachers, transit workers, construction workers, police, firefighters, janitors and manufacturing workers.
Toomey has also received the endorsement of the Massachusetts Sierra Club, one of Massachusetts' most prominent and active environmental groups. "I am honored to once again be endorsed by the Massachusetts Sierra Club for my work on environmental issues," said Toomey. "The City Council has an important leadership role to play in setting city policies that ensure the protection of our waterways and the environment as a whole. I pledge to continue the work I have done to protect and clean up the Charles, increase the prevalence of green space in Cambridge, and encourage public and private buildings to be built to the highest energy efficiency standards possible."
In addition to labor and environmental groups, Toomey has been endorsed by Mass Voters for Animals, an organization dedicated to supporting candidates who have shown a commitment to humane policies that protect animals. "As an animal lover, I am very proud to have received the endorsement of Massachusetts Voters for Animals," said Toomey. "I will continue to fight for policies that ensure the humane and just treatment of all animals."
A complete list of Toomey's 2013 endorsements can be found on his website at timtoomey.org/endorsements.
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