Letters of Support!

The following letters are in support of Alisa Klein’s re-election in Ward 7 and have been sent to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.


To the editor:

For the past two years, Alisa Klein has been an engaged, conscientious, and hardworking City Councilor for Ward 7 and the City of Northampton.  I’ve witnessed Alisa’s commitment to our community in her moving speech at the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Leeds and her participation in the Memorial Day parade through Florence, as well as her organization of community meetings on topics as diverse as traffic calming and the extension of the rail trail. Alisa initiated a project to clean up the Main Street (Leeds) green where she personally picked up litter and dog waste, and educated nearby residents in how to keep their park clean. At practically every citywide meeting I have attended in the last several years, including meetings about renovations in Pulaski Park, the City’s climate adaptation process, the planned solar array at the former landfill site, recommendations for the City’s overhaul of its parking systems, the City’s Comprehensive Waste Water Management Plan, and what to do with a vacant City-owned parcel of land in Florence, Alisa has been there. I attended many of these meetings because Alisa shares information about them ahead of time on the Ward 7 listserv and Facebook sites that she created to enhance communication with her constituents and keep them apprised of events and meetings. Alisa has also been proactive in bringing solutions to individuals’ and community issues. She has helped residents with zoning issues, potholes, snow removal, caregiver access to Musante Beach, and traffic calming measures. Together with the Leeds Civic Association, she initiated a meeting between the Northampton Police Department, ChartPak, the Planning Department, and neighbors about issues at Orange Dam and along the rail trail in Leeds.  Most importantly, she has gotten to know my family and has listened to our desires and concerns for Ward 7 and the City of Northampton.  Please join me in casting your vote on November 3rd for Alisa Klein.

Karyn Nelson
Leeds


To the editor: I feel fortunate to have a city councilor representing Ward 7 who actually gets out there and does the important work directly with people, as well as communicating the concerns of Leeds residents to the appropriate city department and following through until there is a positive result. Alisa Klein has the capacity to listen deeply and glean pertinent information which helps her achieve these successful outcomes. The Leeds Village Green is much cleaner since her public educational outreach campaign to help folks understand the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. We now have proper signage at the Village Green thanks to Alisa working with the DPW on behalf of Leeds. Alisa also helped to supervise the Orange Dam graffiti vandals on a very hot day in June while they performed community service here in Leeds. She was ready to go when a meeting was requested to address the garbage and excessive partying on the Mill River in Leeds. Here in Leeds we have several community informational meetings and social events throughout the year and if you attend these gatherings you will most likely see Alisa volunteering in some way. I can say without hesitation that Alisa Klein has been an involved and very effective councilor for Ward 7. I urge you to support her candidacy for a second term on November 3rd.

Heidi Stevens
Leeds


To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Alisa Klein and in response to the brief letter by Karen Mandeville (“Would not know her city councilor if she fell over her”, Oct. 21, 2015). In contrast to the claim by Ms. Mandeville that Councilor Klein has been absent from view, I am very aware of who my councilor is and very happy with the work that she has done representing our city in a variety of ways. Contrary to the impression given by Ms. Mandeville, the job of a city councilor is not to drive around the neighborhood “tooting” and “waving” (like clowns in a parade). It is to stand up for the city (and not one’s own interests, as has sometimes been the case with previous councilors) on the tough issues that face us on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps those citizens who are unfamiliar with Ms. Klein should get out more and pay closer attention to the important challenges facing our city.

Bill Brown
Florence


To the editor: I am writing to express my thanks to Ward 7 City Councilor Alisa Klein for all she has accomplished over the past two years and to express my hope that everyone in the ward who wants to keep her working for us will turn out on Election Day.

Alisa has been a city councilor that Ward 7 residents can count on to respond to our concerns. Whenever I have emailed or phoned her with questions, she has gotten back to me promptly with clear answers and sound advice. She has spent untold hours not only in City Council and committee meetings, grappling with issues facing the city, but also in helping her constituents. She has worked hard to address  problems such as flooding on Bernache Street, street safety near JFK, litter in Leeds, and potholes throughout Ward 7. For more information about her accomplishments, visit her campaign website, www.votealisa.com.

Alisa is not only accessible and responsive, she takes care to keep Ward 7 residents informed. She has set up a Ward 7 Facebook page and a listserv to provide us with regular updates and improve communication.

Alisa takes a mature, thoughtful, even-handed approach to the complex problems facing our community. She has brought to her role a wealth of experience from her professional career and her volunteer work in the community. That approach and that experience are part of what makes her an invaluable public servant. Add in her work ethic: I have heard colleagues on the City Council call her “the hardest-working member of the Council.”

Alisa Klein provides Ward 7 with a strong, sensible voice on City Council. I am proud to have her as my city councilor and want to keep her working for Ward 7. Please join me in voting for Alisa on November 3.

Linda Butler
Leeds


To the editor:
I am writing to wholeheartedly support my city councilor for re-election, Alisa Klein. I have found her to be dedicated, very accessible, and incredibly responsive. She takes seriously the job of representing the interests of her constituents, and regularly attends City Council meetings as well as many neighborhood and community events. We are lucky to have her and she deserves our vote on Nov. 3. 

Ruth Ever
Leeds


To the Editor:

I was surprised by the recent letter to the editor criticizing City Councilor Alisa Klein of being invisible in Ward 7. Klein has done a superb job of being involved in all aspects of the city and our ward, attending meetings, forums and cultural events. She has made it clear that she is always accessible by phone, email, or just a knock on her door. In the past, she has been quick to pass on information about problems that affected all of us living in Ward 7. A perfect example is that when a major water main broke leaving many of us without water, she kept us up to date on the city’s progress in repairing the problem. She even suggested that we might check in with those neighbors whose water supply would be off for a longer time due to repairs and see how we could help make things easier for them. I want more from my city councilor than a toot and a wave. That’s why I’ll will vote for Alisa Klein again.

David Chura
Leeds


Dear Editor,
It’s not unusual to have municipal elections with uncontested positions produce a low turnout.  I write to urge our city’s voters to get to the polls on November 3.  Personally, I’m excited at my opportunity to vote locally because I can endorse the work of one of the hardest working city councilors we have ever had in Ward 7, Alisa Klein.  Alisa has facilitated community conversations and listed intently to Ward 7 residents in her work on our behalf.  During the past two years I’ve received an email from Alisa at least once each month with relevant information about council activities or seeking input on issues that matter to our city.  Alisa is committed to working for the city and to representing all Ward 7 interests; a vote for her is a vote well cast.

Julia Chevan
Florence


To the Editor,

Thirty years I have lived on Bernache street in Leeds and it’s always been a flooding problem. Thank you Alisa Klein for effectively working with me and the city of Northampton to finally get this issue addressed and resolved!

Alisa Klein gets my vote!

Singwen Mientka
Leeds


Dear Editors:

I am writing in response to Karen Mandeville’s letter in today’s Gazette. One of the Alisa Klein signs Ms. Mandeville mentions might be the one in my yard, and I am happy and proud to say that I support Alisa precisely because she has been such a visible, active, and positive presence on the City Council and in Ward 7. If she has not (yet) knocked on Ms. Mandeville’s door or waved or said hello, I suspect a) that she will soon do so (she has spoken to hundreds of her neighbors and constituents over the last two years) and b) it is because she has been busy, as I know she is, on behalf of her neighbors and constituents. She has responded to the concerns of residents along the bike path and led efforts to clean up the Mill River path. She has responded to concerns of residents along Bridge Road and helped to improve safety at crosswalks along that street and other busy streets. She has helped families by working with the Recreation department to allow caregivers use of family passes to Musante Beach. She has listened and responded to numerous complaints and suggestions, and she has maintained open and constant communication via the listserv and Facebook pages she created. I not only feel I know Alisa, I also enthusiastically support her re-election campaign.

Sincerely,

Michael Thurston
Leeds


To the editor,

As a Leeds resident, I would like to weigh in on Alisa Klein’s representation in my district (Ward 7).  When Gene Tacy was my representative, the only time I heard from/of him was when he was in opposition to the mayor or the city council (in ways that I did not support).  During the past two years, I have been constantly informed by Alisa of water main breaks, zoning meetings, city forums, council meetings, and community events.  Alisa works tirelessly to let me and my neighbors know what is happening in our city and what we can do to be meaningfully engaged in our community.  In addition, she successfully advocated for a policy change on my family’s behalf, and kept us informed with every step she was taking.  I couldn’t ask for anything more in a city council representative – she’s been to my house, knows my children, keeps me well-informed, and speaks to my values.  Alisa Klein has my full support for city council representation for Ward 7.

Dale West, Leeds


To the editor:
I feel fortunate to have a city councilor representing Ward 7 who actually gets out there and does the important work directly with people as well as communicating the concerns of Leeds residents to the appropriate city department and following through until there is a positive result. Alisa Klein has the capacity to listen deeply and glean pertinent information which helps her achieve these successful outcomes. The Leeds Village Green is much cleaner since her public educational outreach campaign to help folks understand the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. We now have proper signage at the Village Green thanks to Alisa working with the DPW on Leeds behalf. Alisa also helped to supervise the Orange Dam graffiti vandals on a very hot day in June while they performed community service here in Leeds. She was ready to go when a meeting was requested to address the garbage and excessive partying on the Mill River in Leeds. Here in Leeds we have several community informational meetings and social events throughout the year and if you attend these gatherings you will most likely see Alisa volunteering in some way. I can say without hesitation that Alisa Klein has been an involved and very effective councilor for Ward 7. I urge you to support her candidacy for a second term on November 3rd.
 
Heidi Stevens
Leeds

To the editor:

I am proud to be represented by my city councilor, Alisa Klein. During her 22 months on the council, Alisa has done an amazing amount of work to build community within Leeds and Florence. Her organization of a Ward 7 listserv and Facebook page are among some of the many ways that she has worked to bring our community closer together and keep us informed as citizens.

Alisa has also been involved and active in speaking at and organizing important community events, such as a trash cleanup in Leeds. This is in addition to her work on the council, where she has also done a spectacular job. Alisa is working to restore the historic hotel bridge in Leeds, which has sadly been closed for many years.

It is my hope that she will be able to continue to work on this as well as other important things on the council. As a friend and constituent of Alisa I am proud to support and vote for a wonderful and friendly woman who truly cares about her work as a city councilor. I am very hopeful that she will be reelected and continue her important work for Ward 7 and the city.

Saadya Chevan, Florence


To the editor:

I urge all my fellow Leeds residents to vote for Alisa Klein in the City Council election. She’s been an incredibly strong advocate for our community. She works proactively to keep informed, and makes sure that information gets out to her constituents.

After listening to local concerns, Alisa then works with the relevant city agencies to find a solution. She has advocated for good outcomes in everything ranging from potholes up to the largest issues facing Leeds and the whole city.

I voted for Alisa in the last election because I believed she’d be a good councilor, but she has far exceeded my expectations. Let’s keep this local treasure as our representative.

Rick Hart, Leeds