Batavia is home to me, and I have made it so by being involved in our community. In the past years, I have been on numerous boards including Batavia MainStreet, Batavia Arts Council and Art In Your Eye steering committee. Through each of these community groups, I have worked closely with the City of Batavia as well as the Chamber of Commerce, giving me insight and knowledge of what is happening and decisions being made in our community. With each organization I have also had to work hard to approve and balance budgets, fundraise and focus on economic growth and development, especially in our downtown. I have worked within our community, opened my own business here and been very receptive to obtaining viewpoints of my neighbors about what is important to them living here in Batavia. I believe that I have the experience working with and connecting businesses and community members with the city government.
The most important is 18 years of service as Alderman for the fourth ward. I understand how the city has evolved during a period of explosive growth and several significant changes such as the deregulation of the electric industry. I have an understanding of the recent history of the City and know why we do some things in a certain manner. Also my 37 years as a physicist has taught me to look at problems in a logical and systematic manner. I do not make emotional decisions; I analyze the issues and am not afraid to crunch the numbers to see if a proposal makes sense. I am also not afraid to state my opinions. I routinely deal with other scientists at Fermilab all of whom are convinced that they are the smartest person in the world. It takes a great deal of patience and skill to get a group of physicist to agree on anything. That is a skill I take over to the council chambers.