Stephen Winslow

Biography & Background Experience

  • Education: Juris Doctorate in Environmental Law (University of California Davis) 1988; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (University of California, Berkeley) 1982
  • Current Employment: Councillor-at-Large since 2018.
  • Previous Employment: Senior Project Manager (City of Gloucester, MA) 2009-17
  • Prior Service: Ward 6 School Committee Member 2008-13.
  • Spouse & Children: Married to Helen. They have two daughters and two granddaughters (WL 10/30/09).
  • Endorsed byOur Revolution Malden; Greater Boston Labor Council, Mass Alliance
  • Skills: “I have been able to apply my 20+ years of experience in developing regulations and running programs to improve the policies that have been developed and ask strategic questions related to negotiations and other legal matters” (WL 10/30/09).
  • Biggest issues: Transportation, affordable housing, food insecurity, environment

Policies & Experiences

  • Citizens

    • Cultural Sensitivity: “[We need to support] our cultural and social organizations like the Chinese Cultural Connection, MATV, The Gallery, and interfaith councils. We’ve got to make it a priority to hire workers and teachers with skills and experience to build those new bridges and train our existing workforce to do so. I will support the hiring of a Cultural Diversity Coordinator in Malden to assist those efforts. We must have policies and practices in place to support people of color to work and teach in Malden we must work with our youth to build bridges in our community” (Forum 10/10/19).
    • Diversity: “I learned about techniques from [my previous work in the health field] of making sure that – even if someone from another culture says something that makes you uncomfortable, or you are nervous about saying something because you think it’s awkward – say it. Communicate … even if it’s awkward, even if it means you uncomfortable … We have to deal with the discomfort as a community” (Forum 8/27/19).
    • Immigrants: “As a Councillor I will continue to press the Mayor, Police Chief and School Superintendent regarding their commitments that City programs, staff and policies help ensure Malden is and continues to be a community that welcomes immigrants, pro-actively outreaches to our multiple immigrant communities and dedicates our public safety resources to local priorities and tactics that ensure the safety and security of all residents” (ORM).
    • LGBTQ: “I will continue to fight to protect and expand the rights of members of our LGBTQ community as I did in the past state election by participating in the campaign to protect the rights of transgender individuals. I support efforts to ensure open and transparent processes for employment, funding and license opportunities” (ORM).
    • Racial Diversity: “I participate whenever I am able in community forums such as Malden CORE and East-Meets-West put on by the Chinese Cultural Connection to expand by understanding of the perspective and needs of our diverse population so that we can ‘Achieve More Together'” (MVQ).

  • Civic engagement

    • Attendance at Meetings: “We need to make sure the CIty’s website once again contains an upfront calendar of upcoming meetings. We need to fully post “Council Packets” so that residents have access to the same information that councillors have prior to meetings” (MVQ).
    • Candidacy: “I supported increasing the time period for candidates to take out nomination papers that helped generate more interest in this upcoming election. I am always willing to speak with anyone expressing interest in running for office. no matter what their political views are. By encouraging people to run for office there’s more people working to engage voters” (MVQ).
    • Diversity in Government: I co-sponsored a proposal with Councillor Anderson to provide funds to allow the City’s Human Resource office to advertise positions more widely, particularly to publications and organizations of professionals focused on supporting career-minded individuals of various racial and cultural backgrounds. I will continue to support open and transparent processes for recruiting and hiring staff. I will also support efforts to ensure an adaptive and supportive work environment for all new workers to help retain them” (ORM).
    • Governmental Transparency: “The Council has voted to fund many technological improvements as part of the Malden City Hall Project. Once that system is in place we can evaluate the extent new staffing may be necessary to expand live stream and archiving of meetings … Many other communities put together a complete council package that at one location identifies all the papers the Council or subcommittee will be taking up. Just simply easier and quicker to understand agenda items and draft resolution and ordinances this way” (NV 9/24/19).
    • Public Comment: “I am pleased to have voted to allow the public to comment at our City Council meetings” (MVQ).
    • Voting Rights: Helped high schoolers craft the VOTE16 Ordinance because “a lower voting age would increase civic participation and bolster the city’s inclusiveness” (MA 12/17/18)

  • Infrastructure

    • Affordable Housing: “To remain an affordable community for working class families Malden must have plans and zoning in place that will allow the City and other entities to pursue resources necessary to keep Malden affordable. Simply creating barriers to affordable developments will simply lead to more situations like 33 Park Street where long-time Malden residents face the unconscionable 50% increases in rent … I support maintaining a goal of keeping at least 10% of Malden’s housing affordable whether or not that’s mandated by state law” (MVQ).
    • Cannabis: “We first need to set aside sufficient funds to address the opioid crisis and other health crisis driven by addiction. I would then dedicate 50% of the remaining funds to improving our roads and traffic signals and 50 % to support our schools” (MVQ).
    • Deposit on Nips: “People who use nips tend to just throw them away. To change that behavior, I think you do need a deposit” (MA 12/21/18). [A resolve to have a 5-cent deposit was unanimously passed.]
    • EnvironmentMr. Winslow “put together a forum on sustainable transportation because we need to look at bringing electric buses and bus rapid transit to our city so that we can move more efficiently” (Forum 8/27/19). “I am working on other initiatives to so the City can seek funding to help manage the impacts of increased rain water run-off in our neighborhoods and to prevent a storm surge from flooding 1/3 of Malden” (MVQ).
    • Lead Pipes & Roads: “I have already voted on an additional $20 million over the next 5 years to address these issues, which will only address 5 miles of roads and pipes out of the 108 miles of roads and pipes the City is responsible for … I have also been working to ensure that the next round of street and water pipe replacement focuses on those streets with the highest concentration of children to help reduce risks of lead exposure as quickly as possible to the most children” (MVQ).
    • Tax Revenue: “Commercial Street / the Malden River and Broadway have great potential for commercial development intermixed with housing if coupled with a major investment of federal and state funds to improve them as multi-modal transportation corridors. I supported plans to make Downtown a dining and entertainment district by overhauling antiquated ordinances designed to limit arcades” (MVQ).
    • Wages: The City took an important step this year by performing an evaluation of our own pay practices to ensure gender neutral pay rates. I am the lead sponsor on an ordinance to put Wage Theft requirements in all City Contracts. I will continue to speak up for equal opportunity, for increasing the diversity of our City and School workforces and for fully-funding our public schools at the state level” (ORM).

  • Public Spaces

    • Green Space: “One of the most satisfying results of my work on the Northern Strand Trail has been the creation of a new public green space that’s highly utilized by a broad range of Maldonians. I support the creation of more community gardens along the Trail. I support efforts to create the Oak Grove Greenway” (ORM).
    • Malden Hospital: “I am looking forward to the analysis of the BAC / Friends of Fellsmere Heights to understand the scale and types of housing that can readily fit into a community vision for the site. The impact of 55+ units and affordable units may be less than single family homes or market rate apartments but can also require more public and private resources to make financially viable. Some preliminary financial calculations I made indicated that upwards of 170 units may be necessary to have a financially viable development that can serve 55+ and affordable housing needs and reserve most of the land for public use” (NV 10/1/19).
    • Malden River: “I have drafted a wetlands by-law that will strengthen the Conservation Commission’s oversight of the Malden River waterfront. We need to enact a Malden Waterfront Plan backed by ordinances that create setbacks for public access” (NV 10/1/19).
    • Public Parks: “I have been working successfully with Councillor Camell to secure funds to improve Trafton Park and the Mayor’s office and Councillor Murphy for the rehabilitation of Roosevelt Field and I am currently working with Councillor Anderson on plans for Kierstead Park” (MVQ).
    • Roosevelt Park: Mr. Winslow and Barbara Murphy co-authored a letter: “We encouraged [using CPA funds for a new field and outdoor classroom] because we strongly believe that the 1200 students of Salemwood School and the city’s organized sports teams deserve a better place to play and be active … other organizations have successfully used organic materials which are cooler and provide a better performance playing field” (MNN 4/10/19).
    • Table Tennis: “I am definitely supportive of making sure we restore more opportunities for tennis tables … and also look forward to working with folks like the Asian Community Development Corporation to bring, you know, more opportunities and buildings that can serve our Asian population” (Forum 10/10/19).

  • Schools

    • Charter Schools: “MVRCS disproportionately serves whiter, wealthier, English-speaking students who are more likely to succeed, does not take students after 7 grade, receives funding as if it is trying to serve English Language Learners and poorer students and has too little accountability either to parents or taxpayers” (ORM).
    • Curriculum: “While on the school committee, he formed a diverse coalition to successfully advocate for an increase in vocational schools in Malden to give students a pathway to better-paying jobs” (Mass Alliance). 
    • Diverse Staffing: Joined MaldenCORE to support “the call for measurable goals for a more diverse teaching corp and for support of teachers and students of color” (FB 7/9/19; and FB 8/29/19).
    • The PROMISE Act: “What ails Malden Public Schools the most has been the lack of commitment by the Commonwealth to fund the educational needs of our current student population. Shifting resources to MVRCS and other charter schools merely puts more and more strain on the finances of public schools. I support the Promise Act that is intended to reduce this inequity” (ORM).
    • Student Opportunity Act: Mr. Winslow supports having class sizes reduced to 25 for regular and 15 for English Language Learners, so his first priority would be more teachers. He would also like to hire librarians and media specialists in our schools again. Additionally, he’d like paraprofessionals who could support teachers in the classroom” (Forum 10/10/19).
    • Transit for Students: Mr. Winslow worked with students to get the first bike racks at Malden High School and has been in discussion with the Teen Enrichment Center about opening a bike shop. (Forum 10/10/19).

  • Transit issues

    • Bikes“We’re looking at, related to the bike trail, probably over 40 million dollars invested in connecting our bike trail into Boston and to Lynn so that can relieve traffic pressure … I was able to build [Bike to the Sea] to make this significant improvement in Malden” (Forum 8/27/19).
    • BusesElectric Vehicles: “We need to look at things like we have very few public electric charging stations, so if we’re going to go to electric vehicles, we have to look at that” (Forum 8/27/19).
    • Parking: Mr. Winslow supports parking meters in downtown, flexibility on winter parking rules, implementation of resident-only overnight parking, expanded daytime parking limits around transit, and requiring new parking in Downtown and business areas to be underground” (MVQ).
    • Roads: “I have advocated for an additional $450,000 in funds to re-build sidewalks and $20 million to re-build our roads and water lines” (MVQ).
    • Transportation Planner “We have a 108 miles of roads we’re [paving] about a mile a year; we should be doing five miles a year. If we don’t work with state and federal people, we will never catch up on our potholes … I did this type of program in Somerville. We improved pedestrian safety 30% by bumpouts, by doing bike lanes, by improving our crosswalks – that’s the type of work we need a transportation planner to focus on and do real infrastructure” (Forum 10/10/19).
    • Walkability: “I am of course a strong support of the Northern Strand Trail and safer streets so that residents feel safe choosing the most sustainable transportation options of walking, bicycling and transit” (MVQ).

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