Ryan is Vice-President of the Northampton City Council and one of two Councilors At-Large representing the entire city.
After the legislature doubled the maximum allowable campaign contribution to candidates, Northampton went a different direction. Ryan wrote the first ordinance in Massachusetts to create local campaign finance rules stronger than the state's.
Ryan authored a law to protect our water resources by prohibiting the privatization of Northampton's water infrastructure.
Ryan expanded existing school zones and established three new ones, in which traffic speeds are lowered around our schools. He has also supported and will continue to support fully funding our public schools.
Ryan closed a loophole in the state minimum wage law that had exempted municipal employees from coverage. An ordinance now requires all employees of the legislative and executive branches to be paid a wage equal to or greater than the state minimum wage.
Ryan supported new affordable housing development downtown and throughout the city, and worked to strengthen affordability requirements in our zoning code.
Ryan has supported many conservation efforts, created new protections for the city's tree canopy, strengthened green building and energy standards for new development, and put Northampton on record as the first city in the Commonwealth to oppose the Kinder-Morgan fracked gas pipeline project.
Ryan started a new process to bring the Council's budget deliberations to more people and encourage public participation. He also created an ongoing policy to notify Northampton High School students of their ability to register to vote online on the first day of school and upon turning 18.
Ryan launched a series of hearings with the Council President on the local economy, and called for an end to the corporate moratorium imposed by Columbia Gas on new natural gas connections that is hurting new development.
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