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Board of Selectmen: Thomas J. Fay

Educational Background:

  • THE COLUMBUS SCHOOL OF LAW, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  20064, Juris Doctor:  May, 1987
  • BOSTON COLLEGE, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167, B.S. Degree: May, 1983, Majors: Economics and Political Science

Work Experience:

  • BOYLE ǀ SHAUGHNESSY LAW, Boston, MA, March 1992 – present. Director and Partner. Involved in all phases of civil litigation, specializing in tort defense; Defend clients in Massachusetts New Hampshire and Vermont courts
  • GALLAGHER & GALLAGHER, Boston, MA, September 1987 – March 1992 (including merger with Kendrick & Gormley). Associate.  Involved in all phases of civil litigation, specializing in medical malpractice and general tort defense

Experience on Town Boards/Committees:

  • Chair, Wayland Board of Selectmen, Wayland, MA, 2011-2012 (member 2009 – 2012)
  • Chair, Wayland Hurricane Relief Steering Committee, Wayland, MA, 2008 – 2009 (member 2005- 2009)
  • President, Board of Directors, Boston Young Men’s Christian Union d/b/a Boylston Street Athletic Club, Boston, MA 02116, 2007 – 2009
  • Chair, Wayland Town Meeting Rules Advisory Committee   2014
  • Chair, Wayland Library Planning Committee, Wayland, MA   2015 – present
  • coaching sports in Wayland

Candidates Statement:

My name is Tom Fay, and I am running for a seat on the Wayland Board of Selectmen (“BOS”), hoping to return to a board I thoroughly enjoyed serving on from 2009 to 2012. I hope to contribute my 13 years of town service to continue the steady leadership we enjoy today on the Board.

As the former BOS chair and member, chair of Wayland’s Library Planning Committee, former chair of the Wayland to Waveland Hurricane Relief Steering Committee, an attorney, and a 26-year Wayland resident, I have the experience, judgment, knowledge, and commitment to be an effective voice for Wayland’s residents.

As Selectman, I will strive to maintain the town’s strong financial position, essential services, and school quality.  Wayland is a well-run town. Moody’s Investors Service affirms this fact by conferring its rare Aaa rating on the town’s general obligation debt, a rating the town has enjoyed since 1993. I will work to appoint Finance Committee members who are dedicated to a balanced budget and maintaining the town’s excellent bond rating, while responsibly supporting quality town services for residents.

Working together we must continue to explore and implement creative cost-saving strategies. These include joint purchasing, improved permitting, collaborating with comparable municipalities, and seeking greater efficiencies within and across town departments.

During the past 13 years it has been truly enjoyable working with so many elected and appointed town leaders who serve on various boards and committees, dedicated town staff, and the many committed town employees that make Wayland special.  With your support I look forward to continuing to work to solve problems and create solutions to the town’s challenges.

Wayland’s school system is one of the town’s most valuable assets. Twenty-six years ago, my wife Juliette and I, like so many families, moved here for the schools. Our four children thrived in Wayland’s elementary, middle and high school programs. Our youngest is a high school junior. I recognize how important quality education is for the community, and I am committed to support that tradition, as we have for decades.

Wayland residents have traditionally believed in responsible environmental stewardship. If elected I will support proven, cost-effective initiatives to help preserve Wayland’s conservation lands.  I will also aggressively explore and implement the development of alternative energy sources, and help to improve energy efficiency. I will work to protect our natural resources, and will support effective, fair, and vigorously-enforced land use regulations and procedures.

I love Wayland. It would be an honor to again serve on its Board of Selectmen.