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Dear Precinct 12 residents,

In 2008, my wife and I moved to the precinct from precinct 9 in Brookline, and in 2009, you elected me to represent you in Town Meeting. I had been a Town Meeting Member from precinct 9 since 2001, and I was glad to have the opportunity to represent my new precinct with the same dedication with which I represented my old precinct.

I am proud to say that in my twelve years as a Town Meeting Member, I have never once missed a night of Town Meeting. This was even after my wife and I welcomed twin daughters into our family two months after the 2009 election.

I have long been a resident of Brookline. I first lived in the town from 1991-1993 when I was a graduate student, and my wife and I have lived in Brookline from the day we were married in 1995. In 2001, I ran for the Town Meeting seat being vacated by Representative Frank Israel Smizik and won it with his endorsement. As a Town Meeting Member, I have paid careful attention to all the issues that have come before us and have been responsive to the concerns of my constituents. For example, after hearing how annoyed many of you were by excessive political robocalls during the special Senate race and the 2010 election, I filed two warrant articles in Town Meeting to encourage political candidates to find other means of reaching their voters. Sadly, Town Meeting did not vote in favor of either of my warrant articles, even after amended, but I like to think that we did succeed in sending a message.

Along with being a Town Meeting Member, since 2004 I have also been an elected Library Trustee. As a Trustee, I have done many things to improve library service in our town. As chair the building committee, I kept tabs on the renovation projects at the Coolidge Corner and Putterham branches and advocated for an extra staff member at the Coolidge Corner branch to relieve congestion. I pushed for increased funding to the materials budget, which we got. I supported and endorsed an override to keep town services at a level that our citizens expect, and I worked on getting the RFID circulation program approved to relieve congestion in our libraries. Throughout my time as a Trustee I have supported opening the Coolidge branch of the library on Sunday afternoons all summer, and I expect that this summer we will finally see that happen.

I grew up in New York City and graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Physics and from Boston University with an M.A. in Physics. For many years I worked as a teacher, teaching at the Cambridge School of Weston and then at the Rashi School. I currently edit science textbooks at Pearson Education. I am also an award-winning science-fiction writer; my collection “I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein,” is available in the Brookline libraries. My wife and I write The Brookline Parent column for the Brookline Patch website. We are active members of our synagogue, Kadimah-Toras Moshe, located just over the border in Brighton.

For those who wish to know more about me, I maintain a website at and a blog at

I am a member of Neighbors Building Brookline, which comprises 13 of your incumbent Town Meeting Members, and have been endorsed for re-election by the group. I have been endorsed by Brookline PAX in every one of my previous elections, and I expect to be endorsed by them this year as well.

I hope you will cast your vote for me on May 1 at our temporary polling place in the Brookline High School gymnasium. If you have any questions about my role as your representative, please email me at


Michael A. Burstein

An archive of the website from my successful 2010 campaign for Library Trustee can be found here.