A New Generation of Leadership: Delivering Results, Making a Difference
The First Suffolk is made up of dozens of neighborhoods, but one thing unites all of us – a hope, an expectation, a faith that our elected leaders will make a difference in this great community by delivering results.
Nick Collins knows that all of our lives are affected by crime, by drug abuse, by the quality of our schools, and the vitality of our local economy.
These issues are on his mind when he wakes up in the morning. These are the issues that he tries to resolve every day at the State House and in our community.
As a member of the generation who graduated college during a time of unprecedented change, jobs were scarce. But Nick didn’t just want a job. He wanted to make a difference.
Nick had the opportunity to meet Joe Biden at an event in Boston and was so inspired, he volunteered for his Presidential campaign. He later worked for the Obama/Biden ticket throughout the fall and up to the historic election.
He was also fortunate to work as an aide for Senator Hart doing what he really wanted to do – help people. In this role, Nick learned the difference that one person can make in a neighbor’s life.
On one occasion, a senior citizen named Trish faced eviction from the Carson Tower Apartments. Trish, who lived alone on a fixed income, turned to Senator Hart’s office for help. Getting results was a complicated process that took two months to resolve, but in the end, Nick found a resolution that allowed Trish to stay in the home where she lived for so many years. When Nick heard the joy in Trish’s voice he knew that he had found his calling – public service.
Helping people like Trish reflects Nick’s upbringing here in Boston. The son of James and Mary Collins Nick has five siblings.
Being part of a family with strong roots in Boston, he learned the value of hard work. One of Nick’s first jobs was paperboy for the Boston Globe. His parents taught him the importance of education. Their diligence helped him to attend Boston Latin School and earn a college degree at Babson College.
Most importantly, growing up in Boston, Nick experienced the struggles families face while trying to pay for rising utility, housing, and healthcare costs. In a household of eight, he learned the value of a good job, quality education, public safety, and good health.
These values fueled Nick’s campaign for state representative. From Day 1, he promised to be a legislator who listens and stands up for the people he represents. After he was elected, Nick had no interest in arguing about bureaucratic details. He rolled his sleeves up and dove into the real work of helping people, the same way he did in Senator Hart’s office.
Some politicians debate things like Innovation Schools until they are blue in the face.
Nick is a different kind of leader.
When the Roger Clap School in Dorchester faced closure, Nick went to work with parents, community leaders, and administrators. Together, they made the Clap School Boston’s first Innovation School.
Some politicians see the never-ending horror of drugs in the community and throw up their hands.
Nick is a different kind of leader.
As soon as he was elected, he began to push the Boston Police Department, State Police, and DEA to create a permanent daytime drug unit. After months of hard work, the daytime drug squad was in action, patrolling the streets of Boston and making our neighborhoods safer.
Nick’s public service is about action and results for working families. So is his campaign. Every resident from every neighborhood wants and needs the same things – better schools for our children, safe neighborhoods for our elderly and families, and economic opportunity for our hard working residents.