South Baltimore Parking Study

The South Baltimore Parking Study, commissioned with Casino Impact Aid, covering the neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Federal Hill South, Otterbein, Riverside, Sharp Leadenhall, and South Baltimore is now available online here: Parking Study Report_Final_09-20-2017

Councilman Costello’s Testimony to the Kirwan Commission

TESTIMONY TO THE COMMISSION ON INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education,

My name is Eric Costello and I am the Councilman for Baltimore City’s 11th District, which includes the Central Business District, Downtown’s Westside, Central West Baltimore, Midtown, and the South Baltimore Peninsula. I also Chair the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee.

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Costello and CP Young Introduce Public Safety Officer’s Property Tax Credit

Council to introduce legislation to help boost number of public safety officers living in Baltimore City
Legislation, co-sponsored by Councilman Costello and President Young, would offer housing tax credits to safety officials who reside in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD – President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Chairman Eric T. Costello will introduce legislation at tonight’s City Council meeting that would establish a tax credit program that would provide public safety officers who reside in Baltimore with an annual reduction on their property tax bills. Read more

Request for Legal Opinion on Confederate Monuments

In light of yesterday’s tragic events, I have sent a letter to the City Solicitor requesting his opinion on the legal requirements that must be addressed in order to remove, relocate, or reinterpret existing confederate monuments as well as the Roger B. Taney Monument. You may view the entire letter here: 2017.08.13 – Legal Clarification on Confederate Monuments

City Council Ordinance 17-0111 – Prohibiting Handguns Near Places of Public Assembly

INFORMATION ON CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCE 17-0111 – Weapons – Prohibiting Handguns Near Places of Public Assembly. I have given this issue a great deal of thought after extensive research and discussions and have put together the information below that includes: 1) legal background on this issue; 2) details on the proposed ordinance; 3) why I believe the ordinance is necessary; 4) common misconceptions about mandatory minimum sentencing; 5) my position on the ordinance; and 6) next steps in the legislative process. A copy of the amended bill is available here. Read more

Grand Reopening of Crispus Attucks Rec Center

Every Baltimore Child Deserves This

June 26, 2017    |   By Mary T. Phelan

Children in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Madison Park will have a special place to play this summer and all the seasons ahead after the Crispus Attucks Recreation Center reopened June 19, thanks in large part to the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) and its Promise Heights initiative.

 

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Costello Leads Effort to Reach Budget Agreement

After 49 1/2 hours of Committee hearings and dozens of hours of negotiations, Council President Jack Young and Councilman Eric Costello, Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, publicly announced an agreement with Mayor Pugh’s Administration on the FY2018 budget. This budget articulates both of the City Council’s and the Mayor’s shared priorities for additional funding for education and programming for our youth. More information on the agreement is outlined in the letter below from Council President Young and Councilman Costello to the Mayor on June 8, 2017:

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FY2018 Budget Process

The following Fiscal Year 2018 budget publications are now available online:

The City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee schedule for hearing the FY2018 budget is appended below and available for download here: Final Budget Schedule

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UPCOMING SNOW STORM

CRITICAL UPDATES FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15th
  1. Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) – Schools open 2 hours late on Wednesday, March 15. District office opens on time. Staff: Check your email for reporting details., please follow BCPS on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

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BALTIMORE SUN: COSTELLO AND HAYES: DON’T GIVE UP ON STATE CENTER

Costello and Hayes: Don’t give up on State Center

The Sun hit the nail on the head in its editorial last month bemoaning the effect on the city of Gov. Larry Hogan‘s decision to cancel Maryland’s contracts for the renovation of the State Center office complex on Baltimore’s West Side. We share The Sun’s view, and add our voices to the chorus by expanding on 1) the history of State Center’s community impact and engagement; 2) our grave concerns for job loss; and 3) the arena red herring. We close with requests of the governor, in the belief that concerns must be paired with solutions. Read more