BMORE, BE BIG CAMPAIGN KICKOFF

BALTIMORE MALE ELECTED OFFICIALS HELP KICK OFF BMORE, BE BIG CAMPAIGN

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BALTIMORE—Tomorrow, Councilman Brandon M. Scott, Councilman Eric T. Costello, and other Elected Officials will help to kick off the Bmore, Be Big Campaign.  Read more

COSTELLO CONTINUES TO PRESS ON QUADRENNIAL AUDITS

Today, the City Council’s Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee held a hearing on a recently introduced resolution: Investigative Hearing – Reviewing Charter Required Agency Audits. I introduced the resolution in response to delays in the delivery of the first five of thirteen Charter-mandated agency audits. In January 2015, we held our first hearing on the status of the audits and plan for implementation. At that hearing, the Department of Finance committed to a completion date of June 30, 2015 for the first five of thirteen Charter-mandated agency audits–yet none have been completed to date. Read more

PROPOSED CHANGES TO CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

COUNCILMAN HENRY’s RESOLUTION:

I have signed on to co-sponsor the Resolution which Councilman Bill Henry is introducing on Monday, September 21. The resolution, Equitable Funding for City Public Charter Schools, and it calls for the City Council to urge Baltimore City Public Schools to reconsider its inequitable proposed public charter school funding formula to ensure that adequate funds are allocated to all Baltimore students in accordance with State law. The Resolution will be formally introduced at the Monday, September 21, Council Meeting, which starts at 5pm. Presumably, the Council President will refer this Resolution to the Council’s Education and Youth Committee, and then the Committee’s Chair, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke will call for a Committee hearing for around early-October 2015. This hearing will be open to public testimony. Once announced, the specific date / time, will be listed on the City Council’s online schedule: https://baltimore.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx Read more

CRITICAL UPDATES FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

As the 2nd hearing related to the death of Freddie Gray is tomorrow, on Thursday, September 10, and is quickly approaching, I am sending this communication out with important information regarding tomorrow, including the following topics: Read more

COSTELLO GETS ANSWERS AND CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR LIEN CERTIFICATE PRINTER ISSUE

When Councilman Costello discovered that the City’s only real estate lien certificate printer had broken down n early-July, disrupting and delaying more than 1,000 real estate transactions in Baltimore City, he wrote a letter to Henry Raymond, Director of the Department of Finance, expressing his concerns and requesting an immediate response, including a contingency plan. On September 3, Councilman Costello received the response (attached below). Read more

COSTELLO PUSHES FOR ANSWERS ON LIEN CERTIFICATE PRINTER ISSUES

Baltimore City’s lien certificate printer recently broke down resulting in a back log of over 1,000 lien certificates necessary to complete real estate transactions, bringing our real estate market to a screeching halt. Councilman Costello sent a letter to the Department of Finance seeking more information and pushing for the immediate development of a back-up plan, in an effort to ensure future continuity of our real estate market. The full letter is linked below and was recently covered in the Baltimore Sun.

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CIRCULATOR ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

COUNCILMAN COSTELLO JOINS MAYOR RAWLINGS-BLAKE TO ANNOUNCE ROLLBACK OF PROPOSED CIRCULATOR BUDGET CUTS

Baltimore, MD (July 6, 2015) – Councilman Eric T. Costello (11th District) today thanked Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for announcing the City has found funding to maintain the Charm City Circulator’s Banner Route and avoid most other proposed cuts to the system. Tonight’s announcement was the culmination of months of efforts and tireless advocacy by Councilman Costello to reverse proposed budget cuts and restore funding to the Circulator System. Read more

OBERGEFELL V HODGES DECISION

Obergefell v Hodges – SCOTUS – June 2015 Marriage Equality Decision

As June 2015 comes to a close, I am particularly proud to be an American, a Marylander, and a Baltimorean. June is LGBTQ Pride month, and in this past month – among other landmark decisions – the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marriage. This is a realization of the constitutional tenets of freedom, equality, and justice laid down by our Founding Fathers and echoed by countless American patriots, many of whom hailed from our own hometown. This is a true victory for love and humanity. Read more

COUNCILMEMBERS COSTELLO AND CLARKE ADDRESS ISSUES WITH SUNPLUS DELIVERY

SunPlus Issues

Councilmembers Eric Costello and Mary Pat-Clarke met with SunPlus in mid-June to discuss ongoing concerns with the delivery of the SunPlus weekly. Specifically, we discussed numerous and relatively consistent complaints related to the delivery of the SunPlus: the publication laying on the sidewalk and looking like trash, piles of the publication indicating a vacant property or owner that is out of town, and concerns that when individuals call or email SunPlus asking it to place them on the “Do Not Deliver” list, SunPlus frequently fails to do so. Read more