It is an honor to write to you today as the Prince George's County
Council Member representing District 3. Thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony and visited the District 3 office afterwards. You can still view the ceremony online here.
It has been a busy few weeks. Since December 1st, my team and I have crisscrossed the district attending nearly 50 meetings with hundreds of citizens. From holiday markets and tree lightings to civic association meetings to celebrations for our non-profits to important discussions about education, pedestrian safety, economic development, workforce development, transit-oriented development, green businesses and bike trails, we are working hard on the priorities that matter to you.
On December 8, I participated in a roundtable discussion with Senator Ben Cardin and HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Foreclosures continue to plague several neighborhoods and numerous families in District 3. The discussion that day centered on a shared, comprehensive housing strategy which will harness all public and private resources as we continue to navigate the effects of the housing crisis. Also thanks to the MD Mortgage Program, families looking to buy homes in several neighborhoods in District 3 (20737, 20784, and 20706) as well as elsewhere in the county are now eligible to receive a rate reduction and up to $20,000 in down payment assistance. Click here for details. Please share this news with your friends and co-workers and help us strengthen our community.
I applaud Senator Mikulski's leadership in securing $100 million in federal investments in the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 funding bill for the Purple Line. The Purple Line light rail is crucial to revitalizing our communities, connecting residents to jobs and addressing traffic problems in the region. District 3 contains nine of the twenty-one Purple Line stations and Governor-Elect Hogan needs to hear from you about how important the Purple Line is to our future. Please take a few moments to let him know that our businesses, entrepreneurs, homeowners, commuters and community groups know that the Purple Line will help our neighborhoods, and entire region, flourish. Follow this link to Governor- Elect Hogan's transition website.
The contact information for our office remains the same: 301-952-3060. Most of the faces remain familiar as well. Our only new addition is Aimee Olivo as my Chief of Staff. A long-time activist in the County, Aimee knows many District 3 citizens already and looks forward to meeting many more soon. Please do not hesitate to contact my office or me directly by phone at 301-952-3060 or by email.
Lastly, if you are looking for a last minute gift, please check out DonorsChoose.org as a way to support our kids and teachers in classrooms throughout the district and country as well as Brentwood Arts Exchange on Route 1 for gifts from local artists.
I look forward to working with you to move the District and County forward in 2015. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.
Together Strengthening Our Community,