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Roger Berliner

Council Vice President

Council Vice President Roger Berliner
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Getting Better After Winter Storm Jonas

I received hundreds of emails from residents during the recent historic storm and its aftermath. Most of those communications conveyed tremendous frustration and many questions about the manner in which our county performed the important responsibility of clearing our roads. Our residents asked for accountability.

Our Council will ensure accountability. On Tuesday, February 9, at 2 pm, the Council will hold a special session devoted to examining how the county performed before, during, and after the event.

Senior Forum

On November 18th, join Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Sidney Katz as they will be hosting a Senior Forum on preventing senior scams, encouraging volunteerism and civic engagement in our senior community, and stopping elder abuse.

Their goal for this forum is that members of the senior community will leave with a better understanding of what services are available to them in these areas and more confident in their ability to live without fear and to the fullest as they grow older.

Metro Forum Update

On July 22, our Committee held a Forum about the current challenges and future possibilities for the Metro system. At the Forum and on e-mail, residents had a host of questions for WMATA. Please find WMATA’s answers to these questions here . Even after the Forum, Councilmember Berliner has continued to work to reform Metro. You can find more about his recent efforts, a letter to Governor Hogan calling for serious reforms and a regional approach to achieving those reforms, here .

Infrastructure & Growth Symposium

We received many questions before, during, and after the forum. After reaching out to the Planning Department and Montgomery County Public Schools, we have put together answers to those questions. Take a look and feel free to contact my office, the Planning Department, or MCPS if you have any follow-up questions. Read more..

Bethesda Downtown Plan

After 20 years, the Bethesda Master Plan is getting a fresh new look. With the help of residents, businesses, and community groups, the Montgomery County Planning Department is looking to create a more modern Downtown Bethesda, while enhancing what has made this part of of our community such a success. The work on the Plan will be organized around three themes: social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability. Read more..

Latest News

Fighting Predatory Towing

On April 13, with the support of all 8 of my colleagues, I introduced a bill ( Bill 17-15) to fight back against the use of spotters and predatory practices of certain tow companies. WUSA9 invited me on their program to discuss the issue and how we are trying to fix this issue that plagues many in our County. Watch it here

What’s the Deal with River Road?

Many residents have reached out about the roadwork being conducted on River Rd. Here’s the deal: Pepco has identified the need to construct a new distribution substation within the Friendship Heights community by the June 2017.  The proposed 138 kV substation, named the Northwest Substation, will replace the Harrison Street Substation, which was built in the 1940s. The work going on now on River Road is intended to provide the feeder cables for that new substation. According to representatives from Pepco, the work should be completed by late March of this year. After that, they will move to Western Avenue on their way to Harrison Street. A fact sheet for that portion of the project is available  here.Pepco will be responsible for repaving River Road in the section between Little Falls Parkway and Western Avenue. Road restoration will take place in April.

Exelon Pepco Merger

On Tuesday March 31, my colleagues unanimously endorsed a resolution that tells the Maryland Public Service Commission that the settlement that our County Executive reached with Exelon/Pepco isn't enough to make the proposed merger in the public interest.  It isn't a bad deal; it is just the wrong deal. Exelon must put more on the table, much more, to come close to meeting the public interest. See my comments to MCMedia  here.

2015 Maryland Association of Counties Winter Conference

CM Berliner speaks at 2015 Maryland Association of Counties Winter Conference -  I was asked to speak to our role as legislators in leading the charge for smart growth. As I thought about this presentation, I asked myself what is the biggest lesson I have learned over the past eight years as we in Montgomery County have sought to implement smart growth principles.  And the answer I would offer is simply this – change is hard, and changing a deeply rooted culture is even harder.  The whole speech can be found here.

Earth Day Art Contest 2015

This year I invited MCPS student in grades 3 through 8 to celebrate Earth Day by participating in my 1st Annual Earth Day Art competition. The theme was Making A Difference. We got many submissions, showing the immense artistic abilities and environmental stewardship we have amongst our County's students. Please find all the winners & runner-ups  here

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