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Tom Hucker

Council Vice President

Councilmember Tom Hucker

Tom In the News

  • Jan. 21 – Bethesda Beat 
    • Late objection delays vote on mandatory air conditioning
    • Excerpt: "DHCA is allowed to change their minds just like council members are allowed to change their minds," Hucker said in a phone interview after the meeting. "I think the amendments would invite a lot of mischief from unscrupulous landlords."
  • Jan. 18 – WDVM 
    • Montgomery County officials host a community forum to combat voter suppression
    • Excerpt: "Even though every member of the county council, state delegation, and the county executive are all for it the board of elections has said no. So now I’ve asked Senator Smith to put in state legislation to compel them to set up an early voting center in White Oak under state law. We shouldn’t have to go through that trouble, it's happening because of the blatant voter suppression by the Montgomery board of elections," Hucker said.
  • Jan. 17 – Maryland Matters 
    • Montgomery Asks to Opt Out of Election Day Wireless Networks
    • Excerpt: In a joint letter to the board, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D), County Council President Sidney Katz (D) and Council Vice President Tom Hucker (D) said they believe the network is unnecessary and could be vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.
  • Jan. 9 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
    • Hogan: ‘The most historic vote we’ve taken in the Board of Public Works in years’
    • Excerpt: "It’s truly remarkable that our unfunded grassroots organizing effort has forced Gov. Hogan to dramatically shrink his signature highway-widening proposal and adopt the balanced ICC Diversion Alternative we put on the table six months ago – one that 1) avoids Beltway widening and the taking of homes and dozens of acres of Rock Creek, Sligo Creek, and Northwest Branch Parks, improves 270 and the Legion Bridge and 2) for the first time, dedicates tens of millions of dollars to transit improvements," Hucker said.
  • Jan. 7 – Maryland Matters 
    • Analysis: A Bumpy Road to a Highway Compromise
    • Excerpt: "Everybody — tells me we exceeded expectations for the resistance to this project and the terrible process that advanced it," said Hucker, who chairs the council’s transportation and environment committee. "The comptroller wisely changed his position and stood up for the county and our right to be at the table."
  • Jan. 4 – WAMU 
  • Jan. 3 – Montgomery Community Media 
    • Franchot, Hogan Agree on Highway-widening Plan
    • Excerpt: "It is personally gratifying due to all organizing we’ve done and all people who’ve come to the rally in Silver Spring, to see governor abandon his plan and embrace the alternative we put forward," Hucker said.
  • Jan. 2 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
  • Dec. 26 – Bethesda Beat 
    • New Crosswalk Signal Installed at Site of Fatal Pedestrian Crash
    • Excerpt: During a Nov. 19 briefing with county and state transportation officials, Council Members Tom Hucker and Andrew Friedson asked MCDOT and the Maryland State Highway Administration why more HAWK signals weren’t installed at busy pedestrian intersections.
  • Dec. 17 – The Baltimore Sun 
    • Cell phone enforcement cameras: a potentially life-saving idea worth trying
    • Excerpt: Recently, Tom Hucker, vice-president of the Montgomery County Council and chair of its transportation subcommittee, urged state lawmakers to take action. He wants the Maryland General Assembly to approve legislation in the upcoming 2020 session authorizing the county to operate stationary, automated video cameras capable of detecting when drivers are using cell phones in a moving vehicle.
  • Dec. 17 – WAMU 
  • Dec. 17 – Maryland Matters 
  • Dec. 12 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
  • Dec. 4 – Bethesda Beat 
    • Montgomery County Passes ‘Landmark’ Police Advisory Bill
    • Excerpt: "There are plenty of supporters of the police out there who feel like this was moved forward by a council that is somehow hostile to the police and driven by some kind of special interest agenda. On the other hand, there are community advocates whose first reaction to the bill as it was written was, ‘Oh, it shouldn’t have a representative from the police department or the police union.’ That is absolutely misguided, as well, because this bill is all about dialogue," Hucker said.
  • Dec. 3 – Montgomery Community Media 
  • Nov. 27 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
  • Oct. 29 – Bethesda Beat 
    • County Council Approves New Montgomery Transportation Director
    • Excerpt: "Transportation touches every life in the county. And while people are not always happy with the pace of construction on [U.S.] 29 or the amount of money we have for neighborhood resurfacing, they’re always happy with your performance," Hucker said
  • Sept. 28 – WTOP 
    • Montgomery Co. Democrats urge additional early voting site in White Oak
    • Excerpt: "Unfortunately, in my district in particular, in Burtonsville and in Silver Spring … some people wait in line for up to two hours to vote. It’s not their job to put a price on people’s voting rights, and it’s not their role to approve the county or state budget," Hucker says
  • Sept. 24 – The Washington Post 
    • Maryland cuts funding for Corridor Cities Transitway
    • Excerpt: "There are thousands of people in Gaithersburg, Germantown and Clarksburg who bought homes and invested in businesses with the promise that the state was going to build a high-quality transitway," Hucker says
  • Sept. 20 – Bethesda Beat 
    • Purple Line Likely Won’t Open in Montgomery County Until 2023
    • Excerpt: The company has also committed to adding 55 new trees along Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring. Residents in the area have been concerned about tree removal since the start of construction, when it became clear that more trees would be removed in the area than originally anticipated. "That’s exciting to hear," Hucker says
  • Sept. 12 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
    • Air conditioning bill makes its way toward becoming a law
    • Excerpt: "Air conditioning is more than a matter of comfort for many people. Especially for the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, it’s a matter of life or death. And climate change is only exacerbating the problem, as just six weeks ago we lived through the hottest month ever recorded on the planet," Hucker says
  • Aug. 8 – The Washington Post 
  • Aug. 8 – Bethesda Beat 
    • Two-Year Inspection of Montgomery Apartments Yields 31,000 Violations
    • Excerpt: "People are cynical about politicians and say we just are always driven by the polls. Well, nobody fights for tenants’ rights because they think this is really going to help them politically. We do it because it’s the right thing to do and … this is a landmark achievement," Hucker says
  • Aug. 8 – NBC Washington 
  • Aug. 7 – WDVM 
    • Officials call for improvements on Old Georgetown Road
    • Excerpt: "What there needs to be, if not a separated bike lane which is what we’ve envisioned in our master plan, at least a buffer of 5 feet wide of grass so that any cyclist or pedestrians are not right next to the cars," Hucker says
  • July 22 – Bethesda Beat 
    • Montgomery Officials Say Fear of Deportation Affects Immigrant Community
    • Excerpt: "When Trump came out and said we would have this big surge, people have been making decisions. Do they go to the post office? Do they go to the dry cleaner? People are afraid to leave their homes. They’re ordering stuff online. And that’s whether they’re here legally or not," Hucker says
  • July 17 – The Washington Times 
    • Heat wave to engulf D.C., Maryland and Virginia
    • Excerpt: "As climate change worsens, we are going to see hotter days for longer periods of time, so it will be more important than ever that tenants have access to a safe and cool environment," Hucker says
  • July 16 – Bethesda Beat 
    • County Council Bill Would Require Landlords to Put Air Conditioning in Units
    • Excerpt: Hucker said during Tuesday’s meeting he has heard stories of residents whose air conditioning is either broken or non-existent, and that one 80-year-old woman he had spoken with freezes water bottles and places them in her lap to stay cool during the summer months. "That shouldn’t be happening in 2019 in Montgomery County," he said.
  • July 8 – WDVM 
    • Montgomery County looking into ways to be pesticide free
    • Excerpt: "All the different strategies parks is employing to get rid of weeds short of using pesticides including integrated pest management which is a strategy to basically remove weeds and use more natural methods and use pesticides only as a last resort," Hucker says
  • July 2 – Bethesda Beat 
    • Pedestrian Crashes Up 14% in First Half of 2019
    • Excerpt: "I’m hopeful (the pedestrian master plan) will be a tool in our toolbox, but I don’t want to wait for that. I want to continue to push the police to do more enforcement and for the Department of Transportation to do more assessments and redesigns of dangerous intersections and corridors," Hucker says
  • July 1 – Montgomery Community Media 
  • July 1 – WAMU 
    • Metro Includes Bus Trips In Monthly Metrorail Pass And Adds More Red Line Service
    • Excerpt: "Ending the Silver Spring turnback was only fair and just for the 11,000 Metro riders on the eastern end of the Red Line, who for decades have been paying the same fares as everyone else, but received only half the service. It’s gratifying to see the years-long advocacy efforts of our community groups, Metro board representatives and the Council finally pay off," Hucker says
  • June 24 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
  • June 24 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
    • County Council finalizes legislation
    • Excerpt: "This bill was really inspired by the long-suffering tenants of the Enclave apartment building (in Silver Spring), which is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, residential property in Montgomery County," Hucker says
  • June 25 – Bethesda Beat 
  • June 14 – Washington Business Journal 
  • June 6 – Maryland Matters 
    • Hogan’s Road Compromise Praised, But Many Critics Remain Skeptical
    • Excerpt: "For the first time, the governor is indicating he wants us at the table, and he’s trying to accommodate our input. I don’t think he got all the details exactly matched up with our position, but that’s fine. I’m hopeful we’re going to be able to sit down with them and work some of this out in a way that makes both of us happy," Hucker says
  • June 6 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
    • County leaders object to rising hate in schools
    • Excerpt: "We’ve seen swastikas increased in schools in Montgomery County and shootings in mosques as far away as New Zealand, and bigotry and hatred are on the march. And dictators and authoritarian regimes are growing around the world, incredibly because of the climate that has been created by the temporary occupant of the White House and others," Hucker says
  • June 3 – The Baltimore Sun 
    • Maryland Gov. Hogan's toll lane project in D.C. suburbs causes dissent
    • Excerpt: "[Gov. Hogan] decided to spend his Sunday, instead of attending and engaging people, insulting residents and saying that — calling people ‘pro-traffic activists’ and they are plotting to keep people stuck in traffic. It’s so demeaning and insulting to Montgomery County and Prince George’s County residents who were there," Hucker says
  • May 30 – Montgomery County Sentinel 
    • Town hall meeting draws opposition to highway expansion
    • Excerpt: "Neglecting public input and the input of our local government is the wrong thing to do on any project, but it’s especially wrong on this project. This isn’t just any project; this is the largest P3 project in North American History," Hucker says
  • May 23 – WTOP 
    • Opponents to Beltway, 270 toll lanes speak out at town hall
    • Excerpt: "People are concerned about the same things, they’re concerned about the impact on neighborhoods, the impact on our environment, the lack of progress on real congestion because of the imbalance, because of the fact it doesn’t include transit," Hucker says
  • May 15 – WTOP 
  • May 6 – Patch 
    • Lead Drinking Water Bill Vote Scheduled May 7
    • Excerpt: "We can't take any chances with the health of our children. We need to set an updated standard that's more health protective and contemporary for Montgomery County based on the best contemporary science," Hucker says
  • May 3 – WTOP 
  • May 2 – Bethesda Beat 
  • March 25 – Bethesda Beat 
    • New Limits On Parking Spaces Being Debated
    • Excerpt: "Built into this is the assumption that everyone has good transit options … there’s nothing wrong with this but it doesn’t put any more buses on the street, it doesn’t make Metro go where it doesn’t go," Hucker says
  • June 30 – The Sentinel 
  • June 29 – Montgomery County Council
    • County Lawmakers praise new 'Enterprise Zone" for Burtonsville/Briggs Chaney
    • Excerpt:  Councilmember Hucker joined with the District 14 State Delegation this year to call on the Department of Commerce to create Enterprise Zone. The Enterprise Zone program provides real property and state income tax credits to businesses that create jobs and make capital investments. This program will support small businesses in Burtonsville and Briggs Chaney.
  • June 27 – Bethesda Magazine
    • County Council Dives Into Battle Over Legal Definition for a "Country Inn"
    • Excerpt:  A coalition of community groups is lauding a County Council proposal that could derail plans to build a banquet hall with guest rooms near the historic Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac." Tom Hucker and Marc Elrich propose new zoning restrictions to help keep the unwanted establishment out of the community.
  • June 22 –  WJLA
  • May 5 – WTOP
    • Montgomery Co. commute fix could put county on hook for WMATA
    • Excerpt:  "An effort to bring some limited short-term relief to commuters in the congested Route 29 corridor could leave Montgomery County on the hook for millions of dollars to Metro, the county’s transportation department warned a council committee Thursday."
  • May 2 – The Washington Post
  • April 24 – WTOP
    • Montgomery Co. bill may help foreclosed homes get on the market
    • Excerpt:  "A coalition of community groups is lauding a County Council proposal that could derail plans to build a banquet hall with guest rooms near the historic Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac." Tom Hucker and Marc Elrich propose new zoning restrictions to help keep the unwanted establishment out of the community.
  • March 8 – DCW50
    • Montgoimery County council passes urban farm tax credit bill
    • Excerpt: The Urban Agricultural Tax Credit bill passed 8-0 and will give properties that qualify up to an 80% exemption on property tax. Councilmember Tom Hucker was the bill’s main sponsor and said he hopes it encourages more people to start an urban farm.
  • March 7 – WJLA
    • Urban farm bill passes in Montgomery County
    • Excerpt: “The more we can grow healthy food close by, and reduce the food miles, the greenhouse gas footprint of bringing food from all over and the more we can create an opportunity for local students in an urban environment like Silver Spring to come right here and see where their food comes from,” said Councilman Hucker.
  • February 14 – WTOP
  • February 13 – WHAG
    • Stand-off spills into streets of Silver Spring over unionizing
    • Excerpt: “They're trying to organize a union. They've never had one,” said Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Council member. “We support their efforts to do that. If nurses vote to have a union, they should have one, and management shouldn't fight that." Nurses told WHAG they've been pulled from patients' rooms by management to discuss the ills of unionizing.”
  • February 24 – Bethesda Magazine

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