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Roger Berliner

Council Vice President

Council Vice President Roger Berliner
 

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Senior Forum on November 21 at The Village at Rockville

I will be co-hosting a Senior Forum with Councilmember Sidney Katz on Friday, October 21 from 1-4 pm.  There will be a Resource Fair from 1 – 2 pm, with more than 20 vendors from throughout the county.  From 2-4 pm, there will be an informational program, with confirmed speakers:  State’s Attorney John McCarthy; Eric Friedman, Director of the County’s Office of Consumer Affairs; and Gretchen Zekiel, Manager of the RSVP Program in the Montgomery Volunteer Center.  We are also pleased that Rona Kramer, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging, will be attending.  For more information, see the flier here.

    'Education First' Budget Vital to County's Future 

The budget preliminary approved on May 19 is a is fundamentally driven by our commitment to our school system.  It is truly an education first budget.  And that commitment required us to take extraordinary measures:  increase property taxes over the charter limit; exceed Maintenance of Effort for our school system by almost $90 million; and significantly increase recordation taxes.  All of this was necessary because of our Council’s unified view that our school system requires a substantial additional investment now if it is to maintain its well-earned reputation for excellence. A reputation that is foundational for our county’s future. (See Councilmember Berliner's full Statement  here )

 

 

 



Helping Seniors Stay In Their Homes 

On April 6, lead sponsors Montgomery County Council Vice-President Roger Berliner, Councilmember Sidney Katz and Councilmember Riemer, along with co-sponsors Council President Floreen and Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, and Tom Hucker introduced legislation which would provide seniors with tax relief and help them meet their property tax obligations in Montgomery County. Expedited Bill 10-16 would enable seniors 65 and older, with individual or combined gross incomes of $80,000 or less, to defer increases on property taxes at 0% interest for as long as they like, including until they sell their home. 

 


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 July 31, with the support of all 8 of my colleagues, the Council passed a bill that I introduced ( 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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