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'Stomach churning' antisemitic graffiti discovered in Maryland
November 15, 2022 - The Jewish Voice

County Council Member Andrew Friedson condemned the graffiti. “Unfortunately, these are just the latest in an alarming rise in antisemitic incidents across our county and throughout the country,” he said in a social media statement. “We will not accept or tolerate anti-Jewish hatred in our community and will not allow antisemitism in any of its forms to be normalized or desensitized. We must continue to come together to make clear that hate has no place here.” Friedson said that law enforcement has opened an investigation and the Department of Transportation is cleaning up the graffiti.


"Hate has no place here" - County officials condemn antisemitic graffiti found in North Bethesda
November 14, 2022- Bethesda BEAT

According to Friedson’s statement, police were actively investigating the incident and the Department of Transportation is currently working to get the graffiti cleaned up as soon as possible.


Antisemitic graffiti found near Bethesda Trolley Trail
November 14, 2022
- The Washington Post

“I am deeply disturbed by several horrific antisemitic graffiti” incidents that recently occurred, Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson (D-District 1) said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Unfortunately, these are just the latest in an alarming rise in antisemitic incidents across our county and throughout the country.” Friedson introduced a resolution denouncing antisemitism that passed unanimously earlier this month after some controversy over the measure’s definition of antisemitism. Despite some pushback, the council unanimously supported the resolution as an “educational tool” to combat acts of hate against Jews in Montgomery County... “We will not accept or tolerate anti-Jewish hatred in our community and will not allow antisemitism in any of its forms to be normalized or desensitized,” Friedson said Monday.
 

County Council unanimously approves resolution to condemn and combat antisemitism
November 2, 2022 - Bethesda
BEAT

Friedson reaffirmed his commitment to the resolution that he had first introduced to the council during the summer. “For three months we’ve received feedback on this resolution in light of concerns raised and worked diligently on a series of language modifications to address them by reiterating protection of free speech and political debate, affirming the definition as an educational tool rather than adopting or endorsing it,” he said.


Montgomery County Council passes antisemitism resolution amid pushback
November 1, 2022 - Washington Post

“This resolution serves as a powerful statement to our community and, in many ways, is just the start to this very important conversation,” Friedson said.

Husband of bicyclist killed to hold bike ride to Congress for safer streets
October 21, 2022 - WUSA9

Councilman Andrew Friedson said he and the delegation have been in contact with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway every other week. Friedson said there are plans to implement near and long-term changes soon. "There are opportunities to have a more continuous bikeway for the stretch of road to make sure we provide a protected barrier," Friedson said. "We have to do better. We have to do more, and we can't solve this problem just intersection by intersection. We need holistic approaches."

 

Bike ride to Capitol Hill pushes for safer streets after cyclist's death
Octover 21, 2022 - WTOP News
Friedson said changes are being made on Old Georgetown Road and other areas throughout the county to increase safety. “Specifically on River Road, we are working with the State Department of Transportation and State Highway Administration on implementing immediate safety changes,” Friedson said. “And also for medium- and longer-term improvements, as well.”

 

Montgomery Co. still a long way from 'Vision Zero' goal - WTOP News
September 20, 2022 
- WTOP News
Council member Andrew Friedson represents Bethesda, where two teenage cyclists were killed along Old Georgetown Road in collisions just three years apart. Referring to the deaths of 18-year-old Enzo Alvarenga, who  was killed in June, and 17-year-old Jake Cassell, who  died after being struck by a vehicle along the same stretch in 2019, Friedson called for road design changes. “Pylons were added after Enzo died; the original bike lane happened after Jake died,” Friedson said. “We have to get to a situation where we’re making some of these changes before somebody dies.”


Season of Glass: Montgomery official preps for elevated role on council he helped reshape
September 14, 2022 - Maryland Matters
“It’s going to be an interesting time for the county council,” Friedson said. “There’s going to be more [political] change in Montgomery County than there’s been maybe in our history.”


Md. county leaders want trail near Purple Line to open early
September 13, 2022  - WTOP News
“I am going to strongly urge you to find any and all opportunities” to reopen the trail prior to the planned fall 2026 opening, Friedson said. He explained that for many residents, “the trail is just as important and would be used just as much — if not more — than the train itself.”

Purple Line, Capital Crescent Trail Expected to Open in Fall 2026
September 13, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
“We are behind. We’ve got some trust to make up,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson to the representatives of the Purple Line. Friedson pressed officials as to why the Capital Crescent Trail cannot open earlier, as promised originally. “I am going to strongly urge you to find any and all options to open the trail” before the Purple Line is complete. “It is a very, very significant issue for a lot of residents,” Friedson said.


Purple Line Delays Frustrate Maryland Residents

September 13, 2022  - NBC4 Washington

“I’m going to strongly urge you to find any and all opportunities to open the trail,” Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson said.


Montgomery Co. resident, councilman concerned about bike lane safety along River Road
September 9, 2022 - ABC 7 News

"Our roads are for everybody and they need to be safe for everybody,” Friedson opined. "The issues with the bike lane on River Road are similar to the issues on Old Georgetown Road and on many state highways where certain interim measures have been taken, but they aren't enough." ... Friedson noted that it took one death to gin up enough support for a dedicated bike lane and the second death for approval to place bollards between the vehicle travel lanes and the new bike lane. "But those bike lanes are only for .6 miles along Old Georgetown Road,” Friedson added. “We've been advocating for the entire corridor of Old Georgetown Road between two urban areas, North Bethesda, which is emerging where Pike & Rose is, all the way down to Downtown Bethesda. We can't have part of that roadway protected with bike lanes, we need all of that roadway protected with bike lanes." ... "We don't just need a bike lane with some stripping in certain parts of River Road. We need a protected bike lane with a buffer that keep bicyclists safe and protected from the speed and the danger of cars, and we also need to make sure that it's continuous. That these are viewed as corridors,” Friedson concluded.


Residents call for more safety measures along Old Georgetown Road
September 9, 2022  - Bethesda Beat

Friedson told those gathered on Friday that he and other elected officials organized the walk to raise awareness and urge action on dangerous corridors in the county, like along Old Georgetown Road.


Friedson Holds Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Walk Friday
September 2, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

Councilmember Andrew Friedson is holding a walk Friday, Sept. 9 in Bethesda along Old Georgetown Road (MD187) to draw attention to pedestrian and bicycle safety. He will be joined by representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration; Maryland Senator Susan Lee; and Maryland Delegates Ariana Kelly, Marc Korman, and Sara Love to discuss much needed pedestrian and bicycle safety measures.


County Announces $1 Million in Grants for Abortion Access
September 2, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
“We are going to fight back,” Councilmember Andrew Friedson said during the news conference. “At a moment of darkness and tragedy, we are going to be a light for the country.” Friedson added, “We don’t take backward steps when it comes to rights. We take forward steps. We add rights for people. We don’t take rights away.”

County Council to face issue of rent stabilization after summer recess
August 17, 2022 
- Bethesda Beat
Andrew Friedson, unopposed in his re-election bid for council District 1, which covers Bethesda, Potomac, parts of Chevy Chase and other areas, noted Tuesday that permanent rent stabilization could cause “unintended consequences” that result in less availability of existing affordable housing. Friedson said those who advocate for broad-based rental increase cap policies have good intentions, but supporters must consider the potential effects of displacement, especially when it comes to younger residents trying to find a place to live. Building more housing is the most effective step in lowering rent prices, he added. “This is what the data and the research show us … the people who are benefitting from broad-based rent control are long-time renters who have gotten really good deals,” Friedson said. “It’s then the youngest and most diverse residents who usually suffer because the people who have been here all along want to stay because of those good deals.”

Meet me at the mall: Police have a new space in Bethesda
August 11, 2022
- WTOP News
Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson, whose district includes Bethesda, said at Thursday morning’s event: “We need to have that type of community partnership with law enforcement to make sure that residents feel safe, to make sure that businesses feel safe, to make sure that we can have the type of quality of life and amenities that we expect.”


How state governments are reimagining American public housing
August 4, 2022 - VOX
Andrew Friedson, a Montgomery County councilmember who has been leading efforts in Maryland to address his region’s housing shortage, told Vox he’s been supporting the public development idea because “there is now much broader recognition and understanding” that governments have to be more aggressive. “The status quo and even marginal improvements are not going to come anywhere close to meeting the need,” he said.


Zoning Measure Expands Biohealth in Transit-Oriented Areas
August 1, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
“It takes a series of intentional policy decisions like this one to create an environment in which the life sciences industry can grow and flourish. Through targeted workforce development efforts and the assistance of our partners at the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, we are doing just that and are seeing the benefits of those efforts,” Friedson said. 

Council Approves New Zoning Measure to Expand Biohealth in Urbanizing, Transit-Oriented Locations
July 30, 2022 - Newswires

“This economic success does not happen by accident," Councilmember Friedson said. "It takes a series of intentional policy decisions like this one to create an environment in which the life sciences industry can grow and flourish. Through targeted workforce development efforts and the assistance of our partners at the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, we are doing just that and are seeing the benefits of those efforts.” 

Council's Antisemitism Resolution Delayed Until September
July 27, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media 
“It really wasn’t tabled,” Friedson. “It wasn’t like a vote count thing. There is support for it.” Friedson said the resolution was a response to the antisemitic flyers in Kemp Mill and other instances of antisemitic graffiti, vandalism and harassment gainst Jewish community members.


Voters to decide in November whether to tweak county attorney removal process
July 27, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT 

Council Member Andrew Friedson of Bethesda, who represents District 1, said more discussion would be “helpful.” “I think we’ll have an opportunity again in two years where frankly there would be higher voter turnout, I would expect, in a presidential election, which may be a better opportunity to understand what the will of the voters would be,” he said. 


County Council to consider resolution defining and condemning antisemitism in September
July 27, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT 

“We’ve had flyers in Chevy Chase as part of a national white supremacist group that directly threatened Jews,” he said. “There’s just a number of incidents that have happened in our county, in our community that are part of the rising number of incidents in the country and globally.”  

Council Votes for Lactation Rooms, Paid Parental Leave for County Employees
July 27, 2022 -
Montgomery Community Media 
“It’s really part of county government, as a large employer, really trying to model the type of family-friendly policies that we should be implementing,” Friedson said during Tuesday’s council  meeting. “I think both of these efforts will help us retain and attract great talent that we need and it will also allow us to provide better services to our residents,” he said.

Council Passes Bills Sponsored by Councilmember Friedson to Support Working Parents
July 27, 2022 - Newswires

“I am proud that the Montgomery County Government will now provide paid parental leave and accessible lactation rooms to our public employees, modeling the type of family-friendly policies we want all employers to implement,” said Councilmember Friedson. “This standard requirement will help our working parents avoid the impossible and false choices between work and family life to support our labor force and ultimately improve the services we provide to residents.” 

County Council establishes private security camera incentive program
July 26, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT 

Council Member Andrew Friedson, a co-sponsor of the bill, told Bethesda Beat that the program isn’t up and running yet because the bill was just approved and money would need to be appropriated first.

Montgomery County voters await results in executive, council races
July 20, 2022 - The Washington Post

“I feel great,” Friedson said with a campaign sticker affixed to his short-sleeve polo. “It’s always fun to watch democracy in action.”

Wisconsin Avenue development in Bethesda includes affordable housing

July 14, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT
Montgomery County Council Member Andrew Friedson, who represents Bethesda, said it will be beneficial to replace the lots with housing and open space that community members can use.  “It is a good day for Bethesda,” Friedson said. “It’s a good day for Montgomery County. It’s a good day for housing and for building the type of welcoming community we talk so often about.”

Bethesda Churches Vandalized, Set on Fire Over Weekend 
July 11, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media 

Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson called the incidents “abhorrent” and “horrifying.”  “I’m not an investigator or prosecutor but certainly believe they should be and have every confidence they will be. We can’t allow this type of violence against religious institutions in our county,” Friedson said in a tweet.

Montgomery County leaders address rise in youth violence
June 29, 2022 - The Washington Post 

“We’re in a crisis with our kids,” county council member Andrew Friedson (D-District 1) said this week during a youth safety presentation. “I think these challenges are going to get a lot worse before they get a lot better.”

County Council says it expects to vote on Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan by end of October
June 21, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT

County Council Member Andrew Friedson said Tuesday that he wants council staff to come up with a more specific timeline for Nspiregreen to deliver its findings to the council. He said he’s worried that if the consultant takes too long, the council might not be able to meet the deadline of voting by late October.

Montgomery County Honors 60 Homeless People Who Died
June 17, 2022 - Rockville, MD Patch

Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson said the county must commit to valuing everyone in the community. "The way we honor the lost is to take care of the living," Friedson said.


Councilmember Friedson Introduces Bills to Support Working Parents

June 15, 2022 - EIN News
“I believe that Montgomery County government, as an employer of almost 10,000, must lead by the power of its example. We must model an environment that acknowledges, values and uplifts women, parents and families,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson. “Historically, women in the workforce have been overburdened and under supported. COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing challenges. Helping new parents productively balance their work and family lives will strengthen the County government workforce and improve services we provide to residents.”


Friedson introduces bills providing paid family leave, lactation rooms for county employees
June 15, 2022  - Bethesda BEAT

Fundamentally, the paid family leave bill shows that the county values its workforce, he said. Even if co-workers need to cover for those using family leave, providing paid family leave will show the county is serious about recruitment and retention efforts, and keeping a healthy, happy workforce, Friedson added.  “No matter what, people are going to have to pick up the slack [for those on leave]. The difference is, is it going to be permanent, or are we going to want them back?” Friedson said. “Are we going to encourage them to stay in the county workforce, or are we going to discourage them to the point that they leave?”  “We don’t want to spend all the time building up the institutional knowledge, training members of our workforce, getting them the skills to be productive supporters of our community — and then, when they have a child, to not have the right support here, and have to make that awful, impossible decision between taking care of their family and their newborn or their foster child or returning to work,” Friedson added.


Bills Would Provide Paid Parental Leave, Lactation Rooms for County Employees
June 14, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

On Tuesday, County Councilmember Andrew Friedson introduced two bills to help county employees. One requires six weeks of paid  parental  leave at 100% salary, and the other requires all county buildings to have a  lactation  room or alternate accommodation. Friedson hopes the legislation will encourage other employers to offer similar policies for their own employees.


Bills tackle parental leave, provide lactation rooms for Montgomery County employees | WTOP News
June 14, 2022 - WTOP News
“Candidly, I was learning about our parental leave policies in the county, and I was shocked to learn that we really didn’t have a parental leave policy,” said the bill’s sponsor Council member Andrew Friedson...  “We can model an environment that acknowledges, values and uplifts women, parents and families,” Friedson said.

Councilmember  Andrew Friedson to be Honored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington 
June 11, 2022 - The MOCO Show
“I’m deeply humbled and extremely grateful for the recognitions and hope to work long enough and hard enough to deserve the honors,” Councilmember Friedson said. “I am so appreciative of all the work that the Jewish Federation does for and on behalf of our community and how Glen Echo Park continues to engage deeper into Montgomery County to inspire the imagination of our young people.”


Maryland lawmakers seek solutions to improve safety on Old Georgetown Road
June 3, 2022 - WTOP

“We have a combination of outdated, dangerous designs and extremely high rates of speed,” Friedson said. “And, when you combine those two factors, there are deadly consequences, and we’re unfortunately facing yet another tragedy related to our dangerous-by-design roads.”  He said that on a “walk along” with state highway officials, they observed, in some areas, signposts, utility poles and even fire hydrants were placed in the middle of the sidewalk.  “An absurdity,” Friedson said. “You would never have that in the middle of a lane of traffic.”

Safety concerns growing after another teen bicyclist killed on same road in Bethesda
June 2, 2022 - WUSA 9 

"Every time somebody dies on the roadway is a policy failure," Councilmember Andrew Friedson told WUSA9. "Every fatality of a pedestrian or every fatality of a bicyclist is an engineering failure,"... "We are not making nearly as much progress we need to make sure our roadways are safe," Friedson added. "Until we get to the point we reengineered our roadways to be safe, we're going to continue to have tragedies."

Leaders Gather for Vigil in Wake of Uvalde, Texas School Shooting
May 31, 2022 - 
Montgomery Community Media

“We do have to make a choice of whether or not we value our children more than we value our guns,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson. “Whether we value our neighbors more than we value this idea of the frontier, this idea of personal protection.” 

Council Unanimously Adopts $6.3 Billion Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
May 26, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
Following adoption, Councilmember Andrew Friedson said, “I am proud to say that we were able to fulfill our fiscal obligations without raising taxes on our residents who are still recovering from the pandemic. Of course, a single number and short description can’t possibly capture the magnitude of investment and impact these programs have, but our hope is that this graphic will demonstrate the value  and values  we worked hard to uphold in this budget process.”


Montgomery Co. considers changing hiring requirements for vacant health officer role
May 19, 2022 - WTOP News
“We’re going to trade one problem for another unless we deal with the root issue here,” Friedson said, noting the state requires for a medical doctor as either the health officer or the deputy health officer.

The Chevy Chase Library: A surprising victory, and a new responsibility
May 19, 2022 - Greater Greater Washington

“Probably not my preferred method… but we have missed opportunity after opportunity after opportunity after opportunity to do this…I’m still hearing why (other similar past projects) can’t be done, and I just can’t imagine being here 6 years, 7 years, 8 years from now and having the same conversation that my colleagues were having with my predecessor in 2013… I’m willing to try something that isn’t perfect… We gotta do something, we gotta do something different than we are doing right now, cause it isn’t working.”

Nourish Now Opens Larger Warehouse to Help Feed More People
May 18, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

Councilmember Andrew Friedson said he has been “a friend of Nourish Now since Brett was running around in his Honda with frozen chickens.” He praised the non-profit organization and the work it has done both before and during the pandemic.  Of all the basic human needs, food security is number one, Friedson said. “If people don’t have food, if families don’t have food, if children don’t know where their next meal is coming from, nothing else matters.”


County Council says it supports housing at Chevy Chase Library site
May 12, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

Council Member Andrew Friedson, whose District 1 includes the site, said there have been multiple opportunities over the years to consider building housing alongside other projects on county-owned land.  One example, he said, is the recent construction of the new county police station in Bethesda, although that project ultimately did not include housing.  Friedson asked how much affordable housing County Executive Marc Elrich and his administration were expecting to see as part of the project...  Friedson and others said they were concerned about “mixed messages” being sent by Elrich’s administration to Chevy Chase and the surrounding communities about the future of the library site.


'They Tried to Shame Us': Germantown Family Urges MCPS to Sensitize Staff to African Students
May 11, 2022 -
Montgomery Community Media

Councilmember Andrew Friedson was alerted to her tweet and responded, “very sorry to hear about this,” adding, “We would be happy to reach out to @MCPS.”  In a text to MyMCM, Friedson said, “We’ve been in touch with the family following the exchange on Twitter. We reached out to Dr. Bohorquez, acting director of Student, Family and School Services/International Admissions & Enrollment. They are currently looking into it and we hope to have a response soon.”

County fire and rescue service could get more first responders, increase salaries
May 10, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT

During Tuesday’s council meeting, Council Member Andrew Friedson also highlighted $150,000 for fleet and building maintenance service for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. Friedson said that squad formerly served both the Bethesda and Chevy Chase communities and parts of northwest Washington, D.C. But now, it just serves the Bethesda and Chevy Chase areas, he said. Friedson said the additional funding is in recognition of the squad’s efforts to provide life-saving services as well as community outreach. An example of its community work is the Nourishing Bethesda coalition, which provides food to underprivileged families throughout Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Friedson says.


Downtown Silver Spring master plan aims to spur development, address climate change
May 4, 2022 - Bethesda BEAT

Friedson, along with Council President Gabe Albornoz and Council Members Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, Tom Hucker and Sidney Katz voted to leave structured parking as a public benefit... 
Friedson said that although the Pike & Rose neighborhood is different than downtown Silver Spring, it is a good example of how structured parking can be accomplished effectively. 

Montgomery County's plan to give local winegrowers a boost
April 28, 2022 - WTOP News
Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson, whose Bethesda district is home to “restaurant row,” said it was exciting to think about the future for the agricultural and the restaurant industries.  “When you go to a restaurant anywhere across the region, you want local wine, you want local beer,” Friedson said. “I look forward to being able to go into a restaurant and having the choice of dozens and dozens of local wines and local beers for residents to enjoy. I’m looking forward to it being a huge success.”


County Council staff concerned about executive branch's revenue projections
April 20, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

But Council Member Andrew Friedson and others said that a more thorough review of the OPEB trust fund and how it is funded is needed before county officials withdraw money from it. Doing so would be bad fiscal policy, he added. “It’s an obligation and not an option,” Friedson said about funding OPEB. The county allocates some of its budget every year toward funding the trust fund. “The policy goes first, the action goes second, and we have got our order way out of whack here,” he added. 


Montgomery County to Affirm Support for the Francis G. Newlands Memorial Removal Act 

April 19, 2022 -  EIN News
“The Francis G. Newlands Memorial Removal Act will send a strong message repudiating housing discrimination and segregation which should not be accepted or tolerated in Montgomery County, our Nation’s Capital, or anywhere,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson (District 1) . “For too long, this statue has represented exclusion and division rather than a welcome sign to an inclusive community.  As we do the critical work of dismantling the structures that perpetuate institutional racism, the symbols and statues that normalize it matter, too.”

Montgomery County Council sets salaries for police conduct review boards
April 6, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

When the council agreed on Tuesday on a $10,000 salary for Police Accountability Board members, Council Member Andrew Friedson was the only one to vote no. Friedson didn’t explain his vote during the meeting, but later wrote in a text message, in response to a question from Bethesda Beat, that he supported the pay for the Administrative Charging Committee because it is “arguably quasi-judicial.”  But he was opposed to approving pay for the Police Accountability Board because it was being singled out for compensation among numerous county boards and committees. Friedson wrote that he preferred a “holistic” approach. “We have dozens of county advisory boards, committees and commissions with thousands of volunteers who we don’t pay,” Friedson wrote. “So it is hard for me to justify paying some who volunteer to serve the county $10,000 a year while not compensating others who also dedicate significant time and talent on important issues.” Friedson’s objection is a continuation of a debate from January 2020, when the County Council considered whether to pay people for serving on county volunteer boards and commissions.

Montgomery County Approves New Pediatric Mobile Medical Clinic
April 5, 2022 - DCist

“During the pandemic, we’ve learned that we can’t just sit back and wait for folks to come to us for services, we have to go to them,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson in a statement. “We have to do it on their turf, in their terms, in their language, in a way that is culturally competent. By partnering with local nonprofits and leveraging private dollars, this exciting effort will help us do that.”

Residents Voice Support for Pediatric Mobile Medical Clinic
March 29, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
“We, in the pandemic, have learned a lot,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson. “But, one of the things we’ve learned is that we can’t sit back and wait for folks to come to us for services, we have to go to them. We have to do it on their turf, in their terms, in their language, in a way that is culturally competent. This is going to help us do that.”

Council supports plan outlining transit options for I-270 corridor
March 22, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

Council Member Andrew Friedson shared Riemer’s view that county planners and officials need to be ambitious about future transit. Friedson said Corridor Forward does a good job of establishing both practical goals and aspirations — what he compared to a magic wand.   “This document now … really does have the current moment and the magic wand option for the future,” Friedson said.


Approved Opportunity Zone Incentive Program will Attract and Retain Biohealth Companies in Montgomery County 
March 16, 2022 - Newswires

“The Biohealth Opportunity Zone Incentive Program will add a tool to our Economic Development Fund toolbox,” said Councilmember Friedson. “As a companion to ZTA 21-09, it will encourage investments in biohealth in traditionally under-invested communities. As we seek to expand economic opportunities throughout the county, we need to ensure that no communities are left behind.” 

Loudoun County hopes to reopen White's Ferry by purchasing landing
March 15, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

“Ultimately, Montgomery County is not in a position to directly purchase property outside its jurisdiction. But we can work with Loudoun County, as we have to be a constructive partner and to do what is needed in order to facilitate a solution to this challenge,” he said. 

Montgomery County Affirms Support for Public Health Officials Amid Public Vitriol and Safety Concerns
March 15, 2022 - Newswires

This resolution is co-sponsored by Council President Gabe Albornoz and Councilmembers Will Jawando, Tom Hucker, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro and Andrew Friedson. 

Teachers union backs almost all incumbents in state, County Council races
March 11, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine
The union also has picked one candidate to back in each of the seven County Council district races: District 1: Andrew Friedson, an incumbent. 


Council Passes Bill to Require Establishments to Offer Healthy Children's Meal Option
March 5, 2022 - Source of the Spring 

The bill was passed by a vote of 8-1 with Councilmember Andrew Friedson (D-Distict 1) the sole dissenting vote.

County hiring outside consultant for Thrive Montgomery 2050
March 3, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

Council Member Andrew Friedson said the dates might change, but the consultant and public need to know roughly how many more work sessions exist for Thrive Montgomery 2050, before the council votes on the plan.


MOCO approves healthy kids meal options bill
March 3, 2022 - WDVM25 & DCW50
Councilmember Andrew Friedson had concerns about how this would impact small businesses, so pushed for an amendment that this would only apply to businesses with 20 or more chains but that was voted down. “For most of the mom and pops in the county, they don’t offer children’s value meals, combo meals… it really isn’t the primary focus of this bill,” said Friedson.


Healthy Children's Meal Option Moves Closer to Restaurant Menus
March 2, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

The bill was adopted by an eight to one vote with Councilmember Andrew Friedson voting against it, fearing it would be too onerous to businesses still recovering from the pandemic.

Montgomery County Passes Bill Requiring Restaurants To Provide Healthy Kids' Meal Option
March 2, 2022 - DCist

The only “no” vote, from Councilmember Andrew Friedson, argued that the bill should exempt smaller restaurants from compliance, as they may not have the funds, resources, or staff to offer meals in line with the bill’s requirement.

Montgomery County restaurants will be required to offer a healthy children's meal option
March 2, 2022 - FOX 5 DC
Bill 1-22, titled "Eating and Drinking Establishments – Healthy Meals for Children," passed 8-1 Tuesday with only Councilmember Andrew Friedson dissenting... C ouncilmember Friedson introduced an amendment that would have only included businesses that have 20 or more chains, leaving the smaller "mom and pop" restaurants out of it. That amendment was voted down.

Montgomery Co. Council members have questions on likely change to school mask policy
March 1, 2022 - WTOP

Council member Andrew Friedson agreed, saying the online attacks on O’Looney went from unacceptable to “completely unfathomable.”

County Council approves bill requiring healthy meal options for children
March 1, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

In the 8-1 vote in favor of the bill, County Council Member Andrew Friedson was the only one opposed. He unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill to exempt smaller restaurants. Friedson’s amendment called for exempting any restaurant with fewer than 20 locations in the United States as a measure of relief. The amendment failed 7-2, with only Friedson and Council Member Sidney Katz voting yes

Montgomery County Council and Committee Meetings on Feb. 28, 2022
February 25, 2022 - EIN News
T
he members of the PHED Committee include Chair Hans Riember and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson (Lead for Parks) and Will Jawando. 

County Council Approves Streamlined Process for New, Expanding County Biohealth  Facilities
February 17, 2022 - Source of the Spring 
Lead sponsor Councilmember Andrew Friedson (D-District 3), speaking at a press conference hosted by  UT  yesterday, called the ZTA “an absolute game changer for our biohealth industry in Montgomery County, one of our most important and most strategic industries that is changing lives and creating opportunities."


Friedson on Council Approving New Zoning Measures: 'It's a Sunny day for Biohealth Companies'
February 16, 2022 - Internet Archive
Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 21-09, Office and Professional - Biohealth Priority Campus, was led by Councilmember Andrew Friedson and cosponsored by all councilmembers... Friedson and Montgomery County biohealth and economic development leaders held a press conference today at the outdoor plaza of United Therapeutic Corporation in Silver Spring.  


Montgomery Co. makes it easier for biotech industry to expand
February 16, 2022 - WDVM

“It will roll out the red carpet in the bioindustry by significantly reducing the regulatory review process by 75 percent,” said Andrew Friedson, Montgomery County councilmember.

Friedson on Newly Approved Zoning Measures: 'It's a Sunny Day for Biohealth Companies'
February 16, 2022 - My MCM

“ZTA 21-09 will provide our county an important economic development tool to help attract and retain biohealth companies. Montgomery County is a premier location for biohealth given our access to the nation’s capital, proximity to prominent federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and our highly educated talent pool. However, we cannot rest on our laurels when it comes to growing our economy,” Friedson said... “I commend our Planning Department and executive agencies for their willingness to embrace a new review process to advance our economic development goals,” Friedson said. “By green-taping the regulatory review process, biohealth businesses can focus on their research, product development, and trials rather than unnecessary regulatory requirements.”


Zoning change could speed up county's review process for biohealth facilities
February 16, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine

The zoning change shortens the time for review by the county’s Planning Department, public input from 420 days — the current “speed to market” process — to 160 days, Council Member Andrew Friedson said Wednesday... “If we’re not having that conversation every time we’re making an investment, whether it’s an incentive or whether it’s a program, then we are failing taxpayers,” Friedson said. 

All-Gender Restroom Bill Introduced by County Councilmembers 
February 15, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

Councilmember Sidney Katz and Council Vice President Evan Glass announced the introduction of an all-gender restroom bill, co-sponsored by councilmembers Will Jawando and Andrew Friedson.

Councilmember Friedson Hosts Press Conference on Expediting Innovation and Expanding Economic Development through Zoning Changes for BioHealth Priority Campuses
February 15, 2022 - Newswires EIN

Councilmember Andrew Friedson and Montgomery County biohealth and economic development leaders will hold a press conference to reinforce Montgomery County’s commitment to innovation and the biohealth sector at United Therapeutics Corp. in Silver Spring.  On Tuesday, the Council is expected to vote on a zoning measure, led by Friedson, which would dramatically accelerate and streamline the regulatory process to develop biohealth facilities in Montgomery County.


With Montgomery County indoor mask mandate ending soon, impact on schools unclear
Feburary 15, 2022 - Bethesda Beat

County Council Member Andrew Friedson asked on Tuesday if MCPS and county health officials were going to make different recommendations than what might come from the state.


Trail tunnel planned for downtown Bethesda faces another funding battle 
February 10, 2022 - Washington Post
Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson (D-District 1), who represents Bethesda, said the trail tunnel is critical to make cycling and walking safer and to encourage people to forgo driving.  “This was a major piece of transportation infrastructure that was taken away from the community and was promised to be returned to them better,” Friedson said. “This idea of taking something out of service and then not returning it is totally inconceivable to me.”


New Bill Uses Energy Tax Revenue To Fund Green Building Projects In Montgomery County
February 3, 2022 - DCist
According to a statement from Councilmember Andrew Friedson, one of the bill’s cosponsors, the county’s green bank, the first local green bank in the U.S., should be able to put between $80 million to $100 million toward green buildings with the boost from the tax revenue. “Not only are we raising the bar for climate action, but we are providing the ladder so our residents and businesses can actually reach it,” Friedson wrote in a statement.

Councilmembers, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Climate Advocates Celebrated Passage of Major  Climate Energy Bill at Virtual Press Conference
Februrary 3, 2022 - Newswires EIN
“This legislation is an absolute game changer for the way Montgomery County combats the climate crisis,” said Councilmember Andrew Friedson, who serves as the Lead for Parks on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. “It is the most significant climate investment in County history, representing tens of millions of dedicated dollars which will be leveraged to generate hundreds of millions more. The public sector can’t solve these vexing challenges alone, but by bringing together advocates and experts, businesses and nonprofits, labor and government, we can make a meaningful impact in actually reaching our ambitious climate goals.”

Councilmember Friedson Calls Bill Reducing Carbon Emissions a 'Game Changer'
February 2, 2022 - My MCM Media

“There is absolutely no doubt this is going to be a game changer,” Councilmember Andrew Friedson said. “It shows what we can do when we work together.” The Green Bank is “turning tens of millions into hundreds of millions” of dollars to fight climate change, he said. “We are either serious about about our climate goals or we are not,” Friedson said, adding, “I look forward to a lot of ribbon cuttings.”

Council designates millions in energy tax money for environmental goals
February 1, 2022 - Bethesda Beat
Council Members Tom Hucker and Andrew Friedson led the move as co-sponsors on the bill, and said before Tuesday’s vote that efforts on it started about three years ago... Friedson called the bill “critical” as the county addresses those goals in the coming years. 

Montgomery County extends indoor mask mandate to Feb. 21
January 25, 2022 - Bethesda Beat

County Council Member Andrew Friedson on Tuesday proposed the Feb. 21 end date as an amendment to that original measure Tuesday. He also recommended changing the automatic trigger for termination based on health metrics to a weekly conversation with public health officials. The council approved Friedson’s recommendation. That move indicates that the mask mandate could end sooner than Feb. 21, if the metrics continue to trend downward, showing a reduced spread of the virus. “We need to have the conversation of moving from pandemic to endemic, what level of risk and tolerance we’re willing to accept, how we’re going to make sure that residents have the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe, [and] what businesses can do to keep their employees or customers safe,” Friedson said.

Montgomery Co. Council extends mask mandate, shelves COVID-19 vaccine requirement for customers
January 25, 2022 - WTOP
A draft version of the extension of the mask mandate would have kept it in place through Feb. 28, but an amendment from Council member Andrew Friedson, also unanimously adopted by the council, shortened the end date by a week.

Sen. Van Hollen, Councilmembers Discuss Legislative Priorities
January 19, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

Councilmember Andrew Friedson questioned Van Hollen on what could be done to end hatred, pointing specifically to the recent hostage incident at a Texas synagogue.

Montgomery County Council Sends Letter to Governor Hogan Requesting Authority for MCPS to Implement an Opt-Out COVID-19 Rapid Testing System
January 19, 2022 - EIN News
Cosigners include: Council President Gabe Albornoz, Council Vice President Evan Glass, Councilmember Hans Riemer, Councilmember Andrew Friedson, Councilmember Sidney Katz, Councilmember Craig Rice, Councilmember Nancy Navarro and Councilmember Tom Hucker.

Business Owners And Residents Voice Opposition To Vaccine Mandate In Montgomery County
January 18, 2022 - DCist

But Councilmember Andrew Friedson asked Stoddard why Elrich wasn’t working with county schools to mandate vaccines, or demanding a school vaccine requirement at the state level, if the goal is to get more five to 11-year-olds vaccinated.

Council digs into logistics of Montgomery County vaccine passport proposal
January 18, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine
Council Member Andrew Friedson said Tuesday that he supports the vaccine passport idea, but he previously was interested in creating an “opt-in” passport option.

Council could return to in-person meetings by early February 
January 10, 2022 - Bethesda Magazine 

County Council Vice President Evan Glass and Council Members Andrew Friedson and Will Jawando hinted on Monday that they are willing to return to in-person meetings as soon as possible, perhaps by late January or early February

Company Working on Medicines for Rare Diseases Expanding to New Rockville Site
January 6, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
Upon hearing the news, Councilmember Andrew Friedman tweeted, “This exciting addition builds on our reputation as one of the fastest growing life sciences communities in the nation, coupled with an unparalleled local talent pool.”

Indoor Mask Mandate Extended to End of January
January 4, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media

The new mask mandate will automatically terminate Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m., per an amendment proposed by Councilmember Andrew Friedson, which was also unanimously approved.

Amid omicron surge, Montgomery Co. extends mask mandate — with new end date
January 4, 2022 - WTOP News 

“I think it is important that emergency powers have a termination and we meet on a regular basis to analyze the data and to make determinations on when how they should proceed … I think this allows us to be transparent and accountable,” Friedson said.

Mask mandate order changes in Montgomery County
January 4, 2022 - WDVM25 & DCW50

Councilmember Andrew Friedson said, “We’re doing this because we are in a very serious and sobering moment. Based on what we heard earlier, but I think it is important that emergency powers have a termination and that we meet on a regular basis to analyze the data to make determinations on when and how they should proceed.”


Important Storm Emergency Contact Info to Know
January 3, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media 

Councilmember Andrew Friedson shared a list of important links and contact info on Twitter that may be helpful to residents today and in the future.

Councilmember Andrew Friedson questioned Van Hollen on what could be done to end hatred, pointing specifically to the recent hostage incident at a Texas synagogue. “Immediately speak out, call it out whereever we see it. We just need to be on full alert and vigilent,” Van Hollen said. “We’ve got to address hate in all its forms.”

Business Owners And Residents Voice Opposition To Vaccine Mandate In Montgomery
January 18, 2022 - DCist

Councilmember Andrew Friedson asked Stoddard why Elrich wasn’t working with county schools to mandate vaccines, or demanding a school vaccine requirement at the state level, if the goal is to get more five to 11-year-olds vaccinated.

Council digs into logistics of Montgomery County vaccine passport proposal
January 11, 2022 - Bethesda Beat

Council Member Andrew Friedson said Tuesday that he supports the vaccine passport idea, but he previously was interested in creating an “opt-in” passport option. For that, the county would provide technological assistance to businesses that want to opt-in to a vaccine mandate for their establishments.

Council could return to in-person meetings by early February
January 10, 2022 - Bethesda Beat
County Council Vice President Evan Glass and Council Members Andrew Friedson and Will Jawando hinted on Monday that they are willing to return to in-person meetings as soon as possible, perhaps by late January or early February.

Company Working on Medicines for Rare Diseases Expanding to New Rockville Site
January 6, 2022 - Montgomery Community Media
“This exciting addition builds on our reputation as one of the fastest growing life sciences communities in the nation, coupled with an unparalleled local talent pool.” He also tweeted, “We welcome Horizon’s commitment to science and compassion as it works to transform the lives of individuals suffering from rare autoimmune, severe inflammatory, and rheumatic diseases.”

Amid omicron surge, Montgomery Co. extends mask mandate — with new end date
January 4, 2022 - WTOP

“I think it is important that emergency powers have a termination and we meet on a regular basis to analyze the data and to make determinations on when how they should proceed … I think this allows us to be transparent and accountable,” Friedson said.

Mask mandate order changes in Montgomery County
January 4, 2022 - WDVM

Councilmember Andrew Friedson said, “We’re doing this because we are in a very serious and sobering moment. Based on what we heard earlier, but I think it is important that emergency powers have a termination and that we meet on a regular basis to analyze the data to make determinations on when and how they should proceed.”