Thanks to the support of constituents and friends across the region, I have been able to serve in the Maryland General Assembly. Over the last 13 years, I have always voted my conscience placing my constituents’ best interests above anything else. As I promised 13 years ago, my votes have reflected fiscal conservatism combined with a great concern for protecting open space and saving the Chesapeake Bay. I continue to remain an independent thinker, placing policy before party.
I believe in both sharing my views on specific issues as well as my long term vision for the state with voters. At the same time, I want to foster a dialogue and hear from others on these very same issues. Hearing from you about your priorities for your family, community, and our state is always appreciated. I am just an email or phone call away and I encourage you to share your thoughts, opinions, and concerns regarding issues important to you. Additionally, if I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yesterday, October 3, 2016, I was proud to stand with members of my community to protest the development of a controversial Royal Farms at the corner of York and Bosley. There’s a lot of history to this controversial project, and it all came to a head last night.
If you would like to read more about yesterday’s rally and Baltimore County Council hearing, please visit: http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-county/residents-protest-royal-farms-development-in-towson
If you would like to read my thoughts about the process and specifically how the community’s criticism is being addressed, please visit http://towsonflyer.com/2016/09/29/royal-farms-gas-station-ruin-towsons-gateway-critics-say
After months of back and forth, the county has agreed to purchase 2.36 acres of land at 50 Aigburth Avenue for $1.1 million. The agreement was signed September 15th.
According to the county, one of the holdups was whether state money that Delegate Lafferty and I helped secure could be used for demolition costs. Once I heard about this concern, I immediately secured the answer (yes it can be) from the Maryland Department of General Services, who distributes the state funding, and the sale was able to move forward.
This park is a really big deal. It will provide the people in East Towson with a really cool park within walking distance.