Category: Updates

County Council Supports Open Streets

“The pandemic has pushed more people to recreate and socialize outdoors,” Council President Tom Hucker said. “And we have responded to residents’ demands for safer streets in their neighborhoods with the popular Shared Streets and Open Streets programs. My hope is that these great public spaces become permanent fixtures in our communities beyond the pandemic.”

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May 26: Free East County Vaccination Clinic

Hey East County: Free vax clinic today at Paint Branch High School till 7 pm! No waiting now. Get your shot to stay healthy and keep your family safe! Go Paint Branch Panthers Panthers! Thanks to the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services, the African American Health Program, and to East County Regional Services Center Director Jewru Bandeh.

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Council Reappoints Tina Patterson to the Planning Board

“Ms. Patterson is committed to affordable, attainable housing and access to reliable transportation for all residents,” said Council President Tom Hucker. “Her values are matched by her professional background and expertise. For all those reasons, we look forward to having Ms. Patterson’s leadership on the Planning Board for another four years.”

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Council introduces bills on police transparency, training

Hucker’s body-camera bill comes after Montgomery officers were seen on video loudly berating and handcuffing a 5-year-old boy who had wandered away from school. The incident, which happened in January 2020, became public a year later only when lawyers for the boy and his mother announced that they were suing the county. The footage was released in March.

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MDOT Removes Large Stretch of Capital Beltway From Toll-Lane Plan

Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker (D) said the decision to drop most of the Beltway from the plan reflected the “growing public awareness of how they’ve fast-tracked this wildly unpopular project.” Hucker said the state’s decision to drop a large piece of the original plan appeared to be an acknowledgement that President Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have a vastly different philosophy than the prior administration.

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Officers honored for responding to Capitol riots

Each officer that was deployed to D.C. to help law enforcement during the violent attack on Jan. 6, individually received a certificate of thanks for their service on behalf of the county council, said Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Council President.

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