Press Releases

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Celebrates Two Years of Removing Blight from Baltimore’s Neighborhoods

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano, residents, and community partners to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Vacants to Value initiative and to announce Baltimore’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative by committing to eliminate 3,000 vacant properties over three years.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Names New Recreation and Parks Director

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced another key leadership appointment to her cabinet, naming Ernest W. Burkeen, Jr. as director of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, effective December 17.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Names Brenda McKenzie as President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Ms. Brenda McKenzie as President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), effective December 17, 2012. McKenzie comes to Baltimore from the Boston Redevelopment Authority with nineteen years of community and economic development experience.

More than Half of City Speed Camera Tickets Issued to Non-City Motorists in Fiscal 2012

Today, the City of Baltimore released new data showing that the majority of speed camera citations issued in Baltimore City are issued to non-city motorists, generating roughly $14.8 in citations during fiscal year 2012 from motorists with vehicles not registered within the City of Baltimore. The data implies that the majority of motorists violating speed limits in Baltimore do not live in the city

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Joins Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to Deliver New Cruisers to Baltimore Police Officers

 This morning, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts delivered the first of 80 newly purchased 2013 police cruisers to officers of the Northeast District. The vehicles, which were purchased out of the Department’s existing vehicle fleet budget, will significantly enhance the BPD’s ability to patrol neighborhoods by utilizing state of the art technology.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Vacants to Value Continue to Knock Out Blight in West Baltimore

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano joined Councilman William "Pete" Welch, community leaders and Shipley-Hill residents to celebrate a Vacants to Value demolition of the 2400 block of Lombard Street.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Provides Update on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake provided residents with an update on the city’s efforts to recover from Hurricane Sandy. All travel restrictions are lifted at noon today. City streets are open to all motorists.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Mandatory Travel Restrictions on City Roads

Due to high winds and dangerous weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced mandatory travel restrictions for city roadways. Restrictions began at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Motorists must stay off the roadways. Restrictions do not apply to uniformed personnel, hospital employees, other medical providers, and Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) partners.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Provides Update on City’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

 Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake provided residents with an update on the city’s efforts to respond to Hurricane Sandy. City officials are in the Emergency Operations Center monitoring the storm and conditions on the ground in Baltimore. City offices are closed tomorrow, and trash pickup is postponed.

Baltimore City Announces Liberal Leave for Monday, Parking Restrictions and Free Parking in Low-Lying Areas

Today, the City of Baltimore announced that liberal leave will be in effect for non-essential employees tomorrow, Monday, October 29, 2012. Essential employees and employees designated as emergency essential for the current incident must report to work or remain at work as scheduled. Baltimore City Public Schools are closed tomorrow.

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