Press Releases

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Names Former FBI Agent and Congressional Investigator as New Inspector General

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment of Mr. Robert H. Pearre, Jr., a former FBI agent and former congressional investigator, to lead Baltimore’s Office of the Inspector General, which has been significantly strengthened under Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s administration.“Increasing ethics and transparency has been a hallmark of this administration,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “I have every confidence that Mr. Pearre will use his talents to build upon the progress we have made building up the Inspector General’s Office and rooting out potential fraud, waste, and abuse.”Mr. Pearre, a forensic accountant, will begin June 17, 2013.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Introduce Civilian Pension Reform Legislation

 Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will introduce civilian pension reform legislation to the City Council as part of the City’s first Ten-Year Financial Plan to eliminate a $750 million cumulative budget shortfall, invest in infrastructure, and reduce homeowner property taxes by more than 20%. Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s financial plan seeks to rebalance City employee compensation, with better wages up-front and competitive benefits that the City can afford.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and School Construction Partners Discuss Landmark Baltimore City School Construction Effort

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake led a gathering of key city school construction stakeholders, including City Schools CEO Andrés A. Alonso, School Board Chair Neil E. Duke, Maryland Stadium Authority Executive Director Michael J. Frenz, and elected officials to discuss the details of the proposed Baltimore City Public School Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013 authorized by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2013 session pending Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Issues First-of-Its-Kind Ten-Year Financial Plan

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released the details of a bold set of major reforms contained in the City’s first long-term financial plan, Change to Grow: A Ten-Year Financial Plan for Baltimore.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Winner of the City Employee Energy Challenge Pilot Project

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Department of General Services (DGS) Director Steve Sharkey to announce the winner of the City Employee Energy Challenge. During the yearlong pilot project, three City agencies in four buildings competed to lower their energy use by modifying employee behavior.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Celebrates Partnership with Youth Sports Program to Increase Recreation Opportunities for Residents

 Today Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Councilman Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) and The Youth Sports Program (YSP) to celebrate the transition of the Furley Recreation Center to the Youth Sports Program.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Calls for Sweeping Financial Reforms in State of the City Address

Today during her State of the City Address, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed a bold set of major reforms as part of the City’s first Ten-Year Financial Plan to confront serious financial challenges facing the City over the next decade.

City of Baltimore Releases First Ten-Year Fiscal Forecast

 Today, the City of Baltimore released a detailed, first-of-its-kind Ten-Year Fiscal Forecast of the local government’s finances. The forecast is part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s comprehensive ten-year financial planning effort to proactively confront Baltimore’s long-term fiscal challenges.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces New $4.5 Million Wells Fargo Initiative

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano and partners Wells Fargo & Company, NeighborWorks America, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore announced a $4.5 million public-private partnership through the CityLIFTSM program.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Commissioner Batts Report 2012 Crime Reduction

 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced continued reductions in violent crime, gun crime, and overall crime in 2012. Throughout the year, 1,812 fewer people were victims of crime in Baltimore — including 416 fewer victims of violent crime. The city also experienced continued declines in several serious categories including juvenile homicides, domestic violence, property crime, and robbery. Overall violent crime declined 5% over last year—a more than 45% decrease since 2000 and a 7% decrease since 2009. Non-fatal shootings have declined 2% to the lowest point since the City began tracking them in 2000. “We will not be satisfied until Baltimore becomes one of the safest big cities in America,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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