Press Releases

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.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Activates Emergency Operations Center for Storm Response & Recovery Operations

Today at 7:00 a.m., Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake activated Baltimore’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate storm response and recovery operations between city agencies. At the Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s direction, police officers and emergency responders will be deployed throughout the city and are able to respond to any incident, and forestry and public works response crews are on stand-by. 911 and 311 are fully operational. Use 911 for emergencies only.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Mobilizes All City Agencies to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake convened all City agency heads to immediately begin preparedness operations for Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Rawlings-Blake and City agencies are coordinating efforts to ensure that all necessary emergency response vehicles are in-service and fully fueled, and that adequate police, fire, EMS, public works, and forestry staffing plans are in place, going into the expected storm period.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Winner of First Attendance Competition

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andrés Alonso announced the winners of the first Mayor’s Attendance Campaign competition. The pre-K and kindergarten students at Westside Elementary have won by increasing their average daily attendance for the first month of school from 89 percent last year to 95 percent this year.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Names Former Long Beach, Oakland Police Chief as Baltimore Police Commissioner

Today, following a rigorous national search process, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Dr. Anthony W. Batts, D.P.A. commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department effective September 27, 2012

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake celebrates the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Accomplishments of the Commission on Disabilities

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities met for the Annual Accomplishment meeting, while celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)