Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Despite more than $2.6 billion in cuts, Isiah Leggett sees the budget as the county's toughest challenge for years to come.
Nearing the midway point of his second (and purportedly final) term in office, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recently talked with Patch about a range of topics, from the landmark ballot initiatives in the Nov. 6 election, to the county's looming population growth, to his own political future. In this third excerpt from that interview, Leggett (D) discusses the state of the county budget and the challenges that remain despite cuts that scaled back spending by more than $2 billion. Click here for Part 1 of the interview, in which Leggett discussed the ballot referendum on the Maryland "Dream Act," which would allow in-state tuition for certain illegal immigrants. Click here to watch Part 2, on his support for Maryland's historic …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Holiday shopping traffic and less daylight mean more danger on the roads. Here's what to remember when driving, walking or biking.
With the approaching holiday season meaning more traffic on Montgomery County streets and in shopping center parking lots and the end of daylight savings time making it harder for drivers to see pedestrians, county officials on Tuesday launched the “Eyes” campaign to promote pedestrian safety. The county’s Department of Transportation offers these tips: Drivers: Pedestrians: Bicyclists: For more information see this news release on the “Eyes” and “Shop With a Cop” campaigns or click here to visit the county’s pedestrian safety website.
New campaign uses Ride On buses to promote pedestrian safety.
William Linkens sees it all the time. A pedestrian focused on a smart phone as they approach a busy street. “I see so many people come into the crosswalk—or maybe not even the crosswalk, just to cross the street—and their head never looks up,” said Linkens, a 12-year veteran driver of Montgomery County’s Ride On buses. Ride On is at the heart of a safety campaign that Montgomery County officials hope will prevent pedestrian fatalities on county roads. Two Ride On buses parked on East Montgomery Avenue in Rockville Town Center on Tuesday morning bore the campaign slogan, “Hey you, I’m looking at you!” above a pair of eyes. The eyes–two sets on two different versions of the bus-sized ads—belong to one current and one former student at …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says the county cannot afford to build a 10-route bus rapid transit system.
The bus rapid transit system proposed by Montgomery County planners for major county routes received a blow on Monday: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said the system would be too expensive to build, The (Washington) Examiner reported. "Instead, Leggett suggested a significantly smaller system with fewer bells and whistles than the proposed high-end bus rapid transit, or BRT, system," The Examiner added. The planners' proposal was for a 10-route system, which would have cost less than the 23-route bus rapid transit system proposed by the all-volunteer Transit Task Force last spring. The task force put its system's price tag at $1.8 billion, while Montgomery County Master Planner Larry Cole figured the 23-route system would have …
Friday, November 9, 2012
FOP Lodge 35 sues County Executive Isiah Leggett over the county government's efforts to convince voters to reign in the police union's bargaining powers.
Despite Montgomery County's passage of a measure to reign in the police union’s powers, the controversy has found a new battleground—the courts. A 2011 law, which Tuesday’s referendum upheld, strips the county police union of its 30-year-old power to negotiate any action by police leadership that has an “effect on employees.” That has been applied to include officer reassignments, disability guidelines, distributing equipment and how to implement a computerized system for writing reports. FOP Lodge 35 successfully petitioned to put the law to referendum, where it appeared on Election Day as Question B. After a contentious campaign that grew especially heated in the weeks before Nov. 6, voters affirmed Question B by a nearly 17 percent …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Leggett: 'I believe that it’s about time.'
Friday, November 2, 2012
Leggett: 'I believe that it’s about time.'
With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to discuss key issues. Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek higher office in 2014. In this second installment, Leggett discusses why he supports a vote "yes" on Question 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot in favor of same-sex marriage. Click here to view the interview's first installment, in which Leggett discussed the ballot referendum on the Dream Act, which would allow in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Leggett: To vote against the ballot question would be 'shortsighted.'
With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek public office in 2014. In the first installment, Leggett talks about why he “wholeheartedly” supports voting "yes" on Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot and allowing in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Declaration means the county could receive federal aid for storm costs.
County Executive Isiah Leggett declared a state of emergency for Montgomery County on Monday, making the county eligible for federal aid as it responds to Hurricane Sandy, a county spokeswoman said. The declaration allows the county to call upon staff to respond to the storm as needed, Mary Anderson said. “It’s mainly a human resources [measure] in terms of getting people to work,” Anderson said. “It changes pay structures and it’s also useful in seeking federal reimbursement later on." States of emergency were declared in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman also signed an emergency declaration for that county. The declaration makes the county eligible for federal reimbursement for overtime hours …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Accusations abound as elected officials and the county police union gear up their campaigns to win the Nov. 6 referendum on curtailing FOP Lodge 35's authority on "effects bargaining."
The heated debate between Montgomery County officials and the county’s police union—which has already cast aspersions in all directions—is primed to get even hotter ahead of the Election Day referendum on reigning in the union’s negotiating rights. Question B on the Nov. 6 ballot will decide whether to preserve “effects bargaining,” which gives FOP Lodge 35 domain over a broad range of department policies. According to the 1982 effects bargaining law, the FOP can negotiate any action by the police chief that has an “effect on employees.” That has been applied to include, for example, officer reassignments, disability guidelines, distributing equipment and how to implement a computerized system for writing reports. It does not affect …