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Newsletter June 2012

Newsletter June 2012

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From the Councilmember’s Desk 
 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
Edition 1, Volume 1
June 2012
Kenyan R. McDuffieCouncilmember, Ward 5The Wilson Building1350 Pennsylvania AveNWRoom 410Washington, DC 20004(202) 724-8028 Office(202) 724-8076 Fax
My First Week 
Dear Ward 5 Residents,It has been a busy two weeks since my swearing-inceremony on Wednesday, May 30th. This newslettewill give residents of Ward 5 an opportunity to be up-dated and kept apprised of the issues impactingWard 5.I look forward to receiving your feedback and workingtogether in service of our ward.Sincerely,Kenyan
Councilmember McDuffie’s State-ment on Chairman Brown’s
While the charging and resignation of ChairmanBrown represent a solemn moment for the District ofColumbia, we on the Council must move forward andmake certain that the residents of the District have thebenefit of our full attention to the business ofgovernment.Although my first week on the Council has been aneventful one, I would like to ensure that the residentsof Ward 5 and the District of Columbia know that Iremain singularly focused on the pressing issues thataffect their lives.
Legislative News
On Tuesday, June 5th, Councilmember McDuffie participated in his first legisla-
tive meetings as Ward 5’s Councilmember on the Council of the District of Co-
lumbia. Among the accomplishments in the June 5th legislative meetings,Councilmember McDuffie voted along with all 12 of his colleagues to adopt a$9.4 billion FY2013 budget. Highlights from the FY2013 budget include:-
Funding for two Ward 5 middle schools
 - $48 million over four years for McMillan site redevelopment- $5 million for Union Market Area infrastructure improvements- $1 million in funding for the Rhode Island Avenue Small Area Plan- $200,000 for the development of an Eckington Small Area Plan- Additional funds to purchase new books for the Woodridge Library, upon thecompletion of its construction- Playground improvements at Turkey Thicket, Brentwood, and Harry Thomas Sr.Recreation Centers- $18 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund- Extension of benefits under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)program for recipients who have not been assessed by the Department ofHuman Services- Funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance ProgramCouncilmember McDuffie also voted to reimburse city employees for all four 2011 furlough days, voted in favor of the preliminary bill to modernize the Dis-
trict’s taxicab fleet, and voted in support of a preliminary bill to relax penalties
for lapsed auto registrations. To view the legislative meeting in its entirety,click here. The Councilmember also co-introduced, with At-Large colleague Councilmem-ber Vincent Orange Sr., the Israel Senior Residences Tax Exemptions Act of 2012.This legislation will provide the Israel Senior Residences with an exemption fromreal property taxes and certain permit fees. Once built, the Israel Senior Resi-
dences will deliver 47 units of affordable housing for Ward 5’s seniors within
walking distance of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.
Committee Assignments
Councilmember McDuffie was named the chairperson of the new Committeeon Jobs and Workforce Development. The Committee will oversee the De-partment of Employment Services, the University of the District of Columbia,the Community College of the District of Columbia, and the ApprenticeshipCouncil. Councilmembers Marion Barry, Michael Brown, Phil Mendelson, andVincent Orange Sr. will also serve as members of the Committee on Jobs andWorkforce Development.In addition to chairing the new Committee on Jobs andWorkforce Development, Councilmember McDuffie willserve on the following Committees:- Economic Development and Housing- Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Planning- Small and Local Business Development
Constituent Services
Councilmember McDuffie and members of his staff have been meeting withresidents from across the ward. In just the past week, they have attended nu-merous civic association and community meetings in Woodridge, Bates, La-mond-Riggs, North Michigan Park and Brentwood. These meetings have giv-
en the office an opportunity to update residents on the Councilmember’s
staff as well as his legislative agenda. The meetings have also been helpfulfor the Councilmember to hear the concerns of his constituents and prioritizethe needs of the community.On Friday, June 1st, Reverend Morris Shearin, Senior Pastor of Israel BaptistChurch, hosted a Ward 5 Unity Breakfast. The breakfast attracted close to 100attendees, including Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Councilmembers MichaelBrown, Vincent Orange Sr. and Yvette Alexander, civic association presidents,ANC commissioners and other community leaders. Councilmember McDuffiespoke on the importance of bringing everyone together in order to moveWard 5 forward. The Mayor gave remarks to the attendees as well.

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To the McDuffie Team, Keep up the good work. I love the newsletter.

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