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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 My First Week
Dear Ward 5 Residents, It has been a busy two weeks since my swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th. This newsletter will give residents of Ward 5 an opportunity to be updated and kept apprised of the issues impacting Ward 5. I look forward to receiving your feedback and working together in service of our ward.
Kenyan R. McDuffie Councilmember, Ward 5 The Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW Room 410 Washington, DC 20004 (202) 724-8028 Office (202) 724-8076 Fax

Sincerely, Kenyan

Councilmember McDuffie’s Statement on Chairman Brown’s Resignation
While the charging and resignation of Chairman Brown represent a solemn moment for the District of Columbia, we on the Council must move forward and make certain that the residents of the District have the benefit of our full attention to the business of government. Although my first week on the Council has been an eventful one, I would like to ensure that the residents of Ward 5 and the District of Columbia know that I remain singularly focused on the pressing issues that affect their lives.

Legislative News
On Tuesday, June 5th, Councilmember McDuffie participated in his first legislative meetings as Ward 5’s Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia. 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 the completion 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 of Human Services - Funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance Program Councilmember McDuffie also voted to reimburse city employees for all four 2011 furlough days, voted in favor of the preliminary bill to modernize the District’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 Councilmember Vincent Orange Sr., the Israel Senior Residences Tax Exemptions Act of 2012. This legislation will provide the Israel Senior Residences with an exemption from real property taxes and certain permit fees. Once built, the Israel Senior Residences 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 Committee on Jobs and Workforce Development. The Committee will oversee the Department of Employment Services, the University of the District of Columbia, the Community College of the District of Columbia, and the Apprenticeship Council. Councilmembers Marion Barry, Michael Brown, Phil Mendelson, and Vincent Orange Sr. will also serve as members of the Committee on Jobs and Workforce Development. In addition to chairing the new Committee on Jobs and Workforce Development, Councilmember McDuffie will serve 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 with residents from across the ward. In just the past week, they have attended numerous civic association and community meetings in Woodridge, Bates, Lamond-Riggs, North Michigan Park and Brentwood. These meetings have given the office an opportunity to update residents on the Councilmember’s staff as well as his legislative agenda. The meetings have also been helpful for the Councilmember to hear the concerns of his constituents and prioritize the needs of the community. On Friday, June 1st, Reverend Morris Shearin, Senior Pastor of Israel Baptist Church, hosted a Ward 5 Unity Breakfast. The breakfast attracted close to 100 attendees, including Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Councilmembers Michael Brown, Vincent Orange Sr. and Yvette Alexander, civic association presidents, ANC commissioners and other community leaders. Councilmember McDuffie spoke on the importance of bringing everyone together in order to move Ward 5 forward. The Mayor gave remarks to the attendees as well.


Councilmember McDuffie Joins the Mayor and Councilmember Wells to Announce Beginning of Playground Renovations

Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Sets Aside $9.3 Million for Renovations (WASHINGTON, DC) –Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and Ward 6 Councilmember and Chairman of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Libraries Tommy Wells, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesus Aguirre, and Department of General Services (DGS) Acting Director Brian Hanlon today announced the beginning of the Playground Improvement Project to renovate existing playgrounds in the District of Columbia. The project is funded by $9.3 million in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which was passed by the D.C. Council on June 5th. “Playgrounds are vital to keeping our kids entertained with constructive, physically-demanding activities,” states Councilmember McDuffie. “Many of our youth right now are being exposed to negative influences, often due to boredom or lacking the facilities and resources that attract kids to safe, fun-filled activities. Our children, who at an early age can appreciate playgrounds like the one we will renovate here in Brentwood, will now have a far brighter future ahead of them.”


(Councilmember McDuffie Joins the Mayor and Councilmember Wells to Announce Beginning of Playground Renovations Cont.) There are 78 playgrounds operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation. In recent months, several of them have been renovated, including playgrounds in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Shepherd Park and Chevy Chase. The $9.3 million in the FY 2013 Budget will allow DPR to renovate several more playgrounds. “This budget demonstrates a shared commitment by the Mayor and the Council to rebuilding our neighborhoods and puts a new emphasis on activating our public parks, playgrounds and public spaces,” Councilmember Wells said. DPR and DGS are conducting an analysis to determine which remaining playgrounds are most in need of renovation and how many can be renovated with the new funding. “DPR is pleased that the District is supporting the renovations of playgrounds across the city,” DPR Director Jesus Aguirre said. “Play is a fundamental need for children and youth, and their positive exercise experience will lead to avoidance of weight gain, higher self-esteem and reduction of risk factors for disease.”

Seabury Leadership in Aging Celebration 2012
Councilmember McDuffie and staff attended the Seabury Leadership in Aging Celebration. Seabury Resources for Aging, the event’s host, is a nonprofit that provides affordable services and housing options to help older adults throughout the greater Washington, DC area, including Ward 5, live with independence and dignity since 1924. The event recognized honorees with outstanding service to older adults in the greater Washington, DC area and nationally.


Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School 2012 Commencement
On Thursday, June 7th, Councilmember McDuffie made remarks at Ward 5’s Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School 2012 Commencement. The remarks were especially rewarding because the entire graduating class will be attending college in the upcoming fall. In addition to the Councilmember, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, attended and gave the commencement address.

Ethics Training

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie being sworn in by the Honorable Erik P. Christian

On Thursday, June 7th, Councilmember McDuffie and his staff participated in an ethics training session with DC Council’s General Counsel, V. David Zvenyach. The session included important information regarding office protocol, fraud and misuse of Council authority, as well as proper disclosure procedures. The Councilmember and his staff are committed to upholding the highest standard of integrity and ensuring the Code of Official Conduct is properly administered and followed.


Councilmember McDuffie, staff and residents of Ward 5 Participate in the Capital Pride Parade

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, his staff, and residents of Ward 5 marched in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9th. The parade, which features floats, music, and entertainment, recognizes and celebrates the achievements and contributions by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community in the District of Columbia. The parade and festivities attracted thousands of participants and spectators from across the country this year. Councilmember McDuffie was joined by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and his esteemed colleagues on the Council.

Help Decorate the Councilmember’s Office!
Calling all photographers! We want your best photo of Ward 5 Please submit your best Ward 5 photo to Jon at jmandel@dccouncil.us by the end of the day on Friday, June 22nd. The winning picture will be framed and displayed in our office along with the name of the photographer. The winner and the photo will also appear in next month’s newsletter.


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