Baltimore County News
Pledges to advocate for county governments in Annapolis
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was elected President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) at its winter conference in Cambridge this morning.
MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.
“I am both proud and humbled to become President of MACo, where we will articulate the budgetary, education, land use and transportation needs of each county,” said Kamenetz. “MACo also provides a productive forum to exchange best-practice ideas."
Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith.
In his formal address, Kamenetz identified areas of common purpose that leaders in local government would promote, including issues of education, infrastructure, public health, environment, workforce development and fiscal responsibility.
With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council.
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Kamenetz says Harris inflamed and scared people needlessly
(Towson) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz sent a letter to Congressman Andy Harris this afternoon responding to the Congressman’s threat to cut federal funding to Baltimore County.
The text of the letter is below:
Dear Representative Harris,
I am in receipt of your November 29, 2016 correspondence castigating my support of the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as promulgated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. I find it disturbing that a Member of Congress would publicly suggest to a local government leader that adherence to a federal program endorsed by the President of the United States somehow "represents a potential dereliction of duty" on my part.
DACA protects the status of college students who entered this country as children, allowing them to further their education. Our efforts in Baltimore County uphold current federal policy, not defy it. My support of prominent presidents of Maryland’s colleges and the DACA students and their families is also the right thing to do, consistent with the precepts of a nation of immigrants that prioritize values of education and hard work.
In addition, my support is fully consistent with Maryland law that provides in-state tuition to undocumented students, often referred to as “Dreamers.” As you well know, Maryland voters overwhelmingly ratified the Dream Act in 2012.
These young people came to the United States as children. They are American in every way. These young people are not criminals. They are hard-working college students pursuing the American Dream. The diversity in our county, in our state, and in our nation is our strength and not our weakness.
Finally, your suggestion that you would seek to cut off federal funding to Baltimore County for enforcing federal policy and state law is astounding. To threaten funding for education, senior citizens, social services, homeless programs, and housing initiatives is unconscionable.
Your letter has further inflamed, and frankly, scared people needlessly.
Very truly yours,
Baltimore County Executive
C: Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen
Dr. Robert Caret
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis
Dr. Kevin Manning
Dr. Kim Schatzel
Program Airing on BCTV Cable 25 and Available Online
The fall edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television program, is now airing on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:
- Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz about regional arts and our quality of life.
- Explore a dynamic exhibit about unaccompanied youth from Latin America who are now living with their families in Maryland.
- Meet a chalk artist, the orchestra of the Greenspring Valley Orchestra, a Gershwin singer, and a volunteer who has turned her artistic passion into support for children’s theatre.
- Discover artistic gift ideas for the holidays.
smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. to noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25.
smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.
Revised September 26, 2016