PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Proactively Plan for Transportation Growth by Ward

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Watch Councilmember McDuffie as he introduces the legislation: For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Washington, DC – Earlier this month, Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced legislation that would require the District of Columbia government to issue a proactive report every two years analyzing each ward’s current transportation infrastructure and future needs. The Proper Planning for Future Growth Amendment Act of 2017 [B22-0181] This legislation will require the D.C. Department of Transportation and the D.C. Office of Planning to work together on a biennial report analyzing each ward's current transportation infrastructure and future needs. While individual projects perform traffic studies as part of their analysis of development impacts and Small Area Plans look at the traffic patterns within a prescribed area or neighborhood,…
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DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Roxana Hoveyda Roxana.hoveyda@heart.org 704-248-1712 DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill in Budget Support Act American Heart Association celebrates a law which will teach DC students CPR, adding thousands of lifesavers in DC each year. June 21, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Students in the District of Columbia will learn Hands Only CPR in high school health classes, beginning in October. The DC Council included the CPR training language in the 2017 Budget Support Act, which also requires an automated external defibrillator at all schools in the District. In May, the Council appropriated $325,000 to purchase AEDs. Every hour in the U.S. approximately 38 people will have a cardiac arrest event outside of the hospital – more than 326.000 each year. Nine out of ten people will…
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Councilmember McDuffie to Hold Public Roundtable on Civil Gideon and Expanding Access to Justice in the District of Columbia

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For Immediate Release: June 21, 2016 Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202-297-0152, dcalhoun@dccouncil.us On Wednesday, June 22, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, will convene a public roundtable titled “Considering Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice in the District of Columbia”. In 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that criminal defendants have a fundamental right to counsel at the government’s expense if they cannot afford one. The phrase “civil Gideon” refers to the national movement to expand this right to counsel to civil cases. The need for civil representation in the District of Columbia is dire, particularly for low- and moderate-income residents. Recent reports have indicated that 98 percent of litigants in domestic violence cases in the D.C. Superior Court…
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Walk with Teams McDuffie and Silverman in the Capital Pride Parade

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Dear Residents, Please join Teams McDuffie and Silverman tomorrow Saturday, June 11, for the Capital Pride Parade. Our teams are pumped up and you should be too! We would love to have you walk with us in the parade this year to show your Pride. There will be plenty of beads to toss, music, and a good time to be had by all. Although the parade starts at 4:30 pm – if you are interested in walking with us, please arrive to the staging area by 2:00 pm. The staging area is located at 23rd and N Street NW. The Capital Pride Parade attracts over 150,000 spectators from across the country annually and features exciting performances from amazing artists that bring so much energy to the stage. From the colorful beads which…
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McDuffie Releases Statement on Auditor’s Report on Impact of ‘Ban the Box’

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McDuffie Releases Statement on Auditor’s Report on Impact of ‘Ban the Box’ For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016 Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202-297-0152, dcalhoun@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) released a report examining the District’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014 (FCRSA), which took effect in December 2014. The law, more commonly known as “Ban the Box”, prevents certain employers located within the District from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment is made, and also limits the reasons for which those employers may retract an offer of employment made to a person with a criminal record. The law is designed to remove unjust barriers to employment and allow returning citizens a fair chance…
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Councilmember McDuffie Invites you to Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Ward 5 Temporary Homeless Shelter – Friday, May 27

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Dear Residents, We all know that the conditions at D.C. General are simply not acceptable for the families and children that are currently housed at the site. On Tuesday, May 17, the Council voted to approve and fund a new plan for closing DC General with two new proposed sites in Ward 5. Some of you have contacted my office to voice your concerns regarding the new plan. Our office is committed to working with you to answer your questions and to discuss how we can move forward together with compassion for our most vulnerable population. I will hold a town hall meeting on Friday, May 27, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. Community Life Center, Capital City Hall of Distinction (CCHOD) located at…
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Councilmember McDuffie Commemorates National Police Week with Council Resolution

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Dear Residents, Every year in May, law enforcement officers from around the world gather in Washington, D.C., to commemorate National Police Week, which is observed this year from May 15-21, 2016. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Today, in the United States, more than 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 146 officers each year have been killed in the line of duty. National Police Week pays special recognition to those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To commemorate National Police Week in the District of Columbia,…
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Council Supports Alternate Locations for Ward 5 Homeless Shelter

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Today, the Council is voting to approve and fund a new plan for closing DC general. In February the administration proposed a plan to close DC general. As initially proposed the plan called for locating the Ward 5 temporary shelter at 2266 25th Place, NE.  The 25th Place site presented serious challenges including its proximity to a trash transfer station, bus lots, a strip club, a night club, and freight rail tracks.  Additionally, its distance from public transportation and grocery stores presented more problems.  “From day one I indicated that I could not support the proposed Ward 5 site because it simply was an untenable location for a myriad of reasons – first and foremost was the health and safety of the children and families who will be living temporarily…
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McDuffie’s FY17 Budget Unanimously Approved by Committee on the Judiciary

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For Immediate Release: May 5, 2016 Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202-297-0152, dcalhoun@dccouncil.us (Washington, DC) – Today, the Committee on the Judiciary chaired by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5), unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) budget. The Committee’s budget was developed after months of public and stakeholder engagement and research. At its core, the budget reflects a community- and victim-centered public health approach to the provision of public safety and social services. It supports evidence-based programs for District residents, and, importantly, it maintains or enhances current funding for our core public safety agencies and programs. The Committee’s recommended budget includes the following: Improves Public Safety and Justice Adds 60 new sworn officers and 16 new civilianized positions to the Metropolitan Police Department, utilizing savings from vacant civilian positions to: For the…
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McDuffie’s Statement on CSX Incident

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Dear Residents, Earlier this morning a CSX freight train travelling from Cumberland, MD to Hamlet, NC derailed near Rhode Island Avenue NE and 9th Street.  The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department was dispatched to the scene because one of the derailed cars was leaking sodium hydroxide, a hazardous material.  At approximately 9:00am, I arrived on the scene and engaged with Chief Dean of DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and emergency first responders who responded.  As of 11:00am the leaking car has been contained and sealed. Please note that Rhode Island Avenue is closed from 4th to 12th streets and the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro Station on the red line is also closed. Metro will establish bus shuttle service between the NoMa and Brookland Metro stations. I…
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