Articles by Sonya Burke

January 24, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Council President Berliner on Marriott and Future Parking Issue (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said he is pleased with Marriott’s decision to locate its new corporate headquarters and flagship hotel on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda near Veterans Park. “You’ve got 3,000 more customers coming in everyday for all those restaurants,” said Berliner. “This is going to be huge, huge deal for that part […]

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January 24, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Governor Hogan Appoints Jheanelle Wilkins to Maryland House of Delegates

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Jheanelle Wilkins to the Maryland General Assembly. The governor appointed Wilkins to the House of Delegates following the recommendation of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. “I am confident that Ms. Wilkins will be a strong advocate for her constituents in Montgomery County in her new role as state […]

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January 23, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Leggett Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage Legislation (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says he will veto legislation that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. “The only way to express my position regarding this bill at this time is to reluctantly veto and return it to you with what I believe is a more reasonable path to moving the […]

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January 23, 2017 | Sonya Burke

County Council to Interview Leggett’s Pick to Lead DLC on Tuesday (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council members are scheduled to interview Robert Dorfman on Tuesday. Dorfman is County Executive Ike Leggett’s pick to lead the Department of Liquor Control. You may remember that former DLC Director George Griffin left the post last year, and Fariba Kassiri, assistant chief administrative officer, was named acting director of the department. The […]

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January 23, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Talks Minimum Wage, Bethesda Plans, E-Permit Parking Problems, Marriott, DLC, Metro and More at Weekly Briefing (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner told reporters today that he believes Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is going to veto the Council’s legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. You may remember the Council voted 5-4 last week to pass the legislation. Berliner was one of the four Councilmembers (Nancy […]

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January 23, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Expects Leggett to Veto Minimum Wage Legislation, Faith Leaders Ask Leggett to Sign It (VIDEO)

At his weekly briefing on Monday, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said he expects County Executive Isiah Leggett to veto legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Berliner’s remarks followed a minimum wage prayer breakfast by rabbis and other members of the clergy at the Council Office Building. Those supporters […]

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January 23, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Wind Advisory Extended, Trees and Powerlines Reported Down in Montgomery County

It’s a wet and windy day in Montgomery County. Over 2,400 Pepco customers are without power at 12:30 p.m. in Montgomery County, according to online outage maps. Pepco spokesperson Marcus Beal said a downed tree brought down some power lines in the Bethesda area earlier today and left about 1,200 customers in the dark. Beal […]

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January 23, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Wind Advisory, MC Students Head Back to School Top Five Things to Know Today, Jan. 23, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Jan. 23, in Montgomery County: 1. Don’t leave the house without your umbrella. The National Weather Service reports that rain is in the forecast, and a wind advisory is in effect from 5 a.m – 4 p.m. so you may want to secure any outside objects before you […]

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January 21, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Thousands Travel to D.C. for Women’s March (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Local Metro stations and trains were packed with people, many who were carrying signs with messages. Metro officials report that as of 11 a.m. on Saturday, ridership was 275,000. According to Metro’s Twitter account, that’s eight times a normal Saturday and […]

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January 20, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Asks Leggett for Recommendation on Telecommunications Facilities

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner has written a letter to County Executive Ike Leggett about telecommunications facilities. The letter follows a public notice by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for comments about small cell antennas. Comments are due by  Feb. 6. “We believe the county would be best served by a joint letter to […]

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