April 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

Please join me on Sunday for my first annual District 3 Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) Day at the College Park Aviation Museum from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission and all activities are FREE. 

In addition to the usual Museum exhibits, I've arranged for extra hands-on activities, including: 
Please Save the Date and plan to attend my annual District 3 Town Hall and Resource Fair on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm at William Wirt Middle School, 6200 Tuckerman Street, Riverdale. County agencies, utilities and more will have tables set up from 6:30 - 7:00 pm to share information and answer your questions. The program will begin at 7:00 pm and I will share information about what is happening in the County, the proposed FY2018 County Budget , and the impact of the federal budget on our County.

Over the past two years as your elected representative, one of my priorities has been to increase investment and redevelopment across District 3, especially around our established Metro stations. I am thrilled that Kaiser Permanente has announced the opening of a 176,000-square foot office building with 850 new jobs in November 2018 on the South side of the New Carrollton Metro station. On the North side of the station, town houses and a mixed-use development are being built now and the higher education technology company, 2U, will add 1,000 jobs over the next few years.
This Wednesday the Whole Foods Market at Riverdale Park Station will open  with a  "bread breaking" at 8:45 am. Starbucks is already open and additional amenities will follow shortly. I am thrilled to announce that residents can take Route One Ride for free Wednesday, April 12 through Friday, April 14, to help ease congestion during their first few days of operation. County and Riverdale Park police will assist in directing traffic, but if you choose to drive, please be patient!

Many have inquired about the walking/bike trail and bridge connection to Riverdale Park Station as well as the sidewalk connection on Baltimore Avenue. All three are moving forward, but will not be open for some time. The trail, while constructed, is closed due to safety concerns. The site is very much still an active construction site, with some major work taking place over the next two months, including placement of large concrete slabs for the parking garage and steel beams for the bridge. Ultimately the decision to open the trail rests on the determination of Parks & Recreation, however I am pushing for a temporary route to open soon. The bridge from Riverdale Park Station to the newly-branded UMD Discovery District will open late 2017. Funding for the sidewalk on WMATA property north of the site has been secured and right-of-way acquisition, design, and construction will proceed.

Even as I celebrate these economic investments in our County, I am increasingly frustrated by the delay Judge Leon's decision has caused the Purple Line. While we wait for his final decision, much work is moving forward. Station design, workforce development planning, and station art continues to move forward. Please share your thoughts on the art and branding at the Purple Line stations in our community at an Art in Transit Open House, Thursday, April 27, 5:00 - 9:00 pm, at the College Park Community Center. During the Open House, you can view and comment on the artists' concept boards for station art.

The County Executive transmitted his FY2018 Budget Proposal to the County Council on March 15 and my colleagues and I are currently reviewing the proposal, holding hearings, and talking with agency heads during committee meetings. You can find detailed budget information at this link. You can also watch live and archived budget committee meetings and public hearings here

Your voice is important to me, so please stay informed during the budget process and share your thoughts with via email or testify at one of our Operating & Capitol Budget Hearings, Tuesday, May 2 and Monday, May 8, at 7:00 pm at the County Administration Building's first floor Council Hearing Room, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. 

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to me or a member of my staff if we can assist you in any way.

Together Strengthening our Community,
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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Program at 7:00pm
William Wirt Middle
6200 Tuckerman Street

FREE! Legal help to homeowners at risk of losing their home
to tax sale

Pre-register for one of these free clinics:
443-703-3052 or www.probonomd.org/for-legal-help

Tuesday, April 11
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD

Saturday, April 22
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Largo-Kettering Library
9601 Capital Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD

Tuesday, April 25
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Greenbelt Library
11 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD

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Thomas Mayah
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Latino Liaison

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email Thomas Mayah at the District 3 Council Office at tsmayah@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.