December 31, 2017

Dear Friends,

Recently I took my staff out to lunch to celebrate the close of another year and thank them for their great work. During our meal we each shared our most rewarding work moments from 2017. While we each shared different stories, they all had a common thread--how meaningful it is to work with and serve you, our constituents. 

While my team and I can't solve every problem or issue brought to our attention, we work hard to do our very best each and every day to work with you to "together strengthen our community." 

After lunch that day I took some time to reflect on all we've accomplished together over the past year and thought it was worthwhile to compile just a small sample of our work throughout the year.

I'm incredibly grateful to my District 3 team: Aimee, Alina, Alvinia, Thomas and Wanda, for the work they do everyday. I'm also incredibly grateful to you for your support and, quite frankly, because you push us to do better.

Below are some highlights from our work together in 2017!

We broke ground at the New Carrollton Metro station!

In January, I hosted the final of five "Culture Keepers" programs across District 3 in partnership with the Prince George's County African American Museum and Culture Center.

I joined leaders in Annapolis to advocate for funding for our Regional Medical Center. This advocacy proved successful as we broke ground on the new facility in November!

In February, more than 200 residents joined me for a  community discussion focusing on refugee and recent immigrant programs and services  in District 3 and across Prince George's County. That evening,  local resettlement organizations, social service providers, and nonprofits joined us to share what was happening locally and how we could be involved and supportive. Click here to connect with those organizations, which continue to do important work. I also hosted an Evening at the Riverdale Park Farmer's Market with a focus on sustainability efforts across the County.

Annual District 3 Town Hall and Resource Fair at William Wirt Middle School

Whole Foods Riverdale Park Station opened, quickly followed by Starbucks, Old Line Bank, District Taco and more!

We cut the ribbon to open the Greater Riverdale Career Empowerment Center (GRCEC) by the Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization (CKAR) CDC.

I hosted several Workforce Development conversations with local employers, nonprofits, and others to ensure that our residents are ready for and knowledgeable about job opportunities in District 3 and across the County.

We passed the  $3.8 billion Fiscal Year 2018 Prince George's County General Fund budget, an  increase of 4.3% over the approved Fiscal Year 2017 General Fund budget due to growth in real property and income taxes and a full year of revenues from MGM National Harbor. We made  strong investments in key areas of public safety, social services, education, and quality of life issues. Read more.

I led the charge on numerous pieces of legislation, including several bills to  deal with significant Quality of Life issues experienced in District 3 and across the County. CB-30-2017 gives our police department and other agencies the tools they need to shut down large, ticketed pop-up clubs and restaurants operating in single family homes. CB-33-2017 better defines a home occupation to ensure that in residential neighborhoods, the home is the primary residence of the business owner, among other things. 

My Clean Neighborhoods legislation deals with community  concerns about trash cans left on the curb for several days and piles of bags overflowing beyond the County-distributed cans. It put into place regulations most of our municipalities already had to regulate when cans can be put out, when they must be removed, and fines for noncompliance. 

I'm also proud of passing legislation to require  healthy options in all County-owned vending machines. 

The Troops First Foundation opened the Leroy Petry Village of Honor in Riverdale Park.

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks joined me as a special guest at my 3rd Annual Senior Lunch and Resource Fair.

I joined community members for Clean Up Green Up and other community beautification projects throughout the year.

We broke ground on the Purple Line and launched the Pathways to Opportunity Purple Line Corridor Community Development Agreement!

My 3rd Annual Parkdale HS College and Career Fair was a big success, in large part thanks to excellent student leaders and supportive staff.

We opened the College Park Woods playground!

My team and I attended numerous community days across District 3.

I helped distribute food with Pastor Ben Slye & SevaTruck and also with Food and Friends. 

We worked with communities across District 3 on traffic and pedestrian safety concerns.

I continued my Nonprofit Networking Breakfasts. Click the photo to read more about this work.

And I could go on! These photos and short blurbs represent just a fraction of the work we did together in 2017 to strengthen our community. I'm incredibly excited to continue many of these initiatives and do so much more in 2018.

I share news and updates daily on social media. If you are active on social media, too, please engage with me on  Facebook   and follow me on  Twitter

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

Sending warmest wishes to you and yours in 2018!

Together Strengthening our Community,

Like me on Facebook
 Follow me on Twitter

Purple Line Updates

Residents: If you live, work, play or pray anywhere along the PL alignment, sign up TODAY for construction updates at

Learn more about the Community Advisory Teams and view the presentations shared at the CAT meetings here.

Job Seekers: Register today for job opportunities.

Small businesses, subcontractors and Disadvantaged Bus.
Enterprises:  Register today for opportunities.

Contact Us!

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
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 or call (301) 952-3060.