When former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh left office on her way to spend some quality time with correctional officers after pleading guilty to corruption charges, everyone appeared to agree that something needed to be done to rein in the strong, executive powers of the office. After all, Pugh was the second of the past three mayors of Charm City to leave office after being convicted of using their office for their own personal gain. Now, the City Council has put together a package of three bills designed to alter the city charter and return more control to the legislators serving on that body.
There’s supposed to be a vote on the entire package this week, but the move is being opposed by none other than the new, interim mayor, Jack Young. He would prefer that they take their time and not proceed to a floor vote until the summer when the public will have had more time to weigh in with any concerns they have. (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is urging the City Council to pump the brakes on a series of bills that would alter the way local government is structured and, according to his administration, could have “disastrous impacts” on city finances.
The young and progressive council is pushing about a dozen charter amendments, including several that would weaken Baltimore’s strong-mayor system. With three of those measures on Monday’s council agenda for preliminary approval, Young is pressing the lawmakers to slow down, move more deliberately and get additional public input.
“Simply put, there is no reason — and no public interest served — by advancing these amendments at this time,” he wrote in a letter Monday to City Council President Brandon Scott.