Letters To the Editor

Letters To the Editor

April 13, 2003

Assembly served Annapolis well

When the final gavel sounded at the Maryland General Assembly Monday night, the City of Annapolis came out a big winner. The State Capital budget included $2 million for the long-awaited renovation of the Police Station and Emergency Operations Center, which has been a top priority of mine since becoming Mayor.

As the Capital City, Annapolis is responsible for providing many public safety services to the many state employees and buildings within its boundaries.

Getting money for anything this year was very difficult, and it could not have happened without the commitment of a number of people who understood the importance of public safety in our Capital City. Our legislative coordinator, Kathy Nieberding, began working with the Governor's staff shortly after Election Day, stressing the importance of this project to maintain our hometown security. Police Chief Johnson, Fire Chief Sherlock, and Emergency Management Director Gary Simpson gave compelling testimony on its importance to all four governments located here.

Particular thanks to ... Governor Ehrlich, who put the initial $1 million in his budget, and Speaker Busch, who found another to match it. Our good friend Delegate Joan Cadden, on the Capital Budget Committee, shepherded this through the House and held firm to the end. Covering our flank in Senate Appropriations was Ed DeGrange, also from North Anne Arundel County.

Thanks to them, this boost from the State will enable the City of Annapolis to move forward with a state-of-the-art facility to better protect and serve all our citizens.

Ellen O. Moyer

Annapolis

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