December 5, 2012
Trying to make sense of the Obama administration denying federal relief to Maryland for the flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and I'm coming up dry. No one besides maybe Grover Norquist would have beefed had Maryland picked up a few million bucks to help some homeowners in the Eastern Shore counties of Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester. There are, however, howls about the denial. The damage was limited here, but it was concentrated and significant, certainly enough to justify some help.
November 26, 2012
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that it is instituting a 90-day foreclosure moratorium on Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages in Maryland areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. As part of President Obama's disaster declaration last week, the housing department is implementing foreclosure relief and other assistance for homeowners and low-income renters in 18 Maryland jurisdictions. “Families who may have been forced from their homes need to know that help is available to begin the rebuilding process,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement.
November 3, 2012
I read with interest your article "Politics on back burner in aftermath of storm" (Oct. 31). It seems that politics are never on the back burner for The Sun, however. The current theme song in the media is Mitt Romney declining "to respond when reporters asked about past statements questioning the role of the federal government in disaster relief. " I agree that Mr. Romney should answer such questions. When asked he should say: "As president, I would never desert Americans who are in need of our government's help and support in a desperate situation.
August 9, 2012
Gov.Martin O'Malleyhas requested federal disaster relief for 13 counties in the state that have experienced "widespread crop losses" this year due to drought and extreme heat. In a letter dated Tuesday, O'Malley asked Tom Vilsack, secretary of theU.S. Department of Agriculture, to issue a Secretarial Disaster Designation for the counties based on Maryland Farm Service Agency data showing they are experiencing crop losses of more than 30 percent this year. "I urge you to act quickly upon this request so that appropriate relief can be made available to eligible producers," O'Malley wrote in the letter.
November 9, 2011
Guzzone and Robey, co-chairs of the delegation, have sponsored another bill to change how the Columbia Association is defined under state law. Because the Columbia Association has been considered a homeowner's association, it has had to pay nominal lobbying fees for officials to go to Annapolis and request to be exempt whenever legislation to amend the Homeowner's Act is proposed. Another reason to redefine the Columbia Association, Guzzone said, "is as a strict homeowner's association, they don't qualify for certain kinds of federal funds, including disaster relief.
October 5, 2011
Federal disaster relief funds were allocated Wednesday to Maryland by President Obama, according to a statement from the White House. The money will be put toward state and local efforts to clean up from the damage caused by the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee. The storm hit the state for four days in early September. Government agencies and some nonprofits in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Charles and Prince George's counties can use the money for emergency work and the repair and replacement of facilities damaged by the storm.