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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | November 29, 1994
Westminster City Council members appointed L. Gregory Pecoraro, an aide to U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, to fill a council vacancy last night.Mr. Pecoraro is one of six city residents who entered their names into consideration for the post. His appointment was part of a council reorganization prompted by Mayor W. Benjamin Brown's election as county commissioner Nov. 8.Other changes:* Council President Kenneth A. Yowan became mayor, replacing Mr. Brown, who is scheduled to be sworn into office as a commissioner Monday.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,sun reporter | May 15, 2007
Three incumbents who helped Westminster weather a six-month building moratorium caused by a water deficit easily won new terms yesterday in a municipal election seemingly ignored by the voters. Just 411 of Westminster's 8,468 registered voters - about 5 percent - cast ballots in the election that returned Robert P. Wack, Suzanne P. Albert and L. Gregory Pecoraro to office. They received nearly three times the votes of the nearest three challengers, Charles W. Cull, William Gill and Kenneth Warren, for the three seats up for election on the five-member council.
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March 16, 1998
Westminster Councilman L. Gregory Pecoraro will head the Committee on Housing and Community Affairs, recently created to fill a gap in the council's committee responsibilities.The committee will consider areas such as economic development, urban renewal, building standards, social services, landlord-tenant disputes, publicly supported housing and agriculture.Pecoraro also heads the Finance Committee, which oversees the city budget, taxes and user fees, local bond authorizations, employee benefits, investments and procurement.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
Although Westminster recently lifted a six-month building moratorium caused by a water deficit, development issues as well as calls for greater conservation efforts are central to the City Council campaigns under way in the Carroll County seat. Six candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for three seats on the five-member council May 14. Incumbents Suzanne P. Albert, Gregory Pecoraro and Robert Wack face challengers Charles W. Cull, William Gill and Kenneth Warren. Some stalled residential developments are moving forward, but since the city's new growth and water allocation policies are still evolving, Albert, Pecoraro and Wack said their experience could help see Westminster through this transitional period.
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By Staff report | August 1, 1993
L. Gregory Pecoraro, chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, has left his job as special assistant to State Treasurer Lucille Maurer to take a job with U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.Mr. Pecoraro, 34, of Westminster, began working July 1 as special assistant to the Maryland Democrat. He said he will be the senator's field representative in Central Maryland, which includes Carroll County.This is the second time Mr. Pecoraro has worked for Senator Sarbanes. He was the senator's special assistant from 1983 to 1989, when he left to take the job at the state treasurer's office.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2000
Westminster Common Councilman Gregory Pecoraro won't be present at the city's council meeting Monday night. He'll be in New York City taping an appearance on the ABC network's game show, "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire." Pecoraro, who leaves Sunday for the taping, isn't counting on sitting in the "hot seat" opposite host Regis Philbin. "I'm just happy to have qualified," he said. "If nothing else, I get a nice trip to New York with my wife." To qualify for the popular game show in which participants answer trivia questions and attempt to win up to $1 million, Pecoraro, 41, endured a four-step process that combined answering trivia questions quickly and correctly with two random drawings.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2005
A former Westminster councilman who helped to revitalize a troubled neighborhood, resurrect a movie theater by turning it into a cultural center and build the city's two largest parking garages wants his old seat back. "If you're going to live in a community, you should work to improve it," said L. Gregory Pecoraro, 45, who filed yesterday as a candidate for one of two city Common Council positions. Elections will be held May 9. "I did a good job before, and I think I'll do a good job again," he said.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 24, 2002
Pecoraro's offers authentic, but not too fancy, Italian cuisine. Although surrounded by U.S. 1's dated roadside motels, the restaurant, which opened in 1983, stands in stark contrast: safe and clean, suitable for families, wholesome atmosphere - and it offers food to match. On any evening, a number of families can be found eating - or waiting to eat - in the restaurant. "The restaurant business is really a people business," says Nick Pecoraro, the owner. "The loyalty of our customers over the 19 years has meant a lot to us."
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2003
Evidence of L. Gregory Pecoraro's contributions to Westminster can be seen among the scaffolding and construction fencing surrounding the most prominent projects transforming the city. He worked to bring two $2.5 million garages to a downtown area where shoppers and workers complained of an inability to conveniently park. He helped the city win more than a half-million dollars in state grants to build a community center, install streetlights and revitalize a struggling neighborhood. And the two-term city councilman simplified the bureaucratic task of creating partnerships and finding money to convert a historic art deco theater on West Main Street into a performing and community arts center - a downtown revitalization project that city officials believe will breathe new life into the less-bustling end of town.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2003
A Westminster pediatrician who in the fall ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates, a former president of the city's Common Council and a community activist have applied to fill a vacancy that will be created when a two-term veteran of the council steps down tonight. Dr. Robert P. Wack, a Democratic candidate for the District 5A legislative seat; William F. Haifley, who served on the council from 1985 until 1993; and Josephine Velazquez, who was active last year as a member of the Lower Pennsylvania Avenue Advisory Task Force, have applied to fill the seat held since 1994 by L. Gregory Pecoraro.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2005
A former Westminster councilman who helped to revitalize a troubled neighborhood, resurrect a movie theater by turning it into a cultural center and build the city's two largest parking garages wants his old seat back. "If you're going to live in a community, you should work to improve it," said L. Gregory Pecoraro, 45, who filed yesterday as a candidate for one of two city Common Council positions. Elections will be held May 9. "I did a good job before, and I think I'll do a good job again," he said.
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By Fay Lande | May 19, 2003
Karen Pecoraro is an environmental engineer for a company in Alexandria, Va., that builds and operates power plants all over the world. But for the past few months, she spent time photographing the girls in A Space of Her Own, a new program in which at-risk teens who live in low-income housing learn art and redesign, paint and decorate each other's living spaces. A Space of Her Own is a collaboration between the Art League in Alexandria and the city's Court Services Unit. "It's kind of based on the belief that learning to do for other people and learning to improve your immediate environment is beneficial for everyone," said Pecoraro, who lives in Ellicott City with her husband, Joseph, and sons Bill, Tony and Frankie.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2003
Dr. Robert P. Wack, a Westminster pediatrician who ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates last year, was sworn in last night to fill an opening on the city's Common Council. Wack, one of seven candidates for the post, was the unanimous choice of the council's other four members. "He has all the qualifications to be a great council member," said council President Damian L. Halstad. "He's a respected physician who has a keen interest in issues that affect the city: police, water and sewer and parking.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2003
A Westminster pediatrician who in the fall ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates, a former president of the city's Common Council and a community activist have applied to fill a vacancy that will be created when a two-term veteran of the council steps down tonight. Dr. Robert P. Wack, a Democratic candidate for the District 5A legislative seat; William F. Haifley, who served on the council from 1985 until 1993; and Josephine Velazquez, who was active last year as a member of the Lower Pennsylvania Avenue Advisory Task Force, have applied to fill the seat held since 1994 by L. Gregory Pecoraro.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2003
Evidence of L. Gregory Pecoraro's contributions to Westminster can be seen among the scaffolding and construction fencing surrounding the most prominent projects transforming the city. He worked to bring two $2.5 million garages to a downtown area where shoppers and workers complained of an inability to conveniently park. He helped the city win more than a half-million dollars in state grants to build a community center, install streetlights and revitalize a struggling neighborhood. And the two-term city councilman simplified the bureaucratic task of creating partnerships and finding money to convert a historic art deco theater on West Main Street into a performing and community arts center - a downtown revitalization project that city officials believe will breathe new life into the less-bustling end of town.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | January 1, 2003
A top manager in the University System of Maryland and a high-ranking state transportation official were named yesterday to serve as senior staff members for Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. George A. Shoenberger, assistant vice president for business and procurement services at University of Maryland, Baltimore, will be Smith's top aide on major policy and governmental issues and his conduit to the County Council. Gregory Pecoraro, assistant secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation, will take over as the executive's chief of staff.
NEWS
September 23, 1990
Greg Pecoraro was re-elected chairman and Philip S. Benzil vice chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee at the organization's first post-primary meeting Thursday.Cynthia H. Cummings was elected secretary and Barbara S. F. Pease treasurer.The committee will be meeting with Democratic candidates for county and state offices in the coming months to help with campaign strategies, said Pecoraro.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2000
Gregory Pecoraro, Westminster councilman, assistant secretary to the state Department of Transportation, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" contestant, husband and father has a new title to add to his sizable list: elector to the United States' 54th Electoral College. Pecoraro is one of 10 Maryland Democrats who will cast their votes for Vice President Al Gore on Dec. 18. He says it's possible he is the first Carroll County resident to be an elector since John Brooke Boyle in 1860, the last year in which the state kept the electors list by county.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | December 11, 2002
Although Westminster Common Council members praised plans for an extensive expansion of City Hall that would consolidate almost all of the municipality's government offices under one roof, they said that the city doesn't have the $4.5 million to embark on the project soon. At Monday night's council meeting, architects commissioned by the city unveiled the results of a $30,000 study, about a year in the making, that recommended that the city add a three-story building to the north of the City Hall building on Emerald Lane.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 24, 2002
Pecoraro's offers authentic, but not too fancy, Italian cuisine. Although surrounded by U.S. 1's dated roadside motels, the restaurant, which opened in 1983, stands in stark contrast: safe and clean, suitable for families, wholesome atmosphere - and it offers food to match. On any evening, a number of families can be found eating - or waiting to eat - in the restaurant. "The restaurant business is really a people business," says Nick Pecoraro, the owner. "The loyalty of our customers over the 19 years has meant a lot to us."
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