Governor Hogan honors locals at CCBC Essex, tours Franklin Square Hospital

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Lt. Governer Boyd Rutherford, Angel Park’s Kelly Szczybor, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via Councilman David Marks)

On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan held a cabinet meeting at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex campus.

The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also honored many prominent community volunteers and organizations at today’s meeting.

Among those presented with citations were Angel Park’s Kelli Szczybor, the Back River Restoration Committee, White Marsh resident Robert Romadka Sr. (a community advocate for the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company), and the Eastern Technical High School soccer team.

Governor Hogan also toured Franklin Square Hospital with Jason Plotkin, president of the Parkville Carney Business Association, and Delegate Christian Miele, both of whom work for the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team in Parkville.

See photos from the events below.

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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, the Back River Restoration Committee, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Robert Romadka Sr., Governor Larry Hogan (image via WMVFC)
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Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and the Eastern Tech Soccer Team (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Councilman David Marks and Angel Park’s Kelly Szczybor (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Delegate Christian Miele, Jason Plotkin, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team)
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Image via the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team
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Gov. Hogan to hold regional cabinet meeting, visit CCBC Essex

Governor Larry HoganGovernor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford are coming to town.

Maryland’s governor will hold a regional cabinet meeting in Essex on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Governor Hogan will also tour Baltimore County to visit with local elected officials, tour local businesses, and meet with constituents.

The governor’s public schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 12, 2018

8:45 AM: Governor Hogan to visit Boulevard Diner
1660 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, MD 21222

10:00 AM: Governor Hogan to hold Regional Cabinet Meeting (doors open at 9:15 AM)
Community College of Baltimore County Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237

1:00 PM: Governor Hogan to visit Medstar Franklin Square Hospital
9000 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore, MD 21237

2:00 PM: Governor Hogan to tour Dulaney High School
255 E. Padonia Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

3:00 PM: Governor Hogan to visit Pikesville Armory
610 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will also participate in the Baltimore County regional cabinet meeting on Monday, and he will also tour Baltimore County to visit with local elected officials, tour local businesses, and meet with constituents.

The lieutenant governor’s public schedule is as follows:

10:00 AM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to attend Regional Cabinet Meeting (doors open at 9:15 AM)
Community College of Baltimore County Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237

11:45 AM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit American Legion Post 148
20 S. Marlyn Avenue, Essex, MD 21221

12:30 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Middle River Aircraft Systems
103 Chesapeake Park Plaza, Middle River, MD 21220

2:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Turnaround Inc.
8503 LaSalle Road, Towson, MD 21286

3:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Maryland Packaging
3610 Commerce Drive, Halethorpe, MD 21227

4:15 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to tour Lansdowne High School and meet with parents
3800 Hollins Ferry Road, Lansdowne, MD 21227

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Gov. Hogan declares State of Emergency, announces major funding to combat heroin crisis

State of EmergencyGovernor Larry Hogan on Wednesday signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.02 declaring a State of Emergency in response to the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis ravaging communities in Maryland and across the U.S.

This declaration activates the governor’s emergency management authority and enables increased and more rapid coordination between the state and local jurisdictions. The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also announced $50 million in new funding to address the crisis, as well as the appointment of the governor’s senior emergency management advisor Clay Stamp to lead the state’s coordinated effort to combat the crisis.

Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Emergency Operations Center in Reisterstown, MD.

“We need to treat this crisis the exact same way we would treat any other state emergency. With this continuing threat increasing at such an alarming rate, we must allow for rapid coordination with our state and local emergency teams,” said Governor Hogan. “We must cut through the red tape so that we are empowering the important work being done in our many state agencies and at the local level all across our state. This is about taking an all-hands-on-deck approach so that together we can save the lives of thousands of Marylanders.”

“The fact of the matter is that people all across Maryland, and across our country, are looking for answers when it comes to this heroin and opioid epidemic. Too many families know the devastation caused by this crisis and the death toll is climbing,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Ultimately, this is about saving lives, and it will take all of us working together in a collaborative, holistic approach to achieve that.”

The State of Emergency declaration is a result of the initial findings of the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) established by the administration in January to facilitate greater collaboration among state agencies, including health and human services, education, and public safety entities. The OOCC’s work made it clear that the state needed greater flexibility to activate emergency teams in jurisdictions across the state and engage local communities. The governor’s executive order delegates emergency powers to state and local emergency management officials, enabling them to fast-track coordination among state and local agencies and community organizations, including private sector and nonprofit entities to ensure whole-community involvement.

The governor also announced a supplemental budget of $50 million in new funding over a five-year period to support Maryland’s prevention, recovery, and enforcement efforts. Rather than locking us into inflexible spending through statute, the governor’s plan will provide flexibility to public health and safety professionals in order to address this emergency.

Finally, the governor announced that he has tasked his senior advisor for emergency management, Clay Stamp, to oversee this coordinated effort. As Executive Director of MEMA, Stamp managed the administration’s response to the Baltimore riots in 2015, and has proven experience with efficiently and effectively facilitating efforts between state, local, and community-based entities to respond to crises in real time.

“As an emergency management professional, it gives me great honor to have been chosen to lead such an important effort, and to serve next to the many dedicated and highly capable people who are working to eliminate the impact this crisis is having on the people of Maryland,” said Stamp.

In January, the governor and lieutenant governor announced the administration’s 2017 Heroin Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the evolving threat of heroin and opioid addiction. The initiative includes three important pieces of legislation: the Prescriber Limits Act of 2017, the Distribution of Opioids Resulting in Death Act, and the Overdose Prevention Act, as well as important budgetary actions, including $4 million in new funding to address the crisis.

Since forcefully recognizing and identifying the rapidly growing opioid and heroin epidemic during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford have made proactively addressing this crisis a cornerstone of the administration’s agenda. In 2015, Governor Hogan signed an executive order creating the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, chaired by Lt. Governor Rutherford. The task force developed 33 recommendations focused on prevention, treatment, and enforcement to aggressively combat the opioid and heroin crisis.

The administration has also addressed the crisis at the regional and national levels. In October 2016, the governor signed a regional compact with Virginia and Washington, D.C. leadership to coordinate the region’s response to the crisis. This past weekend, the governor discussed the crisis with fellow governors and senior federal officials at the National Governor’s Association winter meeting, and raised the issue as a top priority for the state in a meeting with Maryland’s federal delegation convened by the governor in February.

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WMVFC Captain receives Governor’s service award

blubaugh-gov-awardOne local firefighter has received a prestigious award.

Captain Rick Blubaugh of the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company received a volunteer service award from Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism this week.

Capt. Blubaugh was one of 16 award recipients who received recognition on Thursday, October 20, at an event hosted by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

The award recognizes Capt. Blubaugh’s commitment and dedication to the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company.

A total of 418 nominees were submitted from across the state of Maryland.

WMVFC officials told NottinghamMD.com that Capt. Blubaugh received his award for his time and dedication to the company as the Vice President of Operations since 2010 when there was constant leadership turnover, poor morale, and internal issues. Capt. Blubaugh was motivated to resolve the problems within the organization so that it could provide a better service to the community.

Last year, Capt. Blubaugh served over 1,300 hours of volunteer time responding to over 220 calls.

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