Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

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Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement in response to a story published in this morning's Washington Post: “Yesterday, I was contacted by a Washington Post reporter regarding a document which he stated list Keith McDuffie as the chief executive of Potomac Supply Company (the company).As I stated to the reporter yesterday and during a prior conversation on June 28, Keith McDuffie is my cousin, and I have known Okera Stewart for many years.While there is apparently a single document that all parties involved have stated was produced in error, there are official documents which clearly establish that Okera Stewart owns the company. Moreover, I did not know of any document connecting Keith McDuffie to the sports gaming contract as chief executive or otherwise prior to…
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McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development

McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development The proposed legislation ensures the financial feasibility of the development by providing an emergency tax abatement and amending the term sheets to allow 1909-1913 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue, SE to be transferred to a fee simple sale Washington, DC -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led the Council in passing emergency legislation to ensure financial feasibility of the MLK Gateway Development. The MLK Gateway Development team is utilizing new market tax credits as a part of its capital stack, however due to the 35-day federal government shutdown during the end of 2018 the issuance of those credits has been delayed. The delay…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Retirement Benefits to Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Participants

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Retirement Benefits to Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Participants

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Retirement Benefits to Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Participants Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Credible Service Benefit Amendment Act of 2019. The legislation would provide that participation in a Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) will contribute to creditable service for purposes of retirement for a participant who becomes a District of Columbia government employee anytime following the participant’s successful completion of MBSYEP. With introduction of this legislation, Councilmember McDuffie said: "The goal of the MBSYEP is to introduce District youth to employers and to provide them with transferable work-related experiences that can prepare them for success in…
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McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

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Councilmember McDuffie's Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC The report, An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia, was included in the fiscal year 2018 budget by Councilmember McDuffie Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement following the release of An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia: "There has been a growing concern about the lack of affordable housing for larger families in DC, which is why I prioritized funding this study – so we have the data to make informed policy decisions. I thank Mayor Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, CNHED and the Urban Institute for…
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Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on Councilmember Jack Evans "I am deeply troubled by recent reports regarding a WMATA investigation which concluded that Councilmember Jack Evans violated WMATA’s code of ethics and subsequently decided to resign from his position on the Board. As a former prosecutor, and someone who has previously chaired a Council ad hoc committee, I believe deeply in the principles of fairness, justice, and due process. My unique experience as a prosecutor and someone who has witnessed both the good and the bad of our justice system on a personal and professional level has informed how I respond in times like this. So, I would caution against predetermining the outcome and discipline of an ad hoc committee prior to gathering all relevant facts…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

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Councilmember McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program The program, which is the result of legislation revised and approved by Councilmember McDuffie’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, will make the power grid more resilient while achieving a notable rate of 100% participation of Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) or Certified Joint Venture among subcontractors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development will join other leaders to break ground on the DC Power Line Undergrounding Project (DC PLUG). The program is in response to persistent related power outages and is the result of multiple pieces of legislation, which fall under the purview of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. “As a champion for District-based businesses, I am proud to…
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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Washington, DC – On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Fiscal Year 2020 District of Columbia budget. The budget reflects priorities raised by Ward 5 residents through months of engagement, including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and the Ward 5 Budget Engagement Forum. Ward 5 Priorities: Allocates funding to create a Biotechnology Academy within McKinley Technology High School.Enhances the District’s Clean Team program with an expanded Fort Lincoln Clean Team, a new residential clean team in the Trinidad neighborhood, and a roving Ward 5 clean team.Adds an additional $3.5 million in funding for the Arboretum Recreation Center, which will include a new half-court gym and multipurpose…
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Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on securing funds for violence prevention in the Council budget process: "We are in a state of emergency with regard to gun violence in the District of Columbia and, unfortunately, the Mayor’s proposed budget does not reflect the urgency I hear from residents who are sick of hearing gunshots in their communities and families who are heartbroken from burying family members.As the author of the NEAR Act and a champion for small business in the District of Columbia, I am proud that the Committee on Business and Economic Development’s Budget Report supports both of these priorities. The Neighborhood Prosperity Fund and Great Streets programs remain intact, funded at $10.1 million. I am proud I was able to identify $2.1 million from…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

Press Release
Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities Investments for the upcoming fiscal year include support for District businesses and commercial infrastructure with funds that support Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) capacity building, Main Street revitalization and expansion, financial stability, workforce investment, small business lending, and significant capital project financing. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2020. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and a budget engagement forum in Ward 5. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: “Developed through the lens of racial equity, the Committee’s…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Build Statues of Women and People of Color from the District of Columbia

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Build Statues of Women and People of Color from the District of Columbia

Legislation Information, Press Release
McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Build Statues of Women and People of Color from the District of Columbia Among the Local Heroes to be Honored are a Groundbreaking Surgeon, a Military Hero, Trailblazing Educators, and a Renowned Musician Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Diverse Native Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2019 [B23-0233]. This legislation builds upon Councilmember McDuffie’s successful effort during 2017 and 2018 to secure funding for a statue of Charles Hamilton Houston, a native Washingtonian, legal genius, and civil rights lawyer. The latest legislation names four Washingtonians to be honored and provides for additional people to be honored, including those who may have migrated to the District from abroad. With…
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