Press Releases

McDuffie Facilitates H Street Main Street Expansion into Ward 5

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For Immediate Release: April 25, 2013 Washington, DC – Over the past several weeks, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) has worked with the H Street Main Street program and the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to enlarge the boundaries of H Street Main Street to include Ward 5. “With the help of the D.C. Main Streets program, H Street is now a thriving, commercial hub,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Extending the Main Streets program to include Bladensburg and Benning Roads will allow us to enhance the visibility of this corridor and give local businesses the opportunity to connect to services that support their growth.” Extending the Main Street boundaries and related funding allocation, spearheaded by McDuffie, will link small businesses on Bladensburg and Benning Roads…
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Ward 5 Report: Councilmember McDuffie Hosts Community Walk-Through with DC Government Officials in the Gateway Community

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On April 13, Councilmember McDuffie hosted a community walk-through in the Gateway neighborhood with the Gateway Civic Association, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of General Services (DGS), and other community stakeholders to address quality of life issues and to give residents the opportunity to engage various District agencies. Click here to see pictures from the walk-through and other Ward 5 news.
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McDuffie Responds to OSSE’s DC CAS Test Integrity Investigation Results

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2013 Washington, DC – Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released a report on Testing Integrity Findings for School Year 2011-2012. The report investigates the integrity of the statewide District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System exam, which was administered on April 17-27, 2012, at 243 schools in both District of Columbia Public (DCPS) and Charter Schools. Councilmember McDuffie issued the following statement on OSSE’s report on Testing Integrity Findings for School Year 2011-2012: “I am deeply concerned with OSSE’s finding of widespread testing violations in the District’s public and charter school systems. Further, I am disturbed that three Ward 5 schools have been identified in OSSE’s audit, including Langdon Elementary School, where severe testing violations occurred. OSSE informs me that 40…
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McDuffie Introduces Measure to Support Local Craft Brewing Industry

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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013 Councilmember McDuffie introduced several legislative measures to spark economic growth and improve the quality of life for D.C. employees Washington, DC – During this week’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced key legislation aimed at promoting economic development throughout the District and improving the quality of life for D.C. government employees. To capitalize on the economic growth that local handcrafted small-batch breweries and spirit distilleries bring to the District of Columbia, Councilmember McDuffie, along with Councilmembers David Grosso, Anita Bonds, and Muriel Bowser, introduced the “Manufacturer Sunday Tasting Permit Amendment Act of 2013.” The measure will expand tastings to Sundays for these beverage manufacturers. Presently, a tasting permit allows breweries and distilleries to conduct product tastings Thursday through Saturday from 1p.m. – 9…
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McDuffie Secures Funding for Critical Ward 5 Projects and Fights to Improve the Quality of Life for District Residents

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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2013 Washington, DC – Yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) presented to the Council of the District of Columbia his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget. Over the last several months, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) outlined his Ward 5 and agency budget priorities with the Mayor and agency directors. The Mayor’s proposed $10.7 billion dollar budget addresses many of these requests, including funding for Ward 5 schools and libraries, increasing the city’s investment in affordable housing, promoting economic development, and enhancing job and educational opportunities. “Mayor Gray presented a solid budget, one that is aimed at improving the quality of life for residents, incentivizing economic development, and increasing educational opportunities for our students,” said Councilmember McDuffie.  “I am pleased to see many…
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