Reznik Report from District 39 – Dog Days of July

August 2, 2017

We are now well into summer and the school year is only four weeks away. Here is a review of what happened in July and a few pieces of information going forward that may be of interest.

10th Annual Grill with Kirill was a huge success

Thank you to everyone that came out to my annual fundraiser. It was a huge success and everyone seemed to have a great time. If you weren’t able to make it, it’s not too late to help support my campaign for re-election.

Backpacks and Schools Supplies for Kids in Need

Once again, Montgomery County Public Schools is raising funds to provide students in need with backpacks and school supplies. Last year, MCPS provided nearly 18,000 students with backpacks and supplies thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people in our community. Students from 76 different schools received help last year, and this year MCPS is hoping to exceed last year’s totals. If you would like to help, please Click Here to learn how.

Watkins Mill Interchange is Finally a Go!!

After years of waiting, having the project put on hold, and then having the Governor pull the bid off of the street, we finally have the Watkins Mill Interchange back on track. Earlier this month, the Maryland Department of Transportation awarded a contract to build the interchange. Consisting of a bridge and four ramps at the crossroads of I-270 and Watkins Mill Road, the interchange will provide for a new exit off of I-270, alleviate congestion from the Shady Grove and Middlebrook exits, and help spur economic development in and around the City of Gaithersburg.

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Public Safety Awards

An annual tradition for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce is to host the Public Safety Awards and honor those first responders who went above and beyond in making sure that our community is safe. This year, the Chamber honored 20 public safety personnel from the Gaithersburg Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department’s District 5 and 6, and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. To learn more about who was honored and the individual acts that earned them this distinction Click Here.

MCCPTA Hosts Upcounty Clusters Get-Together

On July 19th, I was able to attend a gathering of PTA leaders from the Upcounty Clusters of Northwest High School, Seneca Valley High School, and Clarksburg High School. The gathering included elected officials from the State, County, and School Board, principals from the elementary, middle, and high schools in those clusters, and the PTA cluster coordinators and PTA leadership from individual schools. We discussed the challenges facing our system but also the great progress that has been made to date. More importantly, it was an opportunity to put names to faces and get to know each other on a more individual level.

Honoring Montgomery Village staff for her contributions to our community

This month marked the retirements of two long time employees of the Montgomery Village Foundation. Diane Stasiewicz retired after 37 years as the Director of Architectural Standards and Peggy Mark retired after 41 years as Director of Recreation, Parks, and Culture. Both women have been integral parts of our community, and though their jobs will be taken by others, they will never really be replaced. I want to personally thank them for their time and commitment, and wish them very enjoyable retirements.

Addressing the Maryland Association of Community College Presidents

On August 1st, I had the opportunity to address the Maryland Association of Community College Presidents who were having their annual retreat at Montgomery College in Rockville. We discussed the challenges and opportunities facing Montgomery County and the perspective of how a Montgomery County legislator approaches legislating for the entire state. We also spent a lot of time talking about the State’s budget and the issues we will be facing in the next legislative session.

First Meeting of the Maryland Health Insurance Protection Commission

During the 2017 legislative session, we passed legislation establishing a Commission to study the changes to health care access at the federal level and propose actions that we can take at the State level to protect Marylanders from those federal changes. The Commission held it’s first meeting yesterday bringing together a host of stakeholders, including legislators from both sides of the aisle, insurance companies, brokers, medical providers, and healthcare advocates. With close to 500,000 Marylanders having gained access to coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, we wanted to focus on making sure protections are in place to retain coverage while discussing the ways in which positive changes can help to sustain the progress made. We will continue to meet several more times before the next legislative session.

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