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United States District Court in Maryland Grants Motion to Dismiss

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the United States District Court for the District of Maryland granted Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc’s (“MERS”) motion to dismiss a complaint that the court noted was “difficult to decipher” and a “variation on a form complaint circulated on the internet.”

Delaney, Gibson Introduce Legislation to Begin Bipartisan Action on Climate Change

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) have introduced legislation to find bipartisan consensus on climate change and drive economically viable solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the public health and environmental consequences of unchecked climate change. The Delaney-Gibson bill was introduced with three Republican and three Democratic cosponsors.

Capital Costs at an All-Time Low for Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program

The latest round of bonds issued through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Local Government Infrastructure Financing program had the lowest capital cost in its 28 year operating history. This indicates that interest rates are hitting historic lows, and demonstrates the current financial mechanism and approach the agency utilizes to raise capital for Maryland’s local governments works well and achieves excellent results. Michael Karimi Real Estate Realtor

Cummings, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants to Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $2,498,734 in grant funding to help low-income public housing residents in Baltimore find and keep good-paying jobs.

Boustany Announces Emergency Disaster Assistance for Lafayette and Baton Rouge

Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $13 million in disaster assistance funding for Lafayette and Baton Rouge under the Declared Disaster Recovery Fund.

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $10.8 MILLION TO FIGHT VETERAN HOMELESSNESS IN MARYLAND

>U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded 10 veterans assistance programs that operate in Maryland a total of more than $10.8 million to help better address the needs of homeless veterans. The federal grants come from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program – an initiative designed to prevent homelessness by bolstering outreach, case management and other crucial services to low-income veteran families.

STRONG SALES RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2016

In a strong turnaround from the previous month, there was a 12.1 percent surge in home sales in August, according to the Maryland Association of REALTORS®, (MAR).  While there were declines in smaller rural markets, overall most counties had strong sales activity. Leading the pack was Frederick County with a 28.3 percent increase, followed by Charles County at 27.6 percent and Calvert County at 25 percent. Average price rose by 2.5 percent and median price climbed by 4.1 percent as compared to the same time period in 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $10.8 Million to Fight Veteran Homelessness in Maryland

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.)have announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded 10 veterans-assistance programs that operate in Maryland a total of more than $10.8 million to help better address the needs of homeless veterans. The federal grants come from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program – an initiative designed to prevent homelessness by bolstering outreach, case management and other crucial services to low-income veteran families.

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $700,000 in Federal Funds to Improve Rail Infrastructure in Baltimore County

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Federal Railroad Administration has awarded the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) $700,000 to improve four crossings in Rosedale, Maryland. The area was the site of a train derailment and explosion in May 2013

Delaney, Hanna Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Solution in Wall Street Journal Letter

Writing on the need for international tax reform in the Wall Street Journal Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-22) have called for congressional leadership to focus on a bipartisan solution that pairs tax reform with increased infrastructure investment. The letter was written in response to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s op-ed on the flawed international tax system.

Congressman Ami Bera Addresses Mather Veterans Village Dedication

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) delivered remarks at the Mather Veterans Village dedication. Congressman Bera has been a strong supporter of the village, by securing 50 additional housing vouchers for the project from both the VA and HUD, which was key to keeping the project on schedule. He also participated the groundbreaking of the project in October 2014, and his office has worked to provide services and information to many of the veterans who will be living in the village

MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES $20 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MAJOR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN MARYLAND

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation and Montgomery County will each be awarded $10,000,000 in federal funding for improvements along North Avenue in the City of Baltimore and US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor. Senator Mikulski is the Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and these annual Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Sept. 3

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$10 Million Federal Grant Approved for BaltimoreLink’s ‘North Avenue Rising’ Project

Federal, state, and local officials today gathered at Coppin State University to celebrate the award of a $10 million federal grant for the North Avenue Rising project in Baltimore City, which is part of the Hogan administration’s transformative BaltimoreLink transit improvement plan. The $27 million North Avenue project will be jointly funded with $14.7 million from the Maryland Department of Transportation, $1 million from Baltimore City, and $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Cardin Statement on Apartment Explosion in Silver Spring

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to an explosion at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Md., that caused at least two fatalities, multiple casualties and the displacement of over a hundred residents.

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Federal, State and Local Housing Officials Celebrate Opening of Senior Rental...

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Bonifant at Silver Spring, a mixed-income 11-story apartment building with 149 units for seniors age 62 or older

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Baltimore Real Estate Agent Sentenced to Over Two Years in Prison...

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Michael Gerard Camphor, age 60, of Baltimore, to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on charges arising from the fraudulent purchase of four properties in Baltimore, using fraudulent loan documentation and straw purchasers, resulting in losses of over $735,000. At the sentencing on February 28, 2016, Judge Bredar also ordered Camphor to pay restitution of $735,363.47 and to forfeit $962,274.95