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Annapolis Mayor Under Fire

Annapolis Mayor Under Fire

| March 16, 2010, 10:42 AM | 0 Comments

CAO Appointment Challenged When Josh Cohen took office in December, he realized that he had a tough road in front of him. As he began to dig a little deeper, he began to realize it was much more difficult than anticipated. He has faced three record breaking snow storms, making a decision to cut programs […]

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Bomb Dogs Search City Hall

Bomb Dogs Search City Hall

| March 11, 2010, 09:24 AM | 0 Comments

Police Will Not Confirm Threat Last week, we reported (and opined) that the addition of an executive protection detail for Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen and Chief Administrative Officer Doug Smith was excessive. We received reports that, in addition to the 24-7 police protection, a daily sweep of City Hall by a K-9 team trained in […]

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Annapolis Budget Released

Annapolis Budget Released

| March 09, 2010, 12:19 PM | 0 Comments

Budget Summary New Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen made a promise to be more transparent with City Government. He has kept true to his word. He maintains a blog and regularly updates on Twitter. Last night a summary of the budget was available at the Council Meeting. While there were close to 200 people in attendance, […]

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Uphill Battle For Cohen

Uphill Battle For Cohen

| March 09, 2010, 11:17 AM | 0 Comments

Air Of Mistrust From Council & Employees If the State of the City address was any indication, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has a battle on his hands and considering he is in his first three months of a four year term, the word “contentious” comes to mind. It is apparent that the Council, as a […]

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Fuzzy Math At City Hall

Fuzzy Math At City Hall

| March 06, 2010, 09:13 AM | 0 Comments

What Are The True Numbers? Over the course of 44 days, the news from Annapolis City Hall has indicated that there is budget deficit. However, they can’t seem to figure it out exactly. Since January 21, 2010, the current year deficit began at $2.6 million, ballooned up to $3.1 million (19%) and has now settled […]

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Annapolis Chief Concerned For Mayor’s Safety

Annapolis Chief Concerned For Mayor’s Safety

| March 04, 2010, 09:21 PM | 0 Comments

Protection Detail Assigned For Cohen And Smith Rumors have been swirling for a few days that Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen now has an executive security detail.  Apparently, he and Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Smith, were escorted into Tuesday’s forum by a police detail. Certainly with the layoffs promised by Cohen and Smith, there is a […]

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Annapolis Budget Forums

Annapolis Budget Forums

| March 02, 2010, 10:03 AM | 0 Comments

Image via Wikipedia Mayor Encourages Feedback Last night, about 60 people filled the Media Center at Georgetown East Elementary School to listen to a presentation about the City of Annapolis’ Budget (or lack of a budget it seems). The Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Smith, succinctly outlined the problems facing the city. It is […]

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Dear Mr. Mayor

Dear Mr. Mayor

| February 12, 2010, 04:44 PM | 0 Comments

An Open Letter To Josh Cohen Dear Mr. Mayor– I hope this letter finds you well and that you were finally able to find that Advil you were looking for the other day. I am writing this to offer some constructive suggestions for future snow removal for the City.  I have carefully read your blog […]

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Cohen Takes A Beating

Cohen Takes A Beating

| February 09, 2010, 10:31 AM | 0 Comments

Mayor’s Blog Flooded With Comments For those who don’t know, you should. Mayor Cohen has a blog where he periodically writes to keep everyone informed. It is one of his initiatives and a follow through on his promise of transparency in government. Yesterday, he took to his blog to ask for patience and to update […]

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County Council Selection

County Council Selection

| December 18, 2009, 11:37 AM | 0 Comments

Chuck Ferrar Elected Selected To AA Council At last night’s County Council meeting, local businessman Chuck Ferrar was selected to replace the vacancy created by Josh Cohen. Ferrar is the owner of Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits in Annapolis. Ferrar steps into politics at a crucial time for the County as the council remains deeply […]

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Maryland Prepares For Major Snow

Maryland Prepares For Major Snow

| December 18, 2009, 10:53 AM | 0 Comments

Annapolis Prepares For Major Overtime The area is bracing for a major snowstorm. All of the weather-guessers are excited and trying to outguess the other one. They are even starting to lay pre-blame for a botched forecast. This morning, we heard ranges from 2″ to 4″ up to 12″ to 18″ with a disclaimer that […]

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Update On Cohen’s Ax

Update On Cohen’s Ax

| December 17, 2009, 10:16 AM | 0 Comments

Mayor Sort Of Clarifies Cuts The Mayor’s Office just released an update to the press release of yesterday.  Today, it indicates that there were six positions eliminated. They also eliminated an Assistant Public Information Officer. Cohen’s office is now claiming that the only two vacant positions were the Chief Information Officer and the Special Assistant […]

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Not So Fast Mr. Mayor

Not So Fast Mr. Mayor

| December 16, 2009, 09:29 PM | 0 Comments

Cohen’s Ax Was Dull NOTE: Toward the bottom of this post, we used the term “consultant” in an allusion to Doug Smith. Mr. Smith is a “contractual employee” of the City and we regret the error in choice of words. Earlier today, we reported that Mayor Cohen had begun to wield the axe in an […]

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Cohen Wields Ax At City Hall

Cohen Wields Ax At City Hall

| December 16, 2009, 04:06 PM | 0 Comments

Eliminates Five Positions, Makes Good On Campaign Promises In an effort to combat the fiscal uncertainty of Annapolis’ future, Mayor Josh Cohen has eliminated five positions from the bloated City. According to a press release, in order to offset the new positions created in his first week, Cohen has eliminated the Chief Information Officer, Executive […]

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Cohen Freezes

Cohen Freezes

| December 15, 2009, 12:58 PM | 0 Comments

Mayor Implements Hiring Freeze Realizing what the former Mayor wanted to hide, Mayor Cohen has issued a hiring freeze to deal with fiscal mess he inherited last week. The freeze is effective immediately. The Police and Fire Departments will still be able to hire, but only with approval from the Mayor and the Chief Administrative […]

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Has Mayor Cohen Slipped Already?

Has Mayor Cohen Slipped Already?

| December 11, 2009, 04:20 PM | 0 Comments

Annapolis Mayoral Appointments Raise Eyebrows Three months ago, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen was on the campaign trail begging for votes. One of his biggest obstacles was the close ties he was perceived to have with former Mayor Ellen Moyer. After eight years, the citizens of Annapolis were clamoring for solid change at City Hall. Josh […]

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Meet The Candidates

Meet The Candidates

| December 08, 2009, 03:24 PM | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel County Council Forum Tomorrow Night The Anne Arundel County Council will be appointing a replacement for Josh Cohen who resigned his seat to become Mayor of Annapolis.  The process will be swift and county residents will have little input into the decision. The forum is tomorrow, the interviews are on December 17th, and […]

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Annapolis Citizens: Input Needed

Annapolis Citizens: Input Needed

| December 08, 2009, 08:50 AM | 0 Comments

Public Forum To Shape Future At yesterday’s inauguration, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen announced a Public Forum for Thursday, December 10th from 5-7pm at Wiley H. Bates Middle School. The purpose is to seek input from residents on eight key areas–environment, budget, Market House & City Dock, parking & transportation, economic development, government structure & permitting, […]

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Another Delay On Slots?

Another Delay On Slots?

| December 07, 2009, 07:58 PM | 0 Comments

Councilwoman Tricia Johnson In Hospital After attending the Inauguration of Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen earlier in the day, County Councilwoman Tricia Johnson is apparently being treated at the hospital. There have been no updates as to why she was admitted or her condition. The County County Council was scheduled to possibly vote on the slot […]

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Spelling Counts

Spelling Counts

| December 07, 2009, 06:06 PM | 0 Comments

Prior to Mayor Josh Cohen’s Inauguration, a slide show was being projected on the screen highlighting what truly is special about Annapolis. The following photo was taken and has been edited to increase the contrast and to add the circle. But for the record, we are a CapitAl City!

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Cohen Announces Team

Cohen Announces Team

| December 04, 2009, 10:57 AM | 0 Comments

Core Adminitstration Team Names Released In a 10:00am press conference this morning, incoming Mayor-Elect Joshua J. Cohen announced several members of his administration which he has dubbed his “Core Administration Team”. If nothing else, some of these appointments prove the adage “politics makes strange bedfellows.” Cohen had pledged to change the way business was done […]

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Slots Shenanigans

Slots Shenanigans

| December 02, 2009, 07:23 PM | 0 Comments

Middlebrooks Recuses Himself From The Slots Vote Anne Arundel County Council, it seems, is doing everything possible to avoid voting on the slot issue one way or the other.  The issue is scheduled to be up for a vote on Monday, December 7th and requires four votes of the seven member Council to pass. Today, […]

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