Fiscal Policy Mayor Bob McGrory believes
in responsible government. His attention to detail
has cut the Town's costs while enhancing services to
Mayor McGrory has worked with State and
County officials to ensure that Bladensburg's needs are
Bob has worked with the School Board and CEO to build
new schools in our community.
Vote against the Tax Increase
Mayor McGrory said in April that he would oppose a tax rate increase for the
Town, given that the Town's residents were already facing net tax increases due
to rising real estate assessments, as well as tax increases on the state and
county levels. In addition, the Town has substantial reserves to cushion
the impact of periods of national economic stagnation.
Unfortunately, in June, Bob McGrory was the only member of the Town Council to
vote against the budget that included a nearly 4% tax rate increase.
McGrory appoints Police Chief Sonya Proctor
Mayor McGrory appointed Police Chief Sonya Proctor, formerly of the Governor's
Office of Crime Control and Prevention and former Acting Chief of the Washington
DC Metropolitan Police Department. The Mayor's appointment was approved by
the Town Council at its meeting in April 2003, and Chief Proctor has hit the
ground running with new initiatives including Safety Saturdays and a renewed
emphasis on Neighborhood Watch groups and Community Policing.
Mayor Bob McGrory
The Town Council of Bladensburg appointed Bob McGrory as Mayor at its November
2002 meeting, upon the resignation of former Mayor David Harrington.
Harrington resigned to take up his duties as a member of the Prince George's
Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters Endorse McGrory's 2002 Campaign
Maryland chapters of the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club
endorsed Bob McGrory in his campaign last year to serve as a Maryland Delegate, recognizing his work in environmental
education, his support for ecology research, and his work to restore the
Anacostia River through organizations such as the Anacostia Watershed Society
and the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.
McGrory Event at 3 Brothers
Bladensburg Town Council Members, Hon. Marion Hoffman, Hon. Karla Koles,
Hon. Helen Robinson, held a reception on August 15, 2002 in support of their colleague,
Hon. Bob McGrory, in his candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates.
Remarks by County Council Chair, Hon. Peter Shapiro. The event at Three
Brothers Restaurant was well attended including guests former Delegate Darren Swain,
Colmar Manor Mayor Diana Fennell and present Delegate Victor
Ramirez, plus former Mayor David Harrington, now serving on
the County Council.
AFL-CIO endorses McGrory in 2002
During his interview with the Labor Council in early June, 2002, Bob McGrory
described some of his efforts on behalf of working people, including actively
supporting living wage campaigns, leading his employer's Human Resource
Development Committee where he sought enhancements to working conditions
and tuition benefits, and helping facilitate international elections for
the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Bob was especially gratified
to learn to receive a letter several weeks later indicating that the AFL-CIO
was endorsing his campaign last year to serve in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Bob McGrory filed
on May 31 as a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in the new
47th Legislative District in northwestern Prince George's County.
Seventy people, including now Senator Gwen Britt and Delegate Doyle Niemann, joined Bob for his birthday celebration and campaign party
that evening at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. After speeches by then
Mayor David Harrington, environmental activist Robert Boone, Senator
Paul Pinsky, and Delegate Rushern Baker, guests ate birthday cake and
took a pontoon Boat rides on the Anacostia River. Plan your event
in the beautiful Bladensburg Waterfront Park's Ropewalk Pavilion, located
next to the Peace Cross, where Rt. 450 intersects Baltimore Avenue at 4601
Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710.
Maya Isabelle McGrory
was born on April 5, 2002 at 3 minutes past midnight, weighing 8 pounds
3 ounces. She is a hit with her big brother Ian, who insists
on holding, kissing, ignoring, and jumping on her at all times. Maya
arrived just in time to celebrate the creation of the 47th Legislative
Celebration at World Arts Focus
Just hours after Maya's birth, Bob, Laura, Ian and friends welcomed 60
people to a celebration at World Arts Focus in Mount Rainer. Colmar
Manor Councilmember Sadara Barrow emceed the event, which featured speeches
by County Council Chair Peter Shapiro and former Bladensburg Mayor
and present County Council Member David Harrington.