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Olszewski Satisfied With Road Paving Redistribution

Dundalk Democrat is one of three to benefit from dust up between four County Council members and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Councilman John Olszewski Sr. doesn't know much about his against by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

But what the Dundalk Democrat does know is that more than $3 million in supplemental money is coming to his district for road paving projects. Money that four of his colleagues believe was taken from projects in their districts days after favored by Kamenetz.

"All I know is that the administration told me my district was getting more money," said Olszewski. "I was happy about it."

Olszewski along with Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, an Oliver Beach Democrat, and Todd Huff, a Timonium Republican, voted not to table the controversial bill that would have eliminated overtime as part of the pension calculation for some county workers.

Two days after their vote, Don Mohler, in an email obtained by Patch, told each of them they would receive more than $3 million each—nearly $10 million total—for road resurfacing projects in their districts in the current budget year. That's about 40 percent of the $25 million total set aside for such projects for the current budget year that ends June 30.

Olszewski said he didn't know how much of the $25 million had been allocated to his district before the additional money was awarded.

Yesterday, Patch reported that Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and fellow Democratic Councilmen Ken Oliver and Tom Quirk, and Republican Councilman David Marks said for voting to table the bill. All four said access to department heads has been restricted, resolution of constituent complaints impeded and that they believe money for projects in their districts was being redirected.

Olszewski said no promise of additional money was ever made to him before his vote.

"There was no quid pro quo," said Olszewski. "I voted on the merits."

When asked if he thought the additional money awarded last month came out of his colleagues' districts, Olszewski referred the question to the affected council members.

"You'll have to ask them," he said. "I don't know if that's how they see it."

"All I know is that there are a lot of roads in my district that need repaving," said Olszewski.

Olszewski said he hoped the issue wouldn't divide the council.

"I just hope we're able to do the people's business like I've done for the last 14 years," said Olszewski.

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Shell9 April 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
In Response to my comment..I know that this started back in the day of Mayor Schmoke...We were promised we would not be saturated with section 8. It would be dispersed throughout the county. Why we had to take the city's section 8 to begin with was criminal in my eyes. When O'donnell Heights closed or part of it, we go the residences. Yes, I am mad. I have friends on both sides of the isle. People who are on section 8 who just need a leg up. They take care of their homes. They are trying. I have hard working friends who own homes and yards look ghetto. BUT a section 8 house or rental is more likely to have bad tenants or ghetto yards or pit bulls. Especially if the tenants are coming from the inner city. I respect our police department. I may not always agree, but I respect them. I teach my kids to respect the law. I see on the news every night how the Baltimore City Police is being blamed and disrespected. How can our county police keep our once very safe Dundalk safe anymore??
John Gooder April 23, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Most respectfully, buzz, I've never read a nice comment by you about the county exec. You do seem to be pretty one sided against him. Is that because of the johnny o connection, because I do have to say, the guy isn't raising taxes like all of the other counties and the state.
kevin April 23, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Dundalk lost it's soul when they through out Lou depazzo.They painted him as a racist because he TRIED to stop the section 8 planned dumping on Dundalk. The local Democratic club went after him with a vengance and what has happened ? If Dundalkians were honest and looked at who they followed we would have a totally new council,delagates and state senators next election.But they won't they'll follow the machine .Stupid is as stupid does.
Lori DePazzo Piechocki October 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Kevin... I always found it odd that they tried to paint my father as a racist. He was the least racist person I ever knew.. didn't they remember that he was full blooded Italian who was also was treated with prejudice for that reason? I find it funny that people just vote straight down party lines... it's a very sad statement that our voters do not really read up on where each candidate stands on issues. But nonetheless.. thank you for the kind words about my father.
kevin May 12, 2013 at 06:33 AM
Wow with rain tax and North Point Goverment Sale Scandel This Comment Should Be reposted Clear across all Baltimore County Patches Isn't Gardina EPA Sustainabilty Rain Tax, Moxley Is he advising county on all lawsuits were losing And Johnny O with North Point Plus his Scandalous failing to report a job that provided his company work by KK The New Dundalk high along with the North point Goverment Scandal This post By Meg O' Hare Is Relevant Today May 12th 2013 across All Baltimore County !!!

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