Community Members Greet Mayoral Candidate

By Balinberg

Posted on 04/05/11

Baltimore, MD - April 5 - This past Sunday, at a brunch fund-raising event, members of our community had the opportunity to meet Otis Rolley, a resident of our community and a candidate for Mayor of Baltimore.

Fifty people attended the event hosted by Israel "Elgy" Elgamil to discuss the future of the city and learn first hand the background, experience and plans Otis Rolley has, should he become Mayor.

Otis resides in the Cross Country community, with his wife and children. His children attend the JCC's pre-school. He holds a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT, with a concentration in community economic development. He is a strong proponent of bringing community back into the City by lowering property taxes and upgrading the quality of resident services.

Otis was Director of Planning and Deputy Housing Commissioner for Baltimore City and Chief of Staff to a former Mayor. He is a consultant for governments to make them more efficient and cost effective in the delivery of services.

Otis strongly points out that Baltimore needs a more holistic approach if it is to thrive as a City. He pointed out the population loss and corresponding loss to the tax base, because of a regressive tax approach, that drives businesses and jobs away from Baltimore city. He also discussed other quality of life issues, i.e. education and crime.

The event was hosted by Dovid Charnowitz; Andy Diamond; Jeremy Diamond; Ed Hoffman; Jeff Kagan; Dov Ocken; Yitzie Pretter; Yitzy Schleifer; and Frank Storch.

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