March 22, 2011
Spector bills city $1,155 for trip to neighboring D.C.
Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector billed the city $1,155 to attend a three-day conference less than an hour away in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Registration for the National Association of Counties conference cost $515. Spector is seeking reimbursement for an additional $640 for her hotel stay, mileage, parking and food, according to an item on the agenda for Wednesday’s Board of Estimates meeting.
Spector said that she spent the night in the hotel because she needed to attend a session at 7 a.m. Saturday. She chairs the ports subcommittee of the transportation committee which met early Saturday to go over their legislative agenda, Spector said.
“I always tell people how important the port is to Baltimore and the state,” said Spector. “So much economic development is based on that port.”
Spector said she spent two nights at the hotel and attended two of the five days of the conference.
The conference was held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the Woodley Park area, about 43 miles from Spector’s official home on Park Heights Avenue in her Northwest Baltimore district. The hotel is even closer to the Downtown condominium where Spector spends the bulk of her time — about 34 miles away.
Update: The Board of Estimates did approve Spector’s travel costs this morning. An agenda for the conference lists the ports subcommittee meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, not at 7 a.m.
Julie Bykowicz has been a reporter at The Baltimore Sun for more than a decade. She hit the campaign trail for the 2010 governor’s race and has covered the Maryland General Assembly since January 2009. Julie previously focused on criminal justice, juvenile services and legal matters. She lives in Baltimore.
John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.
Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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