Ward One Alderman Richard Israel has announced his intention to resign at the close of Monday’s City Council meeting. He will be moving to Ginger Cove, outside city limits, which precludes his serving on the Council.
Dick Israel moved to Annapolis in 1975 and served 25 years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State. He was a founding member and president of the Murray Hill Residents Association and was a member of the Historic District Commission from 1983 to 1986. In 2005 Dick Israel was elected to represent Ward One on the City Council. He is on the Rules and City Government Committee and the Economic Matters Committee, and was formerly the Chair of the Finance Committee.
Dick told us that, as an Alderman, he would like to be remembered for his legislation. While space does not allow us to list the dozens of Alderman Israel’s bills that the Council approved, several stand out: The Council adopted his proposals to establish the Department of Economic Affairs and re-establish the Transportation Committee. He introduced bills establishing a citywide Heritage Commission and a Blue Ribbon Commission on City Finances. The Council approved his Adequate Public Facilities legislation, a Bond Fund, and the Citizens Committee to Review Alcoholic Beverage Laws (CCRABL). Dick sponsored legislation to investigate a Parking Garage on Compromise Street and to form a Task Force to Study the Police and Fire Pension Plan and Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB). His legislation brought us First Sundays, March Madness, and Boat Shows. As his service on the Council draws to a close, Alderman Israel has introduced legislation implementing parts of the City Dock Plan and an ordinance regulating Special Events.
Mayor Cohen praised Dick Israel as a consummate legislator. Alderman Arnett called him “the Conscience of the Council”. Both remarked that his broad knowledge of the City Code and attention to detail are invaluable to Council deliberations.
While serving on the Council, Dick Israel was continually attentive to his constituents. He has been a fixture at Ward One membership meetings, answering questions and solving residents problems.
I speak for all of Ward One in saying we will miss you Dick. Thank you for your tremendous service to our community. You have all of our best wishes for the future.
Ward One Residents Association