Author Archive for Sudip Bhattacharya

Who Makes What Money on the D.C. Council?

This morning, the Examiner reported on the salaries of D.C. Council staffers and members. The paper especially focused on staffers earning more than $100,000, which the Examiner says is one in five employees of the council. The highlights of their findings:

Schanette L. Grant, chief of staff for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans: $132,000
Jordan H. Hutchinson, chief of [...]

Natwar Gandhi’s Mostly Painless Confirmation Hearing

Natwar Gandhi, the District's chief financial officer, coasted through his Council confirmation hearing today, as witness after witness effusively praised his 12 years in the job. Among those who testified was one of Gandhi's predecessors as CFO, former Mayor Anthony Williams. “Picking someone who has already been working in the city not only sends a powerful message [...]

Gray on Mendo: “You’re Not Going to Find Anybody More Hard-Working”

Mayor Vince Gray has a new D.C. Council chairman to work with, or clash with, as the case may be.
And at an event touting the District's new social media initiative this afternoon, Gray tried his best to get things off to a good start between his administration and new Wilson Building heavyweight Phil Mendelson, who was [...]

McDuffie Preaches Unity, Thanks HTJ

New Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie pledged to be a uniter and not a divider at a breakfast held in his honor this morning at Israel Baptist Church. No kidding! His speech included a shout-out to his disgraced predecessor, Harry Thomas Jr.
“I’m going to work hard to bridge the gaps between communities that have felt [...]

Kenyan McDuffie Officially Joins D.C. Council

Once the Honorable Erik P. Christian administered the oath of office on Wednesday afternoon, Kenyan McDuffie became Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie of Ward 5.
When McDuffie first appeared in the standing-room-only crowd, the audience stood up and applauded for him. When he started speaking about the support he received from his family and especially from his wife, [...]

Vince Gray on Kenyan McDuffie: “An Outstanding Choice”

Mayor Vince Gray was very happy this morning about Kenyan McDuffie’s win in Ward 5.
Asked about last night's election at a press conference today, Gray called McDuffie "an outstanding choice." *
“First of all,” Gray said, “it was a resounding turnout in Ward 5. Lots of people voted yesterday and an overwhelming number of people voted [...]

Ward 5 Votes to Replace Harry Thomas Jr.

Ward 5 voters have a few hours left to get to the polls to pick a replacement for disgraced former Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., off to 38 months in federal prison soon for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from D.C. taxpayers. (Polls close at 8 p.m.)
Washington City Paper spoke to some voters in today's [...]