Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Incumbents Helaine Zack and Dave Woodward officially begin to represent their new districts, which include Huntington Woods and Berkley, respectively.
It didn't have the pomp and circumstance of the presidential inauguration, but the Oakland County Commissioners recently also took the oaths of office in a smaller ceremony to start 2013. Incumbents Helaine Zack and Dave Woodward were re-elected in November to represent the 18th District, including Huntington Woods, and the 19th District, including Berkley, respectively. After taking the official oath Jan. 9, Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub, R-District 12, was named Oakland County Board of Commissioners Caucus Republican Chairperson. Her district includes Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, and Birmingham. Marcia Gershenson, D-District 13, will serve as Democratic Caucus Chairperson of the board. Her district includes Bloomfield …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In the wake of L. Brooks Patterson's Aug. 10 accident, county officials discuss who is in charge while he recovers. Some commissioners say they feel like they are being kept in the dark; Patterson's representative says he's focusing on the 'big picture.'
While Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash last month, his deputy is running the day-to-day show, Patterson's spokesman said Wednesday. Gerald Poisson, chief deputy county executive is running day-to-day operations in Oakland County government, according to Bill Mullan, Patterson's media and communications officer, while the county executive recovers at a private location. Patterson has not given a media interview or made a personal appearance since the auto accident in August. He was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained injuries to his hip, leg, ankle, five ribs and both wrists in the Aug. 10 crash. His spokespeople have said he is rehabilitating in an undisclosed location after …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Approximately 100 turned out to hear from activists, elected officials, and industry experts on the controversial issue involving natural gas underneath area waterways.
PONTIAC — Three hundred, twenty-two thousand, six hundred and nine. Activist LuAnne Kozma won't deny that it's a lot of signatures required to get her favored proposal for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on the Nov. 2014 ballot, but after a special town hall meeting on the subject, she feels optimistic. "I don't think we can rely on the current state government, or frankly, the future government to do this. It's a power that we, the people, have, and we need to do this for ourselves and future generations," said Kozma, the campaign director of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. Approximately 100 turned out to the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium Wednesday night to learn more on the subject and to …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
What's "fracking"? Find out in a town hall Wednesday night, that will look at the impact of new state-issued leases allowing fracking—a drilling process for oil and natural gas—in areas of Oakland County.
A town hall Wednesday night will look at the impact of new state-issued leases allowing fracking—a drilling process for oil and natural gas—in areas of Oakland County and elsewhere. The meeting, called by Oakland County Commissioners Jim Nash (D-Farmington Hills) and Craig Covey (D-Ferndale), is at Oakland County Commissioners’ Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph, in Pontiac, Michigan, on the Oakland County campus, from 6-8 pm. Sept. 12. Fracking—or hydraulic fracturing—is a process that involves digging deep wells up to 2 miles deep, and then filling them with millions of gallons of a water/sand/chemical mixture, according to a release from the commissioners. The wells are then given bursts ofintense pressure to loosen rock formations to …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack of Huntington Woods beat the Ferndale resident, who was a fellow Democrat incumbent, in Tuesday's primary race in the new 18th District.
Oakland County Commission candidate Craig Covey expressed gratitude to his supporters Wednesday and said he plans to stay involved in local and national politics. The current commissioner for the 25th District and former Ferndale mayor was defeated Tuesday by fellow Democrat and Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack of Huntington Woods to represent the new 18th District. Zack received approximately 54 percent of the vote, with 3,862 ballots cast, while Covey received approximately 46 percent, with 3,300 ballots cast. Republican Steven Zimberg of Huntington Woods ran unopposed. Covey and Zack currently serve on the commission but, due to redistricting, were competing to represent the new 18th district, which includes Huntington Woods, …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Craig Covey of Ferndale loses his seat to the Huntington Woods resident; Republican candidate Steven Zimberg, also of Huntington Woods, ran unopposed to represent the new 18th District.
Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack of Huntington Woods defeated incumbent challenger Craig Covey of Ferndale to represent the new 18th District on Tuesday. Zack received approximately 54 percent of the vote, with 3,862 ballots cast, while Covey received approximately 46 percent, with 3,300 ballots cast. "People have been wonderful," Zack said during an election party Tuesday night at her house. "Team Zack! We've knocked on at least 5,000 doors." The incumbent's kitchen was abuzz with activity as friends, family and supporters crowded around her daughter, Emily Zack, 25, who kept track of results as they came in on her computer. "I was calmer before," Helaine Zack said. "I'm getting nervous as the results are coming in." Covey, who …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Here's what happened in and around Berkley and Huntington Woods.
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Democrats Craig Covey of Ferndale and Helaine Zack of Huntington Woods, as well as Republican Steven Zimberg, also of Huntington Woods – who are vying to represent the new 18th district – participated in a candidate forum Thursday night in Ferndale.
Oakland County Commission candidates seeking to represent the new 18th district faced off Thursday night at Ferndale City Hall during a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Republican candidate Steven Zimberg of Huntington Woods and Democrats Craig Covey of Ferndale and Helaine Zack of Huntington Woods answered questions on budgets, priorities and more during the forum. The event was held to help educate residents in advance of the Aug. 7 primary, when voters will choose a candidate to move on to the general election Nov. 6. Covey and Zack currently serve on the commission but, due to redistricting, are competing to represent the new 18th district, which includes Huntington Woods, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Royal Oak Township and …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The incumbent makes a case for why he should be elected to represent the new 18th District, which includes Huntington Woods, in the Aug. 7 election.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I am running for re-election as the Democratic Oakland County Commissioner for the new 18th district, which now includes Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Hazel Park, Charter Township of Royal Oak, and Ferndale. Having served the people of Ferndale and the surrounding region for the past 13 years as a councilman, mayor, and county commissioner, I ask folks to vote in the Democratic primary coming up on Tuesday August 7, and to consider a vote for me in that election. Republicans in control of the state, the county, and the courts forced redistricting on us this year. That greatly affects our own cities including Huntington Woods and Ferndale. As the fundraising co-chair of the Democratic caucus, I fought against this power grab all last …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said he expects the Ingham Circuit Court ruling to be overturned by the state Supreme Court.
The fight over Oakland County redistricting continued Wednesday, as an Ingham Circuit Court judge ruled that a state law which would have allowed Republicans to redraw district lines and reduce the number of county commissioners is unconstitutional. Judge William Collette ruled the law unconstitutional because it would impose an unfunded mandate for taxpayers who would have to bear the cost of redoing the redistricting, The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. It also wouldn't provide enough time for review of a new map before candidates had to file by May 15 to run for office. The bill, which was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December amid controversy, would reduce the number of Oakland County commissioners from 25 to 21. It also allows…