Accomplishments

Councilmember George Leventhal doesn’t just talk about improving the quality of life in Montgomery County. He made it happen.  Through pro-active leadership and hard work, George initiated and passed legislation that is making a positive difference in the lives of Montgomery County citizens now and for years to come.

 

Among George’s signature accomplishments are:  

 

Montgomery Cares    

As chairman of the County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee, George was primarily responsible for creating the Montgomery Cares program in 2005 and he has been its leading advocate since then. He understood that the limited focus of the national health care debate—access to insurance—created an opportunity for leaders in Montgomery County to focus on the key issue for working families, which is access to care. Montgomery Cares program operates as a network of community health clinics serving the poor. Patients are served, often in their own language, at 28 locations dispersed throughout the County. Each site also dispenses free prescription medicines.

 

 

Bethesda Green    

In 2007 George Leventhal and Seth Goldman co-founded the Bethesda Green 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which promotes an environmentally sustainable ethic for the Bethesda community. Bethesda Green builds upon Montgomery County’s strengths to create a green industry cluster that will generate economic, environmental and social value for the County’s businesses and residents. Most of the funding has come from the private sector, leveraging very small investments of taxpayer dollars. Bethesda Green is the first green business incubator in the State of Maryland and provides support for small start-ups that could otherwise not afford their own space.

 

 

Purple Line    

George Leventhal strongly supports the Purple Line, an important transportation project that will connect Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, Riverdale and New Carrollton. Creation of the Purple Line will help to get more people off of our congested roadways, and will help to reduce fossil fuel emissions in both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. George also supports the Corridor Cities Transitway, which will serve commuters in northern Montgomery County, and the creation of a Bus Rapid Transit network. As a founder and ex-officio board member of Purple Line Now!, George has  tirelessly promoted the Purple Line light rail alternative and worked diligently with community groups, the County Executive, and County Council colleagues as well as state and Prince George’s County officials to ensure support for the Purple Line throughout the State of Maryland.

 

 

Among George Leventhal’s many other accomplishments are:

 

∙Requiring calorie labels on menus at fast food and chain restaurants. This enables consumers to make healthier choices.
 
∙ Co-chairing the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee, which put 
healthymontgomery.org on the web to help the public monitor our progress in improving public health. The steering committee works to guide the county's overall public health efforts.
 
∙Initiating the Task Force on Employee Wellness, who made recommendations for a culture of wellness among county government employees. Healthier and fitter county employees will bring down costs for taxpayers by utilizing less health care, and will be more productive. The culture of wellness we seek in county government, including the appointment of a wellness coordinator, can be a model for the private sector as well.
 
∙Being the prime sponsor of legislation that banned smoking in hallways and lobbies of multi-family housing. This followed George’s earlier support for banning smoking in bars and restaurants.
 
Legislation enacted to require county council approval, with public input, before the County Executive can sell or lease public property worth millions of dollars.
 
Legislation enacted to assist seniors and disabled people to stay in their homes by providing property tax credits for accessibility improvements.

 

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