Rick is committed to the following areas:
Public schools are critical to our community. Our students deserve the highest standards for a quality education. Homeowners and businesses will be attracted to quality schools, strengthening the Baltimore County economy and property values. In addition, we must make higher education more affordable so that residents of the County can take advantage of opportunities in our Community College campuses, improving their ability to prosper and contribute to our area.
Maintaining a safe environment is critical to our continued growth. We must assure that we have proper funding and training to support our law enforcement agencies. As an active volunteer, I am particularly interested in making certain that our agencies have the most updated technology and resources to carry out their duties. Our personnel should reflect the diversity of our community to better serve and respond to our population.
Taking Care of Our Seniors
I want to ensure that our senior citizens are given the resources they need. He will work to increase funding for the Department of Aging in order to make transportation more accessible to improve their access to wellness, advocacy, and other social services.
Parks, recreational facilities, and open spaces are critical to the vibrancy of our community. While serving on the Baltimore County Planning Board, I voted to increase the open space waiver fees so that developers will now pay their fair share of fees that are vital for providing for increased open space in our communities. We must assure that opportunities exist for families and groups to get together for a variety of activities, including biking, sports, music and the arts. The county should continue its efforts in recycling and other activities to improve our environment.
Economic Strength & Development
It is imperative that we fulfill the need to attract quality business to Baltimore County in order to create sustainable and well-paying jobs for our area. I believe that a Council Person should serve as a liaison between the county government, local businesses and community associations. The liaison will play an active role in strengthening communications, facilitating action from the Council on community ideas and concerns.
It is estimated that there are currently 12,000 individuals in Baltimore County between the ages of 16 and 24 who neither attend school nor are employed. It is important to reach out to this population to ensure their well-being and assist them in becoming contributing members of the community, both by furthering their education and/or helping them to fill vacancies in the work force. I will continue my work with community colleges and local businesses to engage young people in educational, intern and work opportunities. These efforts will pay off for our youth and communities.
Rick Yaffe for Baltimore County Council
I have proven that when I see a need in the community, I will take action to see that the need is met. I pledge to continue to do this on behalf of Baltimore County District 2 residents, responding to them and assuring that their voices will be heard. I will advocate for our community with the hope of bringing the highest quality of life possible.
About Rick Yaffe
A successful business owner and involved community volunteer, I am a lifelong resident of Baltimore County. I grew up in Pikesville and attended Fort Garrison Elementary, Pikesville Middle, Franklin Middle, and graduated from Pikesville Senior High. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration. Butler Medical Transport was founded by me out of my passion for serving others, and it serves the Baltimore metro area with trained health care professionals 7 days a week, 365 days a year, employing a staff of 300. Since the late 1990’s I have been an active member of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, serving as President for 11 years. I have proven myleadership abilities in the community as well as in business. My wife Eileen, and I have been married for 36 years and we reside in Owings Mills, and have 3 children and 2 dogs.
Rick has served the Baltimore County community in numerous leadership positions, including:
Foundation Chair, CCBC
Board Member, Beth El Congregation
Firefighter and Paramedic, Chestnut Ridge and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Companies
Advisory Board, Jewish Vocational Services
Member, Baltimore County Planning Board
Landmark Preservation Commission