New Bill Doubles Fines for Illegal Construction

Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduces bill to increase DCRA fines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Contact: Tom Fazzini,, office: (202) 724-8180, mobile: (202) 262-8998

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced today in the DC Council would increase fines for shoddy home repairs, poor construction, condemnation, and vacant properties. The bill from Ward 1 DC Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau doubles these fines from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and then ties them to inflation. The bill also clarifies that DCRA can use its authority to issue multiple fines for repeat violators.

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Statement on Adams Morgan Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Contact: Tom Fazzini,, office: (202) 724-8180, mobile: (202) 262-8998

WASHINGTON — In response to news from Adams Morgan Main Street that it would cancel this year’s Adams Morgan Day Celebration, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau released the following statement:

 “I am very disappointed in this news. Adams Morgan Day is a celebration of what makes the community so unique. I have been in contact with organizers about how I can support their efforts to deal with the issues at hand and build a stronger organization in the future. Unfortunately, as the news reports show, the problem is larger than just money. There are irregularities that must be investigated and questions that need to be answered in order to move forward. I look forward to a speedy investigation so that the organizers can move forward with planning an even stronger celebration next year.”

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Policy Papers Developed After Community Collaboration Process

After engaging in a collaborative process with Ward 1 constituents, community leaders and issue-area experts, today Councilmember Nadeau released comprehensive documents outlining her major policy priorities. These working documents outline major challenges facing the ward, and ways that the Councilmember can work with the community to address those long-term issues through legislation and oversight of District agencies. The four areas of concentration are:

  • Housing
  • Education and Youth
  • Neighborhoods, Transportation and the Environment
  • Public Safety, Health, the Economy and Government Operations

Read the documents below:

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Ward 1 Update: My Vote Today: Budgeting with Values

Dear Friends -- 

As a new Councilmember, I set out to ensure that in my first budget vote today, I would not only have a deep understanding of what the budget contained, but also that I would have an impact on its contents. I sought to strike a balance between the specific needs of the constituents of Ward 1 and all of those I represent across the District. For the first several months on the job, I dedicated hours to oversight hearings, ensuring I could understand first-hand the voices of all those impacted by the work of our District agencies. 

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Feedback on R-4 Zoning Proposal

Today, Councilmember Nadeau submitted her feedback to the DC Zoning Commission about the proposed changes to R-4 townhouse zoning and "pop-ups." Read her letter after the jump.

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Ward 1 Update: New construction inspectors, Pepco-Exelon merger


Fighting back against illegal construction, bad landlords

As part of my work on the Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Committee, I proposed funding fortwo new illegal-construction inspectors and a new permit inspector at DCRA in next year’s budget. These new inspectors will allow DCRA to investigate illegal construction and better respond to complaints, including those received after hours and on weekends, as well as speed up its processing of permits, which will benefit new businesses and businesses trying to expand who are often held up waiting on permits.

Working with Councilmembers Silverman and Allen on the same committee, we also proposed funding for two additional attorney positions for the Office of the Tenant Advocate to protect the interests of renters, who make up the majority of DC residents. The lawyers will help tenants stay in their homes, purchase their buildings and preserve affordable units for the future. With the additional two attorneys, they are expected to be able to advise an additional 30 clients per week.

Read more: WAMU: D.C. Legislators Add Money For Illegal-Construction Inspectors

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Nadeau: “Serious Concerns” about PEPCO-Exelon Merger

Ward 1 Councilmember sends letter to Public Service Commission outlining her objections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 22, 2015

Contact: Tom Fazzini,, office: (202) 724-8180, mobile: (202) 262-8998

WASHINGTON — The proposed merger of PEPCO and Exelon raises serious concerns for ratepayers and could deal a setback to District renewable energy investments according to a letter sent today by Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau to the Public Service Commission, which is tasked with reviewing the deal. Nadeau sent the letter after reviewing all submitted testimony and hearing from a large number of constituents on the issue.

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Nadeau Requests DMV Send Bike Safety Info to DC Drivers

On Bike to Work Day, Nadeau asks DMV to work with bicycling advocates to help educate drivers about shared responsibility for safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 15, 2015

Contact: Tom Fazzini,, office: (202) 724-8180, mobile: (202) 262-8998

WASHINGTON — The DC DMV should work with regional bicycling advocates to send information to all registered drivers about being mindful of bike lanes and the shared responsibility for safety, according to a letter sent from Ward 1 DC Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau today, National Bike to Work Day.

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First 100 Days: Ethics Reform, Affordable Housing in Columbia Heights, Budget Oversight

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It's hard to believe it's already been 100 days since I took office. I am taking a break from budget oversight hearings to give you a quick update on what we've accomplished and how I'm working to keep my promises to the people of Ward 1.

This week, I cast the deciding vote to oppose a contract that would have allowed Corizon Health to provide health care services to DC inmates. I opposed the contract due to the for-profit company’s deeply troubling track record on patient care.

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Nadeau Works to Preserve Affordable Housing Project in Columbia Heights

Legislation will help redevelopment of 64 units of affordable housing at the Maycroft


Contact: Tom Fazzini,, (202) 724-8180

 WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a commitment to affordable housing, today Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau introduced and secured passage of emergency legislation along with Council Chairman Phil Mendelson that would help move forward the redevelopment of 64 affordable housing units as well as ground floor support services space at the Maycroft (1474 Columbia Rd. NW). The legislation will provide an exemption that allows Jubilee Housing, Inc., a faith-based affordable housing nonprofit, to secure its timeline for closing with its lenders, and facilitate the preservation of affordable housing in a neighborhood where demand far outstrips supply.

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