Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The former Lakewood mayor officially announced his decision Wednesday afternoon, according to our partners at WEWS News Channel 5.
Ed FitzGerald was once the leader of Lakewood, now he hopes to be the leader of Ohio. FitzGerald made his gubenatorial candidacy official with an announcement on Wednesday, according to our partners at WEWS News Channel 5. He will likely square off against current governor and republican candidate John Kasich. FitzGerald, a democrat, is currently the Cuyahoga County Executive, a position he was elected to in 2010. He moved to Lakewood in 1989. After serving on a few city boards and committees while practicing law, he was appointed to Lakewood City Council in January 1999 and has been to more than 300 council meetings since. FitzGerald was elected the city's mayor in November 2007, and took office in January 2008. Would you vote for Ed …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Cuyahoga County officials warn against paying third-party vendors when the service is available for free through the county.
If you're looking for assistance in appealing your property valuation, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald warns against using third-party companies. The county offers assistance for free at the County Fiscal Office and the Board of Revision, according to a press release. ValueAppeal, LLC of Seattle and Tax Compliance Services, LLC, a company with a Cleveland mailing address, are two of several companies mailing letters to Cuyahoga County taxpayers indicating the county’s value of their property might be in incorrect and that "the owners could be overpaying by thousands of dollars," the press release states. Some companies offer "a custom or specialized report" for a price, said Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer Wade Steen. "However, the…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Former Lakewood mayor and potential candidate for Ohio governor, FitzGerald told a group of college students he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Obama.
As Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald travels the state rallying support for his possible run for Ohio governor, he's been attracting the attention of the folks at Politifact Ohio. Recently, they checked out a claim published late last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer that FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, said he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Barack Obama for president. Politifact Ohio called that claim mostly false. They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first, but neither was FitzGerald. Does this mean anything to you in deciding whether you think FitzGerald has a shot at the governor's seat? Tell us what you think.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Former Lakewood mayor tells the Plain Dealer that Ted Strickland's decision to sit out 2014 “accelerates” his own gubernatorial exploration. Would you vote for him?
Ed FitzGerald, the former Lakewood mayor and current county executive, is eyeing a run for governor in 2014. According to the Plain Dealer, former governor Ted Strickland's decision to stay out of the race “accelerates” FitzGerald’s own gubernatorial exploration. It would appear as if FitzGerald — a Lakewood resident — is gearing up to challenge Gov. John Kasich. "I don't have a date set for making a final decision," he told the Plain Dealer. During the past year, FitzGerald has hosted a couple political fundraisers in the area and he’s made several appearances around the state. He hasn’t been exactly shy about his political interests. "I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to run," Mayor Michael Summers recently told Lakewood Patch. It's…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Power is still out for thousands in Lakewood, however crews are working “around the clock.”
County executive Ed FitzGerald stood at a makeshift podium Friday at the corner of Lake Road and Cove Avenue in front of more than a half-dozen TV cameras to reassure county residents that the relief and cleanup effort is well under way. FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, was flanked by current Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers and Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid as well as other county officials. “This is the first major weather incident that the new county government has really tried to deal with,” said FitzGerald, who is also a Lakewood resident. Just steps away from the press conference were several energy company employees working to repair the wreckage from Superstorm Sandy. Just hours before, Lake Road had reopened after five …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Poll workers said the turnout wasn't too high; but we captured some of the action anyway.
Poll workers in Lakewood said they've seen higher turnout before. That didn't stop Lakewood Patch from making the rounds to capture some of the action. To see more Election Day photos, visit the Lakewood Patch Twitter page to see our feed.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald hosted his ninth Town Hall Meeting in Cleveland Heights and discussed county challenges and goals
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald shared his priorities with a crowd of about 70 people Tuesday night during his ninth Town Hall Meeting in the Cleveland Heights Community Center. First, he said the county has to restore trust with its residents in the aftermath of scandal and corruption. He went through a list of challenges facing Cuyahoga County, including a more than 100,000 person population drop in the past 10 years, 9,405 foreclosed homes in 2011 and more than 10,400 in 2010 and high school and college achievement rates that are “significantly” below the national standards. The high school graduation rate is 71 percent, and 27 percent of people have college degrees. “If all those challenges weren’t enough, the corruption …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This will be the Cuyahoga County Executive's 9th town hall meeting
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will speak at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The event will mark his ninth town hall meeting for Cuyahoga County residents. ''The town hall meetings are an opportunity to update the residents of Cuyahoga County on the exciting changes that are taking place in county government and give an overview of what the next year will bring for Cuyahoga County,'' said FitzGerald in a press release. ''A review of the State of the County will be included in the presentation.'' FitzGerald will also take questions from the community.
Friday, February 3, 2012
County Executive FitzGerald announces effort toward regionalization.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants to push regionalization forward, with the county making its services available to cities on a contract basis. Speaking at the City Club for his second state of the county address, FitzGerald said Greater Cleveland cannot compete against other metropolitan areas with the inefficiencies that come with having functions performed by 59 different communities. "It is self-evident that our current patchwork of individual kingdoms is powerless to execute any coordinated strategy to compete in a global economy," he said. As part of his "Western Reserve Plan," FitzGerald proposed that the county start with computer services and eventually expand the level of services offered. "The concept is simple and …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Lakewood Patch invites readers to suggest the biggest news stories from the past year.
Lakewood has seen its share of big news in 2011. This week, we’re going to run our Top 10 most-popular stories of the year, but we’d like to ask what were your favorite stories of 2011. There’s been plenty of action — so there’s plenty to choose from. We have had a political merry-go-round that started when former-mayor Ed FitzGerald was elected as Cuyahoga County’s first-ever county executive and councilwoman Nickie Antonio was elected to the statehouse. Those changes set in motion a chain of office vacancies, appointments and departmental shifts in city government. News broke at the beginning of the year that the Detroit Theatre property was going to be sold and demolished to make way for a new McDonald’s. There’s been more, too. …