Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a $5.71 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year 2023 during a May 10 press conference. The proposed budget is an increase of $487 million, or 9.3%, from the FY 2022 budget. According to Turner, $364 million of the increase is due to enterprise funds for drinking water and consent decree.
Crime in the City of Houston on decline since ‘One Safe Houston’ initiative was created by Mayor Sylvester Turner
HOUSTON – It’s been nearly 100 days since Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his latest initiative to combat crime in Houston. “We are launching the One Safe Houston crime reduction initiative,” said Turner back in early February at City Hall. While the total cost of the...
A project that involves redesigning a portion of 11th Street in the Heights to include better bicycle and pedestrian facilities is nearing the end of the design phase, but Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced May 3 he intends to take a closer look at the project following opposition from some Heights residents.
HOUSTON (KIAH) – Houston is home to many different cultures. Including one of the largest Muslim communities in the Southern Region. To honor this group, Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a proclamation for May 2nd to officially be recognized as Eid-Ul-Fitr Day. It’s a day of celebration to mark the...
Mayor Sylvester Turner recently signed a sweeping decarbonization policy for City-owned and operated buildings, following the recent release of the two-year update on Resilient Houston and the Climate Action Plan (CAP). As the CAP outlines, buildings represent over 40% of both municipal and city-wide emissions, making them a key lever for achieving the CAP’s emission reduction targets (40% from 2014 levels by 2030, 75% by 2040, and 100% by 2050). This policy addresses the emissions associated with the City’s 550+ buildings, by:
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Mayor Sylvester Turner is encouraging Houstonians of all musical abilities to participate in this year’s Make Music Day (MMD) in Houston. The participatory day-long celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the summer solstice, and longest day of the year. Over 90 cities nationwide took part in...
Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council Approve Historic Paid Parental Leave Policy for City Employees
Marking a historic day in the city of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council unanimously approved a paid parental leave policy for municipal employees. Beginning May 14, 2022, eligible employees can request paid parental leave instead of relying only on saved vacation time or unpaid leave after the birth or adoption of a child.
Mayor Sylvester Turner to take immediate action on sale of stolen catalytic converters with new ordinance
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking an immediate initiative to crack down on the sale of catalytic converters. “We are going to be putting forth an ordinance that says we cannot resell these catalytic converters,” said Turner during an interview Monday morning. The mayor was direct...
Ashley Turner, daughter of Mayor Sylvester Turner, married Jimmie Captain Saturday night at Citadel Houston with 424 guests in attendance. The bride wore a custom wedding gown designed by Julie Ihe of NMA Couture. The groom dressed in an Allen Johnson tuxedo. Captain, 43, and Turner, 35, met three years...
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston First Corporation Launch International Trade and Marketing Initiative in Mexico
HOUSTON, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston First Corp. (HFC), and the Greater Houston Partnership are spearheading an economic development and integrated marketing campaign in Mexico as part of an aggressive strategy to reinforce Houston's position as the top city for global trade, tourism, business, and leisure travel from Mexico.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a revised meet-and-confer agreement between the city and the Houston Police Officers’ Union in early March that would provide a 10.5% pay raise for police officers during a three-year period and make adjustments to police oversight. The contract is expected to go before Houston...
As Houston Mayor Sylvester puts it, he has two heads on his body that are often fighting each other. One is focused on climate change, working to lessen its impacts on a city that has seen seven federal disasters in the past 6 years and pleading with officials at the United Nation's climate conference, COP26, to push for more ambitious carbon reductions. The other welcomed leaders of the world's oil and gas industry at the World Petroleum Congress in December, defending much of the industry as other mayors call them "antithetical" to climate goals.
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with several leaders from Texas Medical Center, METRO, and several popular Houston-area attractions held to discuss traffic and parking plans for spring break. In a news release, the City of Houston partnered with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Museum District, Hermann...
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke at the 33rd annual Walk to End HIV on Sunday afternoon, hosted by the AIDS Foundation Houston. The event, according to a news release, is Houston’s single greatest response in the fight against HIV/AIDS, raising funds for local community service organizations supporting almost 30,000 Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.
In a Feb. 24 press release, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the suspension of a policy requiring all employees and visitors to wear a mask in municipal buildings. This comes after a Feb. 23 announcement from Turner, in which he said “the country is beginning to move into a new phase of the pandemic.” With Houston’s positivity rate declining, the city is now seeing manageable hospitalizations, Turner said.
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After almost seven years of service as a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County board member, Sanjay Ramabhadran has officially been appointed as the new board chair for the public transportation agency. The appointment was announced during a Feb. 17 news conference by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Ramabhadran has served...
Selection is the Mayor’s Second Historic Appointment to Lead the Agency. This past week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner nominated a well-respected engineer, long-time community leader, and current METRO board member to serve as the next Chair of the public transit agency. Sanjay “Ram” Ramabhadran has served on the METRO...