News Articles

George Buenik Named Director of Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Feb. 20, 2018City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today his selection of George T. Buenik, a retired Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief and chairman of the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Public Safety Committee, to serve as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Continue Reading »

Department of Neighborhoods to Resume Heavy Trash Code Enforcement March 1, 2018

Feb. 16, 2018City of Houston

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating floods, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) placed a moratorium on the enforcement of heavy trash codes to give residents reasonable time to clear debris, junk and other materials from their properties.   Continue Reading »

This Week at City Hall

Feb. 16, 2018Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Public Feedback Sought on New Flood Prevention Regulations; FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Program and the elevation of 40 flood-prone homes; Junk Waste Collection Services to Resume Continue Reading »

Public Feedback Sought on New Flood Prevention Regulations

Feb. 13, 2018Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

Mayor Pro Tem Cohen and her colleagues received apresentation at a Special-Called Joint Meeting of the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee and the Regulation and Neighborhood Affairs Committee regarding proposed changes to Houston’s building code ordinances relating to flooding. Continue Reading »

Seeking New Cohen Ambassadors for 2018

Feb. 9, 2018Ellen Cohen

I’m pleased to announce that we are now accepting new applications for the 2018 Cohen Ambassador Program (CAP)! Continue Reading »

This Week at City Hall

Feb. 2, 2018Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Water Bill Relief and Trailers for Harvey Victims; Voter Registration Deadline is Monday; Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet PTO 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast. Continue Reading »

Houston City Council agrees to cut water bills bloated by Harvey

Jan. 31, 2018Houston Chronicle

Houston City Council agreed to forgive enormous water bills thousands of households faced after Hurricane Harvey, voting unanimously to approve a one-time suspension of its bill collection rules amid widespread anomalies. Continue Reading »

After Harvey, Houston wants to change how it develops. What you need to know

Jan. 30, 2018Houston Chronicle

Mayor Sylvester Turner last week rolled out a series of proposed changes to the rules that govern how Houston protects against floods as it develops, and they are a departure from years of incremental tweaks. Continue Reading »

This Week at City Hall

Jan. 26, 2018Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting: Making Houston Stronger; Register to Vote by February 5th; and public meeting to discuss the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Continue Reading »

Turner proposes stricter development rules to boost flood control in Houston

Jan. 25, 2018Houston Chronicle

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday proposed tightening development rules to strengthen Houston’s defenses against flooding, the city’s first concrete step to change building practices since Hurricane Harvey inundated hundreds of thousands of homes last August. Continue Reading »