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A Message from Rick Abbruzzese

To my colleagues and friends,

Effective tomorrow, I will be leaving state government to begin working on the governor’s re-election campaign. I have enjoyed working with each of you over these last few years, and I have benefited greatly from the professionalism, knowledge and commitment that each of you bring to your respective agencies.

I believe that we have spent the last few years engaged in work worth doing — delivering results that have had a very definite and positive impact on people’s lives in our State. I also know that we have asked each of you to do more with less as the Governor & his Cabinet made difficult decisions to cut spending and reduce the size of government to deal with the national recession.

Over the next six months you will no doubt hear things (good and bad) about “the Governor’s record” in the media. But I would submit to you that it is not his record alone, but your record….

All of you have helped the Governor and the Administration in ways big and small to make our state government work more effectively – educating the public on foreclosure prevention assistance, putting people to work through capital and recovery projects, helping to end childhood hunger and reduce infant mortality, or helping small businesses secure access to credit…

The list goes on…

Helping to protect family farmers through drought and snow, promoting “buy local” products, supporting our horsemen and women, our trainers and breeders, or helping to restore the Bay, bringing back the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab, rebuilding the native oyster population (and soon the menhaden) – the work has been substantive and the results have been measurable…

The list goes on….

Building a system of interoperable communications for our law enforcement and first responders, equipping our correctional officers with stab proof vests and closing the House of Corrections, or providing critical social services like food stamps and energy assistance for families struggling to make ends meet, increasing the number of foster families in our state, and working to reform some of our state’s most troubled and historically neglected state agencies….

And the list goes on and on….

All of this has been work worth doing, and I have enjoyed doing it with you.

I hope you will all stay in touch. I can be reached at or 410-790-5002.

In my absence, please continue to work with Shaun and Christine and the rest of the team here.