Spector bills city $1,155 for trip to neighboring D.C.
Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector billed the city $1,155 to attend a three-day conference less than an hour away in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Registration for the National Association of Counties conference cost $515. Spector is seeking reimbursement for an additional $640 for her hotel stay, mileage, parking and food, according to an item on the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting.
Spector said that she spent the night in the hotel because she needed to attend a session at 7 a.m. Saturday. She chairs the ports subcommittee of the transportation committee which met early Saturday to go over their legislative agenda, Spector said.
"I always tell people how important the port is to Baltimore and the state," said Spector. "So much economic development is based on that port."
Spector said she spent two nights at the hotel and attended two of the five days of the conference.
The conference was held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the Woodley Park area, about 43 miles from Spector's official home on Park Heights Avenue in her Northwest Baltimore district. The hotel is even closer to the Downtown condominium where Spector spends the bulk of her time -- about 34 miles away.
Update: The Board of Estimates did approve Spector's travel costs this morning. An agenda for the conference lists the ports subcommittee meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, not at 7 a.m.