New Baltimore Mayor to be Sworn In Today

May 9, 2019

Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young is set to be sworn into office.

The ceremony Thursday comes a week after his predecessor resigned amid corruption investigations.

Young began leading the mid-Atlantic city on an interim basis in early April, when Catherine Pugh took a leave from her role as mayor due to what her lawyer described as poor health following a bout of pneumonia.

Young automatically became the permanent mayor when Pugh resigned May 2.

The Democrat and longtime City Council member is mayor for the remainder of Pugh's term but has said he will seek reelection next year to the job of council president.

Pugh is facing investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

List of Items Siezed

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh
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Officials in Baltimore's City Hall have released a list of items seized by federal agents when they raided former Pugh's office.

The inventory released Wednesday sheds some light on the ongoing federal investigation into Pugh. She resigned a week after her offices, homes and other locations were raided by FBI and IRS agents and it became clear that a federal grand jury has been empaneled.

The seized items include Money Gram receipts, a laptop, compact discs, and a $100,000 check from the University of Maryland Medical System to Pugh's "Healthy Holly" company.

They also include paperwork for her "Squeegee Corps" youth program and settlement details for the purchase of one of her city homes. Agents also seized timesheets for Gary Brown, a Pugh aide who was recently fired.