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Young re-invited to mayor's Ravens skybox

Unlike last year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young watched Sunday's home Ravens playoff game in apparent harmony.

The Sun photographed Rawlings-Blake and Young proudly displaying their team spirit in the mayor's suite.

The skybox unity stood in contrast to last season, when Rawlings-Blake rescinded an invitation for Young and his wife to join her in the city's skybox. The snub came after the council president criticized her administration's support for the beleaguered Grand Prix race. 

Rawlings-Blake and Young also battled last year during the city's budget approval, with Young arguing that more money should go to prevent fire companies and recreation centers from closing.

Lester Davis, a spokesman for Young, said there has never been personal animosity between the two city leaders. 

"They’ve remained on good terms," he said. "They’ve disagreed on some issues, but that hasn’t affected their relationship." 

The Ravens stadium was built with $200 million in public financing. According to the Maryland Stadium Authority, the offices of the mayor and the governor were given plum skyboxes through an addendum to the lease agreement for the stadium in 1995.

Rawlings-Blake frequently uses the skybox for both personal and political purposes, inviting city employees, community leaders, prominent business leaders, elected officials, donors to her campaign, and several family members to the box. 

On Sunday, the mayor wore a Ravens-themed pendant made by a local artist, that -- on the reverse side -- could double as a bottle opener.

"Which can come in handy -- occasionally -- at a Ravens game," she told The Sun.

Luke.Broadwater@baltsun.com

Twitter.com/lukebroadwater

 

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