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City Council nominee a polarizing figure in Federal Hill
City Council nominee a polarizing figure in Federal Hill

To his friends and supporters, Eric T. Costello is just what the City Council needs: a smart, hard-working community president with financial experience that could save taxpayers money. To his critics, however, Costello is just what Baltimore doesn't need: an ambitious, sometimes volatile leader more interested in pleasing the powerful than his neighborhood's residents. Costello, 33, a New York native, has been a magnet for controversy during his relatively short tenure in Baltimore. He was at the center of a heated community battle in Federal Hill over a proposed beer garden. Now he's been nominated to fill a council vacancy through a process critics say was a sham. ...

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