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Acting Baltimore Mayor Jack Young launches review of recent city contracts after 'Healthy Holly' scandal

Acting Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is launching a review of recent major city contracts after meeting with agency leaders this week, amid the fallout of the controversy over Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books.

Young’s staff have also asked for a review of pending contracts.

The Baltimore Sun reported on Monday that health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid $114,000 to Pugh’s book company. She went on to vote to approve a $48 million contract with the insurer for city employee health coverage.

Full coverage: Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' book scandal »

City council members Shannon Sneed and Ryan Dorsey have separately asked the inspector general to investigate the contract award.

Pugh announced Monday she was taking an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons. Young is filling in under rules spelled out in the city charter.

This article will be updated.

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Correction: Based on remarks Young made to reporters at an event Wednesday, an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the scope of the review. Young said he had asked for 90 contracts to reviewed, not contracts signed in the last 90 days. 
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