Gray Convenes Town Halls in Wards 3,8

James Wright | 4/11/2012, 3:21 p.m.

Gray said [if it was] Barry's intent to break up the meeting, he didn't appreciate it.

"I will not back down from anybody," the mayor said defiantly. "If you step up to me, I [will] step right back up."

However, across town, D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) proved to be far more courteous.

"I want to thank the mayor and his budget team for their hard work," Cheh, 60, said. "I am pleased with the budget overall but some changes will be made."

Residents of both wards weighed in on the proposed expansion of speed cameras in the budget.

Ward 8 civic activist David White expressed concerns that the speed cameras will be "everywhere" and that non-District residents will pay a stiffer penalty than D.C. residents. Gray said that the cameras "will not be everywhere because we do not have the wherewithal to do that."

"We cannot install them everywhere," he said. "If people just follow the law, they will not get a ticket."

But, in Ward 3, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Tom Whitely welcomes them.

"You have people from Maryland speeding down Connecticut Avenue from 7-9:30 a.m., like it is a race track," Whitely said. "We [District residents] should not have to put up with that."