Council Member Costello Named Chair of Budget & Fiscal Affairs
April 5, 2011

(NEWS RELEASE) Monday, April 4, 2011 – Council Member Stephen C. Costello, the At-Large Position 1 representative, has been named chair of City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. 

Costello, who has served as the committee’s vice chair since December, will take over the chairmanship at the April 5th committee meeting.  The Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, comprised of all fourteen council members, oversees expenditures totaling more than $4 billion dollars annually in the City’s General Fund, Enterprise Funds, Capital Improvement Fund and Equipment Acquisition Fund.  Costello will succeed Council Member Anne Clutterbuck, who has served as chair since January of 2008. 

“I thank Mayor Parker for the confidence she has placed in me with this appointment,” said Costello.   “I also thank Council Member Clutterbuck for her service over the past three years and her intelligent and insightful leadership. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to tackle the City’s current budget situation,” Costello added.  “With the new budget year beginning July 1, we have a real challenge balancing services with the funds available.  My colleagues and I have spent the past two months sitting down with department directors in a series of work sessions going over each and every program and service currently offered by the City.   We have examined services both in terms of their cost and their impact to the community.  The projected budget gap will force some tough decisions and I will work hard as chair of the committee to seek consensus in determining the future direction of our City’s spending. “ 

Costello also serves as chair of City Council’s Flooding and Drainage Committee.

Costello Has Endorsement Advantage In Runoff Race
December 2, 2009

Costello Wins Endorsement

of Former Opponent Rick Rodriguez

Also Endorsed by Bell, Quan, Firefighters

Stephen Costello has won the endorsement of one of his former opponents, Rick Rodriguez, in his campaign for Houston City Council At Large Position 1.

Rodriguez’s support is the latest in a string of endorsements Costello has received, including former Congressman Chris Bell, former Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Quan and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Costello has now been endorsed by both the Firefighters Union and the Houston Police Officers Union.

“I am pleased that Rick Rodriguez chose to endorse me,” said Costello.  “Rick ran a good race and I look forward to working with him when I am on Council.  I also am honored to have the endorsement of public servants like Chris Bell and Gordon Quan who have recognized that I am the best candidate.”

Costello has also been endorsed by Constable Ruben Davis, the Council of Engineering Companies, the Greater Houston Builders Association, the Houston Association of Realtors, the Houston Apartment Association’s Better Government Fund, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, Houston Building Owners and Managers Association and the Houston Contractors Association, along with many community, neighborhood and business leaders.

Stephen Costello is President and co-founder of Costello, Inc., a full service civil engineering firm based in Houston. The firm maintains a staff of over 110 employees with experience in transportation, drainage and flood control, surveying, municipal engineering and land development.  Costello will bring a unique background to City Council that includes an expertise in drainage and flood control, working with City Hall to improve and expand on green spaces a

City Council Candidate Karen Derr Picks Up Endorsement
December 1, 2009

Houston realtor Karen Derr is  facing engineer Stephen Costello in the runoff  election for the city council at-large position 1 seat.    On this second day of early voting, Derr’s campaign has sent out a news release touting an endorsement from former opponent Herman Litt, who lost in the general election.     (NEWS RELEASE) Houston, TX- Karen Derr candidate for Houston City Council At-Large Position 1 received the endorsement of Herman Litt former candidate for Houston City Council At-Large position 1.  Litt stated, “I am endorsing Karen Derr because of her background as a businesswoman who ran a highly successful real estate business and because her philosophy of governing and her goals for Houston are more closely aligned with mine. Among those that we share are building strong safe neighborhoods, encouraging economic development & job growth, and developing a sound infrastructure plan. Karen has worked hard & dedicated herself to make a real difference in Houston. She’ll continue to work hard for all of us on City Council.” Litt further stated, “I encourage my supporters to join Karen Derr & vote for her in the December run-off.”  Karen Derr stated, “I am very proud and excited to receive Herman’s endorsement. He has done so much in the community and in local politics and I am honored.” Derr further stated, “We will work until the very last minute of this campaign to bring our positive message to every neighborhood in the City. Neighborhood by neighborhood, working together we can improve quality of life, fight crime and keep taxes in check. I’m committed to meeting the City’s challenges head on and to making a difference for all of Houston.”   Karen Derr currently resides in the Houston Heights. She is the founder of Karen Derr and Associates Realty. The firm is listed in the top 25 residential real estate companies in the greater Houston area according to the Houston Business Journal. Karen Derr will make it a priority to create safer neighborhoods, to improve air quality and to assist small businesses.    

















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Thanks, But No Thanks, On That Endorsement.
November 29, 2009

City Council At-Large Position 1 candidate Stephen Costello is repudiating an endorsement from a controversial figure, who some view as a conservative  political kingmaker.

Late Sunday, Costello issued a statement through his media spokesperson stating, “Today, some people received a mail piece from Steven Hotze with his endorsements in  the upcoming city runoff elections.  I did not seek this endorsement and I specifically asked not to be endorsed by Mr. Hotze.  I am running to represent all Houstonians and my door at City Hall will be open to everyone.”

The mail piece sent by Dr.  Hotze,   the  leader of  Conservative Republicans of  Texas/ Harris County, is landing in mailboxes in time for the start of  early voting, which begins Monday, November 30th. 

It encourages voters to support Costello over  opponent,  realtor Karen Derr, who is described in the flyer as a “radical liberal, who was endorsed by the gay lesbian political action committee and supporters higher taxes on businesses.”  

Meanwhile,  Costello is praised as a candidate who “supports responsible economic policies that promote development and job creation.”

Hotze also endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor,  Brenda Stardig in District A, Al Hoang in District F, Andrew Burks in the at-large position 2 race, Jack Christie in at-large position 5 and M.J. Khan for city controller.

Unless you follow politics and are familiar with some of  the  behind the scenes players, you are probably asking yourself,  “what’s wrong with getting an  endorsement from Hotze?”

Democrats  argue that  Hotze has a long history of  engaging in race-baiting and  homophobic politics in city of  Houston/Harris County elections.

You can log on to his website and get more information.

While city of  Houston elections are officially non-partisan, all of the candidates have been trying to woo republican and conservative voters.

According to some political observers, conservatives are the only voting bloc that is still undecided in the race for mayor and other seats on the ballot.


Costello Endorsed By HAR
August 20, 2009

The Houston Association of  Realtors (HAR) has endorsed engineer Stephen Costello for the Position of Houston City Council At-Large Position 1.


“I believe Stephen Costello’s experience in building a successful civil engineering business and his leadership on the Memorial Park Conservancy will bring

a fresh perspective in resolving flooding, drainage, and green space issues,” said HAR Director Nancy Furst. 

 The Houston Association of Realtors has 23,000 members in the real estate profession.