>Why is some local county councilman being stupid news?
Not sure if you're being rhetorical, but there's an answer.
In Maryland, the county is the primary local government. There is one "independent city" (Baltimore), and a small number of "incorporated cities" that have a limited amount of "home rule", primarily zoning.
States like New York and New Jersey, you have the State, the County, the Town, and the Village, all providing different levels of services and different levels of government.
In Maryland, you have the State and the County.