In suit settlement, Greene gleans gobs of green from city

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Carl Greene, in January photo, claimed he was wrongly fired.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Carl Greene, in January photo, claimed he was wrongly fired.
Posted: February 24, 2013

THE PHILADELPHIA Housing Authority will pay Carl Greene, its controversial former boss, $625,000 to settle a lawsuit he brought against former Mayor John Street and the authority.

After a dramatic trial with a politically star-studded roster of witnesses, the authority finally agreed on Friday to end the dispute over Greene's claim that he had been wrongfully terminated by Street, who, as PHA chair in 2010, produced a damning investigatory report on Greene that said he hid settlements in sexual-harassment cases from the authority's board and mismanaged money.

Part of the decision to settle, PHA interim Kelvin Jeremiah said, was that the authority had already racked up more than $1 million in legal fees in the case.

"Mr. Greene was asking for $4 million, $2.5 million, $1.9 million and $1.5 million - he's not getting that," Jeremiah said. "The conduct of the past was the conduct of the past, and we're actually trying to move forward and turn the page."

Greene's attorney, Clifford Haines, said the substance of his client's case, not money, was the real reason the authority settled.

"They can claim whatever motivation for settlement that they want. The truth of the matter is that they agreed to pay Carl Greene $625,000 to settle his claim against them," he said. "The most important thing is that we have undone some of the misinformation about Carl Greene and Carl Greene's behavior. "


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