Tasco calls bull on Nutter for rec delays

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Posted: April 04, 2013

COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco on Tuesday literally called "bulls---" on the Nutter administration's explanation for why a project in her district was delayed last year.

Tasco last week accused Mayor Nutter's administration of holding up a $3.5 million renovation at Oak Lane's Sturgis Recreation Center because she opposed an issue related to Nutter's plan to privatize Philadelphia Gas Works. She continued her attack at a budget hearing Tuesday.

"What was the priority over Sturgis? There was nothing wrong with that project. The money was there. . . . There was no question there," Tasco told Nutter's chief of staff, Everett Gillison, during a heated exchange.

"The only thing I would differ with you, Councilwoman, on is that as you know, it does require either my signature or -" Gillison started to say, before Tasco cut him off.

"Just stop, just stop, just stop cause all of that is bulls---."

Gillison maintained throughout the interrogation that Tasco's project was not singled out and that many projects get delayed.

"Your project was one of many projects," he said.

Nutter's spokesman, Mark McDonald, has said the delay happened because the administration was focused on "other pressing issues." He did not specifically address whether Tasco or PGW was a factor on Sturgis.

Tasco chairs the PGW commission and voted in January to oppose a measure in which the utility paid for communications and lobbying fees to explore the sale. Tasco wanted the city to pay for it, but Nutter wanted PGW to pick up the tab. The mayor won in the end, with a majority of the commission voting for Nutter's plan and Tasco dissenting.

The Sturgis project is now back on track, the administration said.


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