July 1, 1994 |
Jimmy Tayoun is sitting in the shadows of his Middle East restaurant on Chestnut Street. The door opens and a figure is framed by the hot morning sunlight. It's his old buddy, Lenny. "I've been looking for you, you bum!" Tayoun says as the two men embrace like a couple of old bears. "You slob, you!" Lenny says. They both laugh. Tayoun is home. Back from three years at a federal prison camp in rural Minersville, where he did time for taking and delivering bribes. But the joint didn't beat down the ex-city councilman's entrepreneurial touch.
June 3, 1994
So we have former City Councilman Leland M. Beloff, a shakedown artist who "attempted to make municipal government a branch of the local mob," according to the judge who sentenced him, unanimously elected Democratic chairman of his old ward in South Philadelphia. Unanimously. And Beloff fresh out of prison. Even if this were a first, Beloff's easy return to political favor would be remarkable. He and his associates, including former Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo, tried to extort $1 million for a zoning approval.
October 26, 1992 |
Two years ago, the Democrats came within 151 votes of losing the 175th state legislative seat that serves Bridesburg and Frankford. Then last year, the map-makers in Harrisburg took over - it was time for re-districting. They reshaped the 175th, stretching it along the Delaware River from Society Hill through Frankford, cleansing it of some troublesome Republican areas. It is now much friendlier terrain for Democratic candidate Marie Lederer. Lederer, a veteran party loyalist from a well-known Philadelphia political family, has an energetic opponent in Republican Joe Lonergan, a weekly newspaper publisher and a newcomer to politics.
February 20, 1992 |
Some late suggestions for a new Philadelphia slogan (from LEN ROSEN): Philadelphia, where Camden really starts. The city in debt up to its armpits. Philadelphians don't mind living there but they wouldn't want to visit. Where crooks either get shot or elected. The city that gave ABSCAM the Welcome Mat. The city that builds high-rises to get away from it all. The city of teaching hospitals and plenty of reasons to die. The city of Catch-22s and catchers who hit .222.
January 7, 1992
JUDGE DEMPSEY SHOULD KNOW THE CONSTITUTION Several years ago, in one of the Abscam cases, former City Councilman Harry Jannotti was found guilty of conspiring to violate the federal Hobbs Act, which condemns official extortion affecting interstate commerce, and was sentenced to a fine and six months in jail. However, in 1987, he decided to run for Council again and filed his nominating petition. That was challenged. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the essence of the federal crime of which Jannotti had been convicted was bribery, and that his crime was "infamous" within the meaning of the Constitution.
October 25, 1991
Gutsy, tireless, State Rep. Connie McHugh asks a darn good question in her slugfest against the Democratic machine that has owned - and soiled - the City Council seat in the First District: Aren't you tired of seeing your councilmen wearing prison stripes? Indeed, Leland Beloff and Jimmy Tayoun, the last two councilmen from the First, which snakes along Philadelphia's southeastern edge, have been convicted and sent up the river for crude, money-grubbing, office-selling schemes.
December 18, 1989
During the gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey some cynics expressed the fear that James J. Florio, if elected, would put an unhealthy number of good ol' boys from his Camden County organization into key state jobs. Mr. Florio was elected, and he has announced his initial cabinet appointments, and it seems that the cynics were mistaken. So far, at least, Mr. Florio appears to be opting for competence over cronyism. He has named one Camdenite, three-term Mayor Randy Primas.
December 8, 1989 |
Gov.-elect James J. Florio yesterday announced the first of his cabinet appointments, nominating former U.S. Attorney Robert J. Del Tufo as state attorney general. Florio said Del Tufo's qualifications to become what he called the state's "top cop" were unmatched. "He knows the law and he knows law enforcement," Florio said at a news conference in the Senate chambers. Del Tufo, 56, of Morristown, said he wanted to return to government to carry on the public service legacy of his brother, former U.S. Attorney Raymond Del Tufo, who died of multiple sclerosis.
August 19, 1989 |
A judge yesterday sentenced John W. Jenrette Jr., a former South Carolina congressman, to 30 days in jail and fined him $2,000 for stealing a necktie and shoes from a department store in Virginia. Jenrette, 53, served 13 months in prison after he was convicted in 1980 of bribery in the Abscam affair, a sting operation in which FBI agents posing as Arab sheiks and businessmen offered bribes to lawmakers. Jenrette was found guilty in June of stealing a pair of shoes and a tie and altering the price tags on a shirt and a pair of pants at a Marshall's department store on Dec. 7. The jury recommended two six-month jail sentences and fines totaling $2,000 for two counts of petty larceny.