December 10, 2014 |
The board of supervisors in rural Franconia Township revealed Monday that for five years, the town improperly used restricted funds to cover up an unbalanced budget. The Montgomery County township will have to pay back - with interest - more than $1.3 million worth of bond issues, open-space funds, and other money misused for operating expenses from 2009 to 2013. Supervisors Chairman Grey Godshall said the budgets were prepared and executed by the former township manager, who resigned in May. The reason for his departure has not been disclosed, but he received six months' severance from the township, according to records published by the Souderton Independent.
December 9, 2014
Joseph W. Borucki , a partner at Weber Gallagher, has been appointed to the Camden City Board of Education Foundation , a nonprofit organization supporting scholarships and cultural experiences for children in the Camden School District. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. , Philadelphia, has named to its board Keith Reeves , a professor of political science and faculty director of the Center for Social and Policy Studies at Swarthmore College, and Ira Kauderwood , an associate general counsel at the University of Pennsylvania.
December 5, 2014 |
DAVID KRAIN, a social worker in the city's Department of Human Services, will pay the Philadelphia Board of Ethics a $450 fine for violating a 63-year-old charter that prohibits some city employees from participating in political endorsements. According to an agreement released by the board yesterday, Krain was fined for political activity from 2009 to 2014, which included: taking part in a get-out-the-vote campaign, notarizing financial documents for politicians and recommending a consultant to help with a 2011 judicial campaign.
December 4, 2014 |
Gov. Christie has nominated to the Rutgers University board of governors a Democratic political strategist who in 2013 oversaw a fund-raising effort that underwrote attack ads against New Jersey Republicans running for the Legislature. Susan M. McCue, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), is a New Jersey native and Rutgers graduate. She launched the Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security, a super PAC that in 2013 spent more than $8 million in support of Democrats vying for seats in the New Jersey Legislature.
December 3, 2014 |
Under fire from at least 20 women who have accused him of sexual assault, Bill Cosby resigned Monday from Temple University's board of trustees, a seat he had held since 1982. The decision came amid mounting pressure from some corners for the university to cut ties with its beloved benefactor and longtime public face, including a Change.org petition bearing more than 1,000 signatures. The university late Monday afternoon issued a short news release with statements from Cosby and the board of trustees announcing the break.
November 22, 2014 |
SEPTA's board of directors on Thursday approved the recently negotiated contract with 5,000 bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, cashiers, and mechanics. The agreement with members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 avoided a possible transit strike. The pact, ratified this month by TWU members, provides a 5 percent raise over the two-year term of the contract. But it postpones difficult decisions on two major issues that will resurface soon: pensions and health-care contributions.
November 21, 2014 |
In rejecting SugarHouse Casino's "impassioned argument" that the Philadelphia area cannot bear another casino, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board relied partially on SugarHouse's own performance. The Gaming Board cited data showing that each of SugarHouse's 1,600 slot machines raked in an average of $299 per day in the year ended Sept. 30, or 25 percent more than the statewide average. Furthermore, in a 174-page document explaining its reasons for awarding Philadelphia's second casino license to Live!
November 21, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter has nominated JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, to serve on the city's Board of Ethics. If, as expected, Epps is confirmed Thursday by City Council, the five-member board would officially be composed of lawyers. Epps would replace the Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Her nomination was a complete surprise, she said Wednesday. She would join the board at a busy time, as it is likely to have some oversight of and opinions about next year's elections, including the races for mayor, City Council, and city commissioner.