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August 5, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
After using his veto pen to attack employee perks and demanding reform at the Delaware River Port Authority during his first term, Gov. Christie for the first time has the power to reshape the board that oversees the bistate agency. But the Republican governor has made no move to name his own representatives to the board of the agency - which has been under federal investigation for politically connected economic-development spending - since the terms of the eight New Jersey commissioners ended July 1. The commissioners were nominated or renominated to fill five-year terms by former Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2014
West Philadelphia Alliance for Children , a nonprofit that focuses on improving literacy in children by opening previously shuttered libraries in public elementary schools, has named the following officers: Keith J. Richardson, managing director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Development Corp., president; Ruth Brader , retired assistant general counsel in Wells Fargo & Co.'s legal division, vice president; Siobhan A. Reardon ...
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey appeals court has upheld Gov. Christie's appointment of a Hispanic civil rights activist to the Rutgers University board of governors, ruling against the state's top elected Democrat. Martín Perez's December 2012 appointment to Rutgers' main governing body, which took effect last July, "was a proper exercise" of Christie's authority, three judges ruled Tuesday. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) had sought to block Perez's appointment. He said Tuesday he would accept the decision, though he did not agree with it. "I'm glad it's over and so I will continue serving my state and my university," Perez, 65, said by phone Tuesday.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that he envisioned creating a nonprofit board composed of top business leaders that would reinvest gaming revenue from potential casinos in North Jersey into Atlantic City. Faced with the prospect of four Atlantic City casinos closing this year, Sweeney recently signaled an openness to casino expansion in North Jersey, possibly as soon as November 2015. Sweeney's idea is one of several being contemplated as the Shore city grapples with declining gaming revenue and worker layoffs.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The state Ethics Commission has launched a formal investigation into allegations that four Philadelphia legislators were captured on tape accepting money during an undercover sting investigation. The Ethics Commission revealed the investigation in a letter sent late last week to Gene Stilp, a Harrisburg activist. Stilp filed a complaint March 18 against the four Democratic lawmakers, two days after The Inquirer disclosed the existence of the long-running sting and that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had shut it down.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's finances are improving and are likely to continue doing so through 2019. The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) board made that optimistic determination Monday when it unanimously approved the city's five-year plan. The city's fiscal overseers cautioned, however, that various risks were still associated with the Nutter administration's long-term budget, including unresolved labor contracts, the School District's fiscal crisis, and the pension fund.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under pressure for its handling of sexual-assault cases, Swarthmore College turned to an outsider to oversee them: a retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. The college last fall hired Jane Greenspan, who has decades of experience as a trial and appeals judge and who now works as a professional mediator and arbitrator. "They wanted a neutral person, not connected to the college or the students," Greenspan said. "I just listen to them and try to make the correct decision, as I would in any arbitration.
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