May 5, 2016 |
The city's Department of Human Services is paying high overtime costs to keep up with hotline calls and investigations as it deals with staff vacancies and a growing number of children in its system, its acting commissioner said Tuesday. Jessica Shapiro, in charge since January while Mayor Kenney continues a nationwide search for the next commissioner, testified at a City Council hearing that the department will pay $12 million in overtime in 2016. Most of the money goes to keeping the child-abuse hotline staffed, she said.
May 3, 2016 |
Aqua America Inc., Bryn Mawr, has hired Susan F. Haindl as chief administrative officer. She had been a vice president at Anexinet, a provider of digital business solutions, and prior to that was managing director, operations, for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Univest Insurance, a subsidiary of Univest Bank & Trust Co., Souderton, has named Dennis Boyle senior vice president and employee-benefits practice leader. He had been vice president of sales for the eastern region at employee-benefits firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bryn Mawr Bank Corp., parent of Bryn Mawr Trust Co., has named Noel Collins, Brian K. Snyder, and Roderick A. Ward as vice presidents and relationship managers.
April 30, 2016 |
Stephen J. Traitz Jr., 79, a colorful labor leader who was the central figure in the Roofers union scandal of the 1980s, died Tuesday at his farm in Trooper, Montgomery County. The barrel-chested former boxer, who attended daily Mass and did not drink liquor, was known for being polite and soft-spoken, but he was caught on FBI tapes being profane and offensive, and, a federal jury concluded, guilty of bribing Philadelphia judges with cash-filled envelopes. Richard L. Scheff, who prosecuted the case, recalled sitting five feet from Mr. Traitz during his trial, and the defendant "treated me with complete respect.
April 29, 2016 |
Willie L. Williams, 72, an Overbrook native who became the first African American to head the Philadelphia and Los Angeles Police Departments and a major figure in law enforcement in the 1990s, died Tuesday night at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. Mr. Williams' sister-in-law Pat Odoms said pancreatic cancer was the cause. Mr. Williams, who began his career in 1964 as a Fairmount Park guard, was appointed Philadelphia's police commissioner in 1988 and served for four years. He earned widespread praise for improving police-community relations, increasing diversity in the upper ranks, and decentralizing the department.
April 27, 2016 |
Blanche Carney first set foot in a jail in 1994. The experience was life-changing. Carney was a foster-care social worker at the time, with a client jailed on a minor theft charge. Carney was bringing the woman's 6-year-old daughter to visit. She still recalls how the girl jumped as each inmate's name was called, her sprint when it came time to see her mother, and the pain of tearing the child away when the visit ended. "I knew, working with children in foster care - sometimes they're in loving homes, but there's always that separation issue," she said, "and I thought, well, what are we doing for the parents?"
April 18, 2016 |
Bring up self-driving cars and Pennsylvania's transportation secretary gets enthusiastic. Leslie Richards is just as excited about using apps to understand traffic, installing smart signs to shrink gridlock, or getting rid of registration stickers. In a state where ancient infrastructure and dense development can make big transportation projects impossible, Richards likes thinking about high-tech solutions to old problems. "In some ways we're forced to really look at technology," she said, "but I welcome that.
April 14, 2016 |
TRENTON - Thousands of Atlantic City students could find their school doors locked if City Hall does not remit tax revenues it owes the school district, a top Christie administration official warned Tuesday. "I need to ensure the Atlantic City School District receives the local levies that the city is obligated to collect on their behalf," Education Commissioner David Hespe told the Senate Budget Committee. Otherwise, he said, "I will have to close the schools of Atlantic City. " "I'm not sure what that moment in time is," Hespe said, but he added that the process has already started, because, he said, the city has not paid certain vendors of the district.
April 12, 2016 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission has a relatively new cop on the beat here: Sharon Binger, director of the Philadelphia Regional Office. The Philly office oversees enforcement and examinations for the mid-Atlantic region. Binger joined it from the SEC's New York office in 2014, where she was assistant regional director. In an interview, Binger outlined some recent cases and priorities, first highlighting the one filed last week against Paul-Ellis Investment Associates, which the SEC examined at the firm's offices at 1818 Market St. In a suit filed against Joseph Andrew Paul and John Dee Ellis Jr., both of Philadelphia, the SEC alleges that the men orchestrated a fraud of a dozen retirees that totaled $3.9 million.
April 10, 2016 |
Darby Township will swear in Pennsylvania's first black female police chief next week, the township said Friday. Regina Price, a 30-year police veteran from Florida, also will be Delaware County's first female police chief, said Richard Womack, the township's police commissioner. "It's really going to be a distinction," said Womack, who is also vice president of the Darby Township commissioners. "I'm glad to see the commissioners looked past race and looked past gender to get the best qualified candidate to run our department.