July 26, 2014 |
Even as regional leaders approved a $10.5 billion plan to boost transportation funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch warned that road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction on the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund is nearing insolvency. In seven days, the Obama administration will have to start cutting its transportation reimbursements to states unless Congress acts. The current remedies with the most support in Congress are for temporary fixes that would mean another funding crisis come May. "I would hate to see all the hard work by Gov. Corbett and the legislature undercut by a lack of federal action," Schoch said Thursday, referring to a landmark state transportation-funding law signed by Corbett in November.
July 25, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge will preside over the case of the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader accused of assaulting a woman who worked at his law firm. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille this week approved the appointment of Philadelphia Senior Judge John L. Braxton to handle Robert J. Kerns' case in Montgomery County, Supreme Court spokesman Art Heinz said Wednesday. Castille is expected to issue an order finalizing the appointment by the end of next week, Heinz said.
July 25, 2014 |
Last year, Jim Capolupo was thrilled simply to be one of five finalists competing for the title of national superintendent of the year. For the lifelong Eagles fan, it was like playing in the Super Bowl - even though he didn't get to experience the thrill of victory. This year, however, the Springfield School District, Delaware County, chief was back in the game and took home his profession's equivalent of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. "I thought it was, you get one shot," said Capolupo, 61, who was named the nation's top superintendent by the 500-member National Association of School Superintendents last week.
July 24, 2014 |
Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp. (OARC), the controversial community development firm with ties to State Rep. Dwight Evans, has replaced its longtime chief executive officer, Jack Kitchen. In an announcement that made no mention of Kitchen, who led the organization for 14 years, OARC named Kimberly A. Lloyd, chair of the Lincoln University board of trustees, interim president and CEO. The announcement, made Monday, said the change was effective June 30. It could not be determined Tuesday what led to the change at the organization, which has been buffeted by a state inquiry into its operations and the loss of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies - in part as a result of Evans' loss four years ago of his position as chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
July 22, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District is dealing with more personnel changes, including the departure of the director of strategic partnerships after just one year. Stacy Holland will leave the district Aug. 31 to become executive director of the Lenfest Foundation, according to an internal memo last Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News . Holland was hired in September to head the new office. She had been the co-founder and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network.
June 29, 2014 |
Camden promoted two employees at a special City Council meeting Friday, making the business administrator a Municipal Court judge and the city spokesman the business administrator. Christine T.J. Tucker, who worked as business administrator for more than a decade, was appointed to the bench and sworn in Friday afternoon. The court previously had one full-time and two part-time judges, but Council passed an ordinance to add an additional full-time judge. The ordinance was approved by former Assignment Judge Lee A. Solomon and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
June 28, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In another blow to this struggling Shore resort, the Showboat Atlantic City hotel and casino may be seeing its last summer. Bob McDevitt, president of Unite Here Local 54, said he was notified by Showboat's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, that employees would receive layoff notices Friday. The union represents about 900 of the casino's 2,100 employees, said McDevitt, who was angered at what the loss would mean for the city and its workers. "For Caesars to close a profitable casino is a criminal act committed upon the citizens of Atlantic City," McDevitt said Thursday.
June 25, 2014 |
Sloan Gibson, acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visited the Philadelphia VA hospital Monday and encouraged potential whistle-blowers to come forward with concerns, as part of a goodwill tour amid the national appointment-delays scandal. Gibson's visit shed no new light on why the medical center in University City or the clinic it runs in Horsham were targeted for added scrutiny, according to local House members who met with him Monday. Gibson did not speak or appear publicly during his visit.
June 13, 2014 |
For the second time in seven years, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office has taken over the day-to-day operations of the Clayton Police Department. County officials say the circumstances of the two takeovers are very different. The first, in 2007, came after former Chief Frank Winters and his wife were charged with stealing more than $150,000 from the New Jersey branch of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The recent takeover happened quietly on May 14, after Chief Dennis Marchei took a leave of absence for what county officials have said were personal reasons.
June 11, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's chief of staff testified before a legislative panel Monday that he had played no role in the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge - and indicated that he did little to seek information about the incident as controversy mounted. During testimony spanning nearly seven hours, Kevin O'Dowd, a former federal prosecutor whom Christie has backed to become state attorney general, was pressed on why he asked few questions about claims that lanes to the bridge were shut illegally and for purposes of political retribution.