April 20, 2015 |
While the city's legislators have to work together, Philadelphia City Council is overpopulated by members who reflexively follow Council President Darrell Clarke. Emblematic of this was Council's refusal to hold a public hearing on a $1.87 billion offer for the Philadelphia Gas Works. Council needs an upheaval to return it to its mission of representing the public. Fortunately, the crowd of candidates seeking five Democratic at-large Council seats includes political newcomers with impressive civic experience and potential.
April 16, 2015 |
Philadelphia Finance Director Rob Dubow was a bit more politic than his boss, but his message Tuesday was the same: The plans offered by the Democratic mayoral candidates to fund city schools just don't add up. "It is not like these are all horrible ideas," Dubow told a room of reporters. "It is, they just don't get the district what it needs. " That was a more measured assessment than one offered last week by Mayor Nutter, who called the candidates' solutions to the school funding crisis "bogus.
March 14, 2015 |
Gov. Christie's supporters have formed a super PAC that can accept unlimited donations in advance of an anticipated presidential campaign, an announcement that comes as the New Jersey governor confronts unfavorable poll numbers and rivals who lately have commanded much of the 2016 spotlight. Christie's political team also has expanded, with three hires made for a separate committee, an adviser said Thursday. The Super PAC, America Leads, was started by Phil Cox, former executive director of the Republican Governors Association (RGA)
November 17, 2014
ISSUE | TIME Kids' safety tops A recent letter urging the extension of daylight saving time year-round overlooked crucial issues ("Dark winter evenings pose a double risk," Nov. 11). A study quoted did not account for schoolchildren on the roads in the morning. In winter, daylight would not come to many parts of the country until nearly 9 a.m. That would place in harm's way many children waiting for buses or walking to school. Also, there would be more accidents as commuters rush to work.
October 7, 2014
Airgas Inc. , Radnor, supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases and hard goods such as welding equipment and related products, has named Jack Appolonia president, Airgas East region. He had been vice president of construction since 2008. Lincoln Financial Distributors , the wholesale distribution business of Lincoln Financial Group , has hired Kathy Leckey as vice president and head of strategy for its Retirement Solutions Distribution business. She had been senior vice president for business development at Realty Capital Securities L.L.C., New York.
May 12, 2014 |
Robert W. Deaton, 88, of Marlton, former finance director of the Catholic Diocese of Camden who retired in 1997 as diocesan director of long-term care facilities, died of complications from pneumonia Thursday, May 8, at the Virtua Marlton medical center. Born in Camden, Mr. Deaton graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1944 and served as a Navy radio operator on PT boats during World War II in the South Pacific. Mr. Deaton became a bookkeeper for Kenney's, a former restaurant across from Camden City Hall, and in the late 1950s and early 1960s he was comptroller of the firm that operated that eatery and Kenney's Suburban House in Cherry Hill, his son, Robert W., said.
March 16, 2014 |
CONSHOHOCKEN Conshohocken officials on Friday fired the borough manager, a longtime employee who also served as finance director. Francis Marabella had worked for Conshohocken for more than eight years, Councilman Robert Stokley said. But in recent months the council members began considering that the borough's operations and finances might be more efficiently managed by two people, not one. "It's a lot of work, holding those two positions," said Stokley, who indicated that the council decided several weeks ago to terminate Marabella.
September 26, 2013 |
Irvin R. Davis, 79, of Philadelphia, who helped guide the city and then the school system in money matters for four decades, died Thursday, Sept. 19, of respiratory failure at Nazareth Hospital. Mr. Davis was best known as city finance director under Mayor Frank L. Rizzo in the 1970s and finance director for the School District in the 1980s under Superintendent Constance E. Clayton. He worked under tremendous pressure, advising officials on vendors, taxes, teacher contracts, pensions, federal and state funding, capital projects, and bond issues.
April 4, 2013 |
U.S. REP. Allyson Schwartz has not officially announced plans to run for governor in 2014. But that hasn't stopped the rush of Democrats interested in grabbing her 13th District seat, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. One of them, former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, predicts that Schwartz's political plans will be made clear next week. Saidel, who filed federal forms two weeks ago to run for her seat, said he signed on last week to serve as chairman of Schwartz's political-action committee for governor.