May 5, 2009 |
When Alan and Sheila Hunter decided to move into an old convent in South Philadelphia, they saw beauty behind the asbestos that hung from the ceiling and the plywood that covered the walls. "We came into the chapel and my wife started to cry," Alan Hunter said in an interview. "You could feel the presence of the nuns who had lived here. " There was nothing holy about what happened after that. Then-State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo wanted the property for a charter school. He leaned hard on Hunter to sell.
July 24, 2009
I was disappointed by the Fumo sentencing. He plotted and manipulated "OPM" to live off the fat of the land. He used his position to live a life of comfort, lies and manipulations at everyone else's expense. This is a sham and disgrace. He was in a position to do good, but chose to do otherwise. I thought we were prosecuting Fumo for his crimes - so much for "justice. " Veronica Wojnar, Philadelphia
August 2, 2013 |
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo returns to Philly on Tuesday, 1,436 days after he surrendered at a federal prison outside of Ashland, Ky., to serve time on public-corruption charges. Fumo must report to the Kintock Group, a 400-bed halfway house on Erie Avenue at Whitaker Avenue, which describes itself as a "residential environment for male and female offenders who are beginning their transition back to the community. " If that goes well, Fumo will return home to his mansion on Greene Street near 22nd Street in Fairmount to finish his sentence under house arrest.
June 30, 1990 |
Philadelphia Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was expected to be released from a hospital here today after being admitted early yesterday for severe abdominal pains. Fumo was described by aides as "doing well. " A Polyclinic Medical Center spokesman said last night that Fumo was listed as "satisfactory. " Aides said the South Philadelphia Democrat rested yesterday, awaited medical test results, and did some work on the telephone. Several lawmakers who visited Fumo described his spirits as good.
March 5, 1988 |
Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) said yesterday that he has accepted a $50,000 out-of-court settlement from a small newspaper in the Harrisburg area that called him "the unofficial representative of the Mafia" in the state Senate in an editorial published five years ago. Fumo at the time called the March 16, 1983, editorial by the Hummelstown Sun, a weekly with a circulation of about 7,000, an "outrageous ethnic slur. " Fumo issued a news release calling the settlement "a victory for responsible journalism everywhere.
May 12, 1990 |
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday emphatically endorsed Bob Blasi of Roxborough in the Fourth Senate District Democratic primary. In so doing, Fumo vehemently denied that he would drop his support if Blasi's campaign did not pick up steam in the final days of the campaign. "It is an absolute lie that I have made a deal with any other candidate or am backing down from my full support of Bob Blasi for state Senate," said Fumo, who called a news conference to quash the rumors of a deal in the making.
January 29, 2000 |
State Sen. Vince Fumo yesterday lost his gubernatorial appointment to the Delaware River Port Authority, but it doesn't appear his seat will be getting cold. By the end of the day, Auditor Gen. Robert P. Casey Jr. had agreed to let Fumo, a Democrat, remain on the port's board as his representative. "The auditor general recognized Sen. Fumo's expertise in the economics of port development, and offered to let Vince take his position," said Fumo spokesman Gary Tuma. "Vince is happy about it. He no longer serves at the pleasure of the governor, and now he has more freedom to exercise his own ideas.
March 20, 1989 |
Far and away, the biggest PAC grabber in the Philadelphia delegation is Democratic Sen. Vincent Fumo. He got $157,582 from PACs, more money than 31 of the city's 33 legislative members who ran last year spent on their campaigns. Fumo also received the largest single PAC contribution of the delegation - $15,000 from Philadelphia Teamsters Local 115. Other Teamsters locals also gave to Fumo. All together, Teamsters gave Fumo $22,000. "He's not our boy, but he's our senator," said Teamsters chief John P. Morris.
March 13, 2008
There's no disputing that State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has done a lot of good for Philadelphia during 30 years of public service. By his own estimate, Fumo has brought $8 billion to the city over the years. He was probably the most powerful legislator of his era. But in the end, unrivaled power was also his flaw. Fumo, who announced his retirement yesterday, didn't know how to limit his seemingly limitless reach. His arrogance and apparent greed brought about a federal corruption indictment that is forcing him from office.
February 4, 2009 |
A pair of fervent allies of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo tangled bitterly with prosecutors yesterday as they defended their work with the powerful Democrat. One of Fumo's taxpayer-paid drivers - he had three - accused prosecutors of "disrespect" for interviewing him not long after his son had died of a brain aneurysm at age 26. And the director of a Fumo-backed nonprofit bristled when prosecutors said that a Fumo aide had deleted e-mails on her computer even after her records had been subpoenaed.