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November 6, 2007 | By Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In response to a furor over the low real estate taxes on State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's mansion, the city tax board said yesterday that it would more quickly reassess Fumo's house and other similar properties. The Board of Revision of Taxes had planned to begin the reevaluations next spring. Its spokesman, Kevin Feeley, said the assessors instead would start their work Jan. 1. Feeley acknowledged the new schedule would have little practical effect. The new valuation on Fumo's house still will not take effect until 2009.
NEWS
January 23, 1986 | By Roger Cohn, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, responding to a court suit filed by a Center City church, asked the city Redevelopment Authority yesterday to release all documents concerning the authority's selection of him as redeveloper of a building on South Ninth Street. Fumo's request, which was made in a letter sent to the authority, came in response to a suit filed in Common Pleas Court last week by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George. The church, which also submitted a bid for the four-story building and lot at 253-255 S. Ninth St., sued the authority, challenging the designation of Fumo as redeveloper.
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July 9, 2010 | By Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, now serving a 55-month prison term, got an "enormous" break and should receive a much longer sentence, prosecutors said Thursday in a voluminous attack on the punishment imposed last July by a federal judge. "Common thieves" routinely receive harsher sentences than the once-powerful Democrat, who engaged in "breathtaking" corruption, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert A. Zauzmer and John J. Pease contended in their 268-page brief. "It is likely impossible to identify a defendant in recent years who stole over $2 million, abused a position of public trust, and obstructed justice in the process, who received a sentence anything like Fumo's," they wrote.
NEWS
May 3, 1988 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's plans to build a dream house in Washington Square West moved a step closer to reality yesterday when Commonwealth Court gave the Philadelphia Democrat a pair of legal victories. A three-judge panel upheld lower court rulings that said that Fumo's contract with the city Redevelopment Authority to purchase authority land was valid and that subsequent attempts by the authority to impose deed restrictions were improper. The court also said Common Pleas Court Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro had not exceeded his authority in a previous ruling on the case.
NEWS
November 20, 2008 | By Craig R. McCoy and Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Fighting a headwind of hostility from their own witnesses, the prosecution in the corruption trial of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo called Fumo loyalists to the stand yesterday in a bid to prove that Fumo had them run personal and political errands. One former Fumo aide, Gina Novelli, responded with "I don't remember" or a variant more than 30 times, but did acknowledge that her duties included paying the senator's personal bills and writing checks from his campaign committee. Another witness, state Senate computer technician Michael Podgorski, said he had handled a number of personal tasks for Fumo, such as looking into a GPS system for the senator's boat and helping the senator's daughter fix her computer.
NEWS
June 8, 2000 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
While Mayor Street's stadium negotiating team works on a way to pay for a ballpark at his chosen site at 12th and Vine streets, state Sen. Vince Fumo has come up with a price tag: $685 million. The figure is $125 million more than the Street administration's estimate just a month ago, and the Philadelphia Democrat concludes it's $370 million more than it would cost to build in South Philadelphia. The number, a Fumo statement noted, is more than the construction cost of both new stadiums in Pittsburgh.
NEWS
October 29, 1986 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Scratch state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's name from the list of Democrats who might enter the 1987 mayoral primary. Fumo, who began floating his name as a possible candidate eight months ago, said yesterday he's decided "to be a state senator, and have some time to spend with my kids and get their college educations squared away. " Fumo, 43, has a son, Vincent, 17, and daughter, Nicole, 14. All along, Fumo had peddled himself as a reluctant mayoral candidate, repeatedly saying he wasn't sure he wanted the job. At the same time, he said he was unhappy with the job Mayor Goode was doing, which had led him to consider entering a primary opposite Goode.
NEWS
March 20, 2004 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo said yesterday that he and Gov. Rendell, while Rendell was Philadelphia's mayor, directed spending from a controversial $40 million fund financed with commuter bridge and PATCO High-Speed Line charges. "That fund was administered by me and Ed Rendell," Fumo said yesterday during a radio interview. "In fact, I couldn't give 10 cents out of that fund, or even recommend it, unless Ed signed off on it. " Rendell later disputed Fumo's remarks. The governor said he had a much more limited say in how money was handed out. "I could access the fund for projects that I thought were worthwhile, but I didn't have the power to sign off on them," he said.
NEWS
July 7, 2009 | By Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, facing a potentially long prison sentence, popped The Big Question over the July Fourth holiday weekend to dress-shop proprietor Carolyn Zinni - and she said yes. A source familiar with the engagement said Zinni had been wanting to get engaged for some time as a sign of her commitment to Fumo, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 14 in his federal corruption case. "She loves this guy so much," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
NEWS
June 7, 2006 | By Emilie Lounsberry, John Shiffman, Thomas Fitzgerald and Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities are exploring whether State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, to help pay for renovations at his mansion, directed a nonprofit to purchase a warehouse owned by the contractor, sources said. Fumo's attorney declined to comment yesterday. A lawyer for the nonprofit defended the warehouse purchase, saying the group paid "fair market value" after obtaining an appraisal. The FBI's new line of inquiry in its sprawling, three-year Fumo investigation began after agents raided electrical contractor Donald "Gus" Dougherty's South Philadelphia home as part of a separate tax-fraud case.
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