May 10, 2012 |
He may be behind bars, but former state Sen. Vince Fumo is still casting a long shadow over Philly policy debates. As City Council contemplates how to provide protection for homeowners whose tax bills could soar under Mayor Nutter's proposed property-tax plan, a tax break passed by Fumo in 1988 may prove crucial. The bill Fumo ushered through the Legislature 24 years ago allows the city to give tax relief to longtime residents of gentrifying neighborhoods. But to use the power, Council had to decide how much relief to grant and which sections of the city would be eligible — and it never could reach agreement.
August 1, 2009 |
Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo got another bout of bad news this week when he was notified that he was losing his pension due to his upcoming jail sentence, the Inquirer reported online yesterday. Fumo's pension from the State Employees' Retirement System had been $100,500 a year. He began collecting on it when he retired from the state Senate in December. Fumo, 66, was convicted in March of 137 counts of conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice and related offenses.
June 30, 1990 |
Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, one of the main participants in the state's budget negotiations, was hospitalized in Harrisburg early yesterday after suffering lower abdominal pains. Fumo, 47, a Philadelphia Democrat who is minority chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was reported to be feeling better later in the day and talking about getting back to the budget either late last night or this morning. The budget deadline is 12:01 a.m. tomorrow. A spokesman at Polyclinic Medical Center, Jim Mullay, said Fumo had a "minor medical problem, nothing serious at all. " He said Fumo was awaiting test results.
November 6, 2007 |
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.
January 23, 1986 |
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.
May 3, 1988 |
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.
November 20, 2008 |
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.
June 8, 2000 |
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.
October 29, 1986 |
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.
March 20, 2004 |
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.