October 16, 2015 |
CITY COUNCIL'S Appropriations Committee yesterday authorized $25 million to eventually go to the school district, but Council President Darrell Clarke said there's still work to do when it comes to district business. The approval came one week after Clarke and Superintendent William Hite signed a cooperation agreement that paved the way for the funding in return for increased fiscal oversight of the district. "It's a start," Clarke said. "We don't want anybody to think that just because we signed a document that everything is going to be OK. " Clarke said he had concerns about the "proposed privatization" of the district workforce, citing the Source4Teachers firm and the proposed use of outside nurses.
October 13, 2015 |
On a sunny afternoon in August, Camden Mayor Dana Redd led a group of reporters, officials, and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on a walking tour of some of the city's run-down streets, explaining how $30 million in federal funds could transform the neighborhood. It was one of several public events arranged to promote a "Choice" neighborhood grant that the city applied for this year, and which Redd said would pay for new housing, two schools, and better parks along Mount Ephraim Avenue.
October 6, 2015 |
LAST MONTH, Councilwoman Cindy Bass put out a statement highlighting the traffic violence faced by the people in her district. Three of the 10 most dangerous intersections for crashes in the city - Broad and Olney, Chelten and Wayne Avenues, Broad and Lehigh - are all in her 8th District and, in light of that, Bass thinks the city should do something about it. So, she's supporting a much-needed shot in the arm for Philadelphia's aging, crumbling street...
October 5, 2015 |
When Jamie Fox joined the Christie administration last fall as transportation commissioner, he sought to accomplish something that had eluded policymakers in Trenton for years: securing a long-term plan to fund New Jersey's road, bridge, and rail projects. But a tenure that began with high expectations ended abruptly Friday amid scrutiny related to a federal probe into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's relationship with United Airlines, for which Fox used to lobby. And so in an ironic political twist, Fox, a beloved Democratic operative, appears to be the latest casualty of a Democrat-led investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, which spawned several other probes into the Port Authority, including the one involving United.
October 3, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh's efforts to raise money for his reelection campaign have turned into something of a hot mess. A disagreement over who may have botched the wording of those fund-raising efforts had Oh and his own campaign consultant each reaching out Thursday to complain to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Oh, a Republican seeking a second term as an at-large councilman, was most concerned about how a GoFundMe.com appeal to campaign donors was worded. That website, which was deactivated Thursday, said donors who pledged $250 or more would get "A chance to meet Councilman David Oh and his staff as they prepare for an exciting day in the Council's chambers.
September 25, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey's pension-fund investments posted an annual return of 4.16 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, following years of mostly sustained double-digit returns, state officials said Wednesday. Nevertheless, according to Treasury Department data, the unaudited investment returns beat the state's benchmark, a composite of various indexes, which yielded 2.93 percent. The pension system for nearly 800,000 active and retired public workers had about $79 billion in assets at the end of the fiscal year.
September 23, 2015 |
The Camden County Police Department is getting $2.1 million to hire more officers, authorities announced Monday, as part of a nationwide award from the federal government. The U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is giving $107 million to departments around the nation, about $5.1 million of which is going to four departments in New Jersey. The grant will pay for 15 officers to be hired in Camden, according to the New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office. The Wildwood and East Orange Police Departments also will receive some funding, as well as the Essex County Sheriff's Office.
September 21, 2015 |
In early 2012, after plans to raise money through traditional venture capital sources failed to pan out, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Migicovsky and his team at Pebble Technology went in a different direction. They turned to the Internet site Kickstarter and launched one of the early digital crowd-funding campaigns to finance development of an interactive watch that would display email, text messages, stock quotes, and more. Within weeks, Pebble had collected $10.3 million from thousands of Web users who agreed to accept only the promise of a watch in return.
September 12, 2015 |
It's the quiet days when the pain surfaces for Ellen Saracini, the family milestones that sting without her late husband, pilot Victor Saracini. Birthdays. Graduations. Her daughters' first kisses. Their proms. Fourteen years after Victor's United Airlines plane was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center's South Tower, Saracini has learned that those occasions can be harder than the memorial-filled, nationally marked anniversary of his death. "This is your hard day," her daughter once told an interviewer about reliving 9/11 each year.
September 12, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Council began its fall business Thursday with a host of new proposals that ranged from scrutinizing how the city compensates for damage from water-main breaks to requiring many public bathrooms to give up "Men" and "Women" labels and become gender-neutral. The restroom legislation, which would cover only single-occupant bathrooms and not those with multiple stalls, garnered praise from Mayor Nutter. "This bill, which expands and strengthens gender-identity protections, is an important step in support of our LGBT community and reinforces Philadelphia's role as a leader on LGBT issues across the country," Nutter said in a statement.