April 23, 2003
ONCE AGAIN, you've mistaken opinion for reporting. The articles that were in the April 14 and 15 papers about Electricians union boss John Dougherty could have been printed during the time of the the McCarthy era. He has been blamed for everything from bribery to tampering with minority contracts - amazing that you think Mr. Dougherty has that much power. I'm sure if a bomb were dropped over the city, he would be blamed for that. You even tried to portray the fact that he may be encouraging people to get involved with their neighborhoods and jump-start the city in a negative fashion.
January 16, 1991 |
John Dougherty, a retired Philadelphia police officer whose calm, professional demeanor was an example to scores of young officers who worked with him, died Sunday. He was 84 and lived in the city's Overbrook section. Dougherty was with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1945 until he retired in 1965. He then went to work in security at Villanova University, retiring from that job in 1974. When Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas McGeehan joined the department in 1957, he was assigned to the old 38th District, now the 18th District, headquartered at 55th and Pine streets.
March 13, 2008
State. Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's decision to not seek reelection leaves union boss John Dougherty as the clear front-runner. That's good for Dougherty, but troubling for reform-minded voters. In some respects, Dougherty is a junior version of Fumo - though without the Mensa membership. Both are brash, colorful, South Philadelphia characters. In fact, Dougherty was once a Fumo acolyte. Like Fumo, he can be pugnacious and charming. Dougherty also does lots of good work, but he and his union buddies at times have acted like thugs.
April 17, 2008
John Dougherty has some really good friends. One unrelated pal, Donald "Gus" Dougherty, allegedly did more than $100,000 worth of work at John's house free. Another friend, Peter DePaul, a well-connected developer, let Dougherty stay at DePaul's $3,000-a-month waterfront apartment free while Dougherty's home was undergoing a $400,000 renovation. Federal prosecutors are looking at these relationships as part of a broader probe of the union boss. He has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.
December 13, 2012
January 2006: Federal agents search the South Philadelphia home of John J. Dougherty's childhood friend, Donald J. "Gus" Dougherty Jr. Donald Dougherty is not related to John Dougherty. February 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Redevelopment Authority. John Dougherty was chairman of the authority. March 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Pennsport Civic Association. John Dougherty was its president. November 2006: Federal agents execute a search warrant at John Dougherty's South Philadelphia home.
April 29, 2008 |
Union leader John Dougherty yesterday resigned as chairman of the powerful city Redevelopment Authority. In a letter to Mayor Nutter, Dougherty, head of the electricians union, said that he had accomplished all of his goals during eight years as unpaid head of the authority, which spends millions of dollars reviving blighted areas. Dougherty's resignation, effective tomorrow, comes a week after he lost a bid for the Democratic nomination to the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Vince Fumo.
May 18, 2011 |
John Dougherty worked a BlackBerry and a flip phone, gathering intelligence and transmitting orders Tuesday morning as reinforcements filtered into the Edward O'Malley Recreation Center in South Philadelphia. They would be the second wave of Local 98's Democratic primary operation. "Yo, you and Nico, are you in the truck?" Dougherty said. "How far are you? OK. Come back to EOM and grab some of these shirts and hats. " Soon, piles of red shirts and mesh trucker hats advertising First District Council candidate Mark Squilla - and green ones touting at-large Councilman Bill Green - were speeding toward 10th and Dickinson Streets.
June 27, 2007 |
A Philadelphia electrical contractor was charged yesterday with stealing $869,000 from a union benefits plan, bribing a bank executive, and "making illegal payments" to labor leader John J. Dougherty. These "illegal payments," authorities said, included the sale of a house to John Dougherty for $24,000 below market value and $115,000 worth of electrical work on the labor leader's Philadelphia home. Dougherty was not charged with a crime, but U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said that the case remains open and that the related transactions "are still of great interest to investigators.
January 19, 2000 |
From the cabin of his weather-beaten Ford truck, John Dougherty shows off the roads in Elk Township. These roads belong to Dougherty. For nearly a half-century, he has watched them evolve from dirt to blacktop. He has trudged along them on foot, trimming branches, patching holes and picking up debris. When winter brought snow, Dougherty steered the plow. "One of the worst years, I plowed snow 23 times in the month of January," said Dougherty, who will turn 82 next month. "It was no big storm, but it seemed like every night I'd get up. " But the next time snow falls on Elk Township, Dougherty will have the option of sleeping in. Last month, he stepped down from the township's Board of Supervisors after choosing not to run for reelection.