January 18, 2013 |
A review by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General found no evidence that the former head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority misused any federal money on a female staffer with whom he had an improper relationship. In a statement released this week, the Inspector General's Office said Michael P. Kelly did not misuse agency funds on gifts or unfairly promote Audrey Lim, a former member of his senior staff. Kelly, who is married, abruptly resigned June 15, after admitting having an affair with Lim, who also left the agency.
June 22, 2012 |
DEAR MICHAEL KELLY, Thanks a lot for nothing. Your affair with a female co-worker that led to your resignation this week was just about the worst miscalculation that a PHA boss could make, especially one whose job was to clean up and restore integrity following the Carl Greene scandal. We're sure this is a trauma for you and your family, but we thought it fair to remind you just how much damage this indiscretion has created for those you left behind: In case you're not aware, public housing is not exactly on the top-10 lists of popular public institutions.
June 21, 2012 |
THE STATE HOUSE is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation changing how members are appointed to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, just as the agency is being rocked by a new sex scandal. The legislation, approved in a 49-0 vote in the state Senate on Dec. 5, would increase the board from five members to nine. State Rep. Mike McGeehan of Northeast Philly opposes the change, saying that PHA's governance should not be tinkered with while there are ongoing probes into the management by former executive director Carl Greene, who secretly settled sexual-harassment suits filed against him. In Wednesday's House floor debate on the legislation, McGeehan plans to cite the revelation Tuesday that Greene's replacement, Michael Kelly, resigned on Friday after an investigation showed he had an affair with a woman he put in charge of human resources at PHA. "You can bet they're going to get a one-two shot right between the eyes," McGeehan said.
June 21, 2012 |
Michael P. Kelly acknowledged Tuesday that he abruptly resigned last week as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority after federal officials learned of his affair with a PHA manager. Kelly, 58, is the second PHA director in two years to be toppled by a sex scandal. His predecessor, Carl R. Greene, was terminated in 2010 after PHA's board learned of secret payments of more than $600,000 to three women to settle sexual harassment complaints. In an interview with The Inquirer on Tuesday, Kelly, a married father of three, called the matter "a lapse of judgment and a personal family failure.
June 16, 2012 |
In a sudden and unexplained move, Michael P. Kelly, the head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, resigned Friday, stunning an agency still recovering from predecessor Carl R. Greene's troubled tenure. "It's for personal reasons," Kelly said after a Board of Commissioner meeting Friday morning. He added: "I can tell you there will be news very soon to explain this. " Kelly said that news would come within a week. The one-person PHA board, Karen Newton-Cole of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, accepted Kelly's resignation Friday, effective immediately.
February 29, 2012 |
More than a year ago, Michael Kelly landed arguably the hardest job in town: helming the Philadelphia Housing Authority in the aftermath of Carl Greene. A three-decade housing veteran with tours in New York, Washington, and New Orleans, Kelly specializes in the recovery of troubled agencies, but PHA was in a class by itself. Greene, the autocratic executive paid more than the U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, left in the wake of multiple sexual harassment complaints.
February 6, 2012 |
NOT TOO MANY years ago, she might have mistaken a basketball for a pumpkin. Now, Jamal Nwaniemeka says his mother, Erika, "is like my second coach. " You know how Conwell-Egan High is in Fairless Hills/Levittown and Saint Joseph's University is in the Wynnefield section of West Philly? Well, Nwaniemeka attends the first and lives moments from the second and his mother, who works near C-E, is his chauffeur. That leaves lots of times for hoop talk. "When I started playing, my mom didn't know a thing about basketball," said Nwaniemeka, a 6-2, 180-pound senior wing guard.
February 3, 2012
Directed by Josh Trank. With Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Ashley Hinshaw, and Michael Kelly. Distributed by 20th Century Fox. Running time: 1 hour, 23 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (violence, adult themes) Playing at: area theaters
November 17, 2011 |
The ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Center City was abuzz Wednesday as the Philadelphia Housing Authority held its first auction of houses, lots, and other real estate. Amid the auctioneer's rapid-fire cadence, more than 500 people - including real estate speculators and couples and individuals looking for starter homes - sat in rows under crystal chandeliers. Dressed casually, most in blue jeans, potential bidders tried to keep up with the fast-paced action. Alon Glasberg, 27, president of a real estate investment company, clutched his blue bidder card and said he was interested in some good properties.