May 10, 2004
CITY COUNCIL is scheduled to hold hearings today on the budget and a raft of sweeping tax reform bills. How ready is Council? The Daily News asked all 17 members the following question: 1Have you read the 500-page Tax Reform Commission report, which explains the need for each tax reform bill now before City Council? (The report was released in November.) 2Will you support all or some of the 13 tax reform bills put forth by the Tax Reform Commission? 1Yes. 2No. "I would expect to be for 11 or 12 of the bills.
October 31, 2007
WE'VE BEEN joking lately that Michael Nutter's campaign bumper sticker should read "Michael Nutter: Managing Expectations. " Ever since this reform candidate pulled the primary out from under the millionaire, two congressmen and a state rep, many in the city have done something they haven't done for a long time: Dared to dream. They're imagining a City Hall snatched from its legacy of pay-to-play, finally shaking off the reputation of a content and corrupt city and being led by someone who can wrangle the budget, crime and schools - and still talk about sustainability, transparency and ethics.
April 29, 2007
At Great Expectations forums this year, the people of Philadelphia spoke about what they seek in the next mayor. Certain themes cropped up again and again. Voters want a mayor who will rise above "politics as usual," who will attack corruption. They want "a mayor of the whole city," someone who won't cater just to his base, who won't pit neighborhoods vs. Center City. They want someone who is not just smart, but displays "emotional intelligence. " Someone who can attract good people to City Hall and keep them; who can make ordinary citizens feel heard, not dismissed.
May 19, 2011
THREE QUARTERS of the city's voters reaffirmed a likely second term for Mayor Nutter. The bad news: One quarter voted for a stunt candidate who owes the government more than $1 million in back taxes. Still, Nutter now has a choice: to make it a second term in which he has lots of free time because he can't get anyone to do anything . . . or a second term in which, having nothing left to lose, he lets it rip. We prefer the latter. Here is our advice: The mayor should forgo green and eat more red meat : Nice Mike should acquire a taste for blood.
November 13, 2013 |
FLORENCE, BEIJING, Tianjin, London, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Birmingham, Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C. No, that's not the list of stops on Miley Cyrus' Twerk Tour 2013. It's a list of places the mayor of Philadelphia has traveled to - in the past year. Since taking office in 2008, Mayor Nutter's travels outside Pennsylvania have cost Philly taxpayers $243,000, according to records obtained through a Right to Know request. Included in that total are expenses for Nutter's entourage, which usually includes a couple of top administration officials, an assistant and a handful of Philadelphia police officers for security.
May 11, 2011
FOUR YEARS AGO, our endorsement of MICHAEL NUTTER ran with a one-word subhead: "DUH!" The choice in the general election was that obvious. Republican Al Taubenberger offered only token resistance, and Nutter had emerged from an impressive field to win the Democratic primary in this one-party town's de facto mayor's race. This year, he is virtually unopposed for the nomination (sorry, Milton), and his overall record has earned him our enthusiastic endorsement. The mayor had barely finished repeating the oath of office before he was forced to wield a budget ax and collect more money.
February 28, 2004
Anyone who follows Philadelphia politics knows that the Street administration has put a bull's-eye on its chief critic on City Council, Michael Nutter. An ally of Mayor Street, Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, is now the de facto leader of Council, thanks to a subtle coup against Council President Anna C. Verna. The Street-friendly Council majority that stripped Verna of her normal powers now has kicked Nutter out as chair and vice chair of key committees. Philadelphia politics are hardball; Nutter has opposed the mayor on many high-profile issues.
May 6, 2011
YOU HAVE GOT to be kidding! Street vs. Nutter, Nutter vs. Street? Are these the only options? Is this the best Philly has to offer its hardworking, taxpaying citizens? If I vote for the old crazy guy who owes more than $1 million, I make Nutter look bad. If I vote for Nutter, I make myself look bad and disappoint my fellow residents. We should all strike and not vote for anyone. Maybe then someone with better qualities and credentials will come forward, and we can cast our vote for him. It should be somebody who's not so well-known in our area as Milton or Michael.
January 6, 2008 |
Shortly after 10 tomorrow morning, Michael Nutter will be sworn in as Philadelphia's 98th mayor and take the helm of a city that is hungry for his leadership and plainly expecting great things from his administration. After the inaugural party winds down, enormous and pressing challenges await Nutter in his second-floor office in City Hall. In less than a month, he must craft a budget and a five-year plan that reflect his priorities. He must finish putting together his government.
January 5, 2008 |
The inaugural party for Philadelphia's next mayor will be a toast to the city's diverse neighborhoods. The Monday night event honoring Mayor-elect Michael Nutter - billed as a celebration, not a ball - will take place at the Cruise Ship Terminal at the Navy Yard. But don't try to get into the bash; it's too late. The $50 tickets to the gathering, for about 2,000 people, were sold out on Wednesday, according to the Upstages ticket service. Partygoers have been asked to wear regular cocktail-party attire; no black tie, tuxedo or ball gown required.