January 27, 2011
With Mayor Nutter about to face city voters again, he's making a smart political move - as well as one that's in the interests of good government - by expanding the rules for most city workers on accepting gifts, safeguards on sexual harassment limits on outside employment, and by imposing a needed ban on nepotism. Nutter's 2007 election campaign on a reform platform included a memorable "throw out the bums" TV ad showing the top of City Hall being ripped off. So the ethics rules the mayor issued as executive orders Tuesday were a welcome reminder of why Philadelphians rallied behind him. The mayor, of course, would argue that he's kept his reform fervor well-stoked all along.
June 9, 2013 |
Thomas Fitzgerald: A test of Nutter's leadership. B1.
October 14, 2000 |
Philadelphia City Councilman Michael Nutter makes it to the top of a rock wall in the Wissahickon Valley yesterday during his four-day Outward Bound experience.
June 27, 2007 |
For Michael Nutter, even life in the nation's capital is good. The Democratic nominee for mayor of Philadelphia was greeted warmly yesterday by the U.S. Senate leadership, who promised attention to the urban agenda. For his part, Nutter said he would make regular trips to Washington and intended to make better use of Pennsylvania's "powerful" congressional delegation to advance the city's interests. "So what's next?" asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), as Nutter explained his status as mayor-presumptive.
September 10, 2014 |
The Nutter administration and City Councilman James Kenney have reached a compromise on a bill that will reduce penalties for possession of marijuana in Philadelphia. The compromise calls for a separate offense - and penalty - for public use of the drug. Those who are caught using marijuana in public would be charged with a noncriminal summary offense, and would face a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service, according to Kenney. People caught possessing fewer than 30 grams of marijuana, or just over an ounce, would be issued a citation and fined $25. In neither case - possession of fewer than 30 grams, or public use - would an offender face a criminal charge or arrest.
June 23, 2011 |
Keeping his vow, Mayor Nutter Thursday vetoed City Council legislation that preserves the DROP pension program. Nutter also conceded that Council could have the last word. Council passed the bill last week by a 14 to 3 vote, enough votes to comfortably override a veto. He promised his veto even though the legislation reduces the costs of DROP. The program has cost the city pension fund at least $100 million since its 1999 creation and Council's new version of the retirement program claims the program will cost $15 to $20 million for a period of years.
April 18, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an executive order that drastically limits the city's cooperation with requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to hold people accused of minor crimes for possible deportation proceedings. The city will now require ICE to provide a judicial warrant - signed by a judge or magistrate and stating that the person is suspected of a first- or second-degree felony - when requesting that local authorities detain someone longer than they otherwise would, a practice known as "ICE holds.
March 15, 2007 |
Democratic mayoral candidate Michael A. Nutter yesterday proposed creating a $10 million-a-year tax-credit program to encourage Philadelphia businesses to hire up to 1,000 ex-offenders. In announcing the plan, Nutter noted that released prisoners commit a high percentage of the city's crimes - while research indicates that the most effective way to keep them out of trouble is to get them jobs. But many employers refuse to hire anyone with a criminal record. Nutter's plan is designed to try to change that.
May 22, 1991 |
After losing an "ugly, ugly" race for City Council's 4th District seat to investment specialist Michael A. Nutter, incumbent Ann Land said she's through with public office after her term ends in January. "I'm too much of a lady to be in this game anymore," Land, 59, said after hugging and handshaking her way through a somber group of campaign workers at her no-frills headquarters on Ridge Avenue near Kingsley Street in Roxborough. Though she wore a cheerful face for her troops, the loss clearly stung Land, who has held the Council seat since 1981.
June 19, 2012 |
IS MAYOR Nutter a top dog out of town and a lame duck at home? With his new appointment as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, frequent appearances to talk urban policy on CNN and MSNBC and stumping for President Obama's re-election campaign, Nutter's national star has never burned brighter. But last week, just days before he was feted as the new U.S. Conference president, Nutter suffered political defeat back home, when City Council appeared determined to put his proposed property-tax overhaul on hold and provide less money than he sought for the embattled schools.