January 29, 2015 |
As meteorologists apologized for predicting a blizzard that amounted to little more than a dusting, Mayor Nutter stood by his decisions to shut down the city, saying it's better to be prepared and inconvenienced, than unprepared and in danger. "The overriding component of our decision-making process is public safety," Nutter said. "I'd rather be wrong and virtually nothing happens as opposed to wrong and 14 inches of snow shows up and we're not ready for it. " All courts and city government offices are closed Tuesday along with public schools, many private schools and private businesses.
January 22, 2015 |
Ethics in government, a potent point in Michael Nutter's 2007 bid for mayor, emerged Tuesday as an issue for the candidates seeking to replace him. Terry Gillen, a longtime Nutter aide and briefly a candidate for the Democratic nomination for mayor, sparked the issue with an essay published in The Inquirer saying the next mayor and City Council should affirm the ethics reforms Nutter has put into place. And one of the candidates promptly heeded her call. Gillen pointed to the chief integrity officer, a post Nutter created, and the Office of Inspector General, which enjoyed significantly increased powers and resources after he took office in January 2008.
January 21, 2015 |
IS MAYOR NUTTER pulling a reverse Schwarzenegger by going from politician to actor? Probably not, but a gossip columnist can dream, can't she? A few months back, I told you that the upcoming NBC Russian spy show "Allegiance" was filming episodes in Philly. Now I hear that Nutter has a speaking role (as himself) in the third episode of the drama, starring Hope Davis and Scott Cohen as sleeper Russian spies tasked with turning their CIA agent son ( Gavin Stenhouse )
January 15, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey on Tuesday launched the first of a series of wide-ranging hearings on police policy and community trust in his role as the head of a presidential task force aimed at addressing national concerns on policing. The 11-member task force was cochaired by former University of Pennsylvania professor Laurie Robinson, and boasted a diverse slate of researchers, activists, and law enforcement officials. "We have a great opportunity for change, significant change," Ramsey told attendees.
January 13, 2015 |
Michael Nutter is not given to sentimentality. Ask Philadelphia's mayor to dwell a bit on his waning time in office, and there is no wistful Barbara Walters moment. Just a steely "We have work to do. " "I'm quite aware of the calender," he says, brushing aside any hope of reflection, "but we serve until the last day. " The last day is still a ways off, a year to be exact, but the distance is deceptive. His influence, real or perceived, is dissipating rapidly as others anticipate his replacement from among a gathering field of mayoral candidates.
January 8, 2015 |
In the aftermath of the fatal Salvation Army thrift store collapse at 22d and Market Streets in 2013, Mayor Nutter has created a board to put in place recommendations from a commission that faulted the city's oversight of building safety. The Building Safety Oversight Board, which will be led by former Deputy Mayor Michael Nadol, will decide which of the 37 recommendations made in October by the mayor's special independent advisory commission have the most merit. An internal working group will support the board in how to make suggested changes to the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
January 7, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter looked back on 2014 Monday, touting a drop in Philadelphia's crime rate but also acknowledging the delicate relationship between law enforcement and the community, in a year when, nationwide, tensions have mounted. In a 20-minute news conference that offered a statistical report card of the year, Nutter praised law enforcement and in blunt terms cautioned citizens against provoking police. "If you shoot a police officer . . . they're going to shoot back, it's their job," Nutter said.
December 24, 2014 |
The Philadelphia assistant district attorney who has served as a liaison between the law enforcement and lesbian and gay communities is moving to City Hall. Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Helen L. "Nellie" Fitzpatrick, 34, will be the city's new director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affairs, effective Jan. 20. Fitzpatrick will fill the seat left empty by Gloria Casarez, 42, who died in October of breast cancer. Casarez was the city's first director of LGBT affairs.
December 20, 2014 |
Nextdoor.com, a for-profit social-networking site, and the Nutter administration announced a partnership Thursday that will enable the city to communicate directly with Nextdoor's 17,000 local users. It will allow the city to more narrowly focus its online interactions with residents who belong to the online network. The Streets Department, for example, will be able to send a notification of a street closing to residents in the affected neighborhoods. "This offers us a cost-effective method to communicate with residents in a targeted way," Managing Director Rich Negrin said.