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January 17, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
In the weeks before Mayor Michael Nutter left office, he asked his successor, Jim Kenney, for a favor: Keep Nutter's director of communications on the payroll so she could collect her pension. It was a conversation between two men who have not gotten along in recent years, and a relatively big ask, since the person in question - Desiree Peterkin-Bell - had publicly feuded with Kenney on Twitter. "We talked in my office after the general election," Nutter said Thursday. "We came to an agreement.
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January 6, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The man who ran the City of Philadelphia for the last eight years delivered his final speech as mayor on Monday morning to a roomful of boys. Schoolboys, that is. With barely two hours remaining before his term in office ended, Mayor Nutter addressed nearly 900 students in the chapel of his alma mater, St. Joseph's Preparatory School. Nutter encouraged the young men at the Jesuit-run school on Girard Avenue to live a life of service. "I wanted my last public speech as mayor of this great city to be with this Prep community," said Nutter, a 1975 graduate.
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January 6, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Claudia Vargas, and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
With a minimum of tears, a pledge of effective government for all, and a brisk walk up Broad Street, Jim Kenney took charge of Philadelphia on Monday as its 99th mayor. In his inaugural address, the former city councilman promised a government that was "accessible and accountable to the people it serves. " "The vision that will guide my administration," Kenney said, "is that city government should first and foremost deliver efficient, effective services to every single Philadelphian.
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January 4, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
AFTER 24 YEARS in office - 16 as a city councilman, eight as mayor - Michael Nutter will leave City Hall on Monday when Jim Kenney is sworn in as Philadelphia's 99th mayor. In this candid interview with Ronnie Polaneczky , Nutter talks about what it was like to raise his daughter, Olivia, while in office; how his wife, Lisa, made Pope Francis laugh; why he curses so much; and why he has no opinion about Chip Kelly. Here is the edited transcript: Q: You're from 55th and Larchwood.
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January 1, 2016 | By Julia Terruso and Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writers
Mayor Nutter took the lectern for a final news conference Thursday, and in a tone that was kind of sad, kind of tired, got the business out of the way first. Dressed down a little bit, without a tie, he encouraged people - for the eighth year in a row - to come out for the Mummers Parade and reminded them to stay safe. Then, in the ornate Mayor's Reception Room, where portraits of the city's former leaders hang, questions shifted to his legacy and how the job changed him. "I've become just much more personally emotional during the course of the last eight years," he said at the end of the news conference.
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December 28, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter is not one to complain about his job. It is a gig he has loved, maybe never more so than in his last year, which he took on with a mix of nostalgia and joy, rarely focusing, at least publicly, on the end. But on a recent afternoon in his office, still cluttered with papers and not a moving box in sight, Nutter conceded that being "up" for the better part of eight years has been taxing. "Not just awake. Up," he said. "The moment I step out of that car in the morning, I know that people are looking.
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December 28, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
On his first full day as mayor, Michael Nutter flung open City Hall's doors to thousands of Philadelphians who waited hours to shake the hand of someone they believed could become one of the city's finest mayors. By many measures, Nutter did not disappoint. After eight years of his leadership, the city has its lowest homicide rate since 1967, its highest credit rating ever from Standard & Poor's, and the rewards of a well-run government. It was frustrating to see Nutter too often choose taxation to stave off the impact of the 2008 recession, but his strategy kept the city on its feet and allowed it to hit its stride, as Center City's energy and prosperity began spilling into nearby neighborhoods.
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December 24, 2015
SANTA MAYOR NUTTER on Tuesday, without a hearty ho-ho-ho, gave an early Christmas present to law-abiding Philadelphians, who must have been nice this year. Unhappily, the gift seemed like a lump of coal to those dedicated to protecting illegal immigrants, including those foreigners who have been convicted of a crime. The mayor reversed his 2014 executive order that had curtailed cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency under the Department of Homeland Security.
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December 24, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday changed the rules about what information the city shares with the federal government about some immigrants, a policy shift that will last less than two weeks. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has vowed to roll back the change, which has been under discussion for six weeks, after he is sworn into office on Jan. 4. A Kenney spokesman on Tuesday confirmed that he still plans to do that. Nutter altered his 2014 executive order, which barred the city's Police Department and prison system from complying with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who otherwise would be released pending trial or after having served sentences.
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December 19, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Thursday touted the achievements of the city's inspector general, whose office has saved or recovered more than $70 million during his time in office. The city has saved or recovered more than $12 million this year, according to a report highlighting eight years of work by the Office of the Inspector General, which is responsible for rooting out government corruption and waste. "Philadelphia is a more ethical, transparent, and accountable city than it ever has been - a major milestone for a government once considered to be hopelessly corrupt," Amy L. Kurland, who was appointed inspector general by Nutter in 2008, wrote in the report.
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