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July 1, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz wants to know why the Nutter administration is not following through on an agreement intended to clean up the Sheriff's Office. Following news that the office has continued to dole out contracts to politically connected people with little oversight despite a recent reform effort, Butkovitz today will release a harsh report on the subject. The report, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News , says the administration and Sheriff Jewell Williams have failed to implement many aspects of a 2012 memorandum of understanding between the Mayor's Office and the Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AS ADMINISTRATIONS draw to a close, it's common for top aides to peel off for the private sector. Yesterday, Mayor Nutter, with 18 months left in his second term, announced the departures of three officials who have been with his administration from the beginning. One of them, however, is leaving some unfinished business. Suzanne Biemiller, a top Nutter aide who has been leading the administration's effort to sell Philadelphia Gas Works, is stepping down to become chief of staff for the American Board of Internal Medicine.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
With less than two years remaining in his final term, an emotional Mayor Nutter bid farewell Friday to three members of his inner circle. Addressing a standing-room crowd in the ornate Mayor's Reception Room, Nutter welled up several times, saying he was announcing the departures with "great pride, deep sadness, and tremendous confidence. " "These individuals are truly like family," he said. "We spend a lot of time together, and we've all been through a lot. " All three have been with Nutter since the early days of his first term in 2008.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday denied an allegation that he participated in the alleged ticket-fixing scheme that has landed nine former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges in federal court. "City Councilman Michael Nutter never asked a Traffic Court employee to dismiss a traffic ticket nor did he instruct his staff to seek that," Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald wrote in an email. The allegation came Tuesday, when former Traffic Court employee Christopher Waters said on the stand that Nutter was one of the many politicians who called in to make tickets disappear for others.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AS A CITY councilman, Hizzoner Mayor Nutter asked for favorable treatment on a traffic ticket, too? So testified the director of finance for Philadelphia Traffic Court, who was a witness yesterday at the federal trial of six former Traffic Court judges accused of fixing tickets - or giving preferential treatment to - those who were politically or socially connected. During cross-examination by defense attorney Louis Busico, Christopher Waters was pressed to name politicians who had requested favorable treatment on tickets for people they knew.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration is stepping up pressure on City Council this week to introduce legislation to privatize the Philadelphia Gas Works before Council takes its 12-week summer recess. Sale supporters, in private conversations and public commentaries, are encouraging Council members to schedule hearings on the proposed $1.86 billion sale to UIL Holdings Corp., a Connecticut utility. "The administration is hopeful the PGW bills will be introduced in City Council this week and hearings can be held as soon as possible, and that Council will see the benefit of this sale," Mark McDonald, Nutter's spokesman, said Monday.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter reversed course Thursday on his policy regarding paid sick days. Citing the city's improving economic climate and his personal beliefs, Nutter said Thursday that businesses in the city should give their workers paid sick days. He created a task force to look into how the new policy should be rolled out. The 15-member task force - led by Natalie Levkovich, executive director of the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and Lisa Crutchfield, a senior vice president at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce - is expected to produce a detailed report by Dec. 1. The task force members are volunteering their time.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER has twice vetoed legislation that would guarantee paid sick-leave benefits for many private-sector workers in Philadelphia, saying it would hurt the city's business environment. But there's hope yet for proponents of the cause, as Nutter yesterday established the Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave to examine the issue and make policy recommendations. The 15-person group will be co-chaired by Lisa Crutchfield, an executive at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Natalie Levkovich, executive director of the Health Federation of Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
OVERBURDENED teachers leave their jobs midyear and are replaced by come-nd-go substitutes. The soccer team plays every game on the road because the home field is inadequate. Kids smoke weed in the bathrooms, fight in the hallways and disrupt classes they're not supposed to be in. John Bartram High School, in Southwest Philly, has made headlines for brawls and skull-bashings in its hallways, but violence is just one of many issues its shrinking staff is up against. Mayor Nutter heard those stories and many more yesterdaay, when he went to Bartram as part of his "listening tour" on the impact of the School District of Philadelphia's ongoing budget crisis.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney won a small victory yesterday with initial passage of a bill that makes carrying less than an ounce of marijuana a civil penalty and not necessarily a criminal one. The Committee on Law and Government gave the OK to Kenney's bill, which he says will save the city countless work hours and police overtime. If approved by Council, Kenney said, the new procedure would make getting caught with a few joints punishable with a ticket payable by mail and a $25 fine.
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