July 16, 2014 |
IT SEEMS Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" late-night bit has become reality on his own network, ABC. Mayor Nutter yesterday released the findings of his analysis of the controversial language used by some artists at the Wawa Welcome America concert on July Fourth, a family-friendly event broadcast live on 6ABC. Rapper Nicki Minaj and host Marlon Wayans, Nutter said, used inappropriate language, and Nutter apologized to viewers and concertgoers who were offended.
July 11, 2014 |
Four days after a Southwest Philadelphia blaze killed four children, prompting angry questions about the adequacy of the Fire Department's response, a city safety official had a question for Patrick Sanyeah, father of two of the children who died. Where was he when the fire erupted at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, when only one adult was at home? Public Safety Director Michael Resnick posed that question to reporters covering a protest Sanyeah led Wednesday afternoon outside City Hall.
July 1, 2014 |
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.
June 29, 2014 |
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.
June 29, 2014 |
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.
June 27, 2014 |
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.
June 26, 2014 |
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.
June 18, 2014 |
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.
June 14, 2014 |
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.
June 13, 2014 |
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.