August 2, 1991 |
For weeks now, politicians and business leaders have been talking, some with almost lip-smacking glee, about how the new state oversight board will restore reason to the city budget, deleting wishful revenue projections and slashing waste. Well, turnabout is fair play, as the saying goes. In a confidential draft of an agreement of cooperation with the board, the Goode administration proposes that the overseers submit to a little oversight themselves. Specifically, the administration wants a chance to review the board's budget each spring and object if its spending seems out of line.
November 21, 2008 |
The Rutgers University president and its athletic program were sharply criticized in an independent report, which cited lack of oversight on issues involving the football coach's salary and a sports marketing firm. A committee appointed by president Richard L. McCormick to review the program also criticized the athletic director and Board of Governors for failing to properly oversee "an increasingly successful and fiscally complex athletics program. " The group of business leaders, judges, lawyers and Rutgers officials was appointed in July after a series of reports in the Star-Ledger of Newark detailed undisclosed contract sweeteners for coach Greg Schiano and the award of a no-bid contract to a sports marketing firm that employed the son of athletic director Robert Mulcahy.
December 3, 1998
More corner offices are being cleared out at the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works, as PGW execs jump - or are pushed - following the Philadelphia Daily News' disclosures about top managers' free-spending ways. Gone is PGW boss James Hawes 3d, under whose stewardship the utility spent $1.4 million on relocation costs for employees - including more than $550,000 on Mr. Hawes and his top deputies, chief operating officer Gregory D. Martin and chief financial officer Ramon N. Sharbutt.
February 16, 2012 |
NOTE: This article has been corrected from an earlier version. THE CITY Commission, which oversees elections in Philadelphia, is thinking about giving the Office of Inspector General authority to investigate its employees and contractors in a "memorandum of understanding. " The three-member board might also need a counselor to help two reform-minded new commissioners reach an understanding with the lone survivor from the old political machine. City Commissioner Anthony Clark, who won a second term last year, clashed in a meeting yesterday with new Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer when he tried to make a motion on a subject not on the agenda.
July 1, 1998 |
Thirteen hours before the end of the fiscal year, Camden City got its 1997-98 budget - good for half a day. City Council unanimously adopted the $116 million spending plan for the fiscal year that ended yesterday. It included $15 million in state aid, retroactively plugging a gaping city deficit. The $15 million, though, came with a catch: As lawmakers in Trenton approved the money, they also approved a proviso in Gov. Whitman's new budget that authorizes state officials to take control of Camden's finances.
August 10, 2012 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill that would require the state auditor to review major private contractors running halfway houses. Christie said it was inappropriate to audit private firms after the first year of multiyear contracts because many do not realize savings that quickly. The governor also said the measure inappropriately expanded the auditor's powers. Christie sought to bar existing contracts from review. He instead called for post-contract audits of the state's $65 million privatized halfway house industry to be completed by outside firms.
September 10, 1996 |
Federal, state and local officials today will announce the formation of a new board designed to oversee most of the funding that Camden gets from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, sources said. HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros and Mayor Arnold W. Webster, who met unannounced in Camden on Friday, will make public the plan to monitor the funding at a City Hall news conference, the sources said. The plan's major component is the creation of a board that will "consolidate the oversight of HUD's investment" in Camden, sources said.
September 21, 1991 |
City Council is scheduled for a rare Saturday session today to make some progress on the city's financial problems. But don't expect to see a full house. The 1 p.m. Council session will likely draw just one or two Council members and last only a couple of minutes - as long as it takes Councilman John Street to introduce a piece of legislation. The legislation is a proposed agreement between the city and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the agency set up by the legislature last June to help the city borrow money.
February 21, 2006 |
Ask anyone what the symbols of suburbia are, and the popular picks would be the automobile, the shopping mall, and the single-family lawn. My picks, however, are the volunteer fire company and emergency medical services unit. Sure, the car, mall and lawn have the highest profiles, but the fire and EMS companies are distinctly suburban, especially in Southeastern Pennsylvania, because of their volunteer character. In Philadelphia, tax-supported city employees provide fire protection and comprehensive emergency medical services.
August 18, 2010 |
Commuters who pay the tolls to cross the Delaware River have reason to worry that their money is being wasted. Cascading media accounts have found evidence of self-dealing, mismanagement, absurd perks, petty theft, excessive spending, and poor planning at the Delaware River Port Authority, which collects and decides how to spend $300 million a year in tolls and fares. The DRPA's irresponsible conduct has been shielded from view by an insular culture that allows public business to be done in private.