December 11, 2006 |
The heavyweight pols were there: the governor, the House speaker, Mayor Street, and a host of mayoral contenders. But so were educators. And arts administrators. Humanitarian leaders and corporate executives. People who run nonprofits and public utilities, physicians and hospital administrators, lobbyists, lawyers, and religious leaders. When the Pennsylvania Society convened its 108th annual dinner Saturday night at New York's storied Waldorf-Astoria, it was "not just a political gathering," said executive director Carol Fitzgerald, a hard-driving blend of Ava Gardner and Ethel Merman.
December 13, 1999 |
When Pennsylvania politicians gathered here for a weekend of partying at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, there was lots of talk about the Philadelphia mayor's race. In 2003. Democrat John F. Street, winner of a narrow victory over Republican Sam Katz on Nov. 2, hasn't even been sworn in yet. But Republicans were urging Katz to plan for a rematch. They had already given the fight a promotional tag: Street-Katz II. It took two tries for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, to beat Democrat David Dinkins.
December 11, 2005 |
Manhattan at Christmastime was very special last year for John Perzel. Attending Pennsylvania's premier out-of-state political party as the State House speaker, Perzel saw a $55,000 reception thrown for him by a paving contractor, a billboard giant, and 10 other politically connected companies. And this weekend it occurred all over again - not for Perzel this time, but an equally powerful cast of political bigwigs. With all the recent talk about ethical lapses in the Capitol corridors and Philadelphia City Hall, the drive for cleaner government has not reached New York - site of the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering of more than 1,000 politicians, business executives and lobbyists, which will end this morning.
December 14, 2014 |
Nelson A. Diaz, a former judge and Philadelphia city solicitor, confirmed Friday night that he will announce his bid for mayor in mid-January. His entrance will bring the Democratic field to five - and make it the first time in modern memory that the list of viable candidates includes two Latinos. Speaking briefly to a reporter at the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in Manhattan, Diaz said: "Yes, I will announce on Jan. 15. " Diaz, 67, will focus on education, said Elliot Curson, a veteran political advertising consultant who has been advising Diaz as he weighed a run over the last several months.
September 21, 1993 |
If history is the impression left on the collective spirit, there is little doubt what marked the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Wars. On Saturday night the hereditary society will herald its 100th anniversary with a trio of toasts: to the queen of England, to the president of the United States, and to the armed services of then and now. To each, in order, the honor of its time. It will be an elegant occasion for a men's organization whose rolls brim with great Philadelphia names, whose founders included Waynes and Mifflins and more, whose members, even today, must be able to trace their lineage back to leaders of the colonial period before the 1775 Battle of Lexington.
September 27, 2009 |
A suspect has been arrested for duct-taping and abandoning a cat in the backyard of a home in the 2200 block of Edgley Street in North Philadelphia earlier this month. The arrest was made by an enforcement officer for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The cat was found Sept. 22. The PSPCA offered a reward of $2,000 for the conviction of whoever did the deed to the female cat, nicknamed "Sticky" by workers at the society. Only the cat's head was uncovered; she had to be sedated while the tape was cut off. Liz Williamson, a spokeswoman for the society, said tonight that the society will be announcing details Monday morning, and at this point, she could only say that she believed the arrest had come from following up on a lead that was among the dozens called in after the reward was offered.
December 16, 2014
NEW YORK - It's not unheard of to develop double vision at some point during the annual alcohol-infused Pennsylvania Society weekend. After all, many of the 60-plus receptions, fundraisers, dinners and private parties offer open bars. But this year's 116th gathering of the Keystone State's power elite, elected officials, lobbyists, wannabes and hangers-on included a double-shot of, "Wait, am I seeing two of who I think I'm seeing?" Both cases involved current newsmakers.
December 17, 2010 |
With U.S. government auditors demanding answers after years of questionable spending, the Philadelphia Housing Authority sent two officials to New York City last weekend to join the Pennsylvania Society's celebration. A PHA spokeswoman said Thursday that the agency spent $2,515 on travel expenses for Shelley James, an assistant executive director, and Kafi Lindsay, who recently was promoted to senior counsel after serving since 2008 as an assistant to PHA Board Chairman John F. Street.
December 12, 2008 |
Attorney General Tom Corbett gets a posh party thrown for him at a Fifth Avenue apartment. Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan takes guest-of-honor billing at a reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. And Lehigh County executive Don Cunningham is hosting an "Irish tea" at that famed hotel's bar. Like debutantes taking center stage at the ball, Pennsylvania's gubernatorial hopefuls will descend on Manhattan today for the annual Pennsylvania Society event: a weekend of politicking, partying and, perhaps, even some policy-making.
October 5, 2010 |
Top managers at the Delaware River Port Authority ran up corporate credit-card expenses of $38,167 in 13 months, DRPA records show. The expenses included $500-a-night lodging at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City for two executives to attend the Pennsylvania Society gala, an annual meeting of Pennsylvania politicians and power-brokers. In March, two executives charged $4,666 to attend a cruise-ship convention in Miami. On other trips, three executives went to Miami and Seattle last October in pursuit of cruise-ship business, putting $2,325 on their cards, primarily for lodging and dining.