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August 8, 1987 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Former City Commissioner Marian Tasco doesn't have a very high opinion of the office that oversees the city's election process, in which she served from January 1984 until early this year. Testifying this week before the City Charter Review Advisory Committee, Tasco - now a Democratic candidate for City Council - suggested the office be abolished and replaced with an election board appointed by the mayor. Tasco called the office in its present form "self-serving" and "an environment for political security, as opposed to an operation which is open and responsible to the public.
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January 23, 1987 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Marian B. Tasco announced two weeks ago that she would probably step aside as a city commissioner to run for City Council, candidates for her old job quickly began to line up. Yesterday, West Philadelphia political activist Curtis Jones Jr. became the first of several probable candidates for commissioner to announce formally that he was in the race. Jones, 29, a friend and ally of Democratic state Rep. Chaka Fattah, made his announcement during a news conference at the Hersey Philadelphia Hotel, attended by several dozen supporters.
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December 30, 2011 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco is retiring Friday, but only so she can collect a $478,057 pension check and return to work Monday, when she will be sworn in for her seventh term. Tasco was one of six Council members to enroll in the city's controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, better known as DROP. She did not return a request for comment. Plan participants trade a lower lifetime pension for a large onetime lump-sum payment, but they are supposed to retire when they get that check.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marian B. Tasco, the veteran city councilwoman who has led opposition to Mayor Nutter's proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works, is unfazed that there may be hell to pay if PGW's $1.86 billion privatization fails. "The people who influence me are the 150,000 who live in my district, who say we should keep our utility," Tasco, the Ninth District councilwoman, said Tuesday after a meeting of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, the city body she chairs. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission signaled Friday that there might be serious repercussions if City Council did not give a fair hearing to the proposed $1.86 billion sale to UIL Holdings Corp.
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January 20, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marian B. Tasco started working as a Philadelphia Police Department clerk in 1959, cross-checking pawnshop inventory with records of stolen goods. As the new kid on the block, the 22-year-old single mother from North Carolina got stuck with the harder-to-identify merchandise. "People were stealing a lot of suits back then, men's suits," she said, laughing at the recollection. "Let me tell you, it's hard to identify a stolen suit, but I caught some. " At the time, Tasco never imagined she would go on to work in City Hall for more than 30 years, save a controversial one-day retirement.
NEWS
May 10, 2011
ABOUT NOW, the only people who like DROP are the ones in it - and even they hate elected officials who "retire" for a day, collect a pot o' gold, then slink back to their taxpayer-paid jobs. In that latter category are City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, at-large Councilman Frank Rizzo and 9th District Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who's ready to grab a $478,057 Instant Cash payout. Donatucci and Rizzo both have expressed remorse and tried to extricate themselves from the program.
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March 28, 2013 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In April, the city was ready to begin more than $3 million worth of renovations at the Sturgis recreation facility in East Oak Lane. Instead, work at the six-acre site did not start until February, after more than nine months of delay. Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, who represents the area, said she suspected the source of the holdup was her opposition to the way Mayor Nutter was handling the potential sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works. Tasco, chairwoman and longtime member of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, objected last spring to Nutter's request to use $2.7 million in PGW ratepayer money to pay for advisers exploring the sale.
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March 14, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Political rivals of six-term Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco submitted paperwork Monday to force her off May's primary ballot because of her participation in the city's DROP pension program. The lawsuit is similar to a legal challenge filed Friday against Republican at-large Councilman Frank Rizzo, who besides Tasco is the only other Council member set to receive a DROP payment and also seek reelection this year. Both suits make essentially the same argument: Tasco and Rizzo are ineligible to run again since each promised to retire by the end of their current terms by enrolling in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.
NEWS
January 10, 1987 | By William W. Sutton Jr. and Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writers
City Councilman John F. White Jr. said yesterday that he would resign his Council seat in 10 days to become acting secretary of a new state Department of Human Resources, and he endorsed City Commissioner Marian B. Tasco as his successor. White said he would be the acting secretary until the state Senate confirmed his and other cabinet appointments at hearings scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 26. White's appointment was announced Thursday by Gov.-elect Robert P. Casey, who wants to rename the state Department of Public Welfare the Department of Human Resources.
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May 21, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two Philadelphia City Council incumbents, including 15-year veteran W. Wilson Goode Jr., failed to win the Democratic Party's endorsement Tuesday, guaranteeing there will be four new members on the 17-seat legislative body next year. Goode and Councilman Ed Neilson, both at-large members, were outpolled by three newcomers - Derek Green, former aide to retiring Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco; Allan Domb, a developer known as the city's "condo king"; and education activist Helen Gym - who were seeking to become among the party's five at-large nominees.
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April 11, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams wanted to make one thing clear: The eight politicians he had gathered outside on a gusty, drizzly Thursday were not there because of James F. Kenney. Williams, a Democrat running for mayor, insisted he was not reacting to the news Monday that fellow candidate Kenney had been endorsed by a group of prominent African American elected officials and ward leaders known as the Northwest Coalition. Kenney, who resigned from City Council in January to run in the May 19 Democratic primary election for mayor, is white.
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April 9, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia "condo king" Allan Domb, a candidate in the crowded City Council at-large race, aired a TV ad Tuesday pledging to forgo a salary if elected. Domb is the first - and could be the only - candidate in a Council race to go on TV. He wouldn't say what the ad buy cost but said 150 to 200 commercials would air each week leading up to the May 19 Democratic primary. The first aired Tuesday on Fox29. Federal Communication Commission reports show Domb's campaign is spending $312,325 for the 30-second spots on PHL17, 6ABC, and Fox29 through May 15. In the ad, Domb pledges to donate his $127,000 Council salary to Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools if elected.
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April 8, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Dwight Evans stood before a roomful of Democratic committee people Monday and reminded the party workers of the last time he brought an unexpected candidate around with his endorsement. "Nobody knew who Tom Wolf was in January 2014," Evans told the crowd at Relish Restaurant in West Oak Lane. "Nobody had a clue. " The reference to the current governor was a not-so-subtle nod to Evans' political savvy and a fitting prelude to what came next, when Evans and a quartet of other prominent African American elected officials from the city's Northwest endorsed James F. Kenney for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
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March 20, 2015 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As their names were called, the candidates approached the lectern, reached into an old coffee can, and pulled out a bingo ball with a number on it. In the crowded City Hall courtroom, rival candidates and campaign managers watched eagerly, some marking down the results of a different kind of March Madness. In Philadelphia, regardless of how many signatures candidates get or what their qualifications may be, the bingo balls in the Horn & Hardart coffee tin dictate where their names appear on election day. It can be a boost or a blow.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | Chris Brennan and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Six Democrats seeking to be Philadelphia's next mayor each filed well over the required 1,000 signatures on nominating petitions by Tuesday's deadline. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams led the pack, announcing that his staff and volunteers had gathered signatures from 15,269 registered Democratic voters. Former City Councilman James F. Kenney was not far behind, with 12,167 signatures. Former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson A. Diaz's campaign said he had 4,939 signatures.
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February 9, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE RACE to succeed retiring longtime City Councilwoman Marian Tasco is officially under way with the candidacy of S. Archye Leacock. The Democratic committeeman and founder of the Institute for the Development of African American Youth made his announcement yesterday during an afternoon news conference at the York House apartment building on Old York Road near Somerville Avenue. If elected to represent the 9th District in Northwest Philly, Leacock said he would focus on improving schools, the local economy and investing in the community by advocating for more funding to support rec centers, parks and public spaces.
NEWS
January 29, 2015
ISSUE | LENDING Legacy disappointed some city borrowers In 2001, as a manager at a mortgage company that made home improvement loans in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I was affected by Philadelphia's new predatory-lending law, which retiring City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco considers part of her legacy ("Tasco looks back on a long Council career," Jan. 19). Because this law required that low rates be charged to all borrowers regardless of credit qualifications, many less-qualified borrowers in the city no longer qualified for the loans that they needed to fix leaking roofs or broken heaters.
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January 20, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marian B. Tasco started working as a Philadelphia Police Department clerk in 1959, cross-checking pawnshop inventory with records of stolen goods. As the new kid on the block, the 22-year-old single mother from North Carolina got stuck with the harder-to-identify merchandise. "People were stealing a lot of suits back then, men's suits," she said, laughing at the recollection. "Let me tell you, it's hard to identify a stolen suit, but I caught some. " At the time, Tasco never imagined she would go on to work in City Hall for more than 30 years, save a controversial one-day retirement.
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