August 8, 1987 |
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.
January 23, 1987 |
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.
December 30, 2011 |
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.
November 20, 2014 |
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.
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.
January 20, 2015 |
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.
December 1, 2015 |
Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco will be the guest of honor at a going-away gala next month in celebration of her seven terms on City Council. But the event is not just a farewell party. It's also a fund-raiser, with $100 tickets, $10,000 sponsorship slots, and a star-studded lineup of cochairs. The proceeds, Tasco said, will benefit a scholarship in her name, not a political action committee. Yet as hundreds of Philadelphia's political class prepare to say thank you with a party and a parting check, it's clear Tasco's political influence has staying power.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
March 14, 2011 |
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.