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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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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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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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December 1, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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April 28, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Gas Commission on Tuesday put off a probe into a secret bonus plan for executives of Philadelphia Gas Works, to give the city-owned utility time to respond to a request for more information. The Gas Commission, which has oversight responsibility for PGW's budget, is looking into a bonus plan that came to light in an April 10 Inquirer article. The commission had not been informed about the plan, whose purpose was to induce key executives not to leave PGW during the 2014 process aimed at selling the utility.
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April 26, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
WHEN MARIAN Tasco became a city commissioner in 1984, she expected to have her hands full running Philadelphia's far-flung election operations. She was quickly disabused of that notion. "I really had nothing to do," Tasco said in an interview last week, explaining that she discovered that the day-to-day work was handled by the city service staff. The three elected city commissioners were there just to set policy during their weekly meetings. "What I did to keep myself busy and engaged," Tasco said, "I began working with the students, high schools, setting up voter registration, voter education programs.
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December 10, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Gov. Ed Rendell waited for years - and a big audience - to spill his secret about City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. In front of more than 1,100 people Tuesday night in the Convention Center, Rendell described giving each of the 10 Council members who represent districts $1 million per year for community projects when he was mayor in the 1990s. Tasco persistently pitched strong projects and received more than $1 million, Rendell said. "Marian was savvy enough to never bring in schlock or things she needed for political reasons," Rendell said.
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December 1, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia voters elected at least four new members to City Council on Tuesday, not the largest overhaul in recent years but still a substantial shake-up sure to change the dynamics of the 17-member body. A fifth newcomer could come from the race for the two at-large seats reserved by law for minority-party candidates. As the final votes were being tallied, three Republicans were separated by a few hundred votes. But incumbent David Oh and challenger Al Taubenberger appeared to have slight, if not quite comfortable, advantages over incumbent Dennis O'Brien.
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October 31, 2015 | By Julia Terruso and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia's 12 Democratic members of City Council endorsed Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty for the state Supreme Court on Thursday, The event was a final push to drum up interest in one of the most competitive races in an election that could see dismal turnout numbers. The judge thanked the Council members and quoted Maya Angelou, saying, "'I'm sustained by the love of family,' but when I look around this room and I see the people who are standing behind me, I can share with you that Philadelphia truly is the city that loves you back.
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August 30, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council candidate Derek Green has been fined $1,200 by the city's ethics board for agreeing to speak at fund-raisers for a political action committee while a city employee. But the board did not fault Green for making that political action committee - the Green Fund - his own campaign fund once he quit his job and announced his bid for office. "When [the Green Fund] became his candidate committee, he was not a city employee, and therefore the political activity rules no longer applied to him," said Shane Creamer, executive director of the Ethics Board.
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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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