June 13, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would cap the 10-year tax abatement on new residential construction at $500,000 of value. The cap would go into effect in July 2015. The committee took a rare roll-call vote on the divisive issue, and the bill passed by 9-7, with Marian B. Tasco absent. The bill, sponsored by W. Wilson Goode Jr., could receive final approval on June 20. During testimony on the bill, Goode and Symphony House developer Carl Dranoff had several testy exchanges on the merits of the current tax abatement, which does not have a cap. The abatement has been credited with sparking a building boom - mostly in Center City and surrounding neighborhoods - but has been derided as an unnecessary tax credit to rich homeowners.
November 14, 2014 |
Eight months after UIL Holdings Corp. signed an agreement to buy Philadelphia Gas Works for $1.86 billion, it finally got a hearing Thursday night before City Council. It lasted about 10 minutes. At the end of nearly six hours of testimony about future options for PGW since City Council has blocked consideration of a sale, Alex V. DeBoissiere, UIL senior vice president, was granted an opportunity to speak. It was the first time a UIL official has had a chance to speak at a Council hearing since Mayor Nutter chose the Connecticut company to buy PGW. Council members told DeBoissiere they believed that the sale agreement could not be amended _ that the Nutter administration had given them a take-it-or-leave-it deal.
April 9, 2015 |
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.
February 28, 2011
There's an unseemly rush by the city Board of Ethics - with ample prodding from City Council - to get new rules in place that would free city workers from the decades-old ban on political activity. No matter what the timing, it's a bad idea that risks even more politics in the day-to-day operations of City Hall. With his passion for ridding the city of its pay-to-play political culture, Mayor Nutter should be in the forefront opposing such a backward step. With no credible opposition to his own reelection, it's even more troubling that the mayor is just going along.
October 31, 2015 |
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.
March 22, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that bars city officers and employees from receiving cash from anyone seeking business or official action, while allowing receipt of non-monetary gifts worth up to $99 per donor per year. The vote was unanimous. The bill amends the existing gifts ordinance with language that is easier to enforce, and some say stricter, than is on the books now. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the bill into law. The city code now prohibits gifts of "substantial economic value," but leaves the term undefined.
May 21, 2015 |
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.
January 8, 2014 |
City Council wants to hire a consultant to explore whether there is a "higher and better use" for the Philadelphia Gas Works than privatizing it. Council last week issued a request for proposals from experts to analyze potential uses for PGW in light of new discoveries of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation. The deadline for the proposals is Jan. 29. The consultant specifically would look at whether the city could get more use out of its liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) plant in Port Richmond, where gas is stored in liquid form for use on peak winter days.
April 11, 2015 |
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.
May 22, 1991 |
Two City Council members apparently have been dumped, a third was barely hanging on and another got a scare last night in the Democratic primary. Councilman-at-large Francis Rafferty was running eighth and apparently out of the picture for five nominations. Councilman David Cohen led for the final nomination by a little more than 500 votes with 90 percent of the vote counted. In the 4th Council District, newcomer Michael Nutter, who was backed by U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, appeared to have knocked off incumbent Councilwoman Ann Land.