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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2014
Suffer the children As the parent of a kindergartner in the Philadelphia schools, my message to elected leaders is straightforward: You cannot continue to do nothing about the situation ("Inexplicable behavior," May 25). At my son's school, McCall Elementary, a nurse was rehired after money was raised by parents, and politicking, and who knows what else. But she also serves as: late-desk check-in, lunch aide, recess aide, guidance counselor, and volunteer coordinator. In April, they took away the security guard, so the nurse has to do all that he did, too: fire drills, emergencies, visitor security.
January 16, 1996
IN COPING WITH OUR SNOW-CLOGGED STREETS, WE WANT TO MAKE THINGS PERFECTLY CLEAR I sympathize with what Councilwoman [Marian] Tasco says, but most of those side streets you can't get down with our plows. Those plows are huge . . . Should we go out for a snowstorm of this dimension and buy all new [smaller] plows so we can do all these streets when we get a storm like this once a century? I think not. - Mayor Rendell, Jan 9, 1996 [Tasco] says we need a plan. Well, our plan is volunteerism: Shovel streets out to the extent you can. If you've got senior citizens, maybe people on the next block can do it. We will work, as we always do, as hard as we can, as fast as we can, to clear as many streets of snow as efficiently as we can. But we cannot do the impossible.
May 10, 2004
CITY COUNCIL is scheduled to hold hearings today on the budget and a raft of sweeping tax reform bills. How ready is Council? The Daily News asked all 17 members the following question: 1Have you read the 500-page Tax Reform Commission report, which explains the need for each tax reform bill now before City Council? (The report was released in November.) 2Will you support all or some of the 13 tax reform bills put forth by the Tax Reform Commission? 1No. 2Undecided on all.
March 28, 2001 |
City Councilwoman Marian Tasco has amended her predatory lending bill to exempt banks from penalties, while still cracking down on subprime lenders. The amended bill includes a number of other changes, including the elimination of jail time for violators. Tasco also worked with the city solicitor's office to address concerns that the bill could withstand legal challenges. The amended bill still maintains the basic teeth as first proposed. That rankles some lenders who argue the bill will reduce access to credit for consumers with less-than-perfect credit.
February 25, 1987 |
Mayor Goode has appointed a temporary city commissioner to fill the vacancy created last week when Marian B. Tasco resigned as one of the three commissioners to run for City Council. Karen Warrington, the mayor's press secretary, said yesterday that Goode had appointed Charles Finney, formerly Tasco's deputy, as acting commissioner. She said Finney would serve until Goode's appointment of Lana Felton-Ghee as a longer-term replacement for Tasco is approved by City Council. Felton-Ghee's appointment may face difficulty in Council.
February 18, 1987 |
City Commissioner Marian Tasco will resign her post today to run for City Council, and Mayor Goode will support hospital union official Lana Felton-Ghee as her replacement, according to several sources. Goode may even name Felton-Ghee to the post today, the sources said, thus technically making her the incumbent commissioner when the Democratic Party's policy committee meets tonight to consider endorsements for row offices in the May primary. That move would give Felton-Ghee "the inside track" for the nomination for Tasco's vacated seat, according to a source close to Tasco, since party leaders usually endorse incumbents.
May 20, 1987 |
How to beat the machine? Simple, you go out and build a bigger machine, and you do that with money. Marian Tasco, the former city commissioner, did it, outspending her chief opponent, Shirley Gregory, by at least $85,000 and handily winning the 9th Councilmanic District Democratic primary yesterday. Placing a distant third in the race was E. Randy Urquhart. With 98 percent of the vote counted, Tasco had 16,129 votes and Gregory 9,538 votes. An earlier tabulation showed Urquhart with 4,027 votes with 70 percent of the vote counted.