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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
January 15, 2015 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE MAY 19 DEMOCRATIC primary election is shaping up with some new faces expected on the ballot and one veteran city politician wrapping up her tenure. City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, leader of the 50th Ward, told her committee people Monday night that she will not run for an eighth term in the 9th District. Tasco yesterday said she hopes state Rep. Cherelle Parker takes her place on Council. Parker, who started her career as a high-school intern in Tasco's City Hall office, said she has been in "nonstop" conversations since Monday's announcement.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 27 years on Philadelphia City Council, Marian B. Tasco is calling it quits. The veteran politician will not seek reelection to her Ninth District seat, and instead said she would endorse a former aide, State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D., Phila.), to succeed her. Tasco, 77, said Tuesday that she had been thinking about retirement for a while, given her age and recent health issues. She said she was ready to take some time off and help a new generation of city leaders. "I've been working since I was 12 years old," she said.
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.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth and Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writers
An exasperated Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission signaled there may be serious repercussions as a consequence of City Council's failure to consider a proposed $1.86 billion privatization of Philadelphia Gas Works. Two PUC members suggested the commission, the state body responsible for setting rates, could force the city to give up the $18 million annual fee it now receives from PGW and spend the money instead on speeding up gas-main replacement. PUC Commissioner James H. Cawley also suggested the legislature should consider removing City Council and its gas agency from any regulatory oversight of the municipal utility, eliminating a vexing jurisdictional overlap.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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