March 29, 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 9, 2013 |
Quoting from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Bible, Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco made a forceful defense Thursday of State Rep. Dwight Evans, a political ally and founder of a nonprofit that has been under scrutiny since a state investigation said it misspent or mismanaged portions of $12 million worth of state grants since 2006. Tasco particularly attacked the motives of The Inquirer, which has published a series of articles, including one Sunday, on Evans and the investigation into the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.
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 14, 2011
TUESDAY'S ELECTION answered some questions and asked others. Answered: Who "leads" us for the next four years. Asked: Who leads City Council? The selection process is under way (under the covers) and those still steamed about DROP - the Deferred Retirement Option Plan - have a stake in this. Contenders for the president's chair, vacated by the long-serving Anna Verna, are all Democrats - 5th District Councilman Darrell Clarke, 9th District Councilwoman Marian Tasco and at-large Councilman Jim Kenney (who would win if everyone he's ever feuded with voted for him)
October 19, 2011
IN RESPONSE to "Are Absentee Landlords Killing Once-Good NE Philadelphia Neighborhoods?" : Over the years, I have received numerous complaints from constituents regarding unresolved tenant and maintenance issues at properties with absentee landlords. I recognized this as a problem all across the city. That is why I introduced bill No. 090834, which amended the city's property-maintenance code by requiring property owners who do not live in the city or a surrounding county, under specific terms and conditions, to designate a local property manager and provide the full contact information to the proper city department.
June 12, 2011
The considerable hullabaloo about Philadelphia's imposing a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks has drowned out another proposal that Mayor Nutter is pushing. Higher parking rates. The mayor wants to increase the hourly cost of street parking in Center City and University City to generate an extra $6 million as part of a strategy to come up with at least $75 million for the Philadelphia School District. Higher meter rates are hardly music to the ears of those working day and night to keep breathing life into two of the city's most popular neighborhoods.
May 26, 2011 |
City Council's effort to reform the unpopular DROP program will finally be unveiled today. Councilwoman Marian Tasco is set to introduce legislation that is expected to adjust the interest rate that participants earn and would require city workers to wait two more years before enrolling. "This is not my bill; it's Council's," said Tasco, who has drawn public ire for enrolling in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, but then running for re-election this year. If she wins in November, she'll "retire" for a day to collect $478,057 and then return.
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.
April 24, 2011
In the last couple of weeks, Mayor Nutter has made three endorsements (a fourth is expected soon), all in heated races to fill open district City Council seats. Considering that Council newcomers could cast the deciding votes on the next Council president, some politicos have speculated the mayor is engaged in a little quid pro quo to secure backing for his presumed choice, Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. All three endorsed candidates - Mark Squilla in the First District, Marty Bednarek in the Sixth, and Cindy Bass in the Eighth - have said that's simply not so. Nutter also is expected to endorse Kenyatta Johnson in the Second District.