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POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011, 5:13 PM

City Councilman Brian O'Neill, a Republican seeking a ninth term in Northeast Philly's 10th District, has filed several complaints since Friday about a mailer that started arriving last week in support of his opponent in the Nov. 8 general election, Democrat Bill Rubin.

The mailer, sent by AFSCME People, a political action committee for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, lists its name and address in Washington, D.C. but fails to include the disclaimer required by law that says who paid for it.  O'Neill filed an ethics complaint against Rubin and AFSCME on Friday and complaints against AFSCME and Rubin with the District Attorney's Office and City Commission today.

Rubin, a former City Commission employee, told us he had nothing to do with the mailer, which also got wrong the hours that polling places are open during the election.  "It didn't come from my campaign," Rubin said. "Whatever they're doing is separate from my campaign. We're not allowed to have any contact with them."

POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011, 3:48 PM

Since Occupy Philly began, police barricades have surrounded City Hall.

But those metal barriers have now been pushed to the side –allowing the public to move about freely. Three sides of the Courtyard are also now open.

The city was spending about $100,000 a week for Occupy Philly –mostly in police overtime, however, the number of officers near City Hall seem to have dropped compared to last week.

POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011, 2:50 PM

Karen Brown, the Republican nominee for mayor, has a new campaign commercial. But YouTube may be the only place you can see it, since Brown doesn't appear to have the money to pay for local television air time.

Brown hits on familiar themes from her campaign, including a pledge to protect "core services" like the Police Department and Fire Department.  That leads to a brief, odd scene where someone wearing a firefighter's coat and helmet holds a little girl while holding a little boy's hand.  Both children have what looks like soot smeared on their faces.

Brown said the person in the commercial is a retired fireman. She declined to identify him, saying he didn't need any problems with his former employer.

POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011, 11:07 AM

Once free, Vince Fumo has plans to buy a new house, write a book, go on a shopping spree and seek revenge on those who jailed him.

In the battle for the 10th Councilmanic district, longtime Councilman Brian O’Neill faces a tight race against challenger Bill Rubin.

And its pay-to-play at FDR Park.

POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011, 7:13 PM
Even prison couldn't separate Vince Fumo from his emails.

Daily News reporter Michael Hinkelman has culled through the federal government's filing of prison emails from Vince Fumo:

Not even prison could separate Vince Fumo from his email.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Friday that a trove of emails written by the disgraced former state senator over the past six months show he is “unchanged,” “wholly unrepentant” and seeking revenge against prosecutors and political allies that crossed him.

POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:55 PM

For the first time since the economic crisis the city announced today they have a little extra dough on hand, but not much.

City Finance Director Rob Dubow said the city will release their annual finance report this afternoon which will show a positive fund balance of roughly $100,000 for the end of fiscal year 2011 –falling short of their $3 million projection.

“It sounds small but it’s a big improvement when over the last two years we’ve had negative fund balances of over $100,000,000,” Dubow said. “It’s the result of all of the actions we’ve taken over the last couple of years to bring ourselves back into balance. A lot of budget cuts that have been painful for both us and the citizens.”

POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011, 11:15 AM

This probably won't come as surprise to anyone -- what with that whole economic crisis you've heard so much about -- but home sales are down 13 percent in city thus far this year, the city controller announced today in a news release.

There is a caveat, though: sales have actually gone up in the third quarter.

So they're down, except that they're up a little bit. What do you mean I just confused you? 

POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011, 8:03 AM

Julie Shaw tells the remarkable story of a man who moved from Mexico to South Philly at 16 and now owns his own business.

Stu Bykofsky reminds everyone to vote on Nov. 8 -- just not for any pols who are DROP participants.

City Council has given preliminary approval for residents to form the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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