Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Carl Greene Talks

After a week underground, Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene surfaced today to do an hour-long phone interview with the Daily News, saying "there are two sides to this runaway train." Here are few take-outs:

Carl Greene Talks

After a week underground, Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene surfaced today to do an hour-long phone interview with the Daily News, saying "there are two sides to this runaway train." Here are few take-outs:

On his unpaid mortgage: "There’s no logical reason for a person of my capabilities not to be on top of my personal affairs...I can only tell you that a lot of things came in and stacked up...I straightened it out with the bank. I’ve hired an accountant to go through all of my affairs."

On the sexual harassment accusations: "I’ve never at any time made unwanted advances toward [former PHA employee Betsy Helm.] I think I need my day in court...In no case have I done anything inappropriate and I don’t want to suggest PHA is a diff place for young people to work or women to work."

On reports that employees were required to pay for parties and buy him gifts: "I need no gifts, I need nothing. I keep nothing. I live a meager lifestyle. I don’t wear jewelry, I don’t drive expensive cars. I don’t need extravagance or gifts...I haven’t compelled anybody to do anything.

On his vanishing act: "I didn’t go anywhere. The fact is I was embarrassed and humiliated. I needed time for reflection."

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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 benderw@phillynews.com
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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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