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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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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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