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New Guy Studies Up On Slots

Andy Altman, the new deputy mayor for planning and economic development, said yesterday that he needs to study up on two of the most controver

New Guy Studies Up On Slots

Andy Altman, the new deputy mayor for planning and economic development, said yesterday that he needs to study up on two of the most controversial proposed projects in the city – two casinos on the Delaware riverfront.
 
“I haven’t even jumped in yet,” Altman said after he was sworn in yesterday. “I have to learn everything about it. There’s a lot going on.”
 
But it’s not like the guy is completely in the dark.  As a 10-year-old schoolboy in Germantown, Altman drew up plans for the waterfront that included a lot of parks.More recently, he traveled from his home in New York City to Philadelphia for the Nov. 14 Penn Praxis presentation on how to develop the Delaware riverfront. That came eight days after Nutter was elected mayor.
 
Altman said he had been reading up on Nutter.“I got caught up in the energy of it all and felt very proud as a Philadelphian,” Altman said. “I really walked away feeling like: How do I be a part of this? It sounds corny but it’s actually true.”
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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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