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Nutter Feels Heat at South Philly Town Hall

South Philly gave Mayor Nutter an earful on the budget cuts tonight. Nutter held the first town hall meeting on his budget plan at South Philadelphia High School this evening. Many emotional attendees begged Nutter to reconsider closing libraries and pools, and asked him if he had sought out new revenue and outside funding for city services. “I believe you’re cutting the middle class and the poor, the services that they need,” said Karen Brown, president of the Southwark Civic Association, “What are you going to do with the youth in the summer when crime goes rampant when they have no place to go?” Tonight's session was the first of eight community meetings Nutter has scheduled around the city to talk about the budget. Nutter was joined by more than a dozen top city officials, including Managing Director Camille Barnett, Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. “These were not easy circumstances and they were not easy decisions,” Nutter said told the crowd of about five hundred in the school auditorium. “They were very heartfelt, in many cases they went against the grain of what I have promoted as a public official for 15 years.”

Nutter Feels Heat at South Philly Town Hall

South Philly gave Mayor Nutter an earful on the budget cuts tonight.

Nutter held the first town hall meeting on his budget plan at South Philadelphia High School this evening. Many emotional attendees begged Nutter to reconsider closing libraries and pools, and asked him if he had sought out new revenue and outside funding for city services.

“I believe you’re cutting the middle class and the poor, the services that they need,” said Karen Brown, president of the Southwark Civic Association, “What are you going to do with the youth in the summer when crime goes rampant when they have no place to go?”

Tonight's session was the first of eight community meetings Nutter has scheduled around the city to talk about the budget. Nutter was joined by more than a dozen top city officials, including Managing Director Camille Barnett, Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

“These were not easy circumstances and they were not easy decisions,” Nutter said told the crowd of about five hundred in the school auditorium. “They were very heartfelt, in many cases they went against the grain of what I have promoted as a public official for 15 years.”

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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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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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