Friday, December 19, 2014

Where Were Council Members Who Missed Budget Briefing?

Four City Council members didn’t make it to the mayor’s budget briefing yesterday, where the 10, 20, 30 percent budget cut scenarios were presented for the first time. Council members Frank Rizzo, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Jack Kelly and Joan Krajewski were all no-shows.

Where Were Council Members Who Missed Budget Briefing?

Four City Council members didn’t make it to the mayor’s budget briefing yesterday, where the 10, 20, 30 percent budget cut scenarios were presented for the first time. Council members Frank Rizzo, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Jack Kelly and Joan Krajewski were all no-shows.

So PhillyClout called them up today to find out why they didn’t attend.

Kelly was tied up with meetings as well as a viewing, said his acting Chief of Staff John Cerrone. No one from the office attended in Kelly’s place, but Cerrone stressed that Kelly has received briefing data, which he is reviewing.

Krajewski also could not attend due to a viewing – like Kelly, the viewing for Howard Conway, a Mayfair resident whose son is a deputy managing director – said aide Patty-Pat Kozlowski. She did not send a staffer in her place.

Rizzo told us that he had prior commitments and didn’t know Nutter was personally running the briefing, but he sent a staffer.

“My guy was there and I got a full report on the whole thing,” Rizzo said.

And Reynolds Brown said she “an unavoidable personal matter that could not be attended to by nobody but me.” But she too, sent a staffer, and said she plans to attend some of the community budget workshops.
 

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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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