Banks have returned as much as $14 million written on bad checks to the city over the last three years, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said today.
An audit released by the controller’s office revealed that for the fiscal years 2009 through 2012, 13,000 bad checks were returned for payment of taxes, licenses, fees and permits.
Butkovitz said repeat offenders are writing bad checks and getting away with it because the city does little more than issue a dunning letter to the debtor.
Sean Collins Walsh
Kevin Dow, the Commerce Department's chief operating officer, is leaving the administration to join the regional United Way, the administration announced today.
Dow has been with the administration since the beginning, in 2008. Before coming to the city, he was vice president of community affairs for Wachovia Bank.
After leaving at the end of February, Dow will be "senior vice president of impact and innovation" for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
From today's Daily News: IMAGINE a multifaceted, sky-piercing glass-and-stainless-steel tower right across the street from the Comcast Center three years from now, forever raising the Philadelphia skyline.
Plans for the $1.2 billion Comcast Innovation and Technology Center at 18th and Arch streets were unveiled yesterday in the company of Gov. Corbett, City Council President Darrell Clarke and top executives from Comcast and its partner in the project, Liberty Property Trust.
Designed by world-renowned architect Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, the 59-story, 1,121-foot tower is expected to be the nation's tallest outside New York and Chicago, and the largest private-investment project ever in Pennsylvania.
From today's Daily News:
MORE THAN 6,000 petition signatures are serving as the impetus for a new committee seeking a permanent memorial at the site of June's Market Street building collapse.
The 22nd & Market Memorial Committee is made up of friends and family of those who died last year, including City Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose 24-year-old daughter was among the six killed. Members also include local civic and business leaders and urban planning and design professionals who hope to erect a temporary memorial at the site by June 5, the first anniversary of the collapse.
Yesterday's gubernatorial forum on energy sustainability -- sponsored by the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Conservation Pennsylvania and Penn Environment -- happened in front of an overflow crowd at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Didn't make it? Not to worry. The Pennsylvania Cable Network will rebroadcast the forum tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Check here for more information about PCN.
The forum featured eight candidates seeking the nomination to challenge Gov. Corbett's bid for a second term this year. They spent the evening mostly agreeing on the topic of sustainability while also showing some differences in style.
With the stroke of his pen, Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed the land bank bill into law, making Philadelphia the largest U.S. city to have a procedure for land disposition.
Supporters of the land bank packed the mayor’s reception room today to witness the bill signing – the outcome of a six-year campaign for Philadelphia to do something with its blighted and abandoned plots of land around town.
The purpose of the land bank is to turn vacant, abandoned properties into productive, usable spaces. Council and the Nutter administration will work to transfer all of the tens of thousands of taxpayer-owned properties to the land bank, thus consolidating them into one entity. Currently, any number of three city agencies handles land transfers. The new system is intended to make it easier for developers to work with the city in transforming trash-strewn lots into vibrant parcels of land.
Sean Collins Walsh
Terry Gillen, a top aide to Mayor Nutter who is rumored to be mulling a run for his job, is leaving the administration, she announced yesterday.
Gillen, the city’s first director of federal affairs, will leave in about two weeks.
She said her new job will be to work on “economic development policy” for two nonprofits. She declined to name them — the details of her position are still being worked out — but she said one is in Philadelphia and one is not.
Perhaps you've noted that legalizing marijuana is a smoking-hot topic these days.
And maybe you saw that Gov. Corbett got some play on the issue after it was reported in the Harrisburg Patriot-News that the Guv's anti-weed position was "softening," at least with regard to medical marijuana.
Well, that report was quickly dashed by the Guv's office noting that what he said was he'd consider a shift only if the FDA approved weed for medical use which, as the Inky reported, ain't happening since such approval would have to be preceeded by medical trials, which can't happen so long as the drug remains a federally-banned substance.