Archive: February, 2011
And another one bites the dust. Brett Mandel says he will not run for mayor this year.
"While there are lots of folks who are unsatisfied with our mayor, there are not so many folks who are going to stand up and talk about it publicly," said Mandel, a vocal advocate for tax reform and frequent critic of Mayor Nutter's.
Mandel, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for City Controller in 2009, had been courted by Republican City Committee to consider a GOP bid for mayor.
John Baer says Gov. Corbett should save a health care program for low-income residents.
Old documents show that Rev. Anthony Bevilacqua tried to transfer an abusive priest when he was a bishop in Brooklyn.
Milton Street is making the rounds in his long-shot bid for mayor – just don’t ask him if his brother will be coming along.
The former state senator – released from prison in November after serving 26 months for failing to file federal tax returns for three years – stopped in at Democratic City Committee headquarters tonight as the party met with primary candidates for citywide offices.
“I already know I’m beginning to engage the public,” said Street, 71, after he spoke with the local Democratic party’s policy committee at their office on Broad and Walnut streets.
The city bill for snow removal has reached $12 million for this winter, not including last night's storm, said city officials.
Those funds went to overtime for city workers as well as paying for contractors and salt. The city -- which does not budget money specifically for snow -- still has to tally the cost of this week's storm.
Snow removal costs put a dent in the city's budget last year. The historic storms that blanketed the city last winter ultimately cost about $18 million, according to the mayor’s press office. The city in December received $1.8 million in federal aid to help defray the cost.
City Council today finally released their long-awaited report on the controversial DROP program.
As expected, Council's consultant, Bolton Partners Inc., found that the city's controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan cost $100 million - substantially less than the $258 million price tag put on the plan last August by Boston College researchers hired by Mayor Nutter.
According to a press release from Council President Anna Verna, the Boston College academics concede that upon reviewing the some of the questions raised by Bolton, that the cost would go down to about $150 milllion. But they said they would need to do further analysis to make any more adjustments.
Tom Knox, the millionaire who considered putting his own fortune on the line again to challenge Mayor Nutter in the Democratic primary election or as an independent in the general election, said a reluctance to run a negative campaign kept him out of those races. Knox, along with Gov. Rendell, endorsed Nutter's re-election bid this morning.
Knox said a poll he conducted last week showed he would lose the primary but could win in the general, if he was willing to attack Nutter's record.
"I’m not up for that type of a fight," Knox said. "It’s not in my nature to run a negative campaign and that’s what you have to do to win. That’s not the person I wanted to be."
Commissioner Charles Ramsey talks about planned changes to the police department.
Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez is working to close a Frankford bar where there was a shooting.
Looks like polling results may have figured in to Tom Knox's decision not to run for mayor.
Millionaire businessman Tom Knox won’t just get out of the mayor’s race today – he’s set to endorse Mayor Nutter at a morning press conference.
Knox, who came in second to Nutter in the 2007 mayoral primary, will make the announcement at 10 a.m. today at a news event set up for former Gov. Rendell to endorse Nutter. The campaign just announced the news -- first reported by Dave Davies on Newsworks this morning.
Now that Knox is backing Nutter, any chance of a competitive primary election seems pretty much over.