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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:07 PM

Today City Commissioners asked City Council for more money to give a raise to poll workers and to pay for an education campaign about the new voter ID law.

The office’s budget request for fiscal year 2013 includes a $1.5 million increase over its current $8.9 million budget.

Since 1999 poll workers who work long hours are paid $75 to $100 a day, Stephanie Singer, chairwoman of the Office of the City Commissioners told City Council yesterday during a budget hearing. Singer proposed increasing poll workers pay to $152 based on a prevailing hourly wage of $10.88 for 14 hours which would cost the city $1 million.

POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012, 8:51 AM

Who could see big increases under Mayor Nutter's property tax proposal?

The trial starts this week for the accused killer of Sabina Rose O'Donnell.

Councilman Bill Green talks about how he won his wife in this week's "Chillin Wit."

POSTED: Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:37 PM

Moments before Sheriff Jewel Williams sat before City Council Thursday to request $3.5 million more for his office’s budget for fiscal year 2013, reporters were told to disregard the public testimony he had submitted and that another would be made available.

According to a Council source, the Sheriff’s Office said they were pulling the original testimony because there was an error.

At each Council hearing, copies of public testimony lay for the taking in stacks across a wooden desk in Council’s chambers and copies are available upon request from the Council Clerk’s office.

POSTED: Friday, April 27, 2012, 6:27 PM

This month's fatal fire in the vacant East Kensington Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building that left two firefighters dead could have been much worse.

"Our whole neighborhood could have burned down," Sandy Salzman, executive director of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation told City Council's Committee on Licenses and Inspections during a hearing Friday. "This could have been so much worse and we need help from you all to make sure this doesn't happen."

That fear was echoed by residents who lived and worked nearby.

POSTED: Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:49 PM

State Rep. Babette Josephs, who has represented Center City's 182nd District since 1985, just conceded Tuesday's Democratic primary election to her challenger, attorney Brian Sims.  Here is the statement her campaign spokesman just put out:

“My congratulations go out to the Democratic Nominee Brian Sims and all of his supporters Throughout many difficult, but successful races in my long service, I have consistently said that the voters are always right. I cannot change my tune now. I am truly grateful to the voters for allowing me to serve them for so long and for the opportunity to work with so many dedicated, talented, patient and professional colleagues, staff members and volunteers.

“I have always been about policy first, so I look forward to working with Brian Sims to represent the very special constituents of the 182nd. I will find other ways to contribute to my neighborhood, city, state, and nation.”

POSTED: Friday, April 27, 2012, 11:09 AM

SEPTA workers win $172.7 million in Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot. So, what are they going to do with all of that dough? Here's some suggestions.

So, Center City is doing great.

Here’s your weekly dose of PhillyClout.

POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:39 PM

Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams told reporters today that the budget proposal he presented before City Council today did not include the fancy $38,000 Chevy Tahoe SUV that the city refused to buy him.

The Daily News’ Chris Brennan reported in February that the Sheriff wanted a new ride, but was stuck with the 2012 Ford Escape SUV acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley used when she headed the office.

KYW reporter Mike Dunn asked, “Regarding your original request to the Administration for an SUV is that still on the table and is that included in the proposal?”

POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5:54 PM

Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams asked City Council for $3.5 million more than they were given for last year’s budget –to pay for more deputies, civilian personnel, an accounting firm and a new computer system.

“When I took this office over we found the sheriff’s office in crisis, it was faced with criminal investigations and class action lawsuits … and a shortage of civilian and uniform staff,” Williams told Council during today's budget hearing.

The Sheriff's Office had a $14.3 million budget fiscal year 2012. This year's request would bring the budget to $17.8 million.

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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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