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POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 10:28 AM
Jim Kenney. (Stephanie Aaronson /

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced three additional appointments Wednesday for positions in the Office of Immigrant Affairs and Services and the Office of Arts and Culture.

Miriam Enriquez will be Director of Immigrant Affairs and Services. Enriquez previously worked as City Councilman-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien’s Director of Legislation and Policy where she crafted several bills aimed at protecting immigration services consumers, a release said. Enriquez also worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for seven years.

Enriquez’ deputy will be Hani White who is currently a co-chair of the Indonesian Diaspora Network of Greater Philadelphia. An Indonesian immigrant, White has lived in Philadelphia for nearly 15 years and is fluent in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay and can read and write in Arabic.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 10:24 AM
Lauren Hitt (right) directs Jim Kenney to the car after an interview at NBC 10. ((Stephanie Aaronson / Staff Photographer))

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, who in his days as a city councilman was known for his off-the-cuff and sometimes controversial comments, on Tuesday announced two appointments to the team charged with managing his communications.

Lauren Hitt, Kenney’s current spokeswoman, will serve as communications director. In a press release she sent out, Hitt said that before joining Kenney’s campaign she worked as the press secretary for the Democratic nominee in the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial race and as a deputy communications director on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election campaign in New York City.

Stephanie Waters will serve as digital director, a newly created position tasked with ensuring the city better utilizes technology in how it interacts with Philadelphians. That includes managing the city’s social media accounts while also working closely with the office of innovation and technology, Hitt said.

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2015, 1:07 PM
Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin participates in a passing drill with Joey Mastrangleo (left) at his football camp in Phoenixville. About 200 children in grades one through eight participated. (BRADLEY C BOWER / For The Inquirer)

Mayor Nutter on Monday launched a campaign on Twitter in an effort to get Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin named the NFL’s Man of the Year.

“Let's go Phila, let's support Phila Eagle @ConnorBarwin98 as the NFL's Man of the Year, please tweet #BarwinWPMOYChallenge. He's a great man,” the mayor tweeted.

In his third year as an Eagle, the Detroit native has become a well-liked man about town in Philadelphia, known for his socially conscious pursuits and charity work.

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2015, 10:01 AM
Kenney announced Monday that Anne Fadullon will head the city's Department of Planning and Development, a cabinet level position. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced Anne Fadullon will head the city’s Planning and Development department – a newly created office.

Fadullon is currently the Director of Development for the DALE Corporation, a construction management and consulting firm. She previously worked as Director of Development for the Redevelopment Authority under former Mayor Ed Rendell.

"Anne's diverse accomplishments in both public and private-sector development make her the ideal choice to be the Director of Planning and Development," Kenney said in a release. "I’m confident that her nearly three decades of experience in city planning, real estate development, legislative policy, project financing and overall project management will create the cross-department coordination that is much needed in this area of the City."

POSTED: Friday, December 25, 2015, 7:00 AM
Outgoing Mayor Nutter. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

Michael Nutter’s best day in office: Greeting Pope Francis on the tarmac of Philadelphia International Airport. His worst: May 3, 2008, when Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was killed, and each of the 12 other days when city employees died on the job.

“The great moments, again, far outweigh the bad ones,” Nutter said. “But the bad ones were really bad.”

I sat down with the mayor last week for a far-reaching interview as he prepares to leave office after eight years. Look for the full story in Sunday’s Inquirer. And be sure to check back at for an accompanying video from our conversation.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 10:56 AM
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. (YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is conducting a national search for candidates to head three top departments: Prisons, Fire and Human Services.

Kenney said in a statement released by his transition team he had identified “incredible, top-notch talent from right here in Philadelphia to fill many of the administration's top posts. And, we also think it’s extremely important to look outside this city and consider what that external perspective could bring.”

The national search process has been underway for several weeks and decisions will be made early next year, the release said.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 1:23 PM
City Council approved a new 15-year franchise agreement between the city and Comcast last month. Mayor Nutter signed it Tuesday.

It’s a done deal.

After eight months of negotiations, Mayor Nutter on Tuesday signed off on a new 15-year franchise between the city and Comcast. The agreement gives Comcast the legal right to continue operating in the city in exchange for a cut of its revenue and a series of perks including an expanded discount program for Philadelphia seniors.

Comcast and city officials have described the agreement as among the best in the country. At a signing ceremony Tuesday, Adel Ebeid, the city’s chief innovation officer and its lead negotiator, said he has heard from officials in other municipalities who were waiting for Philadelphia to finish its franchise renewal before signing their own with Comcast.

POSTED: Friday, December 18, 2015, 11:12 AM
Darrell Clarke (file photo) (Michael Bryant/File)

The city ethics board has entered settlements with the political committee's for two City Council members, including Council President Darrell L. Clarke, and a state senator regarding campaign finance violations stemming from missed filing deadlines.

“None of this appears to be deliberate,” Shane Creamer, executive director of the ethics board, said. “I think these are just mistakes of omission and just bookkeeping and filing mistakes."

The political committee for State Sen. Vincent Hughes has been fined $1,500 for failing to file a campaign finance report by a June 18 deadline, according to the ethics board agreement. The committee filed the report on July 26, about a month after being contacted by the ethics board.

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