Friday, October 9, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2:07 PM
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro. (David Warren / Staff File Photo)

The Philadelphia Business Journal is launching a new "Power 76" ranking of the most influential people in Greater Philadelphia.  Among the cohort named today (# 51-76), six have Montco ties.

Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, came in at #61.  

Bill Glazer, the Conshohocken-based developer who is revamping the Curtis Center, in addition to major projects in Conshohocken and other suburban towns, came in at #72.  

POSTED: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:22 PM
Democratic Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he also was troubled by the lack of urgency in Harrisburg, but didn't believe Montgomery County's vote would make a difference either way. (Laurence Kesterson/File Staff Photo)

Montgomery County's elected officials agreed Thursday to cover the state's bills for another month -- but not without expressing growing anger that the counties, schools, and other organizations who rely on state funding do not appear to be a consideration in the now four-month-long budget impasse.

"Do the legislature, the governor, either or both, feel pressure from counties that are not backstopping the human services needs?" asked Republican Commissioner Bruce Castor.  "I’m wrestling with the question of whether we are enabling the governor and the legislature to continue with their impasse by making sure that the funds are available for people who need it in our county."

Montgomery County, as of Oct. 1, was owed more than $20 million in reimbursements for drug and alcohol treatment, mental health, elder care, homeless programs, and other state-funded human services.

POSTED: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 3:55 PM
Pope Francis arrives at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary as spectators cheer Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/Staff Photographer)

In recapping the county's handling of Pope Francis's visit last weekend, Montgomery County officials said the planning and practice that went into it would be a boon to county residents in the future.

Among other things, Commissioner Val Arkoosh said, county public health staff worked with a team of volunteer physicians to set up a mass-triage center at Lankenau Medical Center in Lower Merion.

"It’s fantastic that we had the opportunity to actually set that up and make it run, so that if we ever need it in a mass casualty situation, these guys are ready, they know where the extension cord needs to go to plug the whole thing in and make it work," Arkoosh said at Thursday's commissioners meeting in Norristown. "And you laugh, but those are the things that trip you up in an emergency."

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