CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY once again demonstrated why heâ€™s a master politician with few peers. Brady made a big splash this week with his casino idea. He wants the City to work with a private casino company to compete for a license. Basically, the City would provide land for the casino that a private company would develop and operate. The city would collect rent from the casino and use the money to fund financially distressed schools and pension funds. STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, who needs Bradyâ€™s support if he is to became Mayor, quickly endorsed the idea. It will be difficult for anyone from the City to be against his plan.
LEO HOLT joined the Chilean Ambassador to the US FELIPE BULNES and his friends DON CALDWELL, of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Artâ€™s Bacchanal Wine Committee, and DAVID SCHIRO. Both men were recognized for their work to foster economic trade between Chile and the United States.
Schiro was introduced at the sold-out Friends of Chile Event at the Union League by Leo Holt. Leo and his brothers TOM HOLT, JR. and MICHAEL HOLT are the scions of port magnate TOM HOLT. Holtâ€™s shipping services continue to be a successful job creator and economic force in the region. The master of ceremonies was BOB PALAIMA. Palaima heads Delaware River Stevedores and is the Chilean & American Chamberâ€™s President.
STATE SEN. MIKE STACK was joined by COUNCILMAN BRIAN Oâ€™NEILL, STATE REP. MARK COHEN and STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE for the groundbreaking for Benjamin Rush State Park in Northeast Philadelphia. Efforts have been made for decades to redevelop the park. All good things take time.
Several Philadelphia Judges have filed suit in Commonwealth Court to set aside the mandatory retirement age of 70. Among them are JUDGE SANDRA MAZER MOSS, the highly regarded â€œQueen of Tortsâ€. The nickname is a compliment for her skill in managing the complex litigation court. Also participating in the suit are JUDGE JOHN HERRON, trial division administrator, and JUDGES JOE Oâ€™KEEFE and BEN LERNER. Philadelphia has excellent judges, but skill and wisdom take time, so asking judges to retire at 70 is counterproductive. City Hall Sam and many other sincerely believe 70 is the new 60, so hopefully the court will rule the mandatory retirement age is age discrimination.