The cold temperatures and rain didnâ€™t dampen the spirits or accomplishments of two of Philadelphiaâ€™s finest public servants during Mondayâ€™s swearing-in ceremonies.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS gave a great speech at his inauguration at the Academy of Music. ALAN BUTKOVITZ, the City Controller, also thanked the citizens of Philadelphia for returning him to the position of fiscal watchdog. JOHN DOUGHERTY and COUNCILMAN BOBBY HENON looked on approvingly from the front row. So DID STATE SEN. MIKE STACK along with former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER was also on hand at the ceremony and appeared more relaxed than usual.
Many judges were sworn in for the first time including GIOVANNI CAMPBELL, ANNE MARIE COYLE, JOE FERNANDES, TIMIKA LANE, DAN McCAFFERY, SCOTT Oâ€™KEEFE and SIERRA THOMAS, formerly Sierra Street.
Among the judges who were retained were JACKIE ALLEN, GENECE BRINKLEY, REMY DJERASSI, HOLLY FORD, JOEL JOHNSON and Federica MASSIAH-JACKSON, just to name a few from the Common Pleas Court bench. Among the newly elected Municipal Court judges are MARTY COLEMAN, FRAN SHIELDS and HENRY LEWANDOWSKI III.
One of the most-popular Municipal Court judges, FAYE STACK, served on the bench for the final time on New Yearâ€™s Eve. Judge Stack served on the municipal court with distinction for 24 years. She has always received accolades from both the prosecution and defense for her fairness and willingness to let the witness and the lawyers tell their story. Congratulations to Judge Stack.
STATE SENS. LARRY FARNESE, DAYLIN LEACH and Mike Stack convened a press conference at the Mayorâ€™s Reception Room to advocate for LGBT equality in both work and marriage. The three Senators are now calling on GOV. TOM CORBETT to step up his advocacy for equality. Now is the time for him to call on Republican leaders in the house to move legislation so that he can sign it into law.