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CONTROLLER BUTKOVITZ: Mayor, Sheriff Get An ‘Incomplete’

BY ALAN BUTKOVITZ, City Controller/ Last week, my Office’s reputation was called into question once again regarding the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Nutter Administration and the Sheriff’s Office. It is without a question that my audit staff is topnotch and their findings are always well founded and factual.   In fact, it was […]

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WE’RE BACK!

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WE’RE BACK!

The Philadelphia Public Record website is back in full service again as of today, after a two-week hiatus. An issue with our service provider required significant retooling and forced our online product to take a Fourth of July vacation. The latest political-events calendar is now posted on our website. Tomorrow morning, Thursday, Jul. 10, the […]

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PLAYING EARLY HANDS: 2 Mayoral Contenders, Williams and Butkovitz, Show Their Strengths

WILLIAMS CAMPAIGN DELIVERS MESSAGE WITH MEETING BY TONY WEST/It’s too early for formal announcements for the 2015 mayoral race. But vigorous testing of the waters has begun. An important step toward the Mayor’s office was taken last week when State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) convened a cross-section of city leaders from different walks of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Rendell Said ‘No’ To Lewis; Now Mourns His Loss

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell told an audience in South Philadelphia he could have been on the plane that crashed and killed his friend, Philanthropist Lewis Katz and six others on Saturday night. Rendell, speaking at the historic Philadelphia Little Shul, 2015 S. 4th Street on Sunday, broke down in tears after telling […]

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OUR OPINION: Maya Angelou, Lewis Katz

The Lesson —Maya Angelou   I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Memory of old tombs, Rotting flesh and worms do Not convince me against The challenge. The years And cold defeat live deep in Lines along my face. They dull my eyes, yet I keep on dying, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Wise To Sell PGW

BY STATE REP. BILL KELLER/ The possible sale of PGW by the City to UIL Holdings is, in my opinion, a wonderful opportunity for Philadelphia. For over 20 years, I, along with other elected officials, worked diligently to bring dredging of the Delaware River to our region so that Philadelphia could reap the financial rewards. […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Budgeteers Face Dwindling Returns

State and City revenue collections have been less than anticipated this year. Reviewing each line in the budget, House budgeteers are looking at expenditures which can be reduced and changes to tax credits which may no longer be affordable, as well as considering responsible revenue sources, such as fully privatizing the adult beverage industry. The […]

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CITY HALL SAM:  Cheers For Borinqueneers; Butkovitz Revs Up; Whither Schwartz Now?

The 65th Brigade was honored at a ceremony in Valley Forge Park. The brigade was known as the Borinqueneers or Puerto Rican brigade and fought in Korea and Vietnam with tremendous distinction. Although much of their heroic action has gone unnoticed, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA will sign a bill recognizing them with the Congressional Gold Medal […]

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OUT & ABOUT: In Again, Out Again, In Again At The Inquirer

BY DENISE CLAY/ You wanna know who’s probably blasting Pharrell’s world-wide hit “Happy” as he dances around his office right about now? William Marimow, editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Marimow is the happiest man in the Philadelphia Media Universe right now because H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Lewis Katz were the winners of the private auction […]

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BROUHAHA AT CITY COMMISSION! Singer’s Camera Keeps Rolling; Cops Called

Long-simmering disputes on Philadelphia City Commission boiled over last week when Commission Chair Anthony Clark and Vice Chair Al Schmidt voted that a camerawoman purportedly brought by the third Commissioner, Stephanie Singer, should not be allowed to videotape testimony by witnesses at a public hearing. Singer has pushed to videotape these meetings as part of […]

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