Thursday, December 20, 2012
A nationwide coalition of mayors, including Philadelphia's mayor, asks President Barack Obama to make changes to the country's gun laws.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined a bipartisan coalition of mayors nationwide on Wednesday calling upon President Barack Obama to enact stronger gun control laws after the tragedy that took place last week in Newtown, Conn. The coalition of over 700 mayors urges the president “to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.” The letter to the president lists several actions that could be taken immediately to potentially reduce gun violence. Those actions include: closing loopholes that allow gun buyers to skip criminal background checks, make high capacity rifles and magazines illegal to own and …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Mayor says Hurricane Sandy could hit hard Monday.
Mayor Michael Nutter told residents along Lincoln Drive to prepare for a 2 p.m. evacuation Sunday if current forecasts for Hurricane Sandy come true. In a televised press conference Friday afternoon, the mayor warned residents in traditional flood plane areas of Philadelphia to be ready to leave Sunday for what could be a troubling Monday. "Don't wait. If your home has flooded in the past, make plans now to stay with relatives," Nutter said, highlighting Manayunk, River Road in Shawmont, and Lincoln, MLK and Kelly Drives as some specific areas. The mayor said at City Hall that current forecasts indicate Hurricane Sandy could reach its apex throughout Monday, causing 55 mph winds, flooding to the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and downed …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Philadelphia mayor speaks out against GOP presidential candidate.
One day before GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney visits the Union League and Valley Forge Military Academy, Pennsylvania Democrats spoke out about his visit. In a press call Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and PA Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn criticized the former Massachusetts governor's tax plan and said Romney's out of touch with the common Pennsylvanian. "I think what we're all wondering is, will he double down on the 47 percent comment?" Burn said, referring to Romney's remarks at a Florida fundraiserwhere the candidate discussed citizens who may not vote for him. "It's unacceptable for a candidate for president to dismiss folks as not worth pursuing." The Democrats hammered the "47 percent comment," and …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Councilwoman, mayor hope bill will curtail Philly's ATV problem.
Every neighborhood contains its own quality of issues, but loud and unwieldy ATVs seem to be a pervasive issue across Philadelphia, according to the mayor and a city councilwoman. In an effort to dissuade all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from wreaking havoc in any section of Philadelphia, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At-large) plans to introduce a measure—on behalf of Mayor Michael Nutter—to increase fines for illegal ATV use and give police greater enforcement ability, according to multiple news outlets. This continues an effort led by the councilwoman, who announced public hearings in June to tackle the problem that impacts safety, in addition to quality of life. The bill looks to raise fines for illegal ATV use on public sidewalks…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Before President Obama spoke, Philadelphia's mayor took the stage in Charlotte.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter commanded national attention Thursday night, if just for a moment. Leading up to Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama's speeches before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Philly's mayor addressed delegates. Watch the YouTube video of Nutter's speech.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Philadelphia mayor will address Democrats at Charlotte convention.
Joining rising and established leaders in the Democratic Party, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will address delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. Democrats announced Nutter's participation as a lead-up to former President Bill Clinton's address and Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama's acceptance speech for the party's nomination. It's believed Nutter will appear Sept. 4 or 5. Nutter will speak along with other notable national mayors including: Cory Booker (Newark, NJ), Anthony Foxx (Charlotte), R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis), Antonio Villaraigosa (Los Angeles), and, Obama's former chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel (Chicago). Since the Philadelphia mayor's election as president of United …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Union dispute continues, as administration calls the deal financially ruinous.
Mayor Michael Nutter will again appeal the Philadelphia firefighters' contract, saying it's financially ruinous, according to a report by The Philadelphia Inquirer. This continues a four-year labor dispute between the administration and the Local 22 firefighters' union. Last week, union President Bill Gault criticized Nutter at the national firefighters' meeting, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the union, but refrained from weighing in on the dispute. The Inquirer reports that the city will file an appeal in Common Pleas Court next week. Click here to read the entire article.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Congressman and mayor announce $3.125 million for Philly Police with attorney general.
With the help of $3.125 million from the federal government, Philadelphia will add 25 police officers over the next three years, the U.S. Attorney General announced Monday. In a joint press conference with U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-2), Mayor Michael Nutter and other congressional officials, Attorney General Eric Holder said Philadelphia would receive money from the U.S. Department of Justice as part of its COPS program, which will distribute $111.2 million nationally. The money funds nearly all salary and benefits for the new officers over the next three years. The COPS hiring program requires that all funded positions must be filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days since 9/11. “The Department of Justice’s COPS…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
City officials came to the gathering to discuss the potential new city initiatives.
"Our assessment system is kind of broken," city Finance Director Rob Dubow told a larger-than-usual crowd at a West Mt. Airy Neighbors meeting at Allens Lane Art Center Tuesday. With that statement, Dubow, along with three other city officials that came to the organization's annual meeting (at which it elects new board members and officers), kicked off a spirited discussion. The officials came to the gathering at the behest of WMAN, which generally tries to secure a keynote speaker for its annual gathering in June. The East Mt. Airy Neighbors organization normally does the same. Dubow talked about Mayor Michael Nutter's Actual Value Initiative plan, which is an effort to assess properties at their true market value. The city has been …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rumors circulate that President Obama and Bruce Springsteen may attend the Made in America Festival.
Rapper Jay-Z and Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday a large-scale music festival for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the likes of which Philadelphia hasn't seen since Live 8 in 2005. Unlike that worldwide event, the Budweiser-sponsored "Made in America" festival, will cost $99 for the two-day festival set for Labor Day weekend. "Made in America" will feature "nearly 30 artists that embody the American spirit" representing rock, rap, soul, R & B, and other genres. Other than Jay-Z signing on as a headliner the acts weren't annnouced—although rumors have circulated on the Internet that Bruce Springsteen, already in town for a Citizens Bank Park concert, could make an appearance. In addition, Nutter didn't deny that the event could be a big…