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Mayor Nutter Calls For Election Ethics Reform

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(credit: KYW's Tony Hanson)

(credit: KYW’s Tony Hanson)

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn
Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers...
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A day after the city’s Ethics Board announced fines against a top Philadelphia elections official — who was engaging in her own political activities — Mayor Nutter is weighing in with a call for reform. 

The fines against former Deputy City Commissioner Renee Tartaglione levied by the ethic board prompted Mayor Nutter to repeat his long-held position that the City Commissioners office needs an overhaul.

Nutter says, “We have to make sure that elections can be conducted not only with fairness and integrity, but operated in a fashion that has no negative impact on voters and their ability to exercise their franchise.”

The board fined Tartaglione $2,700 for repeatedly violating the restriction against city workers engaging in political activities.  She has voluntarily resigned her job.  Nutter has not put forth any formal proposals to abolish the City Commissioners office, though the independent watchdog group Committee of Seventy has.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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