Study: Philly’s City Council Gets Most Time Off

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new report out this morning finds that members of Philadelphia City Council have the longest-serving incumbents compared to other cities — and get the most time off.

The report by the research arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts compared the 17-member Philadelphia City Council with those in 14 other major cities.

One finding, according to project director Thomas Ginsburg, is that the number of weeks in which there are no formal meetings is greatest in Philadelphia.

“Philadelphia had 12 weeks with nothing — no Council sessions — appearing on the official Council calendar,” he told KYW Newsradio today.  “That was the most of all the 15 cities we looked at.”

Read the full report at

And the study found that Philadelphia has the longest tenured Council, with the 17 current members now having served an average of 15½ years, higher than any of the other cities studied.   Seven of the 15 cities in the study — including Philadelphia — have no term limits for councilmembers.

That could change next year, with four incumbents opting to retire (see related story).

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio City Hall bureau chief.

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One Comment

  1. george says:

    try to think people… don’t you remember Dilworth… Don’t you remember Tate…. these people feed at the public trough… they take, and take… there is no work involved… except perhaps the no show and no work jobs they give out…

  2. Tom says:

    Do they earn vacation time like other city workers?

    1. Steve P says:

      No Tom, they can come and go as they please. I remember hearing a few years ago that a few of them took a vacation to Puerto Rico and it was at a time when they were not on their 4 month time off.

  3. kate says:

    who is surprised?? i just would like to know what in the hell a citizen of philly can do to change this?
    hey mayor nutter
    it’s time to step up and play the game of being mayor and use what power you have
    oh lord i think this is asking too much —

  4. nah says:

    Constantly being reelected is sweet !!

  5. Steve Pomarico says:

    They can take time off from work whenever they want too. In other words, they don’t necessarily work even those 40 weeks. Plus they get city cars with guaranteed parking spots near the office. Plus guaranteed cost of living raises EVERY YEAR! The fat cats have given themselves lots of perks. IMaybe there are too many council members. I heard a suggestion that the city could get by with a few less, that might be a good idea. I know my boss wouldn’t like it if I only showed up as little as they do. And they make over 100K.

  6. puttytat says:

    This is news?

  7. Wilson B. Goode says:

    12 weeks of nothing + 40 weeks of not much x no term limits / 3.14159265 = 2
    Like the #2 I just delivered into the bowl of my toilet.

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