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Under Fire, Councilwoman Blackwell Quits Housing Authority Board

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As pressure mounts from federal authorities for change at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Philadelphia city councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has decided to give up her seat on the PHA board.

Councilwoman Blackwell has been one of the most ardent supporters of the authority’s embattled former executive director, Carl Greene, even voting against his termination (see related story).

“It is with deep regret that I find it necessary to step down as part of the board.  Given my work as chair of the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development, and the Homeless, I find it in the best interest of City Council that I take this action,” Blackwell said Wednesday during a City Hall  press conference.

Blackwell and the rest of the board have been under pressure from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to step down, in the wake of a probe into Greene’s tenure as executive director.

The board’s chairman, former mayor John Street, released a statement saying he respects Blackwell’s decision. Street has resisted HUD’s call to resign (see previous story) but says he will comment on his decision at the board’s Friday meeting.

Other board members were unavailable for comment.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • Carolyn

    Sounds like A WHOLE LOT OF WRONG DOING WAS EVIDENTLY GOING ON AT THE PHA FOR A LONG TIME…”if you scratch my back, i’ll scratch yours”!!!

  • CAPS

    Just another crook that hasn’t been caught yet. She’s trash

  • BigE

    No former or present politican should ever be allowed on a Board. Politicans need to hold Public Authority Boards accountable for their actions for the Citizens they are supposed to serve.



  • Linda D Bryant

    That’s the best move Mrs. Blackwell has ever made!!! Maybe she should also consider leaving the City Council–she has warmed that seat for far too long!!!!

  • itz

    How many committes and boards do these damn politicans have to have their fingers in? Are they so damn arrogant and power hungry, that they assume no other citizen without connections can do the same, but probably better job?
    It should be illegal for any politican to be on any board that has to answer to city council, the state govt or the feds. Most of these conected politicans, who have been in office for most of their lives, should step aside and let others run these committes and boards and councils. ENough already.

  • Jorge

    All corrupt double talking crooks !

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