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Joey Vento Says Mayor Nutter Rejected His Horse Trailer Donation

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia cheesesteak entrepreneur Joey Vento is hopping mad because the city has turned down his offer of two horse trailers for the Philadelphia Police Department.

The city’s reason for the rejection: Vento wanted his name on plaques on the trailers.

Vento, owner of “Geno’s Steaks” in South Philadelphia, offered to give the city two horse trailers as the police department brings back its mounted patrol unit.  The catch was that he wanted a small plaque on each trailer signifying that he had donated the trailers.

“Which I thought was a good thing, because you might get other businesspeople to say, ‘You know what, I might contribute,’ ” Vento told KYW Newsradio this morning.

But the Nutter administration declined the offer because Vento demanded the plaques.

“That is something the police department and the city are not interesting in having done,” says the mayor’s spokesman, Mark McDonald.

Vento says it’s really a personal dispute between him and Mayor Nutter.

“He’s got a vendetta against me, and I can prove it by all this stuff.  And it’s because I beat the city in court with the ‘Speak English’ sign,” Vento says.

vento joey english sign23 Joey Vento Says Mayor Nutter Rejected His Horse Trailer DonationIn June 2006, Vento grabbed headlines for two small signs posted at his steak shop stating, “This is America: When Ordering, Please Speak English.”

Vento said at the time he posted the signs due to concerns over the debate on immigration reform and the increasing number of people who couldn’t order in English.

The city’s Human Relations Commission tried to force Vento to remove the sign but failed in its court effort.

McDonald, the mayor’s spokesman, said today that Nutter had nothing to do with the decision to reject Vento’s donation.

Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • Mommy

    Whether people like Vento or his thoughts or not, Philadelphias budget is so bad that schools are yet again cutting programs & they’re saying today on the news thousands need to be laid off to balance that budget. They’ve closed libraries, community centres, closed fire departments, cut police, the list goes on – what is a small plaque when it comes to both animals & people’s safety? Many times when there are various large corporate donations I’ve seen a small brass type plaque from hospitals to schools. They should be greatful someone want sto do something positive for a change, not nitpick.

  • Thomas

    Go Joey Go!

  • Les South

    He is only drumming up Business ,Pat’s Steaks should give the Horse’s.

    • Horace Biggs

      Pat’s Steaks are made wiuth horsemeat.

  • BJ

    They will be when the media finally stops paying attention to the jerk.

  • Skip

    Vento’s 15 minutes are not yet up.

    • Skippy

      today they are.

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