Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060.
Born and raised in the Harrisburg area, Romeo began his professional career at age 18, while in college at Penn State Harrisburg. He was still a college student when he covered the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster for WSBA Radio in York, Pa.
Romeo also worked for five years as a television reporter in Harrisburg, and served as news director for an AM-FM pair of stations in White Plains, NY. He has also worked at stations in Florida and Texas.
Romeo came to KYW Newsradio in the summer of 1990. In 1993 he was assigned to a choice beat: to succeed famed reporter Sandy Starobin as Harrisburg bureau chief. In 1994, he came to Philadelphia and the City Hall bureau, where he served as bureau chief.
Romeo has covered major stories during the administrations of John Street and Ed Rendell, including the Philadelphia school district takeover, sports stadium controversies, the 1999 mayoral campaign, and the Republican National Convention in 2000.
On January 1, 2003, with former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell elected to serve as Pennsylvania governor, Romeo was tapped to return to Harrisburg for a second stint as bureau chief there. KYW Newsradio said Romeo’s appointment was part of the station’s plan to beef up its coverage in that area.
In his spare time, Tony has served as publicity chairman of the South Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
A committee vote on a state House Republican property tax relief plan was delayed Tuesday because Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has indicated he wants a chance to negotiate with lawmakers first.
One of the PUC’s recommendations would be to increase PGW’s “distribution system improvement charge,” which is billed to customers, above the current five-percent cap.
The first budget talks were held last week, but a significant aspect of the discussions is the governor’s insistence that his plan, which includes raising sales and income taxes and reducing property taxes, be considered as a whole.
The idea would involve allowing bars in certain areas, such entertainment zones and/or center city Philadelphia, to remain open until 4:00am.
The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would overturn Philadelphia’s new law, set to take effect next month, that would require business owners with at least ten employees to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.
Stan Saylor (R-York County) told the committe that the GOP property tax relief plan, like Gov. Wolf’s plan, would reduce but not eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania.
The resolution states that the Constitutional amendments that would be considered would be limited to issues such as fiscal restraints and limits on the power of the federal government.
A round of applause went up the in the state House chamber after Republican Martina White was sworn in as the newest member, having won a special election for the Northeast Philadelphia seat formerly held by Democrat Brendan Boyle, who was elected to Congress.
The latest hearing on the subject suggests supporters of legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania have their work cut out in the State House.
The state House majority leader says that chamber will consider its own school property tax relief measure soon, and not as part of the budget package as proposed by Governor Wolf.
A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman says the 1,195 traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania last year are the lowest since recordkeeping began in 1928.
Timothy Reese, a Temple graduate who grew up in West Philadelphia, has been nominated to replace Rob McCord, who resigned as treasurer before pleading guilty to federal campaign donation violations.
Wolf recently directed the state physician general to issue a standing order allowing all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone, which reverses the immediate effects of a heroin overdose.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Risa Ferman said she will review the case with a commitment to “fairness, integrity, and justice.”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today issued a ruling in the case of attorney general Kathleen Kane, knocking away one of her attempts to have the case against her dropped.