Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.
Retiring City Council president Anna Verna got a standing ovation. She is one of six outgoing councilmembers honored during their final meeting.
Verna is the longest-serving City Council member in Philadelphia history and the first female president of Council.
Today was orientation day for six freshmen: they’re the six incoming members of Philadelphia City Council.
The lawmaker expected to become the next president of Philadelphia City Council is already laying groundwork for possible new hires.
About 40-50 members stood and shouted for about ten minutes just as Council president Anna Verna was about to begin the meeting.
Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter vows to keep fighting to abolish DROP outright.
The letter states that there is some apparent confusion about last year’s 9.9-percent tax hike to help the city’s finances and stave off enormous cutbacks.
Now that the Philadelphia primary is out of the way, City Council members hope to deal with the controversial DROP pension plan before they take their summer recess.
A review of the paper ballots cast in Philadelphia’s primary election continues, but it appears that they will not affect the outcome of one close race.
The official citywide count will begin on Friday, and continue over the weekend and through next Wednesday.
Mark Squilla and Bobby Henon appeared headed toward commanding victories in their respective Philadelphia City Council primary races.
Nine months after Mayor Nutter called for the elimination of the DROP pension perk, City Council is finally set to schedule a hearing on the issue. But its increasingly likely that they’ll tweak — rather than abolish — the controversial program.
The state agency that oversees Philadelphia’s finances is taking City Council to task for not scheduling hearings on the controversial pension perk known as DROP.
Philadelphia City Council president Anna Verna denies any footdragging, even though she has yet to schedule a hearing on eliminating the controversial city pension perk known as “DROP.”