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(City Council president Darrell Clarke, on his first day in that position.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

New Philadelphia City Council President Inaugurates 2012 Legislative Session

Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.

01/26/2012

(Outgoing City Council president Anna Verna poses for a photo with councilmen Jim Kenney, left, and Frank DiCicco, who is also leaving.   Photo from CIty of Phila. TV)

City Council Bids Farewell To 6 Longtime Members, Including Pres. Anna Verna

Retiring City Council president Anna Verna got a standing ovation. She is one of six outgoing councilmembers honored during their final meeting.

12/15/2011

(Philadelphia City Council president Anna Verna, center, is applauded by Council after announcing her retirement earlier this year.   Credit:  Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council’s Final ’11 Meeting Marks End of Verna Era

Verna is the longest-serving City Council member in Philadelphia history and the first female president of Council.

12/15/2011

(City Council leaders meet with new incoming members in the Council caucus room in Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit:  Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Leaders Give Incoming Members An Insider’s View

Today was orientation day for six freshmen: they’re the six incoming members of Philadelphia City Council.

12/12/2011

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, photographed in City Council chambers last March.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Incoming Council President Sets Aside Cash For New Hires

The lawmaker expected to become the next president of Philadelphia City Council is already laying groundwork for possible new hires.

12/12/2011

(Members of City Council, foreground, seem disinterested as members of "Occupy Philadelphia" interrupt Thursday's meeting.  Credit:  Mike Dunn)

‘Occupy Philly’ Protesters Briefly Disrupt City Council Meeting

About 40-50 members stood and shouted for about ten minutes just as Council president Anna Verna was about to begin the meeting.

11/17/2011

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Philadelphia City Council Overrides Mayor Nutter’s Veto of ‘DROP’ Pension Program

Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter vows to keep fighting to abolish DROP outright.

09/15/2011

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Nutter Writes Council President Verna About ‘Troubling Misconceptions’ Related To School Funds

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.

05/27/2011

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Philadelphia City Council Holds Hearings On DROP

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.

05/26/2011

(2nd District city council candidate Barbara Capozzi, center of photo, observes the start of the certification process by Philadelphia's acting city commissioners.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

2nd District City Council Election Decided By Absentee Ballots

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.

05/24/2011

(2nd District city council candidate Barbara Capozzi, center of photo, observes the start of the certification process by Philadelphia's acting city commissioners.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

2 Philadelphia Races Hang In Balance As Primary Election Certification Process Begins

The official citywide count will begin on Friday, and continue over the weekend and through next Wednesday.

05/18/2011

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In Philadelphia Council District Primaries, Squilla and Henon Win

Mark Squilla and Bobby Henon appeared headed toward commanding victories in their respective Philadelphia City Council primary races.

05/17/2011

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Philadelphia City Council Sets Hearing Date For DROP Issue

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.


05/04/2011

(Philadelphia City Council president Anna Verna, in file photo)

State Finance Agency Criticizes City Council For Not Dealing With DROP

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.

05/04/2011

(Philadelphia City Council president Anna Verna, in file photo)

No DROP Hearings Yet Because We’re Too Busy, Says Philadelphia Council Prez

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.”

04/28/2011

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