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Frank Rizzo Jr.

(Frank Rizzo Jr., right, gets a welcome-back handshake from US Rep. Bob Brady after completing paperwork to rejoin the Democratic Party.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Democrats Welcome Frank Rizzo Jr. Back To Democratic Party

Former city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., right, rejoined the Democratic Party so he can run for mayor in 2015.

11/18/2013

(Frank Rizzo Jr., in file photo)

Frank Rizzo Jr. On Verge of Announcing Run For Phila. Mayor — As a Democrat

Meanwhile, former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham is close to declaring that she will also be a candidate.

11/15/2013

(Demonstrators against the acquittal of George Zimmerman left behind signs, including some hanging on the Rizzo statue outside the MSB, near 15th and JFK Blvd.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Supporters of Late Mayor Frank Rizzo Postpone Annual Event In His Honor

This year’s memorial has been delayed indefinitely because of the weekend’s protests there over the George Zimmerman verdict — protests that included signs hung from the statue.

07/16/2013

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Councilman Rizzo Quits GOP In Dispute With City Council Leadership

City Council’s GOP leader, Brian O’Neill, last week stripped Rizzo of his post as minority whip, a mostly ceremonial position given that Council has only three GOP members.

10/20/2011

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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

(Frank Rizzo Jr., in file photo)

Rizzo Struggles Against ‘DROP’ For At-Large City Council Renomination

Philadelphia at-large city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., was apparently having trouble in his re-election bid shaking the charge that he ran for another term despite having entered the city’s controversial “DROP” pension program.

05/17/2011

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DROP Challenges In Philadelphia Elections Shifted To Pennsylvania High Court

A panel of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judges says it is the state Supreme Court that should have jurisdiction over the challenges to the candidacies of City Council members Frank Rizzo and Marian Tasco, and city commissioner Marge Tartaglione.

04/08/2011

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Appeals Expected After Philadelphia Judge OKs Candidates Who Took Pensions

Opponents say they are not dropping the “DROP” issue — the controversial city pension plan that’s created a large measure of debate in and around Philadelphia.

03/24/2011

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DROP Pension Recipient Marge Tartaglione Is Latest Target Of Challenge

The woman who oversees Philadelphia elections — City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione — finds that her own re-election bid is now being challenged because of her participation in the DROP pension program.

03/16/2011

(Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, in file photo)

Philadelphia Councilwoman Tasco In Court Fight Over Re-election Effort After DROP

For the second time this week, the re-election plans of a longtime Philadelphia city council member are being challenged because of his or her participation in the city’s “DROP” pension program.

03/15/2011

(Philadelphia city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr.   File photo)

Councilman Rizzo Faces Court Challenge To Re-election Effort; ‘DROP’ Pension At Issue

A Philadelphia GOP ward leader has gone to court, trying to get longtime city councilman Frank Rizzo thrown off the primary ballot.

03/14/2011

(Frank DiCicco, on Monday morning, is joined in his office by fellow councilmembers.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

DiCicco Won’t Run Again For Philadelphia City Council; Blames DROP Decision

Philadelphia city councilman Frank DiCicco won’t seek a fifth term as the councilman for the 1st District, which encompasses parts of South Philadelphia, center city, Old City, and Northern Liberties.

03/07/2011

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

Verna Says City Council Is Moving Forward On “DROP”

City Council members are ever-so-close to finally releasing their own study of the cost of the controversial pension perk known as “DROP” — and close to finally scheduling a hearing on whether to abolish the program.

02/17/2011

(Philadelphia city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., in file photo)

Rizzo Says He’ll Run For Fifth Term Even Without GOP Backing

The Republican City Committee of Philadelphia meets Tuesday night to endorse candidates for the May GOP primary, and among those not expected to be endorsed is an incumbent city councilman, Frank Rizzo Jr.

02/15/2011

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Philadelphia City Council Wrestles With Reining In Tow Truck Drivers

There are still no easy answers, as Tuesday’s hearing pointed out.

10/26/2010