Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter vows to keep fighting to abolish DROP outright.
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.
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.
There were oral arguments held before a Philadelphia judge on whether two City Council members, a city commissioner, and a mayoral candidate were eligible to remain on their respective ballots.
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.
A Philadelphia GOP ward leader has gone to court, trying to get longtime city councilman Frank Rizzo thrown off the primary ballot.
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.
Verna, 79, made the announcement on Monday that she will not return after her current term expires next January.
Merchants who sell cigarettes to teens under age 18 will now have to pay a $250 fine; the current penalty is $100.