Philadelphia City Council

(The main entrance to the Gallery, at Ninth and Market Streets.  File photo by KYW's Ian Bush)

Councilman Backs Tens of Millions in Tax Breaks For Gallery Owners

First District councilman Mark Squilla, whose district includes the mall, agreed to introduce a package of bills that includes the tax break, known as “Tax Incremental Financing” (TIF).

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

New Bill Would Expand Disclosure Requirements on ‘Dark Money’ Ads in Philadelphia Races

City Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a measure aimed at tackling the problem of unrestricted expenditures in support of candidates, paid for by independent PACs and not subject to the city’s limits on political contributions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

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KYW Flashback: City Councilman Convicted Of Corruption

It was a case of business as usual. But 40 years ago this month, KYW Newsradio reported the business of bribery finally caught up with Isadore Bellis, the first modern day Philadelphia City Councilman to be convicted of taking cash for favors.

04/21/2015

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Registration Deadline For May 19th Pa. Primary, Including Phila. Mayoral and Council Races

Links to registration form is here. You can drop completed form at City Hall Room 142 until 5pm, or at 520 North Delaware Avenue until 12 midnight.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/20/2015

Zeoli Show Log 4.16.15

Rich discussed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying he would crack down on states that legalized marijuana if elected President, the links between Saudi Arabia and 9/11/ and the final scene of the Sopranos. The talked with former Senator Bob Graham and Dr. Mazz

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–04/16/2015

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

City Council Approves New Rules For Billboards in City of Philadelphia

The end result could be fewer billboards overall, but more of them would be digital electronic displays.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Police oommissioner Charles Ramsey testifies at a budget hearing before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

In Current Climate, Fewer Minorities Want Careers as Cops, Phila. Police Commissioner Says

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says national incidents of police violence has made recruiting minorities for the Philadelphia police force much tougher.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(Mayor Nutter's chief education officer, Lori Shorr, listens as finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question about school funding.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Nutter Administration Dismisses School Funding Alternatives Being Floated

Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, says raising property taxes by nine percent is the only way the city can raise the additional $103 million the school district needs next year.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

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Philadelphia Welcoming Homeland Security Chief With Pitch For 2016 DNC Security Funding

In past years, the feds have given cities that host political conventions upwards of $50 million for security.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

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City Council Candidate Accuses Rival’s Backers of Running Campaign of Vandalism

Challenger Ori Feibush is accusing supporters of the incumbent, Kenyatta Johnson, who is running for re-election, of vandalizing neighborhood property, including Feibush’s campaign headquarters.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/10/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  File photo by KYW's Mike Dunn)

Councilman Wants Philadelphia to Capitalize on Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Controversy

First District city councilman Mark Squilla penned the open letter to all residents in states that recently passed so-called “religious freedom” laws, which critics say may invite discrimination based on sexual orientation.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

(Nutter administration budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and Council president Darrell Clarke, at Wednesday's budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire Houses

Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/01/2015

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, at the opening session of City Council's budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Wrangling Begins Over Next Philadelphia Budget: How Will Schools Get Funded?

The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

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Phila. City Council Postpones Action on Food Truck Propane Tank Inspections

Last July, two people working on a food truck were killed when its propane tank exploded. Now, the question is whether the city even has the right to inspect them.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

(Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's meeting of the Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pushes To Increase Valet Parking Zones For Night Clubs Along Delaware Ave.

Over the objections of the Nutter administration, City Council is moving to encourage more valet parking at the nightclubs along Delaware Avenue, by reducing the cost that the clubs must pay for city permits.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

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