Thursday, March 28, 2013
Several state, city and federal officials were on-hand Thursday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Shawmont Trail.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was on-hand Thursday morning along with U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and City Councilman Curtis Jones for a ribbon cutting ceremony opening a new segment of the Shawmont Trail. The trail recently underwent a $1.4 million rennovation widening the trail and making it more accessible. "This project was funded with a TIGER grant from the federal government," Nutter said. "When people ask me about TIGER grants they may not know what they stand for, but I always tell them people walk on them, they drive on them and they put people back to work. TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, and they were grants given as part of the federal stimulus bill passed under the Obama administration…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A nationwide coalition of mayors, including Philadelphia's mayor, asks President Barack Obama to make changes to the country's gun laws.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined a bipartisan coalition of mayors nationwide on Wednesday calling upon President Barack Obama to enact stronger gun control laws after the tragedy that took place last week in Newtown, Conn. The coalition of over 700 mayors urges the president “to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.” The letter to the president lists several actions that could be taken immediately to potentially reduce gun violence. Those actions include: closing loopholes that allow gun buyers to skip criminal background checks, make high capacity rifles and magazines illegal to own and …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Mayor Nutter, Councilman Jones celebrate apartment complex behind Ivy Ridge Train Station.
Continuing what Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. called the move toward "transit-oriented development," builders broke ground Friday on 149 apartments behind SEPTA's Ivy Ridge Train Station. On a sunny fall day, J.G. Petrucci Co. celebrated the groundbreaking for the Station at Manayunk, which promises luxury one and two-bedroom apartments, some of which may be available for the public in the summer of 2013. In his former role as Manayunk's city councilman for 14.5 years, Nutter became familiar with the parcel of land between the Schuylkill River and Umbria Street. He recalled campaign days at the regional rail station and the projects that stalled at the Station site. "There will be hundreds of …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Philadelphia mayor speaks out against GOP presidential candidate.
One day before GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney visits the Union League and Valley Forge Military Academy, Pennsylvania Democrats spoke out about his visit. In a press call Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and PA Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn criticized the former Massachusetts governor's tax plan and said Romney's out of touch with the common Pennsylvanian. "I think what we're all wondering is, will he double down on the 47 percent comment?" Burn said, referring to Romney's remarks at a Florida fundraiserwhere the candidate discussed citizens who may not vote for him. "It's unacceptable for a candidate for president to dismiss folks as not worth pursuing." The Democrats hammered the "47 percent comment," and …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Councilwoman, mayor hope bill will curtail Philly's ATV problem.
Every neighborhood contains its own quality of issues, but loud and unwieldy ATVs seem to be a pervasive issue across Philadelphia, according to the mayor and a city councilwoman. In an effort to dissuade all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from wreaking havoc in any section of Philadelphia, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At-large) plans to introduce a measure—on behalf of Mayor Michael Nutter—to increase fines for illegal ATV use and give police greater enforcement ability, according to multiple news outlets. This continues an effort led by the councilwoman, who announced public hearings in June to tackle the problem that impacts safety, in addition to quality of life. The bill looks to raise fines for illegal ATV use on public sidewalks…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Before President Obama spoke, Philadelphia's mayor took the stage in Charlotte.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter commanded national attention Thursday night, if just for a moment. Leading up to Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama's speeches before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Philly's mayor addressed delegates. Watch the YouTube video of Nutter's speech.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Philadelphia mayor will address Democrats at Charlotte convention.
Joining rising and established leaders in the Democratic Party, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will address delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. Democrats announced Nutter's participation as a lead-up to former President Bill Clinton's address and Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama's acceptance speech for the party's nomination. It's believed Nutter will appear Sept. 4 or 5. Nutter will speak along with other notable national mayors including: Cory Booker (Newark, NJ), Anthony Foxx (Charlotte), R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis), Antonio Villaraigosa (Los Angeles), and, Obama's former chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel (Chicago). Since the Philadelphia mayor's election as president of United …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown weigh in on Romney's running mate.
The Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Team issued a release on Sunday featuring statements from three Pennsylvania mayors—Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, Pittsburgh's Luke Ravenstahl and Allentown's Ed Pawlowski—on Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: "If there was any doubt that Mitt Romney was the wrong choice for people in Philadelphia and cities across this country, today’s pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate makes it crystal clear just how wrong his priorities are. The Romney Ryan budget is an attack on our most precious resource, the very people who make up the fabric of this country: our parents, our children, our soldiers and our seniors. "Paul Ryan is the …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Union dispute continues, as administration calls the deal financially ruinous.
Mayor Michael Nutter will again appeal the Philadelphia firefighters' contract, saying it's financially ruinous, according to a report by The Philadelphia Inquirer. This continues a four-year labor dispute between the administration and the Local 22 firefighters' union. Last week, union President Bill Gault criticized Nutter at the national firefighters' meeting, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the union, but refrained from weighing in on the dispute. The Inquirer reports that the city will file an appeal in Common Pleas Court next week. Click here to read the entire article.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Mayor, councilman and race car present at All Seasons Car Wash grand opening.
Scorching temperatures Saturday provided the perfect backdrop for the grand opening of Roxbprough's newest car wash. All Seasons Car Wash and Mobil 1 Lube Express debuted June 30 with significant fanfare: Tony Stewart's Mobile 1 NASCAR race car, Mayor Michael Nutter and City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. all welcomed the "fast, clean and green" establishment to Ridge Avenue. Owner Jack McGovern talked about the store earlier this spring when it held a soft opening: "We wanted to get the concept right. We wanted to give something that local people would like, and it was important to us to fit well with the community," he said. Saturday held to phrase "grand opening." In addition to appearances by the mayor and councilman, corporate partner …