Philly FOP Endorses Republican DA Candidate Beth Grossman

Philadelphia’s police union will endorse Republican Beth Grossman for district attorney.

The announcement follows an event Tuesday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 headquarters in Northeast Philly, where both Grossman and Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner vied for the union’s endorsement.  Read more »

Are We Really Going to Call the New Gallery “FOP”?

Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia rendering

Rendering via Macerich

Today’s Inquirer has an update on the renovation of The Gallery. The Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia — the “at Market East” has been dropped from the name — are not open yet, but they already have a website and recently hosted a fashion show and panel discussion at Century 21 for Philly Fashion Week. This thing is happening.

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall with partner Macerich, told the paper the mall is 70 percent leased. But it won’t release the names of businesses that have agreed to lease spaces because “in the outlet world, piecemeal announcements are a sign of weakness,” according to PREIT CEO Joseph Coradino.

All well and good. But there’s a Coradino quote at the end of the article that made me think. Read more »

The FOP Has Put Up Anti–Seth Williams Billboards

John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP

John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP

Telling the Inquirer his union was willing to spend an “unlimited amount of resources” in the Democratic primary against Seth Williams, FOP Lodge 5 head John McNesby has begun a campaign against the incumbent district attorney.

Yesterday, a billboard showed up on I-95 between Bridge Street and Cottman Avenue: “HELP WANTED: NEW PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY,” it read. “PLEASE CONTACT FOP LODGE #5.” McNesby says the FOP will put up at least six billboards calling for Williams’s ouster. Read more »

Grossman: Philly “Deserves Better” Than Seth Williams

Former city prosecutor Beth Grossman announces her candidacy in front of a Kensington pawn shop where her family once owned a candy store.

Former city prosecutor Beth Grossman announces her candidacy in front of a Kensington pawn shop where her family once owned a candy store. Photo by David Gambacorta

If you’re going to try to hold a press conference in the middle of Kensington, you have to expect the unexpected.

Former city prosecutor Beth Grossman seemed prepared for most of the little interruptions that came her way on Wednesday afternoon: the occasional burst of thunder from the Market-Frankford El, the get-out-of-my-way horns from passing motorists, the locals who hovered nearby and talked over portions of a short, formal speech that outlined her decision to run as a Republican to unseat her former boss, District Attorney Seth Williams. Read more »

What’s in Store for Philly’s Police Union in 2017

Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby looks ahead to a busy 2017.

Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby (left) looks ahead to a busy 2017 that will include supporting a candidate to unseat District Attorney Seth Williams (center), working with state Rep. Martina White (top, right) on a bill that addresses police shootings, and dealing with the uncertain fallout of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

John McNesby sounds like he’s in a good mood when he picks up the phone a few days before Christmas. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 is tending to some odds and ends around the office, putting the finishing touches on what has proven to be an interesting year for the union and the 6,100 or so members who make up Philadelphia’s police force. Read more »

Reactions Mixed After Philly’s FOP Endorses Trump

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Philly FOP President John McNesby (R). | Photos by AP

Members of Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police union joined more than 300,000 police officers across the country this weekend when the national FOP announced its endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Read more »

“Retired” Cops Collect Big Pension Payout, Only to Be Hired by D.A. 4 Days Later

John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP

John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP

Oh, this is awkward.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 was recently locked in a contentious dispute with District Attorney Seth Williams – over a pair of former Philadelphia police supervisors.

Captains William Murtha and Ted Sideras retired on January 8th. Murtha pocketed $482,691 through the city’s DROP program, while Sideras netted $406,990, according to the city Board of Pensions and Retirement.

Four days later, both men were hired to work as prosecution detective captains for the D.A.’s Office.

Murtha, who joined the police force in 1988, and Sideras, who joined in 1980, had been assigned to the D.A.’s Office when they retired. Both men were hired back at the $107,565 salary they earned in 2015.

Philadelphia, of course, has a long and rich history of elected officials retiring, filling up their bank accounts with DROP cash, and then un-retiring. It’s part of what makes the city so maddening sometimes.

Here’s why the union was upset with the D.A.’s Office for making the hires: Murtha and Sideras were doing work that should have been assigned to active duty Philly cops detailed to the office, according to FOP president John McNesby. Read more »

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