Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is chairing meetings on the president’s task force on “21st century policing” this week — the task force created after police controversies in Ferguson and New York triggered nationwide protests —and Mayor Nutter was one of the first witnesses on Tuesday.
Gay wedding bells will be ding-donging at City Hall this week, when Mayor Michael Nutter officiates the wedding of Elad Strohmayer, deputy consul general of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, and his fiancé, Oren Ben-Yosef, in an intimate ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room.
Strohmayer and Ben-Yosef are both Israeli citizens who will be living in Philadelphia throughout the former’s appointment at the Consulate.
“It is only appropriate that our marriage takes place in the beautiful structure that houses the seat of government of the City of Brotherly Love, that has come to be a second home since my appointment to the Consulate in 2012,” says Strohmayer in a press release sent out this afternoon.“We are honored to be joined in marriage by Mayor Nutter, who has done excellent work to promote Israeli and LGBT interests in Philadelphia. We look forward to sharing this special day with so many people who have made us feel at home in this city.”
On Friday night at Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco Holly Kinser celebrated her 50th birthday and marked 25 years as a lobbyist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Many notable political figures, including former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter and two 2015 mayoral hopefuls, Anthony Williams and Doug Oliver, were on hand to celebrate with her, as well as friends in the hospitality field like Angela Val, Mickey Rowley.
Longtime friends Mia McDonald, Nina Tinari and Peter Longstreth also turned out to help the beautiful, vivacious blonde celebrate her milestones. In lieu of gifts they were asked to make a donation to the Philadelphia Children’s First Fund for the School District of Philadelphia or the Arden Theatre Company.
Michael Nutter has recently finished his second glass of sangria at a soul-food joint on South Street when he starts talking about Donovan McNabb. The precise reason for the name-drop isn’t particularly relevant. What follows, more so. “I think he, as some other athletes, has a complicated relationship with Philadelphia,” Nutter begins, shaking his head.
He goes on: “This is a tough town.” He repeats himself: “This is a tough town.” Then he repeats himself again: “Tough town, tough town.”
It was announced today that Mayor Michael Nutter has appointed Assistant District Attorney Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick as Director of LGBT Affairs effective January 20, 2015. The position was previously held by Gloria Casarez, who passed away in October 2014.
According to a press release, Nutter praised Fitzpatrick for her previous work at the District Attorney’s Office, stating, “Nellie has a proven track record of coalition building and getting stuff done. We are eager for the energy and enthusiasm that she will infuse into our diverse City, including prioritizing inclusiveness.”
CBS Philly reports the city’s police officers are being required to watch an eight-minute video from Mayor Nutter before they hit the street during shifts over the next three days.
The video is meant as encouragement — and caution — in the wake of police controversies in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
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Philadelphia’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in October of this year, the city said today — the lowest percentage in the official total since April 2008. The number of Philadelphians employed is at its highest total since 2000.
About 8,500 new jobs were created in the city in October, Philadelphia officials said.
Despite some glimmers of last-minute hope a few weeks ago and Doug Oliver’s endorsement of a sale earlier this week, Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed deal to sell Philadelphia Gas Works to a Connecticut company for $1.86 billion — already comatose after City Council President Darrell Clarke announced in late October that Council would not touch the matter — has ended not with a bang, but a withdrawal.
Ever get the feeling that Mayor Nutter is more beloved and more appreciated beyond Philly city limits than he is at home? We do too. And that suspicion reaches new heights today with the revelation that Governing magazine has named our mayor one of its nine “Public Officials of the Year.”
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