Ethics Held Hostage

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 DAY 45

45 days after the legal deadline to do so, the Mayor finally presented his nominees for membership on the Board of Ethics.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the appointees:

Among them are three attorneys: Richard Glazer, a board member of the political watchdog group Committee of Seventy; Richard Negrin, vice president and assistant general counsel of Aramark Corp.; and Stella Tsai, an attorney with Christie Pabarue Mortnsen and Young, who previously worked in the city law department.

Street's other two appointees are Pauline Abernathy, a deputy director for policy initiatives at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Rev. Alyn Waller, senior pastor at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  All of the recommended appointments must be confirmed by City Council.

Streets spokesman Joe Grace announced the names less than an hour before a 2:30 news conference was scheduled to occur at City Hall criticizing the mayor for ignoring a Sept. 3 deadline by which he was supposed to make his appointments. The news conferences was expected to include Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Nutter, the Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia Forward, the League of Women Voters and Neighborhood Networks. (Full Article)

That's all it took?  The threat of a press conference? 

Thank you for keeping the pressure on the Mayor to do his job, uphold his oath of office, support the Home Rule Charter, and respect the will of the voters!  Even the strongest Mayor in a Strong-Mayor form of government is no match for the power of public opinion!