Advocates file suit to save General Assistance payments for low-income Pennsylvanians

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The General Assistance program for low-income Pennsylvanians is scheduled to end on Aug. 1, but two nonprofit legal groups are trying to save it.

Community Legal Services (CLS) and Disability Rights Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit, arguing that the state acted unconstitutionally when it voted to end the program.

They say the state violated the Pennsylvania Constitution, as it prohibits bills that cover multiple, unrelated subjects. The bill that eliminates General Assistance also authorizes hospital assessments and Medicaid payments to nursing homes. 

The bill originally only outlined General Assistance, but it was in danger of getting voted down. As part of state budgeting, lawmakers added the Medicaid and hospital provisions, according to Maria Pulzetti, a lawyer with CLS.

“Our clients are really afraid of what might happen to them after Aug. 1,” said Pulzetti. “There are about 11,800 people in Pennsylvania who currently receive General Assistance as their only form of income. It’s $205 a month, which sounds very minimal, but it’s a really crucial bulwark against homelessness, against people falling into crisis situations with their health.”

Others who benefit from the cash payments include people with disabilities, women who fled domestic violence, and children in the care of non-relatives, who could be forced into the foster care system without the assistance.

The suit asks the Commonwealth Court to block the bill from taking effect as scheduled, to avoid irreparable harm to recipients, Pulzetti said.

The state said it could not comment on pending litigation.

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Philly nonprofit that provides free home repairs seeks contractors

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Plumbers and roofers wanted: A Philadelphia agency that fixes the homes of the needy is looking for contractors.

At one point, there was a three-year wait for people who qualified for free home repairs by the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation. The backlog was reduced several years ago with $60 million in bond funding from City Council.

PHDC President and CEO David Thomas says the work is essential.

“Without the service that we’re providing here, I can’t imagine what Philadelphia will be faced with.”

With an aging housing stock in a high-poverty city, there’s plenty of work. The problem, he says, is a shortage of plumbers, roofers and general contractors, Thomas says. He said he has 20 plumbers now, but he’d like 40. 

“The challenges that I’m foreseeing right now, in terms of plumbing, is capacity. I don’t see a lot of plumbers out there. I’ve not gotten a lot of responses from plumbers.”

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He says there’s about a one-year wait for plumbing services now. He says PHDC pays market rates, but he speculates that smaller contractors may not be lining up for work because of the insurance and workers compensation his agency requires.

“It could be a lot of our requirements. Because I’m a government-funded and -affiliated organization, I have requirements that a lot of contractors, small businesses, just don’t necessarily have.”

He said a larger stable of contractors would allow the Basic Systems Repair Program to do work faster.

“I know the demand is there. That’s not going to change. How we attack it and how we address it, that is what I’m concerned about. The more contractors that I have available to deal with the demand, the faster I can get to it. I don’t want another three-year backlog.”

Thomas said he’s especially looking for small contractors who are looking to do more business, while helping their neighbors in need.

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Charges dropped against Brandon Bostian, the engineer in fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia in 2015

UPDATED: 2:20 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For a second time, charges have been dropped against the engineer at the helm of the ill-fated Amtrak 188 train in May 2015, which killed eight people and injured hundreds more in Northeast Philadelphia.

Brandon Bostian, who was 32 at the time of the crash, was initially charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and 246 counts of reckless endangerment, after a preliminary report revealed the case was due to a loss of the engineer’s “situational awareness.”

Federal investigators found that the train had sped to more than 100 mph as it went around a bend in Frankford, sending it tumbling off the tracks. 

His charges were dropped during a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning. They were dropped once prior at the initial trial in September 2017, but the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General reinstated the charges in February 2018.

A trial had been previously scheduled for this September. The case was postponed for so long because both the defense and prosecutors said the National Transportation and Safety Board and Amtrak were not handing over crucial or exculpatory evidence.


Defense attorney Brian McMonagle said it’s time to let the case go.

“There’s no good reason in the world for this not to end,” he said. “The District Attorney’s Office two years ago decided there was no crime. The Department of Justice decided there was no crime. Two judges have now decided there was no crime here.

“You know, good people sometimes have accidents.”

McMonagle added that there’s another part of the story: People were throwing rocks at the train before it crashed, and the lack of speed-controlling technology on the turn contributed to its derailment.

“(Bostian) was operating his train perfectly that night until his train went through a crime scene where criminals were throwing stones through the windows of moving passenger trains,” he argued.

The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General has until Aug. 16 to appeal once again.


This is a developing story. Stay with KYW Newsradio for updates.

KYW Newsradio’s Rachel Kurland contributed to this report.

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Ireland’s national sport, hurling, has a foothold in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This weekend, the Philadelphia region will host the Continental Youth Championships for the sport of hurling.

Hurling is the national sport of Ireland, but it has an international following, including a team in Philadelphia that is among the best in North America. They’ve made it to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) finals in three of the last five years.

“We’re still chasing that win,” says Ben Liptock, team captain.

The game is difficult to describe and the passion the Irish feel for it even more so.

It’s extremely physical. Some have described it as “field hockey played at eye level,” but it involves elements of many sports played with a ball and a stick.

Or perhaps, it should be said those other sports — lacrosse, baseball, handball — involve elements of hurling; it’s been played in Ireland since before recorded history. 

The athletes are as skilled and committed as any pro, but they’re not paid. They’re friends and neighbors, playing for their own county in the All Ireland Finals, an event that commands more united attention in Ireland than the Super Bowl or World Series does in America.

Its appeal seems to be contagious. Liptock discovered it on a trip to Ireland with his brother.

“My brother thought it’d be good to get a couple hurleys and hit it around in the park,” he recalls. “An Irish guy approached us and told me I was holding it wrong and told me there was a team in Philadelphia and they’re looking for people and, next thing you know, I was out at a practice under 95 in the wintertime.”

Tara Chadwick, on the other hand, comes by her enthusiasm naturally. She’s the captain of the camogie team, the female but nearly identical counterpart to hurling. 

“As soon as I was born, there’s a hurley in your hand back home in Ireland,” she says. “Every lunchtime at school we played, so you have a stick in your hand all day every day.”

Chadwick and Liptock were among the 20 or so players who gathered one recent, sweltering evening in Mander playground in North Philadelphia for a grueling practice.

Running, dodging, swooping, swinging, they went through drills before scrimmaging.

“It’s a really fun game,” said Anthony Picozzi, explaining why he was inviting heat stroke to hone his technique. “It’s really fast, it’s really skilled. There’s a certain challenge that comes with it.”

There’s a challenge, when playing in the U.S., even to finding other teams to play against. The team closest to Philadelphia is Allentown. There are a couple of new teams in South Jersey, but outside of that, the Philadelphia team travels to Baltimore, D.C., Pittsburgh and beyond during the season.

Katrina Terry joined the camogie team, finding that it combined the field hockey and softball she’d played growing up. But she found there’s more to it.

“It’s really challenging to pick up all the different skills,” she says, “and there’s only one ball, and you’ve got 26 people on the field chasing the ball, so, you can imagine how competitive it gets when a cup’s at stake.”

Several cups will be at stake in the GAA Continental Youth Championships, beginning Thursday, at Line Road Field in Malvern. Under-18 to under-6 teams from the U.S. and Canada, even a few from Ireland, will compete in hurling, camogie and Irish football. There will be an estimated 2,500 young athletes in all, playing hundreds of games.

They need volunteers, by the way, which could be your chance to see the games first-hand, for free. 

For more information, visit the GAA Continental Youth Championships website.

The adult Mid-Atlantic finals are scheduled for Aug. 23-25 in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Philly area recovering from severe storms; tens of thousands without power

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Severe weather rolled through the region Monday night leaving a lot of damage and many without power. 

PECO is reporting more than 30,000 power outages throughout the area after the storms.

In Bucks County, almost 14,000 customers are in the dark. Delaware County has about 8,000 without power. Montgomery County has over 2,000. Scattered outages have been reported in Chester and Philadelphia counties.

PSE&G says the storm also hit hard in South Jersey, with 32,000 outages reported in Burlington County, 8,000 in Camden County and another 2,600 in Gloucester County. 

Statewide, more than 300,000 homes and businesses are affected. Gov. Phil Murphy says many may not have thier power back for a few days.


KYW Newsradio’s Kim Glovas and Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.

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Eastern US cities spewing more methane into air than thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older U.S. east coast cities are leaking nine times as much natural gas into the air — from homes or pipes heading into houses — than the federal government had thought, a new airborne monitoring study finds.

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It’s probably not a safety problem because what’s coming out doesn’t reach explosive concentrations, but the extra methane heading into the air is a climate change issue, said study co-author University of Michigan atmospheric scientist Eric Kort.

Scientists flew a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplane over New York City, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Providence, Rhode Island, for 1,200 hours in 2018 and found lots more methane. They couldn’t tell if the methane, a potent greenhouse gas, was leaking from inside homes or the pipes leading to homes.

“You have a very leaky system,” study co-author Colm Sweeney, a NOAA atmospheric scientist, said Monday.

The six cities spewed nearly 937,000 tons of methane (850,000 metric tons), which is more than twice what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, according to the study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Methane comes from different places, not just natural gas, and that’s where the study found the biggest change from what the government had previously thought.

The EPA’s estimates had figured much of the methane coming out of the five cities spewed from landfills and wetlands, not natural gas for home use. But the airplane monitors, which could differentiate between landfill gas and natural gas based on other chemicals that come out, found that 88% of the methane was natural gas, except in Providence.

So scientists calculated that nine times as much natural gas was being released as EPA had estimated.

Previous studies had looked at individual cities using different methods. This study is the first to give a comprehensive look over a large area.

Cornell University’s Robert Howarth, who wasn’t part of the study, praised it, saying it “shows the problem is widespread.”

Methane traps about 30 times more heat than carbon dioxide, but doesn’t last nearly as long. By showing that leaks are a big issue, the study “represents a huge opportunity to get some early gains on controlling greenhouse gas emissions,” Sweeney said.

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Brandon Olivieri sentenced to 37 years to life for killing 2 South Philly teens

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Brandon Olivieri, who was found guilty in May for killing two South Philly teens nearly two years ago when he was a teenager, has been sentenced to 37 years to life in prison.


Olivieri, now 18, was tried as an adult and convicted on two counts of murder: one in the first degree for the death of Salvatore DiNubile, and the other in the third degree for Caleer Miller, both 16 years old.

DiNubile and Miller were shot at 12th and Ritner streets on Oct. 24, 2017.

Olivieri and Miller were friends, but prosecutors — as well as testimony from eyewitnesses, surveillance video and text messages — concur that Olivieri went out “looking for trouble” that night. Because of a bruised ego from a previous fight, they say, Olivieri shot and killed DiNubile. They tussled over the gun, and Miller was shot in the process.

During the trial, prosecutors showed an Instagram group direct message in which Olivieri said he wanted to “pop” everyone in a picture — including DiNubile and his friends.

Outside the courthouse Monday, family members of the victims agreed with the sentence, but it doesn’t change life for them.

Caleer Miller Sr., the teen’s father, testified among a sober courtroom that he does not know if he’ll ever find closure.

“I’m somewhat happy. I mean, I’m still heartbroken,” he said, “because there were two wonderful kids that life has … taken away too early.”

The DiNubiles read a statement that said, in part, that the sun never rises for them, and it’s a struggle each day.

“There’s no closure. There’s never going to be closure,” said Salvatore DiNubile Sr. “Our lives are over. I just hope that he spends the rest of his life in jail, and I hope he doesn’t enjoy it. I hope it’s very painful. I hope he dies.”

Ciarra Bianculli was one of several who provided victim witness statements on behalf of DiNubile, her brother.

“It’s painful not having him,” she said. “He was my best friend. We did homework together. We napped together. We waited for dinner together. We did everything together.”

She said she will keep her brother’s legacy alive as she pursues a career in law.

“He wanted to go to law school,” Bianculli added, “and I hope I can carry out his dream, as best as he wanted to himself.”

Marta Olivieri testified on her son’s behalf, but cried while listening to friends and relatives of the victims. Since the shooting, she said her house has been shot at 54 times. She believes people were trying to harm and intimidate them.

She had asked more 300 people to give character witness references, but she said they were too scared to do so.

While speaking to the judge before the sentencing, Olivieri maintained his innocence.

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Cop shoots teen who crashed stolen school bus on Walt Whitman Bridge

UPDATED: 2:15 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 17-year-old boy suspected of stealing a $60,000 school bus was shot in a confrontation with Delaware River Port Authority officers on the Walt Whitman Bridge early Monday morning.

The teenager is in the hospital in stable condition.

Authorities say he stole the school bus in West Deptford just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, leading police on a pursuit that ended on the bridge.

West Deptford Police Chief Sean McKenna said one of his officers saw a school bus driving erratically.

“Thought it was odd that a bus was out at this time of night. Made an erratic turn onto Mantua Grove Road. He pulled behind, noticed that it didn’t have a license plate on,” McKenna said.

He followed the bus onto I-295 and turned on his lights and siren, but the bus only sped up. At exit 25, the teen was driving so erratically that the officer cut off the pursuit and notified the New Jersey State Police and Delaware River Port Authority.

“We were notified that the DRPA confronted the individual and ended up stopping on the Walt Whitman Bridge,” McKenna said. “And the suspect confronted the officers with a knife. And at that point, the officers fired and stopped the suspect.”

In a statement released early Monday afternoon, the DRPA said its officers were faced with “an unfortunate situation” after someone crashed a stolen bus in the eastbound lanes of travel. 

The officers involved in the encounter were not injured. The Philadelphia Police Department is assisting in this investigation, and the DRPA is fully cooperating.

The resulting police investigation on the bridge threw a temporary monkey wrench in the works for morning commuters heading into New Jersey. Traffic was reduced to only the far left lane on a stretch of the eastbound side of the bridge as the police blocked all other lanes to gather evidence. The bus was towed around 8:30 a.m., and all lanes were opened thereafter. 

Holcomb Bus Services in Bellmawr, N.J., said it was in the process of buying the bus, which was stolen from the dealership.


KYW Newsradio’s Molly Daly contributed to this report. Stay with KYW Newsradio for more on this developing story.

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Walt Whitman bridge jammed for school bus crash, police investigation

UPDATED: 10:40 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A police investigation on the Walt Whitman Bridge threw a temporary monkey wrench in the works for morning commuters heading into New Jersey on Monday morning.

Traffic was reduced to only the far left lane on an eastbound stretch of the bridge as the police blocked all other lanes as a crime scene.

A small school bus had crashed into a barrier, and there were police cars with flashing lights and out gathering evidence. Holcomb Bus Services says it was in the process of buying the bus, which was stolen from the dealership in South Jersey. Police have not disclosed what exactly happened and who was involved.

The bus was towed around 8:30 a.m., and all lanes were opened thereafter. 

Police are also not commenting on any possible connection between the crash and reports of shots fired shortly before 1 a.m.

Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew has confirmed that the Delaware River Port Authority is handling the investigation, and not the Philadelphia Police Department. Mike Williams with DRPA says the agency is expecting to release more information later in theday. 


Stay with KYW Newsradio for more on this developing story.

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State DA association push back against Krasner’s argument that death penalty should be ruled unconstitutional

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The group representing county prosecutors is pushing back against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s argument that Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court should declare the death penalty is unconstitutional. 

The Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association argues Krasner isn’t trying to say the death penalty statute as written is unconstitutional. 

Instead, in a filing last week, the PDAA claims Krasner wants the state Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty based largely on what, they argue, is a report commissioned by the Pennsylvania legislature filled with “biased policy arguments and misleading data.”

The PDAA also points out Krasner tried to make an argument of racial bias by looking at Philadelphia death penalty cases, but PDAA executive director Lindsay Vaughn says the data he relies on contradicts his argument.

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“They drew the conclusion studying 18 counties across the Commonwealth that prosecutors actually sought the death penalty at lower rates for black defendants than white defendants or Hispanic defendants,” Vaughn said. 

Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub says not every first-degree murder case carries the death penalty, as state law reserves it only for the worst of the worst.

“The district attorneys across Pennsylvania are not blood thirsty people. We apply the death penalty very judiciously, very sparingly and only when it absolutely should be applied,” Weintraub said. 

The PDAA also argues the Supreme Court doesn’t have authority to decide if the death penalty should be the law. That, they say, is up to the legislature.

Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 11.

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First-ever bill on regulating PFAS has passed US House

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Investigation of toxic chemicals found in firefighting foam is included in the first-ever bill passed in the U.S. House which will regulate PFAS. But environmental advocates say we are only seeing the tip of this toxic iceberg. 

A package of amendments has been added to the National Defense Authorization Act, which will require the defense department and the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor and clean up PFAS. 

Congressman Brendan Boyle has been pushing for PFAS legislation for five years.

“It would create an online health database for military personnel, because a lot of the focus so far, understandably, has been on longtime residents. But there hasn’t been as much focus on those who worked on the bases, for sometimes, decades,” Boyle said. 

Boyle says this bill is a good start, but “Some steps have been taken but they are just completely insufficient like putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound.”


“I can’t underscore how little law is on the books regards to PFAS chemicals. We don’t know about most of the contamination. We don’t know most of the sources of contamination. There are no requirements to restrict new PFAS discharges into the air and water,” said Scott Faber, who is with the Environmental Working Group, which has compiled a map of PFAS contamination across the country.

The bill had bipartisan support. 

The EWG estimates that more than 100 million Americans could be drinking PFAS contaminated tap water. 

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Kids get a chance to give their input to help redevelop recreation center

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s tiniest residents get a chance to give their input on the redevelopment of a neighborhood park, and the job is no small task.

The city of Philadelphia is investing $1.8 million in redeveloping the Heitzman Recreation Center in Harrowgate.

Part of that renovation includes a new playground to replace the tattered slides and play set that are currently there.

“One little boy really wants a maze, so I’m going to transfer that into an obstacle course,” said Julie Bush, principal at Ground Reconsidered, the landscape architecture company redesigning the play area.

She and her group held a workshop with kids at the center, where they got the kids’ feedback through drawings and writings on what they want in a new park. 

“They’re going to be the ones using it, and at the end of the day, we’re not going to be here. Once it’s said and done, they’re the ones who are going to have to maintain it and use it and love it,” Bush said. 

Nathan had some pretty lofty expectations for the park.

“Arcade games, water slides,” he said. 

Honesty had a more grounded approach.

“Playhouses for the little ones, dog parks for the dogs, because we have a lot of dogs come here, and swings,” she said. 

Bush says they are going to consider the ideas given to them by their tiny clients as they draw up their plans for the playground.

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Climatologist: Climate change cranking up severity of heat waves, other extreme weather events

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As much of the U.S. swelters in dangerously hot temperatures, scientists say they expect heat waves to become more frequent, and a distinguished climate scientist gave insight how a warming planet is affecting our weather.

Michael Mann, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, said there are various types of extreme weather that are intensified by climate change.

“You warm up the planet, you’re going to get more prolonged, more intense heat. And we’re seeing that. You warm up the ground, you dry it out, you get worse droughts. You take drought, combine it with heat, you get worse wildfire,” he explained. 

And because a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, when it rains, you get larger amounts of it at a time. 

At the same time, parts of the Arctic are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, leading to the loss of sea ice. Mann said that’s slowing the jet stream, allowing us to get stuck in extreme weather patterns. 

“Weather patterns have become more persistent, where they just stick around for longer. That’s when you see the sorts of unprecedented heat waves, the floods, and wildfires that we’ve seen over recent summers. And that’s part of why a large part of the eastern U.S. has had the rainiest 12-month period on record,” he said. 

Now that the effects of climate change on our weather are no longer subtle, Mann hopes it may prompt the public to push for the one thing that can lessen its severity – a quick transition to renewable energy.

Mann acknowledges that it’ll take a monumental effort.

“A mass mobilization of the sort that we saw in World War II, or that we saw with the Apollo project, where it just focused our effort on a key goal.”

It sounds daunting, but so did putting a man on the moon.  

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A look at the heat dome the Delaware Valley is experiencing and special protections you should take

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The hottest stretch of summer has been ripping through the Delaware Valley for the last few days, and this heat brings some unique qualities you should be aware of when you face it.

It’s no secret that the Delaware Valley, along with most of the country, is in the middle of a heat wave. But it’s a little different than what we’re used to seeing, according to CBS 3 Meteorologist Matt Peterson. 

He said this system, known as a heat dome, is something that ensures no relief from the hot temperature. 

“When we get this high pressure that’s there for a really long time, it tends to allow the same places to heat up and not really cool down. And when they don’t cool down, then you heat up even faster the following day. So you get prolonged periods of high heat and high humidity when you are underneath the heat dome,” Peterson explained. 

He said they are nothing new, but they are different from the past.

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“You always have stretches here in Philadelphia where it’s been hot, it’s been humid, and it’s been well above average. But what we’re starting to notice is the periods of the high heat and high humidity, they’re even hotter and more humid than they used to be and they’re happening more often,” he said. 

Peterson said he can’t reiterate enough the importance of staying hydrated, wearing loose clothing and staying inside under cool air as much as possible.

“If you do have to be outside, short periods of time that is the best thing, 10-15 minutes tops,” he said.

He added you need to be on alert for symptoms of heat exhaustion.

“Seeing someone that is suffering from symptoms such as being dizzy, if they faint, if you have excessive sweating, a weak and rapid pulse.” 

He said for people experiencing heat exhaustion, get them inside, get a cool compress on their head and neck and make sure they get slow sips of water.

You also run the risk of getting a heat stroke when facing a heat wave if you aren’t properly taking care of yourself.  

“You usually end up with a bad headache, you don’t sweat at all. You’ll have dry skin, you could be nauseous, and unfortunately the other symptom is falling unconscious,” he explained. 

If that happens, call 911 to get help.

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Philadelphia’s free summer sleep-away camp for kids gets funding from controversial labor leader

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the third year, Philadelphia will send 200 kids to sleep-away camp in the Poconos free of charge.

Camp Philly, as it’s called, is a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation program, but it’s funded with private donations from local businesses and unions. The announcement created a photo opportunity for one local union leader with legal problems.

Parks and recreation commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell led a news conference to thank Camp Philly’s lead sponsors, and she had a lot to thank Building Trades leader John Dougherty for, not just this year’s $100,000.


“Next year, we will give you $100,000 from the Philadelphia Building Trades so that you don’t have to worry about, you can plan next year,” Dougherty said. 

Dougherty’s last public appearance was in federal court for a hearing in his bribery case, when he made no comment. 

The Camp Philly announcement gave him a chance to highlight the union’s good work and his relationship with Mayor Jim Kenney, as he reminisced about their childhood playground at Second and Jackson streets and how quickly the mayor called him after getting elected.

“I guess it was maybe week number two, and the mayor called to make sure the Philadelphia Building Trades were going to be real active in his administration and he wanted more kids from the neighborhoods into the trades, but maybe the second or third thing that we talked about was Second and Jackson,” Dougherty said.

The mayor also reminisced about their South Philly childhood, making it clear he feels no need to distance himself despite Dougherty’s indictment.  

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