Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mayor Nutter Doesn’t Care About the Residents of Northeast Philly

Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)

Mayor Nutter Doesn’t Care About the Residents of Northeast Philly
Philadelphia, PA, December 5 2013:    Philadelphia Republican City Committee issued the following statement in regard to Mayor Nutter’s veto of Councilman O’Neill’s proposed legislation dealing with medical facilities receiving neighborhood support before opening: 
Today, Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed legislation that was unanimously supported by City Council. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Brian O'Neill, a longtime champion of the Northeast, would require medical offices to seek out support on neighborhood residents in the 6th and 10th Councilmanic Districts before opening; it would also include any potential methadone clinics that would attempt to open. 
The Northeast, home to roughly 400,000 residents above Frankford Creek and larger than the City of Pittsburgh, is already home to two Methadone clinics with two more proposed. In the last several years, residents of several Northeast neighborhoods have risen up and have fought, with no support of the Mayor, against these clinics, first in Bustleton and now in Mayfair and Holmesburg. 
State Representative John Taylor, Chairman of the Republican City Committee, whose district stretches into Mayfair and who has stood side by side with these neighbors in their fight, believes that "the Mayor really dropped the ball on this one.  I am disappointed that the Mayor has not listened to voices of all City Council and the residents of Northeast Philadelphia who have rejected methadone clinics in residential areas.  The proposed Healing Way methadone clinic sits directly across the street from a school, a church and a daycare and there are hundreds of homes within a block of this proposed location."  Joe DeFelice, Executive Director of the Party and a Community Leader in Mayfair, has also been the opposition leader against the Healing Way clinic since residents first realized the intention of the owners, believes that “Mayor Nutter has aspirations for higher political office and his liberal bonafides would be severely diminished should he sign this legislation.  It is unfortunate that the Mayor has, once again, turned his back on the residents of the Northeast."
Thankfully, City Council realized that the neighbors in this section of the have spoken as to what their desires are and overrode this veto by a count of 16 -1.    

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