I am a life-long resident of Northeast Philadelphia. I grew up in Wissinoming and attended St. Bart's elementary school and North Catholic High School (GO FALCONS!). I grew up in a blue collar, working class family. My dad was an electrician at the Bud plant and my mom stayed at home to raise me and my siblings. My childhood was like so many others at the time. I spent time at Philly's Recreation Centers and parks, I spent my time outside with friends until the street lights came on at night and I was expected to take care of my friends and neighbors.
When I turned 18, my dad woke me up early on a Saturday and sent me to volunteer for a voter registration drive and I've stayed involved in politics ever since. After completing apprentice training with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and working as an electrician for several years, I worked my way up through the union, eventually becoming Local 98’s Political Director, a position which allowed me to help draft and lobby for legislation at every level of government on behalf of my fellow members.
In 2011, I was elected to City Council by the voters of the 6th Council District, which includes: Tacony, Mayfair, Holmesburg, Lexington Park, Holme Circle, Ashton, Bridesburg, Wissinoming, Port Richmond, East Torresdale, Castor Gardens, Oxford Circle, Rhawnhurst, Bells Corner, Winchester Park, Academy Gardens, Pennypack and Frankford. I was re-elected to my third term in 2019.
I am a strong champion for quality of life issues, including jobs and opportunity, public health and public safety. I secured 30 new police officers for the 15th Police District and launching Philly Play, a childhood health program that encourages children to enjoy a healthy lifestyle through safe, fun play opportunities.
As co-chair of the Manufacturing Task Force, I work with business, civic and education leaders to create and implement a plan to expand the manufacturing industry in Philadelphia. This effort also helped secure hundreds of new jobs in the 6th District with the expansion of Dietz & Watson in Tacony. In my role as Chair of the Committee on Public Property and Public Works, I lead the City of Philadelphia’s negotiation and adoption of the Cable Franchise Renewal Agreement with Comcast, which expanded internet access and adoption opportunities for low-income Philadelphians and seniors, increased resources for public access channels and provide for the creation of a high-speed network that will connect hundreds of City entities, and improved the way the City provides service to and for its citizens.
In my role as Chair of the Committee on Licenses and Inspections, I've sponsored hearings regarding the Underground Economy to address unsafe practices and unlicensed contractors costing the City money in tax revenue and placing vulnerable workers in unsafe conditions. Through my Bad Neighbor Initiative and the Problem Property Advisory Committee, I have worked to hold property owners accountable and to address vacant lots and blight throughout the 6th District.
Additionally, I passed legislation that strengthens regulations on bandit signs, streamlines the zoning notification process, tightens demolition and construction licensing, and allows residents to put trash out early. I also worked on the first comprehensive re-write of the property maintenance code in decades.
I supported city-wide efforts to make the property tax reassessment system fair and equitable and to provide property tax relief to all Philadelphians. As a result of these efforts, including the Homestead Exemption, approximately 90% of 6th District households saw a decrease in their property taxes.
Today, I reside in East Torresdale. My two sons, Matt and Zack, both graduated High School and are pursuing their bachelor's degrees!
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