Philly's Most Crime-Ridden District Gets 30 New Cops

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Councilman Henon, left, with FOP President John McNesby.

Hundreds of Northeast Philadelphia residents signed City Councilman Bobby Henon's petition to split the 15th Police District so that the more violent southern sector, including Frankford, wouldn't drain cops from the northern neighborhoods, where break-ins are a bigger problem than assaults.

Supported by leaders from Mayfair, Bridesburg, Tacony, Holmesburg, Wissinoming and Frankford, Henon met with police brass to state the case for "The Split." He didn't get it.

Instead, the Philadelphia Police Department recently added 30 more officers to the 15th District.

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Councilman Henon's Statement on New Contract for AFSCME DC 33

August 25, 2014 (Philadelphia) – “I am pleased that the Nutter Administration has joined with AFSCME District Council 33 to end one of the most protracted labor disputed in the history of our City. I am particularly proud of the work done by AFSCME DC33 President Matthews and his team.

This agreement represents validation for the approximately 10,000 current and retired blue-collar employees that pick up our trash, pave and repair our streets and make our City great.  Increases in wages and contributions to health care and welfare along with the removal of furlough days are all strong additions.

As we begin to look for the next generation of leadership in Philadelphia, this contract should also serve as a reminder to the next Administration and those who seek to lead it: our City works because the members of DC 33 do.”

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Philly Play, Councilman Henon Host 2014 Summer Challenge

3,000 Kids Participate in ‘All Day Play Day at Vogt Playground”

August 14, 2014 (Philadelphia) – Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District) and members of the Philly Play team hosted the inaugural Philly Play Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground yesterday. More than 3,000 kids participated, representing summer camps, day cares, preschools and recreation centers around Philadelphia and the region. The day capped off a successful six-weeks of Philly Play summer camp programming and Pop Up events around the city, all aimed at promoting active play and the use of parks and recreation facilities.

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Summer Challenge attendees celebrate before heading off to skills stations at Vogt Playground (photo by Dan Ceisler)
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