City controller candidates visit Mayfair Civic

— In­cum­bent Alan Butkovitz faces Brett Man­del, Mi­chael Wil­li­ams and Mark Zecca in the May 21 Demo­crat­ic primary. Re­pub­lic­an Terry Tracy is un­op­posed for the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion. All but Zecca were at a re­cent May­fair civic meet­ing.

Four of the five can­did­ates in the hotly con­tested elec­tion for city con­trol­ler ap­peared at last week’s May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing and talked about their pri­or­it­ies for run­ning the of­fice.

In­cum­bent Alan Butkovitz faces Brett Man­del, Mi­chael Wil­li­ams and Mark Zecca in the May 21 Demo­crat­ic primary. Re­pub­lic­an Terry Tracy is un­op­posed for the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion. All but Zecca were at the civic meet­ing.

In all, 22 can­did­ates for all of­fices in the up­com­ing primary were at the meet­ing.

Butkovitz, of Castor Gar­dens, was the only one to cri­ti­cize an op­pon­ent dir­ectly. He faul­ted Man­del for fa­vor­ing the city’s new Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive for prop­erty value as­sess­ments. He con­tends AVI will have a “de­struct­ive” im­pact on neigh­bor­hoods where real es­tate taxes will in­crease sig­ni­fic­antly.

The con­trol­ler, elec­ted in 2005, said he de­serves an­oth­er four years be­cause of his of­fice’s in­vest­ig­a­tions of the sher­iff’s of­fice, the school dis­trict and cer­tain charter schools and re­com­mend­a­tions to the city for re­duced ex­pendit­ures, cost sav­ings and im­proved tax and fee col­lec­tions.

Man­del, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive and North­east High School gradu­ate, prom­ised to audit every city agency every year to “stop shenanigans be­fore they start.” He vowed to be a “budget bull­dog.”

Wil­li­ams spoke of once be­ing home­less, then on wel­fare, then get­ting a job scrub­bing toi­lets. A gradu­ate of the Uni­versity of Pennsylvania Law School, he joined Man­del in vow­ing to audit every city agency every year.

Tracy said he would use the of­fice to pro­mote jobs and eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment, im­prove pub­lic schools and bring ac­count­ab­il­ity to gov­ern­ment.

Danny Al­varez, a Somer­ton res­id­ent and Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for dis­trict at­tor­ney, told the crowd he’d work to stop crime from creep­ing in­to the North­east. He’ll chal­lenge Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent Seth Wil­li­ams in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

Four Traffic Court can­did­ates ad­dressed res­id­ents. They were Holly Har­ris-Seidle, Marnie Aument-Loughrey, Donna DeR­ose of Fox Chase and Ella Butcher of Burholme.

Ap­poin­ted Judges Ken Pow­ell of Com­mon Pleas Court and Fran Shields of Mu­ni­cip­al Court were on hand. They must be elec­ted to serve full terms. Shields, a Lawndale res­id­ent and proud Car­din­al Dougherty High School gradu­ate, prom­ised to be fair to every­one in his courtroom, even Fath­er Judge gradu­ates, he joked.

Oth­er ju­di­cial can­did­ates at the meet­ing were Mar­tin Cole­man, Dawn Tan­credi, Daine Grey, Anne Mar­ie Coyle, Abbe Flet­man, Chris Mal­lios, Mike Fan­ning, Joe Fernandes, Christine Hope, Der­rick Coker and Si­erra Thomas Street.

In oth­er news from the March 18 meet­ing:

• Laura Wag­n­er, of First Home Care, asked people to con­sider be­com­ing foster par­ents for youths age 5-17. First Home Care is loc­ated on the grounds of Friends Hos­pit­al.

Pro­spect­ive foster par­ents un­der­go a back­ground check and home in­spec­tion. They are giv­en free train­ing, round-the-clock sup­port and a monthly sti­pend.

Call 215-305-4854.

• Headquar­ters own­er Bill Beck­er in­vited people to take part in Mommy and Me art classes at his shop at 7213 Frank­ford Ave. The classes, which began on March 23, are held every Sat­urday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60 per month, along with a $10 fee for sup­plies. All par­ents and chil­dren 3 years old and older are wel­come.

Call 215-681-5293.

• The group voted 14-3 to not op­pose leg­al­iz­a­tion of a second-floor ad­di­tion to the rear of a home at 2706 El­bridge St.

• The civic group an­nounced that Lisa Dee­ley won its 2012 Le­gis­lat­ive Staffer of the Year award. Dee­ley works for City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on. Col­league Chris Creel­man ac­cep­ted Dee­ley’s mini­ature Liberty Bell award, as she was on a base­ball spring train­ing va­ca­tion in Flor­ida.

• Twenty May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation and May­fair Town Watch vo­lun­teers served as hos­pit­al­ity aides at the re­cent Sham­rock Shuttle, a pre-St. Patrick’s Day cel­eb­ra­tion at bars on or near Frank­ford Av­en­ue. Neigh­bor­hood lead­ers cred­ited Capt. John Mc­Clo­s­key, com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, with de­ploy­ing enough per­son­nel to keep rev­el­ers from ur­in­at­ing in private drive­ways.

The civic as­so­ci­ation was also happy with the re­cent East­er egg hunt that at­trac­ted about 1,000 kids to May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground. Pro­ceeds will go to new fen­cing and equip­ment at the play­ground.

• The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation will meet on Wed­nes­day, April 17, at 6 p.m. at May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St. Guest speak­ers from St. Mat­thew and Blessed Trin­ity ele­ment­ary schools and Fath­er Judge and St. Hubert high schools will ex­plain how busi­nesses can re­ceive tax cred­its for dona­tions to schol­ar­ship or­gan­iz­a­tions that provide tu­ition as­sist­ance to non-pub­lic schools.

• The May­fair Farm­ers Mar­ket will open next month on the 3500 block of Ry­an Ave., out­side Re­pub­lic Bank. The mar­ket will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fol­low­ing Sundays: April 21; May 5 and 19; June 2 and 23; Ju­ly 14 and 28; Aug. 11 and 25; Sept. 8 and 22; and Oct. 6 and 20.

• May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­

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