Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres received his just deserts on Friday evening for taking advantage of taxpayers, said Charles Florio, developer who can be credited for the three-term mayor’s downfall.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Friday afternoon. As part of the five-page plea agreement, Torres will step down and serve five years without parole in state prison. He will be barred from public office and employment in the future.
The city council approved two resolutions to pave the way for the use of $130 million in state tax credits for the expansion of Center City Mall and other projects.
After decades of paying flood insurance on her home in a neighborhood that never floods, Mable Richardson received some relief on Monday afternoon. She and many of her neighbors, effective today, will no longer be mandated to purchase flood insurance.
Dozens of people from the city’s Colombian community had their eyes fixed on the covered street sign above the intersection of 21st and Madison Avenues on Saturday morning. Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres pulled the covering off to unveil the new name for the intersection: “Colombian Corridor.”
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres touted his “boards off” program as a way to give local residents opportunities to acquire vacant and abandoned properties that are located in their neighborhoods. His program has largely failed.
Councilman William McKoy, who is serving his fifth term on the city council, announced his run for mayor in front of a large crowd at Eastside Park on Saturday evening. He joins a growing field of people interested in succeeding indicted mayor Jose “Joey” Torres.