3 new Philadelphia Council members forgo city car

Of the six new members of Philadelphia City Council, only three will take a city vehicle.

Instead of staking a city car, Councilman Bobby Henon said he decided to purchase his own vehicle.

“It’s a personal preference. I don’t begrudge any council member that decided to take a car,” he said. “I’m fortunate enough to have my own personal car and, in this economic climate and times, I’ve very happy with my personal car that I am using right now.”

Council members Mark Squilla and Cindy Bass will also provide their own transportation.

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Councilmen Kenyatta Johnson David Oh and Dennis O’Brien are taking city cars. Oh said he will share it with his staffers.

“My office and I serve the entire city from the far Northeast to South Philadelphia,” he said. “The car is a city asset, to go to meetings and attend events on behalf of the public interest.”

Close to two-thirds of council members use city cars.

Due to an editing error, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson was misidentified in an earlier version of this story.

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