Don’t call it a vacation, Philly City Council recesses for summer

 Council President Darrell Clarke (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Council President Darrell Clarke (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia City Council is now on recess from weekly sessions for the summer, but don’t call it a vacation or you risk angering some of the city lawmakers. 

Councilman Bill Greenlee says people think councilmembers flee city hall for the summer to the Jersey shore, but he says that’s just not the case.


“I think if you followed a lot of us around you’d see most of the time we’re not on vacation, we’re going to community meetings, we’re meeting with constituents,” he said. 

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Council President Darrell Clarke says he doesn’t even take a vacation.

“If you are in this building all day having public hearings you don’t have an ability to access the citizens I think that gives us an opportunity to do the things we need to do in the summer,” Clarke said. 

Council returns to formal sessions in September.


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