Boyle speaks out on PPA audit findings, demands local control

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today responded to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s findings that the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s former executive director sexually harassed employees, manipulated leave records, ignored outdated employment policies, and caused the School District of Philadelphia to lose out on more than $77 million in revenue.

Boyle called for the state legislature to return control of the PPA to the City of Philadelphia. He is a sponsor of H.B. 874, which would sunset the commonwealth’s control of the PPA on June 30, 2018.

“In recent years, when we put our quarters in the meter on Market Street, it paid for parking,” Boyle said. “Unbeknownst to us, for a period of time, it also paid for the executive director to get his perversions up and running by abusing a position of power through continued harassment and degradation of women under his supervision. The PPA board chairman knew about it – and did little to nothing to stop it from continuing.

“This is beyond comprehension for any reasonable person. The PPA needs serious reform. It should not continue to operate under the leadership of Chairman Ashdale and it would behoove him to resign immediately. As a state legislator, I will continue to push for my legislation that would return the PPA back to the City of Philadelphia”

H.B. 874 was introduced in March and currently sits in the House Urban Affairs Committee.