State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Kevin Boyle
Hearing Co-Chairman





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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 16 Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster announced that the committee will hold a public hearing to examine issues dealing with absentee landlords and negligent property owners from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at CORA Services, 8540 Verree Road, Philadelphia.


State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman. State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila. and Democratic chairman of House Urban Affairs Committee, also will be in attendance.


The current hearing agenda is:

         1 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks;

         1:10 p.m. Fran Burns, Department of Licenses & Inspections commissioner, city of Philadelphia;

         1:30 p.m. Robert Henon, councilman for 6th District, City of Philadelphia;

         1:50 p.m. Panel One:

  David Paulus, director of building standards and safety, city of Allentown;

  Vaughn Spencer, mayor, city of Reading;

  Ron Natale, manager, Property Maintenance Division, city of Reading;

  Tonya Butler, legal specialist, city of Reading;

         2:20 p.m. Panel Two:

  Elizabeth Hersh, executive director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania;

  Bill Festa, CORE designated realtor, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors;

  Jim Goldsmith, president, Caldwell & Kerns P.C.;

         3 p.m. Panel Three:

  Sal Panto Jr., mayor, city of Easton;

  Becky Bradley, planning and codes director, city of Easton;

  Kirby Hudson, assistant city manager, city of Coatesville;

  Damalier Molina, director, Department of Urban Planning and Codes Enforcement, city of Coatesville;

         3:30 p.m. Panel Four:

  James White, policy coordinator, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations;

  Joseph DeFelice, president, Mayfair Civic Association;

         4 p.m. Panel Five:

  Rita Dallago, executive director, Pennsylvania Residential Owners Association;

  Representative from Apartment Association of PA/Greater Philadelphia Apartment Association;

         4 50 p.m. Closing remarks.


The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.


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House Democratic Policy Committee
Phone: 717-783-0334; 717-787-3555