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More fun from the corruption indictments below, as it turns out that even within the last couple months, Jack Kelly appeared to be introducing legislation that was a direct result of his Chief of Staff being bribed. It turns out that besides the New River City Development, a stupid, weird, hulking development that is out of place in Philly, these developers were buying off Kelly's office for... mechanical parking garages. Nice.
As the City Paper notes, way back in June of 2006, Jack Kelly was introducing legislation that appears to be a direct result of his chief of staff being bribed. Then, he got questioned by the FBI in January about these guys, yet...
...on June 12, 2008, Kelly introduced another piece of legislation (text here) that created a "new definition for 'Mechanical Access Parking Garage' and adding it as a permitted use in certain residential, commercial, and industrial districts." The bill was referred to the committee on rules, and Council won't meet again until September.
So, the burning question: did the FBI mention mechanical parking garages to Kelly when they questioned him about Wright? (It was obviously part of the investigation.) And if they did, why was Kelly still pushing a type of legislation that that investigators later linked to Wright and the Chawla brothers?
If half of what is being reported is true, Jack Kelly needs to resign. Here he was, actually introducing bills as a direct result of bribes going to chief of staff?
And, once again, we also see just how cheap it is to buy someone off in Philadelphia:
According to the indictment, Wright received a $1,000 check marked "Happy Holidays" from Hardeep Chawla, in December 2005; rent-free use of a Rittenhouse Square apartment for a time in 2006 and 2007, as well as a free parking space; and free legal services from Teitelman for an eviction proceeding and divorce.
So, you cut the guy a check for a thousand, give him a little apartment in a building you own, and as a result, you have a City Councilman doing your bidding. Now that is smart investing.