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October 22, 2009

Philadelphia City Council Members to Engage in Open-Ended Question-and-Answer Session at Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench Bar and Annual Conference On Friday, October 23

Philadelphia City Council members Bill Green, Brian O'Neill, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Marian Tasco will discuss the future of Philadelphia as a "Great City" and answer questions from audience members at the opening session of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench Bar and Annual Conference, held Oct. 23 and 24 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. The forum, moderated by KYW Newsradio 1060's Wally Kennedy, will take place on Friday, Oct. 23 from 12-2 p.m. during the Bar Association's October Quarterly Meeting.

"In the midst of these tough economic times, we need to hear from those on the inside about where our great city stands and where it is headed," Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov said. "An audience of savvy, politically-astute attorneys and judges will undoubtedly have much to ask these City Council members."

The discussion will cover many hot button issues, including the recent state and city budget crisis, forecasted regional growth, issues involving the Board of Revision of Taxes, and much more. Kennedy will ask direct questions for 20 minutes before taking questions from the audience for 40 minutes.

A news anchor with KYW Newsradio 1060 since 2006, Kennedy has 25 years experience covering stories in the Philadelphia area. He has reported from the Vatican, the trial of South Carolina mother accused of drowning her children, and the OJ Simpson murder trial, among others. He has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Temple University and served on the Philadelphia boards of directors for nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association and the Lupus Foundation.

Bill Green is an at-large member of Philadelphia City Council and chair of the Labor and Civil Service Committee; Brian O'Neill represents the 10th District and is chair of the Technology and Information Services Committee; Blondell Reynolds Brown is an at-large member of Council and chair of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee; and Marian Tasco represents the 9th District and is chair of the Finance and the Public Health and Human Services Committees.

The Conference is open to Philadelphia Bar Association members and non-members. For pricing, a full schedule and to register, visit or call 215-238-6300. Hotel reservations can be made through Harrah’s at 1-800-345-7253.

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