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congratulations. >> he vowed to reduce crime. >> because i've had enough and i'm not playing around about it. >> to target guns. >> you can rent a gun in this city. do your business and bring it back. this is insane. >> and put an often overlooked city on the map. now it's philadelphia mayor michael nutter's time to step aside, but not without one last chance to look back. >> it's a new day! it's a new day! >> good morning, i'm lauren mayk for nbc10 " @issue."
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tomorrow jim kinney steps in for his chance to run the city. but for a few more hours it's still michael nutter's gig. thank you for joining us. >> thanks, lauren. >> are you ready? are you ready for this? >> well, i have to be, because i have to leave. you know, i know the rules, i've read the charter, i know where we are in the calendar and i and entire team have been preparing for this for quite some time. you know when you sign up there is an end date. the time has come. hopefully we've prepared the city and our citizens not only for a transition, but also continuation of great services, continuation of putting philadelphia on that national and international stage, but also tackling still the tough problems that challenge us in so many, many ways. whether it's public safety or educating our children, making sure people have jobs, helping to lift people out of the depths of poverty and running the
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government with integrity and transparency. those critical components must continue, have to go forward, but philadelphia is a great city. it's been so good to me and i still have a lot to give back. i say at a nut clushgs you don't have to go home but you have to get out offer. >> do you wish you could have had another turn? >> absolutely. we had the two-term limit for the entiring of our charter. when i won the first time, and hopefully i was thinking if i could get re-elected, i knew clearly the time would be an eight-year limit. i feel good, i'm energized, i care passionately about this, i would like to continue my service but i understand the rules. >> tell me what this transition is like with jim, someone you know for a very long time, old
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school mate, even. is this someone you say, let's go over this or here are the keys. >> it's really much more in between. first of all, mayor-elect kinney is a very experienced life-long philadelphiaen as well. 23 years, i think it is, on philadelphia city council. our time did certainly overlap. we came in together in 1992 when ed rendell was coming into office at that time. he's run through a campaign. he's campaigned hard. people know what he wants to do. and he clearly knows what he wants to accomplish. it's been his top transition folks, my chief of staff, my transition director, karen stokes, and the chief of staff and many others. we've been preparing for this for some time. we brought on karen as our transition director last year.
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i thought it important we have a smooth transition, regardless of who it is. the voters have made their choice. my obligation is to make sure the next mayor is ready to go on day one. that's what we've tried to do. >> while you still are in a position and you're still the guy, i want to ask you about some of the things that have happened this week. it's been pretty busy. first of all, wanted to ask you about the charges against bill cosby. someone well-known in this community for a very long time. has been honored in this community many times. your reaction on this news? >> well, we've been watching this. we the public, not just in my capacity as mayor. all of us have been watching for some time some very serious allegations that have been made, settlements, the details of which i certainly don't know all those details but settlement of
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previous case, numerous women telling their story. and, you know, it's been going on and playing out in public for some time period. obviously, for who he is and what he has represented in the united states of america, if not internationally, painful to watch but serious in content. now with the filing of charges, we have gone to another level with this situation. to, mr. cosby and his attorneys and whomever, obviously have to take this very, very seriously. even beyond on what's going on in recent time. tough situation for him. the filing of charges is clearly the most serious aspect and he'll deal with that. >> one more thing that happened this week, which is chip kelly. >> yeah, well -- >> i assume after you leave you'll still be an eagles fan. >> absolutely. life-long eagles fan. philadelphia, the greatest sports fan, certainly in the
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united states of america. and i put us up impens any other city around the world in terms of fan base, fan knowledge, fan enthusiasm and passion for our teams, for our players and for winning. you know, i was at the redskins game. it was sad. and you know, i've gotten to know many of the players who want to do good jobs, want to perform well out on the field, want to win for our fans and themselves. it was all clear to me after that game that jeff was probably going to have to make a pretty serious decision. the timing, i think, certainly caught many of us off guard. it was the right decision by jeff and folks at the philadelphia eagles. this is a proud franchise. this is one of the originals. i watched them when he this were back at franklin field. again, growing up a football fan. so, the team deserves to have
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great leadership. the town deserves to have a great team. we need to put ourselves in position finally to win a super bowl and i'm confident that jeff laurie and his folks will figure this out. the players want that kind of leadership on the field. they do great things certainly off the field. i was just at a press conference about a week or so ago with connor barwin, which has been a tremendous supporter of so many things in the city, certainly the foundation from the philadelphia eagles have supported any number of good causes here in the city, but on the field, you know, we need the players to play to their maximum ability, win some games, take the division and go on and get the big trophy at super bowl time. >> there were so many expectations for chip kelly and i want to talk about the expectations for you and that you had when you came into office. i was looking back at your inauguration, your first one. and something that you said.
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you spoke directly to the law breakers. you said that you are the small minority and that basically we are taking the city back. do you feel that you have? >> we have made some gains. you know, you can look at all the various statistics, reduction in homicides, shootings are down compared to when i came into office. i think we with the great leadership with police commissioner ramsey and his first deputy and soon-to-be police commissioner and first deputy, their entire team, the 6500 brave men and women out on the streets every day, we've made significant progress but we still have much more work to do. i think we have to some extent taken the city back, as i said, at that first inaugural speech. but still too many people being shot. still too many people being stabbed. still too many people ultimately being killed in the city of
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philadelphia and the gains are the gains but if you heard gunshots in your neighborhood last night f your family member or neighbor was hurt or injured or killed, the stats don't mean anything to you. so i know, again, that mayor-elect kenney will maintain, he has selected a great person to be police commissioner in rich ross and i'm sure that the good work will continue in that regard. >> if you had a little bit more time, what would you do specifically on gun issue, on the issue of gun and crime and violence? >> much would be continuation of the things it has led to. the significant 30-plus percent in reduction in homicides. but we can't really win this battle by ourselves. there are still too many guns on the streets of our city or available in other places. we have some of the weakest gun safety regulations in the united states of america, from the
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common wealth of pennsylvania and they have blocked the city from taking further action. but, you know, those things are your things. people are engaged in crime and violence for a variety of reasons. there are some who actually don't want to be engaged in that life. in many instances have a previous criminal record or did not finish high school. the challenge there is how do we get more employers to take on our returning citizens and give them that second or possibly third chance? how do we make sure with proper funding and accountability that more of our young people are not only going to high school, graduating high school and then going on to atwo-year or four year college or university or career in technical education program? how do we get the federal program to reduce funding for job training and workforce development programs? people who are working don't have time to be engaged and involved in negative, violent activity out on our streets. it is really a combination of
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things. i would certainly maintain our focus, but there are a couple other things we have to work on. that is, again, the horrible grip of poverty that impacts so many people here in our city. there's no excuse for violence, but certainly it is a contributing factor. >> that's something we to want talk a little more about. we'll have more with mayor nutter as he looks back on his time in office. later, a final good-bye to a fallen hero. his good buddy was truly man's best friend.
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i discharge the duty of my office with fidelity. >> congratulations, commissioner. >> tomorrow philadelphia mayor michael nutter turns over the reins of the city to mayor-elect
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jim kenney. he joins us to take a look back at his eight years in office. what is it like to watch that? >> i will tell you, and you're probably the first and only person i've said this to, but seeing that reminded me, i was really nervous. >> why were you nervous? >> it was the first time, you know. but i've done a few things in my life, but i was really, really nervous. >> what were you nervous about? >> well, to make sure i said the oath right and then probably delivering at that time at least one of the biggest, most important speeches that i was -- that i was going to give in -- probably at that point in my life. so, you know, it's really. the election is one thing. the primary night, the november election and all that, but now
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it's real. are you about to be in charge of the fifth largest city in the united states of america. you're about to be in charge of the city that is the founding city of our country. 1.5 million people. all the challenges, all the opportunities, all the things that you've been working hard for, you've gone through a campaign, but the one thing i can tell you, lauren, there's a big difference between campaigning and governing. >> what's the bigger pressure -- is the bigger pressure doing something significant, make some sort of impact or is the bigger pressure just keeping the lights on? >> you know, is really is kind of both. you can have all the great ideas that you want and i had a bunch and mayor-elect kenney has some and he'll do those things. we talked a little about football earlier. it's also about the fundamentals. it is blocking and tackling. it's the day-to-day things. the trash has to get picked up, snow has to be moved, lights --
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traffic lights, signals, need to work. when someone calls 911, they expect a police officer or firefighter to show up. so it's all the day-to-day mechanics. while you're doing the big great things, the place still has to run. that's what people expect. that's what they look for each and every day. when they wake up in the morning, go to take a shower, they expect water to come out of their faucet. so, i mean, the public loves policy and big ideas, but if they call and want an abandoned car moved on their street, that's what they're focused on at that moment. it's a combination of those two. it's not like the mayor is moving the abandoned car. the mayor is the -- you know, is the head coach. is, you know, the person in charge of the team to make sure that there is performance each and every day. >> then this are the things you can't quite plan for. the tragedy, like the market street collapse. >> amtrak 188, recession.
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i mean, devastating recession that, you know, started the month before i was sworn in. i didn't even know until the federal government said, oh, we're in a recession. that's what's going on. there are tons of things. >> prepared to deal with an economic recession or depression than it was before? >> well, yes. but my greater hope is we never, ever have to go through that again. the city is from a functionality standpoint, it's smaller, it's stronger. we're one of the few cities that came out of the recession that actually received an upgrade in our bond rating from the rating agencies. it's because of the many tough decisions that we had to make, that upset a lot of people here in the city at that time. but my focus, our focus has always been on the fiscal integrity of the city of philadelphia. any step that we take, any
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decision we make, the financial impashgts always had to be our first and foremost consideration. and that's what businesses look at. that's what rating agencies look at. that's what the general public expects. while we're doing all the other things we're doing, have you to manage the money. >> you mentioned a few minutes ago that there's something that sort of hangs around that you cannot fix, which is the poverty. that issue has not been able to be solved. how does that affect you? >> it affects me personally in that i know that my citizens, our citizens, many of whom are stuck in that kind of personal circumstance and environment. they are, their children are, their family may be. poverty is an inner-generational circumstance here in the city. we've had a poverty rate of over 30% for more than four years. it robs individuals of their own
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potential. it does not allow them to truly participate in the economy of the city. it drives up costs for many social services. it contributes to unemployment. it erodes the tax base of the city. so, it has a personal impact to me and certainly a professional impact as mayor of philadelphia. i wouldn't say the city can't do anything. we can do any number of things and we have a plan, share prosperity of philadelphia to attack this challenge. we can't do it by ourselves. what we really need is our state and especially our federal partners to truly help us in this regard. the federal government is perfectly situated, almost issues like poverty. that's not just here in philadelphia pipts across the united states of america. so that, i believe, is the enormous challenge that still stands in front of us and many components. when people are in poverty, you will have, unfortunately, more
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crime. you'll have lack of educational attainment, challenges with people with literacy and getting jobs. those elements have to be attacked each and every day. >> stay right there. more with philadelphia mayor michael nutter, including what's next.
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he's an [ bleep ]. i mean, what -- i apologize, reverend. >> mayor michael nutter saying words we can't use on tv. he was responding to a question regarding republican presidential candidate donald trump's comments. he has commented muslims should be barred from coming into the united states. that was a press conference you had there. what's it like to be in a fight with donald trump? >> well, no comment.
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>> you have no comment? >> i mean, he's a tv -- reality show person who acts like he's running for president of the united states of america. but one of the most interesting aspects of that whole encounter is the e-mail note i received from my mother shortly after that about a few hours later reminding me that i know other words i can use to express myself. >> will you run for office again? >> don't know. you know, the true, honest answer is, i think i've had the best elected office in the united states of america. being mayor i think there's no better job than that, so that's not on my mind. i'm not even thinking about some other elected office. i think i've already experienced the best. >> what happens starting tuesday? >> i'm going to take a break. rest. learn how to do nothing for a
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while. that would be a new experience for me. but after that, i will stay actively engaged and involved in the life blood of the city. stay out of the way for the new mayor. there's only one mayor at a time. but my passion remains the same. we talked about poverty earlier, public safety and the violence in african-american communities in particular. president obama point med to my brother's keeper, the alliance board. city alliance is something i helped to create out of new orleans in an effort to focus attention and resources to stopping violence in communities of color. that's my work. that's my commitment. education certainly at the heart and soul of that. as i said earlier, poverty reduction will be a part of what i work on here in philadelphia and across the united states of america. so i have a lot of things to evaluate. lots of offers, business people, entrepreneurs, corporate boards. i just have to decide, how do i want to spend my time. >> let us know.
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>> thank you. >> thank you. coming up, a final good-bye to a fallen hero. one who truly took a bite out of crime.
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we said good-bye to one of our most popular officers. last week a funeral procession was held for zero, an officer canine. zero, draped in an american flag, was taken to animal hospital. he died last monday. >> he was a member of our family. he was a member of this family. there's no other dog like him. >> zero broke the state record for catching the most criminals of any canine. he also helped build bonds between police and camden residents at parks and community events. that's it for this edition of nbc10 "@ issue."
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