|Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco - 9th District, Majority Leader
The Honorable MARIAN B. TASCO is widely recognized as one of Philadelphia's most influential, politically savvy, and pro-active public officials. Elected to serve her sixth term as City Council Representative for the Ninth District in November 2007, Councilwoman Tasco represents more than 150,000 residents in Philadelphia’s Northeast and Northwest sections.
Historically, Councilwoman Tasco stands out as the first African-American elected Philadelphia City Commissioner (1983-1987). In addition to serving as Councilperson, she is the current Ward Leader for the renowned 50th Ward. Most recently, she was unanimously elected by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee to represent Pennsylvania on the Democratic National Committee.
In addition to using her political influence to accomplish all of the above-outlined exploits, Councilwoman Tasco chairs the City Council Finance Committee and the Public Health and Human Services Committee. As Majority Leader, she currently serves on all City Council Standing Committees.
For her tireless efforts, Councilwoman Tasco has received countless awards and honors from numerous community, civic and religious organizations. Her most recent recognitions include an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Lincoln University; the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund; the 2007 Philadelphia NAACP 100 Influential Black Women Award; the 2002 Good Housekeeping Magazine Award for Women in Government and the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women’s 1998 Elected Women of the Year Award.
Councilman Frank DiCicco - 1st District
FRANK DICICCO is a lifelong resident of South Philadelphia. He began his career in public service as a Committeeman in 1967. In 1972, he began a long stint at Philadelphia Traffic Court, where he served as Director of the Scofflaw and Enforcement Units, Director of Courts, and Director of Violations and Cashiers.
Frank DiCicco believes that a strong community starts with community involvement. Towards that end, serves on many boards including Historic Philadelphia, Inc. the Reading Terminal Market, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Board, Fund for Philadelphia, Jefferson Square CDC, Delaware River Port Authority and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Frank has been a Mummer for many years and is presently a member of the board of the Mummer’s Museum. A father of two grown sons, he is proud that his children have also committed to making their lives in Philadelphia.
Council President Anna C. Verna - 2nd District
ANNA C. VERNA broke the glass ceiling in Philadelphia politics in 1999 when she became the first woman in Philadelphia’s 300-year history to achieve the Council presidency. In January 2008, she began her third full term as Council President, and her ninth term as a member of the Philadelphia City Council, representing the Second Council District, which includes Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia.
Verna has sponsored initiatives to investigate dropout rates, to regulate nuisance bars and stop-n-gos in Philadelphia, to institute a citywide ban on public drinking and to fight an ill-advised trash-to-steam project that would have cost the city millions of additional dollars in trash removal costs.
In addition to her council duties, President Verna is an active member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and a leading member of Philadelphia's Italian American community. President Verna is also a member of the Boards of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Historical Commission and the Board of City Trusts, which administers all of the City of Philadelphia's charitable trusts. She has been knighted by the Republic of Italy and honored with the title, “Commendatore” for her contributions as a leading member of Philadelphia’s social, cultural and civic communities.
Council President Verna and her late husband, Cavalier Severino Verna, are lifelong residents of South Philadelphia.
Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez - 7th District
With nearly 80% of the vote, on November 6, 2007, with tremendous community support, MARIA D. QUINONES-SANCHEZ made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican/Latino elected to a district City Council seat and the first Latina to serve on the Philadelphia City Council. She was sworn in on January 7, 2008 for a four year term.
In City Council, Councilwoman Sanchez serves as Chair of the Committee of Licenses and Inspections, Vice Chair of the Streets and Services and also serves on Appropriations; Labor and Civil Service; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Commerce and Economic Development; Public Health and Human Services; Education; Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless and the Disabled and the Handicapped. Maria is a veteran activist with over 22 years of service to the City of Philadelphia, its constituents and neighborhoods, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond.
Maria is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition and served as its first Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. From June 1996 to June 2000 she served as the first female and youngest Executive Director of ASPIRA, the largest Latino educational institution in Pennsylvania. Her accomplishments include the creation of the first bilingual charter school in Pennsylvania (Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community Charter School), and the development of a multi-million dollar school and administrative office building in her neighborhood of Hunting Park.
She is married to Tomas Sanchez and they have two sons, Edgar and Tomasito. Having grown up in the Hunting Park section of the city, she now resides in the eastern North Philadelphia neighborhood of Norris Square.
Name_____________________________________________________ Councilperson Scavenger Hunt
Read the information provided to determine which councilperson applies to each question:
1. Which councilperson is the first Latina to serve on Philadelphia City Council?
2. Which Councilperson is also a Mummer?
3. Which councilperson was honored by the NAACP in 2007?
4. Which councilperson also serves as President of City Council?
5. Which councilperson was knighted by the country of Italy?
6. Which councilperson helped to create the first bilingual charter school in Philadelphia?
7. Which councilperson serves on all standing committees?