Election of Board members took place at the Penn Treaty SSD Annual Meeting on December 16th, 2020. Terms commence on January 1, 2021.
Outgoing Chair, Rich Levins described the election process, thanked the candidates who had applied for the five positions on the Board and announced the Board’s selections:
- Fishtown – Jill Betters*
- Northern Liberties – Rick Angeli
- South Kensington – Marilyn Cruz
- Olde Richmond – Micah Hanson
- At-Large (Northern Liberties) – Dana Hirschenbaum**
Results for Elections of Officers:
- Chair – Steve Richman (Northern Liberties)
- Vice-Chair – Jill Betters (Fishtown)
- Treasurer – Juliette Cook (Fishtown)
- Secretary – Marilyn Cruz (South Kensington))
*Ms. Betters served in the At-large position, but resigned that position effective 12/31/20
**In accordance with Penn Treaty Special Services District Bylaws (Section 4.4(e), the At-Large (seventh board member) position rotates between Fishtown and Northern Liberties. The current At-Large board member is a resident of Fishtown. The new at-large board member will be a Northern Liberties resident.
Board members serve 2-year terms and are expected to attend monthly meetings. The Board meets on the evening of the third Wednesday of every month, except in July and August. Candidates elected to the Board will begin their terms on January 1, 2021.
Board members are responsible for the disbursement of funds allocated to the Special Services District (SSD) pursuant to a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with Rivers Philadelphia Casino (formerly Sugarhouse Casino). Currently, approximately $1 million is received annually from Rivers Philadelphia for distribution to community organizations serving residents of the SSD. Each month the Board reviews grant and sponsorship applications from these organizations and makes awards based upon programmatic, financial and organizational considerations.
While prior service on a board of directors is not required, preference may be given to applicants who have volunteered and are familiar with the operations of not-for-profit organizations. In addition, applicants are expected to be knowledgeable about the issues affecting their communities, and demonstrate the ability to conduct critical analysis. Applicants should expect to be interviewed in November for the position they are applying for and are encouraged to review the CBA and SSD Bylaws prior to their interviews. These documents, as well as other pertinent information about the operations of the SSD, are available on our website (penntreatyssd.org).
Applicants must be 18 years of age and have at least five years of residency in the District. The Board may waive the 5-year residency requirement if necessary to fill a vacancy, provided the candidate is a Resident. This map shows the boundaries of the SSD and each of the four neighborhoods served by Penn Treaty SSD.
Status and Intention of Incumbents
Our By-laws state that board members may be elected to serve more than one term.
Two board members, Rich Levins (Fishtown) and Anne McKenna (Olde Richmond) did not seek re-election to the Board. Both Mr. Levins, who served several years as Chair, and Ms. McKenna, who served as Treasurer, have been on the Board since its inception in 2009. We are deeply grateful to them for their years of service and the many contributions they have made to our communities.