Penn Treaty Special Services District Is Seeking Candidates for the Board of Directors 2021 Election

The Penn Treaty Special Services District (SSD) is accepting applications for three (3) positions on its Board of Directors:

  • One position is open to residents of Fishtown
  • One position is open to residents of Northern Liberties
  • One position is open to residents of either Northern Liberties or Fishtown*

*In accordance with the 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 Northern Liberties.

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, 2022.

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).

All Interested Are Encouraged To Respond

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.

To apply, please submit a resume together with a cover letter containing your qualifications, reasons for wanting to serve on the Board and relevant experience.

Applications should be sent to ptssd.secretary@gmail.com and must be received by October 22, 2021.  Please include the name of your neighborhood and the words “Board Application” in the subject line.


Applicants will be interviewed in November and will be contacted in advance to schedule a date for the interview.

Election of Board members will take place at the Penn Treaty SSD Annual Meeting on December 15th, 2021 and terms will commence in January 2022.

Status and Intention of Incumbents

Pursuant to our Bylaws board members may be elected to serve more than one term. The following board members are seeking re-election to a new term:

Juliette Cook – Fishtown

Stephen Richman – Northern Liberties

Dana Hirschenbaum – Northern Liberties (At-Large [seventh board member] position)

2020 Elections Results

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.