Mayor Michael Nutter was flanked by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey as he exited his budget address on March 14, 2013. Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro
As Mayor Michael Nutter prepares to deliver his budget address Thursday, precautions are underway to try and keep the boobirds away.
At last year's budget address local union members booed, hissed and yelled when Nutter took to the microphone to unveil his $3.7-billion spending plan for 2014.
City Council President Darrell Clarke called for a recess after he failed to quiet the raucous crowd. Despite Clarke's call, Nutter continued his attempt to shout over the crowd, but eventually surrendered and was escorted out of council chambers. He later gave his address in a reception room on the second floor of City Hall.
Clarke said Tuesday that security will be increased for Nutter's budget address.
"We'll do what we need to do to have a secure environment to ensure that the mayor is allowed to deliver his budget message," Clarke said. "I anticipate some people may not feel comfortable about the budget message, be it PGW or be it the lack of all the municipal unions contracts but we will have it secure."
Does the Mayor have a contingency plan in case he's booed off stage again?
"We are planning to offer the FY15 budget and Five Year Plan and the Mayor plans to address Council in Council’s chambers," said Mark McDonald, Nutter's press secretary. "That is the only plan of which I’m aware."