News Article - October 22, 2010

  PHILADELPHIA — Two Delaware County political figures recently appointed to the mayor’s Airport Advisory Board said they would protect Tinicum Township and Delaware County’s interests as the airport seeks to expand. According to a city of Philadelphia press release, Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Andy Reilly will join a state Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s chief of staff, David Woods, among the 19-member board.

   Announced Oct. 7, the board is tasked with assisting Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale in improving and expanding infrastructure and furthering economic development. The board will also advocate for business initiatives the city’s largest economic engine, the release stated. Reilly, a former Delaware County Council chairman, said he though the first meeting of the board is not until mid-November, he has already been in touch with Tinicum officials about his appointment.

   “It is my intention to be a voice not only for Tinicum Township, but also for all of Delaware County,” said Reilly, an attorney with Philadelphia law firm Schwartz Campbell, LLC. A spokesman for Pileggi, R-9 of Chester, Erik Arneson, said he was looking forward to ensuring Delaware County has a strong presence on the board. “This is even more true given the ongoing issues related to possible airport expansion,” he said. Board members are not compensated for their service and serve at the request of Mayor Michael Nutter.

Source - Daily Times