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Money chase as election day nears

Jim Hasher, John McNesby, Brian O’Neill, Vince Fenerty

A fundraiser was held last week at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 for City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.).

O’Neill faces Democrat Gary Masino.

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Among those in attendance were FOP president John McNesby, former state Rep. George Kenney, at-large Council candidate Jim Hasher, local GOP leader Vince Fenerty, former local GOP leader Vito Canuso, recently retired police Chief Inspector Tony Boyle and ward leaders.

McNesby referred to Masino, president/business manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, as “a supporter of Krasner” and dismissed any complaints that O’Neill has been in office for too long (44 years).

“The guy’s stuck by the police officers in the city of Philadelphia for that long,” McNesby said.

O’Neill, whose father was a police officer, has an office in the FOP. McNesby credits him with securing $4 million for the recruitment, training and retention of police officers, with money also geared toward bonuses and equipment.

McNesby will have FOP members at the polls on O’Neill’s behalf.

O’Neill said police officers have a tough, dangerous job, and he is happy that the most recent academy class has 93 recruits.

The incumbent said he’s been knocking on doors since July 5, targeting likely voters, and that he’s received a positive reaction.

While Masino has endorsements and money from building trades unions, O’Neill said he is seeking votes from rank-and-file members. ••

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