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State AG's office seeks OARC lawsuit dismissal

The state Attorney General's office, on behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett and administration budget and economic development officials, is seeking to have a lawsuit filed against them by the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation tossed out of court.

OARC, the Northwest Philadelphia community development and social-service powerhouse founded by state Rep. Dwight Evans, sued the governor, state treasurer and several other officials on Dec. 31, alleging they improperly cancelled more than $7 million in grants awarded to the group.

In a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court, chief deputy attorney general Barry N. Kramer responded to OARC's suit by challenging the group's ability to sue the state. It alleges that OARC had not followed proper procedures in seeking grants through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Amy Z. Quinn, NewsWorks Northwest reporter

Amy Z. Quinn developed an interest in planning and land use while covering rapidly-developing South Jersey suburbs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and later wrote extensively about urban and beachfront redevelopment for the Asbury Park Press.

Over more than 15 years of local reporting, opinion writing and blogging, Amy has cultivated a distinctive voice and desire to get right to the heart of an issue. She also trains tomorrow's news professionals as a popular journalism instructor at several area universities. 
 
A Manayunk native now living in an average suburban development, Amy covers Northwest Philly as part of PlanPhilly's partnership with WHYY's NewsWorks.


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