Henon returns to City Council for first time since indictment

Pat Loeb
February 07, 2019 - 12:18 pm
City Councilman Bobby Henon

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Councilman Bobby Henon attended his first council session since he was indicted last week, along with his close ally, IBEW Local 98 labor leader John Dougherty

Henon proclaimed his innocence on his way in.

"I have done nothing wrong and I will not speak to the indictment," he said.

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Henon walked confidently from his office and, after a five-minute exchange with reporters, took his seat in the Caucus Room and later, Council Chambers, as a few colleagues walked over to greet him.

He said he has no intention of resigning — no one has asked him to — and he will run for re-election this year.

"I stand on my record for the people of the 6th District. I understand working, middle-class Philadelphians and I will continue to stick up not just for union members but all the middle-class citizens of Philadelphia," he added.

Henon is accused of doing Dougherty's bidding on City Council, including one case where he asked the Department of Licenses and Inspections to stop the installation of an MRI machine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia because it was being done by non-union labor. 

He declined to address the charge but did defend a bill he sponsored — which was introduced in his absence last week — increasing the number of L&I inspectors, as "they are overworked and understaffed," he said.

Henon's bill would quadruple the number of inspectors.