Confirmed: Stalberg to head the Committee of Seventy
It is confirmed that former Daily News Chief Zack Stalberg will head the Committee of Seventy. From the Daily News
The Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit group funded mostly by foundations and the business community, is best known for its monitoring of elections.
But under Stalberg, that is likely to change.
As a result of the City Hall "pay-to-play scandal" - and its negative impact on the city's image - the committee wants to play a much more active role in city politics, according to both Dunham and Stalberg.
"Basically I'm going to try to re-invent the organization," said Stalberg. "For many, many years, it was a tremendous instrument of reform in Philadelphia, and over time its mission got smaller and smaller."
He added: "Against the backdrop of pay-to-play and all these tremendously embarrassing head- lines, there's been a decision to try to bring back the Committee of Seventy to make it a tool for cleaning up the political environment."
Under Stalberg's guidance, the Daily News launched a number of campaigns to improve the city, and he said last night he'll be able to continue that in his new job.
Good. We do not need a wannabe politician in this role, we need a citizen activist. Stalberg fits the bill. It will be extremely interesting to see what changes he makes in the group as a result.