Rendell is also a senior adviser at the investment bank Greenhill, which has worked on several large transactions involving natural gas companies.
A news release describes it as a "navy silk, velvet floor-length, off-the-shoulder evening gown with a fitted bodice and flared trumpet hemline." The gown is "intended to complement a diamond and sapphire necklace given to the first lady by the governor." Mrs. Ed Rendell took to the New York Daily News op-ed page Wednesday with a message to local officials: stop worrying and learn to love fracking. Andrew Cuomo agonizes over whether to allow the controversial natural gas drilling technique, Rendell invoked his own experience as a Democratic governor who presided over a fracking boom."Everything else [food and drink] will be from companies based in Pennsylvania," she said.They will range from ketchup from Pittsburgh-based Heinz, mushrooms from Basciani Foods in Delaware County, cannoli from Termini Brothers Bakery in South Philadelphia, pretzels and potato chips from Utz in York, hot dogs from Yocco's in Allentown, mustard from Herlocher's in State College and others."The only conflict would be if I had a pecuniary interest in the natural gas industry doing well, and I certainly don’t," he said.
Element Partners’ website lists several investments by the firm in natural gas companies, including a company called 212 Resources that specializes in “fluid management systems” for fracking.
New York state, Rendell argued, has a major part to play in the nation’s fracking “revolution” — and it can do so safely.
He rejected what he called the “false choice” of “natural gas versus the environment.” What Rendell’s passionate plea failed to note was this: since stepping down as governor in 2011, he has worked as a paid consultant to a private equity firm with investments in the natural gas industry.
Ed Rendell's inauguration, planners have taken well-known Pennsylvania landmarks -- such as the state Capitol building, Philadelphia's Liberty Bell and Pittsburgh's bridges -- and put them in the four-part style artist Andy Warhol used to depict actress Marilyn Monroe and a Campbell's soup can. HARRISBURG -- For his second-term inaugural bash tomorrow, Gov. Anheuser-Busch does make a beer whose name is well-known in Pennsylvania, Rolling Rock, a brand it bought last year from the longtime owner based in Latrobe.
Ed Rendell wants to stress Pennsylvania-made food and drink products, so he's getting Iron City beer donated by Pittsburgh Brewing Co., Yuengling beer from Pottsville, Schuylkill County, and Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch, the giant St. But Anheuser-Busch decided to stop making Rolling Rock in Latrobe and moved those brewing operations to Newark, N. The company's beers to be served at the inaugural ball will include Bud, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, inaugural spokeswoman Andrea Mead said.
Other performers include Jill Scott, a Grammy award-winning jazz and rhythm and blues singer; Frankie Avalon, a 1960s teenage heart throb and star of numerous "beach'' movies; the Dixie Hummingbirds, a gospel group; singer and concert performer Monica Mancini, daughter of composer Henry Mancini of West Aliquippa; the Trammps , a disco group from Philly; and the Intermezzo Choir, another Philadelphia group.