Mayor Kenney had a strong first year if measured by his biggest accomplishment: passing a sweetened beverage tax to fund his education and community initiatives.

He also settled a contract with Philadelphia's biggest municipal union, and oversaw the city during a rather peaceful Democratic National Convention.

But what about the many other promises he made during his 2016 campaign for mayor?

For them, it was a bit of mixed bag. Kenney was offered an opportunity for this story to put his own spin on things, but turned it down.

Here, then, is a partial list of campaign pledges and how they fared in Kenney's first year.

Bike lanes and safety

Kenney set a goal of adding 15 miles of bike lanes each year of his term. He is ahead of schedule. More than 16 miles were added last year. Nearly two miles were protected lanes.

The city also created a task force to reduce traffic deaths and a new position - Complete Streets Commissioner - to ensure roads are safe for cyclists, pedestrians and transit users.

"Those were things we pushed for and are starting to see," said Randy LoBasso, spokesman for the Bicycle Coalition, a cycling advocacy group. "[The] general impression [of Kenney's first year] is nervous optimism."

Economic development

During the campaign, Kenney said he hoped to see the Port of Philadelphia expanded to create more jobs.

In November, Gov. Wolf announced a $300 million capital investment project for the port, which is expected to create about 2,000 more jobs. The bond will be covered by port operations.

Kenney also said he wanted to increase the Storefront Improvement Program budget by $600,000. The program, which reimburses businesses for approved renovation work, saw its budget increase by $250,000.


Candidate Kenney wanted to increase the Board of Ethics' annual $1 million budget by $250,000 so it could more aggressively enforce ethics rules for city employees and candidates for elected office.

It did not happen.

Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the increase depended on a boost in fees on lobbyists, which the Board of Ethics put in place only recently. Kenney "will consider a budget increase for [fiscal year 2018] alongside other requests," she said.


Kenney pledged to add $5 million to the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund's $11 million budget.

The fund, whose mission is to expand and preserve affordable housing, did not receive an increase in dedicated revenue, according to Rick Sauer, its vice chairman. The mayor, however, negotiated a deal with PMC Property Group, which agreed to a one-time, $3.75 million payment to the fund instead of dedicating units in its new One Water Street residential building for affordable housing.

Sauer is hoping that there will be an agreement by the next budget cycle on how to increase the fund's dedicated revenue stream.

"I think everyone acknowledges the housing crisis is growing and something needs to be done about it," Sauer said.

Public Safety

Kenney said he wanted to add 2,000 body cameras per year for three years. He also said he would purchase technology to electronically detect gunshots and alert police.

Kenney's fiscal year 2017 budget includes funding for 800 body cameras. To date, 300 have gone to officers in the 22nd District and Civil Affairs. The 25th and 24th Districts are expected to be equipped with about 500 more cameras in June, said First Deputy Managing Director Brian Abernathy.

The city purchased 20 gunshot-detection devices tied to cameras throughout the city.

Another Kenney promise was to add $1.5 million to the budget of the Police Advisory Commission, the department's civilian oversight agency. Executive Director Kelvyn Anderson said that the money has yet to come but "we are hoping for a nice Christmas present."

Overall, Anderson said, Kenney is "committed to improving how we do our job." The city paid for the commission's staff to attend training sessions on how to evaluate shootings. It also added  $150,000 a year in new staff positions.

Stop and Frisk

While on the campaign trail, Kenney said that he would end the practice of routinely stopping and frisking pedestrians in high-crime neighborhoods. The mayor now says his position was misunderstood. Rather, he supports, he said, what he calls "constitutional pedestrian stops" by officers when there is reasonable suspicion someone might be carrying an illegal weapon.

"The number of aggregate stops are down . . . and the number of [gun] confiscations are up, so I think we are going in the right direction," Kenney said during a meeting with the Inquirer and Daily News Editorial Boards.

David Rudovsky, a civil rights attorney who has tracked data on pedestrian stops, said the numbers are "still too much."

In the first half of the year, police made 88,933 stops, about a 20 percent decrease from the previous year. Of a random sample of 3,983 stops, 15 percent resulted in frisks and less than 1 percent resulted in gun seizures, an analysis by University of Pennsylvania professor David Abrams showed.

Universal Pre-K

Kenney promised to make prekindergarten education available to all the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.

The city plans to use the first round of beverage tax revenue to pay for 2,000 new prekindergarten seats in January. More seats will be added each year with the goal of reaching 6,500 by 2020.

To get to a fully universal pre-K status, thousands more seats would be needed. About 19,000 Philadelphia 3- and 4-year-olds either attend no preschool at all, or are in early childhood programs that do not meet the state's basic standards for quality.

Zero-based budgeting

Kenney optimistically calculated that the city could save $80 million by requiring all departments to start from zero in building their budgets, justifying every expenditure along the way.

"When the mayor consulted with our municipal finance team, they advised him that zero-based budgeting wouldn't be effective here because the sheer size of Philadelphia's city government," Hitt said, adding that it would "actually cost a significant amount of resources to do."

City budget director Anna Adams said program-based budgeting can lead to "better funding decisions."

While there may be some efficiencies and money saving in this new budgeting process, that is not the end goal, she said.

"We're actually looking at this as a tool of just being more open and more transparent rather than a huge budget savings," Adams said.

City Council

Although Kenney didn't necessarily campaign on his relationship with City Council, he was able to work well with the legislative body. Without the support of Council, he couldn't have pulled off the soda tax victory.

In a meeting with the Inquirer and Daily News Editorial Boards this month, Kenney described his relationship with Council as "very, very good."

As for Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Kenney said they meet regularly and privately. He declined to say much about those meetings.

"It's like sausage-making," he said. "It's hard to watch it be made and then eat it."



Staff writer Julia Terruso contributed to this article.