- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s next mayor says he wants to get universal prekindergarten in place by next fall.

Jim Kenney says he thinks he’ll find the $60 million to fund the program in the existing budget, and through businesses and private donations. He wants it up and running by September 2016.

Kenney spoke during a Wednesday appearance at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia.

He also hinted that he’ll name Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross as the city’s next top cop, telling reporters to “connect the dots” since he wasn’t hiring outside the department and the current commissioner and another deputy are leaving.

Kenney garnered nearly 200,000 votes Tuesday in a 6-1 rout over Republican business executive Melissa Murray Bailey.

The 57-year-old takes over for term-limited Mayor Michael Nutter in January.


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