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Bridgeport Conflict-Of-Interest Measure Passes Senate, Awaits Uncertainty In House

May 28th, 2015 · 9 Comments · City Council, City Politics

Led by freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore who promised to make it a priority on the campaign trail the State Senate early Thursday morning unanimously approved legislation that would enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council. The proposed legislation now goes to the State House where it faces uncertainty in the final days of the legislative session. [Read more →]

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Ganim Opens HQ, Cracks $100K Fundraising Mark

May 28th, 2015 · 9 Comments · City Politics

Ganim conducts interview at headquarters opening.

Ganim conducts interview at headquarters opening. Sue Katz photo.

Former Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday celebrated the opening of his campaign headquarters in the North End announcing his campaign has raised more than $100,000 in his effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Finch who has raised more than $400,000. [Read more →]

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‘Say No To Joe … Take A Hike, Hit The Road’–The Song

May 27th, 2015 · 27 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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Sing along to Just Say No To Joe.

On the day former Mayor Joe Ganim officially opens his headquarters, he’s serenaded with the ode, Say No To Joe by the legendary late musician Charlie The Bum, a lovable character who strolled the streets of the East Side more than 50 years ago. Hmmm, who really produced this ditty? Hey, throw a fundraiser, play the song. Check out the song here. Lyrics below:
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Foster Declares “We Deserve Better”–Formal Announcement June 4

May 27th, 2015 · 20 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Saying “I’m running for mayor because we deserve better,” Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster will formally announce her candidacy June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown, according to a news release she issued Tuesday.
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Stafstrom To Host Forum On Land Value Taxation

May 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

The revaluation of city property is scheduled to kick in next year following a two-year delay approved by the state legislature and Governor Dan Malloy. One idea under consideration to lessen the financial impact of property taxes is land value taxation.
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Finch Opens Electric Vehicle Charging Station Downtown

May 27th, 2015 · 21 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced that the state’s largest city has opened another electric vehicle charging station at the intersection of State Street and John Street. This is part of his ongoing effort to beat back carbon emissions in the state’s largest city in order to help ensure our kids and grandkids breathe cleaner air. (Governor’s program details here)

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Lee: Where’s The Trend Line On Job Creation?

May 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee raises a series of questions about job creation in the city. Lee commentary:

What’s worrying City residents at this time? Taxes? Education? Jobs?

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No Cruise Control, Cop Car Slams Into East End Building

May 26th, 2015 · 100 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

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A police cruiser slammed into an East End building on Tuesday injuring one officer. CT Post photo Fausto Giovanny Pinto.

From CT Post reporter Fausto Giovanny Pinto:

A Bridgeport Police cruiser slammed into a building in the East End on Tuesday afternoon after a two-car crash.

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