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IRS Considers Call To Examine City Council Stipend Expenditures

October 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments · City Council

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has notified Black Rock resident Jennifer Buchanan, host of the Bridgeport Now cable access show, that it is considering her request for the agency to examine taxpayer-financed stipend expenditures of City Council members that she claims are not ordinary in the course of their duties such as “payment to cell phone providers, Cable TV, grocery stores, drug stores, hardware stores and many restaurants.” [Read more →]

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$33 Million In Public Financing For State Races, Is It Worth It?

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments · State Politics

Okay, we’re seeing all kinds of spending records broken in this gubernatorial cycle, whether independent expenditures or from $33 million in Connecticut taxpayers funds. You’re paying for it in some fashion. Is it worth it? Hmm, what Bridgeport could do with an extra $33 million. From Greg Hladky, Hartford Courant.

State officials said Monday that public campaign financing awards to candidates for 2014 will total more than $33 million – a record amount for Connecticut’s taxpayer-funded election system. [Read more →]

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Marie Scinto, Transformational Political Leader, Brought Out The Best In People

October 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, City Politics

Marie Scinto.

Marie Scinto.

Marie Iassogna Scinto was a special politician because she was a special person. Elected Republican town chair in 1978, she became the first woman in Bridgeport history to lead a city political party. She also was active in city politics during the period from 1971 to 1991 in which Republican mayors occupied City Hall for 10 of those years. She was both genial and cunning in her approach to politics, but also always very approachable, representing an era in which you could fight an adversary one day and sit down for a cocktail the next day. She passed away last week, leaving a political legacy that championed a two-party system. See her obituary here. [Read more →]

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Parking Concerns Raised At New Roosevelt School

October 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Bridgeport Education Association President Rob Traber is scheduled to address the City Council Monday night regarding parking at the new Roosevelt School in the South End. In a related commentary retired city firefighter Andy Fardy raises questions about school parking.

I have a question, who is in charge of designing the new schools in Bridgeport? I know it’s an architect but who furnishes what the school needs are?

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Several Contracts Before The City Council

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments · City Council, News and Events

The Bridgeport City Council Monday night is expected to act on several matters approved by the Contracts Committee such as a Professional Services Agreement with Environmental Land Solutions, LLC for Inland Wetlands Consultant Services and an agreement regarding the bargaining unit contract for the City Attorney’s Union.
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Community Volunteers Step Up

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

Volunteers assemble for photo shoot.

Volunteers assemble for photo shoot.

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Imagine more than 400 people fanning out through every city neighborhood – painting churches, planting trees and cleaning parks. It happened in Bridgeport on Saturday as part of The Big Day of Serving. [Read more →]

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Recalling The 60 Minutes Profile Of Mayor Mary Moran

October 19th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Bridgeport has had 52 mayors, all of them white males except for one … Mary Chapar Moran. Elected the city’s chief executive 25 years ago, her one two-year term is best known for placing the city into federal bankruptcy court, a petition challenged by the state and rejected by a federal judge.
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