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OIB Poll: Donald, A Duck Or A Hill For President?

April 30th, 2016 · 1 Comment · National Politics

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Ganim Sends Police Substation And Community Center Contract To City Council

April 29th, 2016 · 13 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Law Enforcement, Library

Ganim with shooting victim at Trumbull Gardens last year.

Ganim with shooting victim at Trumbull Gardens last year.

Mayor Joe Ganim has submitted a draft lease agreement to the City Council regarding a police substation and community center site located at Trumbull Gardens housing units, a flashpoint of the 2015 mayoral election following intense gun violence. The lease agreement will be referred to the Contracts Committee at Monday night’s council meeting. The Ganim administration has not yet released a copy of the proposed lease agreement. [Read more →]

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Pereira Wins Soured-Relationship Battle, Case Dismissed By State, Hosts First Fundraiser For Legislative Run

April 29th, 2016 · 26 Comments · City Politics

The handout in question

The 2014 handout in question

The State Elections Enforcement Commission has dismissed a 2014 complaint against school board member Maria Pereira alleging that during the March 4, 2014 Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee Primary she “impermissibly utilized and/or failed to attribute flyers that she passed out at the Thomas Hooker School polling place” and campaigned within 75 feet of the precinct against state law. The issue stems from a falling out Pereira had with Andy Fardy, husband of a slate mate, who criticized her on OIB. [Read more →]

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Rosario Praises Passage Of Hoarding Bill

April 29th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Law Enforcement

From State Rep. Chris Rosario:

Representative Christopher Rosario (D-Bridgeport) is pleased to announce House and Senate passage of bill to create a task force to study issues concerning hoarding.

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Murphy, Blumenthal Push Smart Gun Technology

April 29th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

News release:

 Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) reacted to the White House release of a report outlining a research and development strategy to expedite real-world deployment of smart gun technology. The report, prepared jointly by the Departments of Defense (DoD), Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS), was ordered by President Obama in a January 2016 memorandum as part of the administration’s executive actions to curb gun violence.

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Crunch Time For Budget Committee, ‘Over Tasked And Understaffed’

April 28th, 2016 · 17 Comments · City Budget

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Council budget committee members endure long nights

The nights and weekends are long for the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee reviewing Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million spending plan in a compressed cycle. It takes endurance. Seven weary members of the committee will vote on various aspects of the budget within the next nine days before it goes to the full vote of the council scheduled for May 9 or 10. See budget schedule here [Read more →]

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Officials Seek Legislation To Produce Gun Permit

April 27th, 2016 · 34 Comments · Law Enforcement

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim joined Bridgeport Police officers who are members of AFSCME Council 4, Police Chief AJ Perez, Bridgeport State Senator Ed Gomes (D-23) and State Representative Steve Stafstrom (D-129) today in calling for passage of House Bill No. 5408, “An Act Concerning the Presentation of a Carry Permit” before the Connecticut General Assembly’s legislative session ends next week. Specifically, House Bill No. 5408 would require anyone openly carrying a firearm in Connecticut to produce their permit to carry that firearm if asked by a law enforcement officer. [Read more →]

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Cast Your Support For The Bluefish Opening Weekend

April 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events


The Bridgeport Bluefish return to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard for the 2016 season to open up a four-game homestand against the new in-state rival New Britain Bees. Tickets for all games are available by visiting the Harbor Yard box office, calling (203) 210-BLUE, or by visiting www.bridgeportbluefish.com. Here is the fun and excitement the Bluefish have in store: [Read more →]

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