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Mario: It’s Like The Old Times Back In The 90s

July 27th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Politics, National Politics, State Politics

Joe Ganim and Mario Testa at convention. Next to Testa is Joe's son Rob. From Ganim's Facebook page.

Joe Ganim and Mario Testa at convention. Next to Testa is Joe’s son Rob. From Ganim’s Facebook page.

Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa loves to wax about the good ol’ days. For Mario it’s back to the future with his pal Joe Ganim. Both are delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Joe was a Democratic shooting star and Mario a high profile town chair back in the day. Now the band’s back together, and that’s just fine with Mario. [Read more →]

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Stallworth Takes Unpaid Leave In Primary Brawl Against Pereira

July 27th, 2016 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

You know there’s a battle when an incumbent state representative takes a two-week unpaid leave from his six-figure city government job to hold on to his paid elected position. That’s what mayoral appointee Charlie Stallworth has done to fend off the self-styled piranha of city politics Maria Pereira, a member of the Board of Education, who’s campaigning full time to try to oust Stallworth, also a city minister. Praise the Lord because this is a contest to watch leading to the August 9 Democratic primaries.
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Mayor Selects Annette Negron To Fill School Board Vacancy, Will It Be Challenged?

July 27th, 2016 · 45 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

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Annette Negron receives oath from Ganim.

Update: Board of Education member Maria Pereira had raised questions in the comments section about back taxes on a Jane Street property owned by Annette Negron. Negron told OIB on Wednesday that she had paid off the back taxes that had been sold to a tax lien company prior to her joining the school board. She added that she had apprised the mayor of the situation and promised to resolve the issue prior to her swearing in. She also said she would forward the paperwork as proof that the tax issue was resolved.

Original story: Mayor Joe Ganim on Saturday tapped Republican Annette Negron to fill the Board of Education vacancy of Dave Hennessey, elected as a Democrat, who had switched his affiliation to the GOP. On Monday Ganim issued the following letter to City Clerk Lydia Martinez:
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Stolen Radioactive Device Recovered

July 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Update: Device recovered. Police say on Tuesday morning a resident of Douglas Street reported his vehicle had been broken into. Taken from the trunk of his car was a Troxler 3440 Nuclear Dosimeter worth $7000. Police say the device is used for measuring ground density, but if altered could expose people to dangerous levels of radiation. Also taken from the car was the victim’s debit card. It was used this morning at the Redbox located in the Walgreens parking lot at 1000 Park Avenue.
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He’s Baaack! The Old Geezer Returns

July 26th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

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Mr. Barnum has granted the Old Geezer refuge in Seaside Park.

What, the Old Geezer is among the living? Charles Walsh, the irrepressible linguistic heirloom, resumes the wrinkled Runyon of rumination in new commentaries for OIB. If you’re new to the Old Geezer, he pontificates on a park bench in Seaside Park about all kinds of stuff. Check out Charles and the Old Geezer with more to come.

Editor’s note: No one was more surprised–make that shocked–than we were when, while cruising Barnum Boulevard in Seaside Park one blazingly hot day last week, we spotted a strangely familiar shape seated on a seaside bench with knees bared and a folding sun reflector planted firmly under his chin. It was none other than The Old Geezer, whose age estimates are best worked on IBM’s Watson computer. We hadn’t seen that old gent–whose facial wrinkles rival a Google Map of Manhattan–around town for several years. What follows is a nearly verbatim transcript of our reunion conversation.
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What, A Republican In The East End? Ganim Juggles Shaban Friendship, Walks Himes’ Tightrope

July 25th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Republican congressional candidate John Shaban, second from left, with Mayor Joe Ganim, right, in front of City Hall on Wheels in the East End.

A Republican was spotted in the East End over the weekend. When it comes to the African American-rich Democratic neighborhood in the state’s largest city where Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim ran up large pluralities last year, Republican political players have gone the way of the 8-track player. GOP congressional candidate John Shaban, a friend of the mayor, shared a photo of him with Joe on Shaban’s Twitter and Facebook page standing in front of the City Hall on Wheels vehicle, stationed in the East End, that the mayor announced last week would be visiting city neighborhoods. Shaban is challenging four-term Democratic incumbent Jim Himes.
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Crime Stats Down (Fingers Crossed)

July 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Trotting out crime stats is always a leap of faith. One bad day or week and there goes the good news. The key is to temper the crime stat enthusiasm when an uptick occurs, something former Mayor Bill Finch had difficulty doing last summer. And his chief Democratic primary opponent Ganim was all over it.
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OIB Poll: McCarthy Or Moore?

July 25th, 2016 · 27 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Whom do you support in the August 9 Democratic primary for state senate?

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