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How Will Finch And City Council Handle Election-Year Budget?

March 2nd, 2015 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

In about four weeks Mayor Bill Finch will submit his proposed budget to the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 as he seeks a third four-year term with the specter of city revaluation of taxable property kicking in next year. Finch did not raise taxes in 2011, his last election-year budget. This is also an election year for the City Council, following three straight tax increases.
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Firefighters Battle Lindley Street Blaze

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Firefighters

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

This morning, a fire was reported at a multi-family house at 100 Lindley Street. The Bridgeport Fire Department has been on the scene – including Deputy Chief Robert Petrucelli and Assistant Chief Michael Caldaroni – and the building has been evacuated.

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Malloy Announces Funds To Expand Preschool Slots

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Education

Bridgeport will receive $460,000 in state funds to expand preschool slots, according to an announcement today by Governor Dan Malloy.  See the city’s application here [Read more →]

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Tom McCarthy Joins Notre Dame High School Hall Of Fame

March 2nd, 2015 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

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Tom MCarthy waves to crowd during 2013 St. Patrick’s Parade.

City Council President Tom McCarthy Saturday night was inducted into the Notre Dame High School Alumni Hall of Fame recognizing “individuals who have through their performance, conduct, and achievement, brought credit and honor to themselves and the Notre Dame community.”
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Who Will Replace Paoletto And DeJesus On City Council?

February 28th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Toms, Hughes, Jackson

Melanie Jackson, right, with City Librarian Scott Hughes and Tyisha Toms at Black Rock Day last summer. Hughes and Jackson are town committee members.

Political maneuvering is underway to fill the City Council seats of the recently resigned Richard Paoletto and Richard DeJesus. An addendum to the council agenda calls for the replacement of the vacated seats.
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March 1, Another Snow Emergency

February 28th, 2015 · 7 Comments · News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch declared a Snow Emergency starting tomorrow, March 1, at 2:00PM.

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The Plainspoken Voice Of Working-Class Voters Returns

February 28th, 2015 · 9 Comments · News and Events

Gomes swearing in

Ed Gomes receives oath of office from Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. At left State Senator Marilyn Moore and Senate leaders Martin Looney and Bob Duff. Photo from CT Mirror.

Just two years after he was serenaded for his public service following a Democratic primary loss, Ed Gomes returned to the State Senate on Friday following his mighty special election win running on the Working Families Party line to replace the man who defeated him, Andres Ayala, now the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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