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City Council Action This Week: Trumbull Poop Deal, Public Hearing On SHU Land Purchase

May 30th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

A proposed settlement of litigation regarding what Trumbull will pay Bridgeport for processing its waste water in the past will be taken up Tuesday, 6 p.m. in the Wheeler Rooms of City Hall by the City Council’s Joint Committee on Miscellaneous Matters and Contracts. [Read more →]

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Pereira Threatens Court Action Over School Board Replacement

May 29th, 2016 · 27 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

Democratic Board of Education member Maria Pereira is taking issue with the replacement process following the resignation of board member Dave Hennessey, elected as a Democrat in 2013 but switching his party affiliation to Republican early this year. A Board of Education vacancy posting declares the replacement should come from a registered Republican, per the Bridgeport City Charter.
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Underage SHU Students Incorrectly Charged By Police

May 29th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Golden Star cafe, scene of underage drinking. CT Post photo.

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post

An error by city police officers, compounded by a state judicial clerk, means more than 80 Sacred Heart University students ticketed for allegedly using fake IDs are facing misdemeanor charges that could leave them with criminal records.
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City Council Sets Mil Rate, Ganim Signs Budget, Claims Lower Tax Burden, Walker: Disease Has Not Been Treated

May 27th, 2016 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: Mayor Joe Ganim announced on Friday he has signed a $552 million budget approved by the City Council that sets a mil rate at 54.37 for real estate and personal property and includes a motor vehicle mil rate at 37 per a state-mandated cap. Ganim asserts, despite the rate increase from the current year 42 mils, about 65 percent of residential homeowners will see flat or lower taxes in a revaluation budget year that begins July 1. Businesses will absorb the higher tax hit, according to city financial officials. The vote was 13-7.
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Moore, McCarthy Tout Key Fundraising In State Senate Battle

May 27th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Tom MCarthy with City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons at fundraiser.

Freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore and her Democratic-endorsed August primary opponent City Council President Tom McCarthy both had mighty fundraising weeks as they gear up for a summer season of campaigning in what is shaping up as a hotly contested race in Connecticut’s 22nd District that covers one third of Bridgeport, all of Trumbull and a portion of Monroe.
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Ganim And Murphy To Host Community Forum On Gun Violence

May 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · News and Events

Ganim community forum

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Retiring Business Chief Timpanelli Cites “Incredible Change” To City Development

May 26th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Aerial of Downtown courtesy of Morgan Kaolian.

Paul Timpanelli’s nearly 30-year run as president and chief executive officer of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council comes to an end in a few months. In an eblast letter to his business community constituency he shares “with pride our involvement in the incredible change that has taken place over that 25 year period.” The former three-term Democratic First Selectman of Trumbull lists development “progress that is made as a result of our work in partnership with the city and the state to improve the city’s preparedness for economic growth.”
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Charles Smith Visits High School Chum Pereira (Phew! No Jordan or Pippen)

May 26th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Harding High hoop legend Charles Smith visited Maria Pereira’s headquarters.

Harding High School basketball star Charles Smith stopped into the city Wednesday to visit his old classmate Maria Pereira at her East Main Street headquarters. They attended high school together in the mid 1980s.
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