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Ah, The Lemon Zest Of City Politics, Bradley Urges Fonseca To Join School Board Boycott

September 29th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics

Yup, had a lot of this.

Yup, had a lot of this.

Back in town with so much to talk about. School board controversy has not died down as boycott from four members continues. Will it ever considering the polarizing personalities? Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis will have a say on the make up of the board  in October based on the complaint brought by Board of Education member Maria Pereira who asserts Mayor Joe Ganim has overstepped his authority. [Read more →]

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Ganim Appoints Rafael Fonseca Jr. To BOE, Pereira Comments

September 29th, 2016 · 17 Comments · Education, News and Events

Ganim, Fonseca

Ganim, left, swears in Rafael Fonseca as a member of the Board of Education.

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that pursuant to his authority under the Bridgeport city charter he has appointed Rafael Fonseca, Jr. as the newest member of the Bridgeport Board of Education. Fonseca has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of education created by the recent resignation of Andre Baker from the board. Under the Bridgeport city charter, Mayor Ganim has authority to appoint a member to the board when there is a vacancy and the board fails to appoint a member to fill the vacancy within 30 days of the vacancy being created. The Mayor made the appointment after waiting well past the 30 day appointment window given to the board of education and with no indication that the board was moving to fill the vacancy.

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Ganim Appoints Three New Members To Public Housing Authority Board

September 28th, 2016 · 23 Comments · News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 8-40 and 8-41 he has appointed three individuals to the board of directors of Park City Communities (formerly the Bridgeport Housing Authority) to serve out the remaining terms of board members who recently resigned. The three new members of the board of Park City Communities are all Bridgeport residents. Specifically, Mayor Ganim has made the following appointments:

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How Will City Retrieve Ganim’s Stolen SUV?

September 28th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

The Tahoe is supposedly a “pool” car assigned to the office of Chief Administrative Officer John Gomes and shared by different employees. That is the same John Gomes who, earlier this year, had a key role in cost-cutting measures to trim the budget, from layoffs to … wait for it … eliminating take-home vehicles.

But the SUV has also been driven by Police Detective Ramon Garcia and two other department employees who typically ferry Ganim around the city.

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Parziale Sums It Up

September 27th, 2016 · 23 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Education, Law Enforcement

OIB friend, past CC member and past council president Lisa Parziale comments on the state of Bridgeport city management by both the mayor and City Council, and encourages others to get involved to fix the problems.

December 2015 ended two terms of leadership under former Mayor Bill Finch, and the torch was then passed to Joe Ganim who was elected for a second time in a history-making election in Bridgeport.

For those of us who supported his candidacy there was excitement and hope he would return matured, wiser, and show gratitude to the voters of Bridgeport who helped his second-chance message.

I was one of them. I unconditionally volunteered for the duration of his campaign because I was certain there was some of the first Joe Ganim left. I was already a four-term council member and president of the CC for four years when he first took office. I guided him through his beginning term, covered his back when necessary, helped him identify the likes of Mike Freimuth, Lennie Grimaldi, Jerry Baron and other credible, experienced members of his staff. I watched him work tirelessly, aggressively, his instincts were good, and he always asked for opinions. He didn’t necessarily take them, but he asked.

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Rowland, Corrupt Former Governor, Back To BOP #15623-014

September 27th, 2016 · 3 Comments · News and Events

John Rowland

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland with his wife Patricia last March outside a federal appeals court in New York. Rowland lost that appeal and dropped a follow-up appeal to the United States Supreme. He reported Monday to a federal prison in New York state, retaining his earlier ID number: 15623-014. Photo: Neil Vigdor, Hearst Connecticut Media

At least he got his old number back. Did he disappoint his old cellies from PA? From Ken Dixon, CT Post:

Rowland’s bid to overturn a 30-month prison sentence for campaign fraud was a long shot for the former popular governor, who resigned in the middle of his third four-year term in 2004 amid a pay-to-play investigation that led to massive changes in the state’s campaign-finance system and his first stint, a 10-month sentence, in a federal prison camp in Loretto, Pa.

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Bridgeport NAACP: Black Officer Not Treated Like Other Cops

September 27th, 2016 · 30 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Lonnie Blackwell

Bridgeport Police Lt. Lonnie Blackwell. Photo: Ned Gerard, ST

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

The city’s NAACP branch said the federal government may have to monitor Bridgeport’s Finest to prevent discrimination against minority cops.

NAACP officials say they are frustrated with the handling of a racist letter controversy involving prominent black police Lt. Lonnie Blackwell.

Blackwell stands accused of conspiring to circulate a phony racist letter and has been suspended since December. A retired cop–Clive Higgins–was arrested in relation to the incident.

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Committed Bridgeport Board of Education Members Schedule Press Conference, Howard Gardner’s “21,000 Children Held Hostage” Op-Ed

September 26th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Education, News and Events

UPDATED to include Howard Gardner’s “21,000 Children Held Hostage” Op-Ed also printed in the CT Post.

Is there a penalty for publicly breaking an oath of office?

The four non-boycotting BOE members held a press conference at 6:30 Monday evening at Geraldine Johnson School.

COMMITTED BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS BARAKA, GARDNER, PEREIRA AND WALKER INSIST THE BOYCOTTING MEMBERS FULFILL THEIR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES.

WE CALL ON CHAIR BRADLEY, VICE-CHAIR LARCHEVEQUE, AND MEMBER MCSPIRIT TO FULFILL THEIR LEGALLY MANDATED RESPONSIBILITIES TO OUR OVER 21,000 BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS.

ALL THESE BOARD MEMBERS TOOK THE FOLLOWING OATH:
“You solemnly swear or solemnly and sincerely affirm, as the case may be, that you will faithfully discharge, according to law, your duties as a Board of Education (BOE) member to the best of your abilities; so help you God or upon penalty of perjury.”

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