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Finch Sticks It To Ganim, Reappoints Chief Gaudett — Ganim Legal Adviser: Decision Petty And Vindictive

November 27th, 2015 · 12 Comments · Law Enforcement

Outgoing Mayor Bill Finch, whose persistent exaggeration of low crime stats following spikes in violent crime cost him traction with voters, has decided to handcuff incoming Mayor Joe Ganim with a police chief he does not want. As a parting middle finger to Ganim the departing mayor has reappointed Chief Joe Gaudett to another five-year contract based on language in the City Charter that appears to give Finch the authority. Gaudett’s current contract expires Dec. 19. If Ganim is determined to submarine Finch’s move one possibility could be prevailing upon the City Council to blowtorch the contract, or buy out the contract, an expensive proposition. [Read more →]

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New Lenz For Finance Director

November 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

Who knows how long Anne Kelly-Lenz would have survived as finance director under Joe Ganim who returns to the mayor’s office on Tuesday. She did not give him the chance to replace her. She’s headed to Wilton as chief financial officer there, according to a story in the Wilton Bulletin.
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Bridgeport Hippie Fest Takes Rest

November 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment · News and Events


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Can We All Get Along? (At Least For A Few Days)

November 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Joe Ganim is finalizing an inner circle of appointments that will walk into City Hall with him on Tuesday morning. Others will be appointed over the course of the next several weeks after he gets his arms around status of the city budget he’s inheriting from outgoing Mayor Bill Finch and other issues. Meanwhile, the transition between Finch to Ganim is a little scratchy.
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Turkey, Politics, Gossip, New Mayor On Thanksgiving Table

November 26th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Wow, it’s not like you’re short of political gossip on Thanksgiving weekend, right? Bill Finch’s political feathers have been plucked by Joe Ganim in a historic return as mayor. There’s not a lot of love between Finch and Ganim even though Ganim provided Finch gainful employment on several occasions in the 1990s. So it goes in the strange world of city politics as Ganim prepares to resume office.
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Forget Turkey, How About Squirrel Cacciatore? Yum

November 25th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Best of Bridgeport

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The legendary Joe Haines set these baby geese free. James Prosek photo.

If you’re looking for something unique for your Thanksgiving Day table there’s no better guidance than OIB’s annual salute to Connecticut’s wilderness warrior, Bridgeport native Joe Haines, who’s eaten just about everything that cannot eat him. There’s even a recipe for squirrel cacciatore. Grab multiple eggnogs and check it out.

Once Muriel Haines’ five friends inhaled the aromas coming from the kitchen, her husband Joe had them practically eating out of his hands. The white wine bubbling in the stovetop pan with the falling-off-the-bones meat sweetened their nostrils beyond their ability to resist.

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Details Of ‘Racist’ Letter Probe Stalls, Finch Balks At Releasing Police Info

November 25th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

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This letter falsifies Assistant Chief James Nardozzi’s name.

Sometimes when mayoral administrations are on the verge of a switch, key decisions are held back as a matter of convenience to duck controversial news on the way out the door. That’s the case involving a contentious issue in the police department. Police Chief Joe Gaudett on Tuesday was poised to place a high-profile police official on administrative leave in connection with the motive and authenticity behind a racially charged letter distributed throughout the department in February that also involved now-retired police officer Clive Higgins, the only one of three city police officers acquitted in federal court with the stomping of a suspect in Beardsley Park several years ago. State law enforcement officials also simultaneously continue a criminal investigation involving the role of city police officers manufacturing the letter typed anonymously on police letterhead to embarrass police leadership.
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Webster Bank Settles Equal Access Complaint With Feds

November 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

News release from U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement with Webster Bank to ensure equal access for individuals with disabilities at all Webster Bank locations, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

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