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Barry Christmas! Mayor Issues Holiday Greeting Featuring Barack

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments · City Politics

Mayor Bill Finch and family with Barack Obama during his Bridgeport campaign stop for Governor Malloy.

Mayor Bill Finch and family with Barack Obama during his Bridgeport campaign stop for Governor Malloy.

While some politicians run for the holiday hills from Barack Obama’s coal-filled-stocking approval rating, Mayor Bill Finch embraces him, so much so the mayor mailed a holiday card featuring his family in a photo taken with the president during his campaign stop in Bridgeport for Governor Malloy on the eve of the November election. [Read more →]

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CT Post: Blacks Have Lost Their Voice, Inner-city Children Suffer

December 18th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Infighting, allegations of misconduct, suspension of local members by the national office has the Greater Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP trying to rediscover itself in a leadership gulf. Interesting read from the editorial board of the Connecticut Post:

The history books tell us that the African-American civil rights movement ended in 1968 with passage of the Fair Housing Act, a vital and shamefully late piece of legislation that followed the 1965 Voting Rights Acts and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. [Read more →]

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Dragone Hits Skids On Bad Check Arrest, Car Dealership Closed

December 18th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Carmen Dragone

Carmen Dragone

Carmen “Mimi” Dragone who recently told the Connecticut Post the closure of a family-run used car business on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock was due to an employee embezzlement about a year ago was arrested Wednesday afternoon by members of the city’s Financial Crimes Unit for allegedly issuing two bad checks.
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Don’t Do This At Home

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments · Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Officials demonstrate tree fire.

Officials demonstrate tree fire.

Mayor Bill Finch and public safety officials on Wednesday conducted a news conference at Fire Headquarters to highlight safety tips, even simulating the hazards of a Christmas tree fire. [Read more →]

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Police Seize BMW Involved In Fatality

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Bill Kaempffer, public safety spokesman:

Bridgeport Police have seized a white BMW X3 sport utility vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash on Dec. 4 on Boston Avenue.

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OIB Poll: Finch, Ganim, Foster Or Torres? Someone Else?

December 17th, 2014 · 10 Comments · City Politics

It’s the holidays, time to celebrate. That means we raise a glass to voter power because OIB readers vote. Here’s an unscientific hypothetical poll because we cannot screen for demographics, but what the heck, let’s do this anyway. Do not despair, we will feature a variety of unscientific survey matchups (and perhaps scientific) in the coming months as we segue into the 2015 municipal cycle for mayor. Just pretend this is a general election and everyone can vote once. All readers may participate.
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Shining Sunlight On Moonlight

December 17th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy takes a hose to city employees, he says, are moonlighting financially. Fardy commentary:

Every time you think someone in the Finch administration can’t screw up any more than they already have … they up and surprise you again.
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