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Bridgeport State Reps Press For Open Gaming Selection

January 23rd, 2017 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Countering the MGM casino’s economic impact in Springfield MA, state officials are weighing a third casino for Connecticut operated by Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, possibly in Windsor Locks. Bridgeport State Reps Chris Rosario and Ezequiel Santiago want to broaden the search in what they assert is a secretive process. They issued statements on Monday following their submission of legislation to “allow new commercial gaming facilities to be developed in the state, establish a competitive process for licensing, and impose a tax of twenty-five per cent of the annual gross revenue generated at such facilities from slots and table games.”
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Stafstrom’s Police Safety Bill To Produce Gun Permit

January 23rd, 2017 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Bridgeport’s eight-member legislative delegation is sorting through a whole bunch of issues in the current session of the General Assembly, including state aid, new revenue sources, school funding and law enforcement matters. State Rep. Steve Stafstrom is sponsoring a bill on an issue that hit close to home in 2016, which would require anyone carrying a firearm to produce a permit when asked by a law enforcement officer.
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Neighborhood Activists Continue Negotiations With O&G Officials

January 23rd, 2017 · 10 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

O&G Seaview Ave

O&G Seaview Avenue site. CT Post photo Ned Gerard.

The construction services company O&G, which has supervised a number of city projects including the ongoing construction of a new school to replace Harding High, wants to relocate its asphalt and concrete recycling facility from Seaview Avenue to the West End. The potential move impacts several city neighborhoods and led to the creation of the No To O&G Facebook page. A number of OIB readers including Madeline Dennis who populates Bridgeport In The Know are actively involved in opposition and/or negotiating safeguards if the proposal is approved by Planning & Zoning.
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Marching? Circus Moves Into The White House

January 21st, 2017 · 53 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

The Trump presidency has begun with the most powerful person on the planet debating the size of his inaugural crowd. Hmmm, sounds like the Barnum & Bailey Circus hasn’t closed. It simply moved into the White House. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands are protesting. See New York Times coverage here.
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Findings, Solutions For Connecticut’s ‘Broken Cities’

January 20th, 2017 · 13 Comments · News and Events

Connecticut’s cities are languishing in poverty, crime and fiscal stress, according to a report by the Connecticut-based think tank Yankee Institute, which diagnoses the problems and offers solutions. Hartford, in particular, is in a state of crisis, according to the report. Bridgeport and some other cities as well struggle with retirement-related debt that’s stretching budgets. Stephen D. Eide, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, delves into the matter.
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Did You Watch? President Trump

January 20th, 2017 · 20 Comments · News and Events

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Let’s Make Friends! Bridgeport’s Top 100 Wage Earners For 2016

January 20th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Behold the annual rite of passage: Bridgeport’s top 100 government wage earners for 2016. In the dead of winter it warms our souls like pitchers and catchers for spring training. A whole bunch of city police officers, as is tradition, performed a lot of overtime catching on behalf of taxpayer pitchers. Mayor Joe Ganim doesn’t even come close to sniffing the top 50 at $145,611.90.
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Battle Lines Drawn Between Education Advocates Pereira And Martinez

January 19th, 2017 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira and education advocate Jessica Martinez are high octane personalities with decidedly different mantras about the direction of the education system for Connecticut’s largest city. Pereira is a staunch protectionist of the local district, Martinez a proponent of charter schools that receive public funds but operate independently of traditional school districts. She’s also a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictions on school choice programs. They are personalities on a potential campaign collision course as Martinez ponders a run for school board this year. It’s also a personal battle that has found its way into a police report.
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