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A “Tired” McCarthy Rejects Reelection To City Council, Served As Head Of Body For 10 Years

July 24th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

McCarthy with one of his mentors, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa.

McCarthy, right, with one of his mentors, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa.

Saying his new job as director of labor relations for the city of New Haven was a factor, City Council President Tom McCarthy announced on Monday he’ll not seek reelection to his seat in the North End 133th District, a position to which he first won election in 2001. He has served as council president since December 2007. His announcement came as Democrats prepare to endorse candidates for municipal offices. [Read more →]

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Dems Gather Tonight To Endorse Candidates

July 24th, 2017 · 6 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

A collection of great and near-great political insiders — that would the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee — will meet tonight at Testo’s Restaurant to endorse candidates for Board of Education, City Council and city sheriff slots. This is generally known as the sleepy, off-cycle municipal election, no mayor on the ballot, but a number of challenges and competitive races are expected. [Read more →]

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Stein And Dine Downtown, Progress Along McLevy Green

July 24th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, Uncategorized

Coming soon to McLevy Green area.

Coming soon to McLevy Green area, German beer hall

McLevy Green is becoming the centerpiece to Downtown, bordered by Broad, State, Main and Bank complemented by restaurants, new housing and summer concerts. Come summer’s end new apartments and a German beer hall Harlan Haus will open, followed by an expected comedy club occupying the former Playhouse on the Green as part of an $18 million renovation of structures at State and Main. [Read more →]

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Woman Dies From House Fire Trying To Save Family Dogs

July 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · News and Events

A woman who tried to rescue family dogs trapped in a house fire on Seltsam Road also died Sunday morning, according to Fire Chief Richard Thode. The fire occurred in the Whiskey Hill neighborhood along the Route 25/8 Connector. Two others were hospitalized by the fire that destroyed the house. [Read more →]

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City Council Members: What’s Going On Behind Curtain Of Theater Development Plan?

July 23rd, 2017 · 13 Comments · Development and Zoning

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Mayor Joe Ganim, right, chats with Exact Capital Group officials including Managing Partner Craig Livingston, backed by a “Coming Soon” marquee, at news announcement.

City Council members are considering a seven-page memorandum of understanding with New York-based developer Exact Capital to revitalize two closed Downtown theaters and a hotel as well as building three housing towers as part of a $400 million three-phase plan. A public hearing will also be scheduled. Approval by the council allows the city to hammer out a larger Land Disposition Agreement with the developer. Some councilors assert they should approve the LDA as well. [Read more →]

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Judge Lopez Provides Interpretation Of Republican School Board Endorsements

July 21st, 2017 · 32 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

Thursday night Republicans endorsed for Board of Education sitting member John Weldon, 2015 petitioning mayoral candidate Chris Taylor and Black Rock realtor Diane Rello to four-year terms. They also endorsed former board member Jim Carbone to fill out the four-year term vacancy of Kevin McSpirit who was replaced by Weldon, per appointment by Mayor Joe Ganim. The City Attorney’s Office cited state law that allows the mayor to fill school board vacancies if the board does not act within 30 days. As a result ambiguity had been created about the number of school board slots open this cycle. Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez graciously shared legal insight (see here) about the number of school board seats open this year. Her interpretation was backed by the City Attorney’s Office. On Friday OIB asked her to share her take on the number of candidates that may be endorsed by the parties. Her legal read is that it appears the Republicans acted appropriately.
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Larcheveque Bows Out, Republicans Endorse Candidates For School Board

July 21st, 2017 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Board of Education Chair Joe Larcheveque Thursday night rejected pleas from Republican Party operatives to seek another four-year term at the GOP convention in which candidates for school board, city sheriff and City Council were endorsed. Citing family commitments and frustration with school board dysfunction, Larcheveque opted out.
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Carl Can! Rescues Man From Burning Car

July 21st, 2017 · No Comments · News and Events

From Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local

How about some likes for local hero Carl Nesmith who pulled a man from a burning car today? A car crashed into a tree at the intersection of Park and Lewis Street. Carl Nesmith was in the area when he heard a loud bang and saw the car crashed into the tree. Nesmith saw the car on fire and sprung into action. He pulled the door open, contended with the air bags that were deployed and helped free the driver who was stuck inside the car unconscious. Nesmith pulled the man to safety before the car became fully engulfed in flames. The driver was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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