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Transition Team Report Issues Government Reforms

February 10th, 2016 · 8 Comments · News and Events

Ganim with his transition team co-chairs at right. At left, Rina Bakalar who co-chaired with Mickey Herbert the Economic Development Committee

Ganim with transition team co-chairs at right. At left, Rina Bakalar who co-chaired with Mickey Herbert the Economic Development Committee.

Mayor Joe Ganim’s transition team on Wednesday shared recommendations to improve government efficiency and access to public information that included requiring mandatory freedom of information training for all department heads including the mayor and chief of staff, responding quickly to freedom of information requests, developing a standardized tax abatement policy with clear limits and transparency, modernizing parking meters, making the Police Department an accredited law enforcement organization, diversifying the police force and establishing initiatives for ex-offenders. [Read more →]

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Bucks For Echo-Tech Project

February 10th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Development and Zoning

From State House members Steve Stafstrom and Ezequiel Santiago:

State Representatives Steve Stafstrom and Ezequiel Santiago are pleased that Bridgeport has been awarded a $2 million grant to remediate a 2.2 acre site in the city’s Eco-Technology park to enable the construction of a permitted anaerobic digester facility.

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Ganim Discusses Dead Squirrels, Budget Deficit, Crazy Parking Meters, Property Revaluation

February 10th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Budget deficit, reeling in overtime, beefing up police presence, flood control, partnering with the University of Bridgeport and parking meters that “drives me crazy” were some of the subjects Mayor Joe Ganim touched on in a presentation Tuesday to the Bridgeport Rotary Club at the Holiday Inn. [Read more →]

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Ganim To Release Transition Team Recommendations

February 9th, 2016 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Ganim, Salonen, Maya, Stallworth

Ganim with transition team chairs Neil Salonen, Alma Maya and Charlie Stallworth.

Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday is scheduled to release findings and recommendations made by his 75-member transition team chaired by University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen, former Town Clerk Alma Maya and State Rep. Charlie Stallworth who’s also a member of the administration.
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As Customers Screech, Malloy Proposes Privatization To Shorten Wait Times At DMV

February 9th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

There’s the old story about a stick-up man who pulls his gun on a street, points it at a guy and says, “Give me everything you got.” The guy looks at him and says, “Okay, here, but can I can keep my driver’s license? You know how the motor vehicle department is.” Governor Dan Malloy is trying to change attitudes about the Department of Motor Vehicles where it often seems they’re doing you a favor allowing you through the door. Following ear-splitting complaints during the year former State Senator Andres Ayala spent as commissioner, Malloy has installed another Bridgeport resident Dennis Murphy as the man behind the wheel in an acting capacity. Malloy is also proposing reforms that include privatization to streamline services to lessen wait times.
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Sikorsky Airport Suffers Another Leadership Death

February 8th, 2016 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Forced out as airport manager a few years ago by then-Mayor Bill Finch, Public Facilities Director John Ricci must now pay more attention to the municipally owned Sikorsky Memorial Airport in the short term following the death of operations superintendent Steve Ford who suffered injuries from a fall over the weekend at his home in Shelton. It was the second death involving airport leadership in less than a year. The airport comes under the umbrella of Public Facilities, a super agency also managing public works, parks and engineering.
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Political Slates Set For March 1 Dem Primaries

February 8th, 2016 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

And the battle is officially on. Three of ten Democratic Town Committee Districts will face off in March 1 primaries covering the West Side, East Side and Upper East Side that will feature three slates, according to elections officials. Absentee ballots, key in these low-turnout party wars, will be available this week. The top vote producers make up the 90-member DTC that endorse candidates for public office and selects a chairman.
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Rabid Raccoon Bites Resident

February 8th, 2016 · 2 Comments · News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

The Bridgeport Department of Health is reporting that a raccoon that recently bit a city resident on Summerfield Avenue has tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred on January 30, 2016, and Bridgeport Animal Control was called to the home where the resident was bitten. The animal was euthanized, and Animal Control took the raccoon’s body to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory in Rocky Hill for testing. Tests on the animal confirmed a positive diagnosis for rabies, and the bite victim was notified and treated with rabies vaccine.
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