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DeJesus Hauled Into Court For Back Child Support, More Deadbeat Baggage For State Senate Candidate

January 28th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Uncategorized

Testa, DeJesus

More issues for DeJesus.

An arrest warrant was issued last May for City Councilman Richard DeJesus, the Democratic endorsed candidate for State Senate, for failing to pay $35,700 in child support accumulated over several years, according to court records. This is the same DeJesus who owes $140,000 in back taxes in personal property from his businesses. DeJesus says he had paid his ex-wife, who moved out of state, in cash and the court made clerical errors on some child support owed. He said he fulfilled the back child support obligation last summer, per court order, but would not specify the amount. OIB has asked Dejesus to provide a detailed explanation. [Read more →]

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Foster Hits Finch On Hypocrisy

January 28th, 2015 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

In what could be a prelude to another run for mayor this year, 2011 Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster cites “examples of the cultural DNA of political corruption that has wholly permeated and consumed the operations of this administration.” From Foster:

Mayor Bill Finch needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror before he spends any more time decrying those who violate the public trust. Convictions of elected officials for corrupt, criminal acts surely erode confidence in our government but so do the actions of elected officials who violate the public trust with constant and overbearing actions that result in a political corruption that is surely as destructive.
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Hennessy And Moore Introduce State Legislation To End Conflict Of Interest On City Council

January 28th, 2015 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

State Representative Jack Hennessy and State Senator Marilyn Moore have introduced the government reform bill An act prohibiting municipal employees from serving on certain municipal legislative bodies that would extend state law to include all governmental bodies that serve as boards of finance such as the City Council. The Bridgeport City Charter approved by voters bans city employees from serving on the City Council, but city officials have used state law as a pretext to violate the local charter.
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Finch Ends Snow Emergency

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments · News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

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Finch Plows Out New London In Need, Provides Storm Update

January 27th, 2015 · 8 Comments · News and Events

From Mayor Bill Finch:

This evening, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced that he’ll be sending four snow trucks and a foreman up to New London, Conn. to help with their snow clearing efforts.

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Malloy Lifts Travel Ban, Finch: No Parking On City Snow Emergency Roads

January 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments · News and Events

snow in Black Rock

Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock Monday night. Image from Madeline Dennis’ Black Rock Bitches FB page.

Storm update from mayor: What’s it like out there? Looks like significant snowfall but not as much as originally projected.
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Former FBI Agent: Wanna Clean Up Bridgeport? Get City Employees Off City Council

January 26th, 2015 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

In the spring of 2003 the FBI agent who began the investigation that toppled a once-popular Bridgeport mayor reflected on the state of the city from his office Downtown. “The city will never be cleaned up until you get city employees off the City Council,” the agent said.
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