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Ganim: Tax Deals Crippling City

May 5th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Former Mayor Joe Ganim issued a statement on his Facebook page following the City Council rejecting a compromise tax abatement proposal for the second phase of an ambitious, mixed-income housing development on the East Side. Ganim writes:
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Mayor, Fire Department Promote Smoke Alarm Safety

May 5th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Today, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Fire Chief Brian Rooney announced that nearly 50,000 free smoke alarms have been installed in the Park City since the inception of its “Safe Asleep” program. They also unveiled a new phase of the program, including an advertising initiative, in order to grow that number this year.

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City Council Rejects Tax Break, Plus: Lee On Budget: ‘Half Truths Of Padding, Ghost Employees And Half Stories’

May 5th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Update: votes against. In a rare vote against Mayor Bill Finch Monday night the City Council torpedoed a proposed tax break for a developer. Prior to the council meeting citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee, considering a run for City Council, addressed the legislative and budget body as a whole Monday night, “the last chance I will have to speak to you as a voting body before you act on the 2015-16 Operating and Capital Budgets.” Finch has submitted a spending plan with no tax increase in this election-year budget.
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Ay Yi Yi–Another Address For Ayala

May 5th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

How many addresses has former State Senator Andres Ayala had the past decade? It’s enough to cause a traffic tie-up. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart provides a road map for the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

It’s not your typical relationship advice, but getting hired as the state commissioner of motor vehicles last winter can’t hurt Andres Ayala’s love life.

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Finch: City Is Safer, Stronger Than Any Time I Can Remember

May 4th, 2015 · 14 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement

Who’ll win the war of words this mayoral cycle when it comes to public safety? A day after the city’s latest murder, Mayor Bill Finch in a news release touts lower crime rates, saying “I’ve seen the progress and our residents today feel much safer than they did seven years ago.” Does the mayor’s optimism resonate with voters?
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Senator Gomes Joins Foster And Other Mayoral Candidates For Discussion On Race

May 4th, 2015 · 32 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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State Senator Ed Gomes, left, joined Mary-Jane Foster, right, at West End barbershop.

After a brutally cold winter, what a weekend for mayoral candidates to walk, knock on doors and greet the peeps. State Senator Ed Gomes joined candidate Mary-Jane Foster at a barbershop for “a conversation in the West End on race,” according to Foster’s Facebook page.
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Ganim Urges Finch To Keep Promise To Church

May 4th, 2015 · 7 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

You don’t think church and politics blend? Former Mayor Joe Ganim is calling on Mayor Bill Finch “to keep his promise” to Walter’s Memorial Church in celebration of the church’s anniversary. Ganim posted these remarks on his Facebook page.
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Stafstrom Backs Bill Requiring Halfway House Notification

May 4th, 2015 · 2 Comments · News and Events

From State Rep. Steve Stafstrom:

Representative Steven Stafstrom is a co-sponsor of a bill that requires the Department of Correction (DOC) to notify municipal officials before  placing a community residence for released inmates in that community.

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