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Pereira Wins Soured-Relationship Battle, Case Dismissed By State

April 28th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Politics

The handout in question

The 2014 handout in question

The State Elections Enforcement Commission has dismissed a 2014 complaint against school board member Maria Pereira alleging that during the March 4, 2014 Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee Primary she “impermissibly utilized and/or failed to attribute flyers that she passed out at the Thomas Hooker School polling place” and campaigned within 75 feet of the precinct against state law. The issue stems from a falling out Pereira had with Andy Fardy, husband of a slate mate, who criticized her on OIB. [Read more →]

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Crunch Time For Budget Committee, ‘Over Tasked And Understaffed’

April 28th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Budget

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Council budget committee members endure long nights

The nights and weekends are long for the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee reviewing Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million spending plan in a compressed cycle. It takes endurance. Seven weary members of the committee will vote on various aspects of the budget within the next nine days before it goes to the full vote of the council scheduled for May 9 or 10. See budget schedule here [Read more →]

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Officials Seek Legislation To Produce Gun Permit

April 27th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Law Enforcement

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim joined Bridgeport Police officers who are members of AFSCME Council 4, Police Chief AJ Perez, Bridgeport State Senator Ed Gomes (D-23) and State Representative Steve Stafstrom (D-129) today in calling for passage of House Bill No. 5408, “An Act Concerning the Presentation of a Carry Permit” before the Connecticut General Assembly’s legislative session ends next week. Specifically, House Bill No. 5408 would require anyone openly carrying a firearm in Connecticut to produce their permit to carry that firearm if asked by a law enforcement officer. [Read more →]

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Cast Your Support For The Bluefish Opening Weekend

April 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

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The Bridgeport Bluefish return to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard for the 2016 season to open up a four-game homestand against the new in-state rival New Britain Bees. Tickets for all games are available by visiting the Harbor Yard box office, calling (203) 210-BLUE, or by visiting www.bridgeportbluefish.com. Here is the fun and excitement the Bluefish have in store: [Read more →]

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Clinton Takes City Over Sanders, Trump Wins Bridgeport

April 27th, 2016 · 13 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

Hillary at UB

Hillary Clinton at UB Sunday.

Hillary Clinton, in a close statewide primary win over Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, ran up large pluralities across Bridgeport, according to unofficial Democratic primary results winning the city 7,278 to 3,756. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump also carried Bridgeport. [Read more →]

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Trump, Clinton Win CT Primaries

April 26th, 2016 · 5 Comments · National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Trump train rolls through CT.

See results here.

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As Cranky Budget Looms, Malloy To Address Business Community

April 26th, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Governor Dan Malloy Wednesday afternoon will address the city’s business community for an update on the latest session of the General Assembly at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This has been another difficult budget cycle for Malloy who’s sparring with Democratic legislative leaders on how to close a roughly $900 million projected deficit for the budget year starting July 1. What happens in Hartford has critical impact on Bridgeport’s municipal budget.
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Bridgeport Participates In Pilot Program To Report Election Results

April 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · News and Events, State Politics

From the CT Mirror:

About two-thirds of Connecticut towns are pilot-testing a new system to report election results in real time during Tuesday’s primary.

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