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The Trefz Touch: ‘Damn It, Ernie, You Can Have My (Bleeping) Tootsie Roll Too’

February 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Development and Zoning

It was always an experience to be on the other side of an Ernie Trefz negotiation, seen here, center, for the groundbreaking that for the UB business school that bears his name.

It was always an experience to be on the other side of a negotiation with Ernie Trefz, center,  with Governor Dan Malloy, left, for the groundbreaking of the UB business school that bears his name.

When it came to the art of negotiation, Bridgeport business leader Ernie Trefz was a marvel. Almost everything with Ernie who died Saturday morning was subject to give and take. (Trefz services here.) Former Bridgeport Economic Development Director Mike Freimuth, now executive director of the Capital Regional Development Authority, was sometimes on the other side of that negotiation. He shares a story from 25 years ago after Ernie purchased the Hilton Hotel Downtown that Ernie converted into the Holiday Inn. Lowell Weicker was governor, Joe Ganim had begun year one of his first mayoralty and negotiations took place for the state to take control of the Bridgeport train station to help the cash-strapped city. [Read more →]

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MGM Resorts Executive: Stick A Third Casino In Bridgeport – Tribes Select East Windsor

February 27th, 2017 · 27 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Uri Clinton

Uri Clinton. From his LinkedIn page.

Update here. As the battle wages for turf, money and legislative votes in the high stakes location for a third casino in Connecticut, David Collins of The Day shares that Uri Clinton, senior vice president at MGM Resorts International building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, rolls a compelling argument–trying to derail a competing northern Connecticut casino–that “the southwestern part of the state, because of its proximity to the New York City metropolitan area, is the richest market to mine and the most lucrative for the state to develop.”
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A ‘Horatio Alger’ Career–Business Titan Ernie Trefz

February 26th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Joan and Ernie Trefz

Ernie Trefz and wife Joan, in 2014, enter business school with his name.

Ernie Trefz, a Bridgeport business community titan for decades whose Downtown-based Trefz Corporation owned dozens of McDonalds franchises, commercial real estate and apartment buildings, passed away Saturday morning. He was a major benefactor of the University of Bridgeport including a business school named for him. He was 84.
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Education Advocates Debate Student Transportation Distance

February 26th, 2017 · 18 Comments · Education, News and Events

FaithActs for Education 1.5-mile protest walk

Photo contributed by FaithActs.

On Friday the community action group FaithActs for Education, citing safety concerns, protested a possible cut to busing services for elementary students who live between 1 and 1.5 miles from school that could save the financially strapped Bridgeport school district $1.3 million in transportation costs. School board member Maria Pereira asserts Governor Dan Malloy’s proposed budget will strip Bridgeport of $4.6 million.
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Police Investigate Weekend Violence, Arrest Made

February 26th, 2017 · 9 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Update here. From CT Post reporter Cedar Attanasio:

A blood-soaked curb marked the spot on Berkshire Avenue where a man was fatally shot Friday night.

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Shamas Returns As Ganim’s Chief Of Staff

February 24th, 2017 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Dan Shamas, who served as chief of staff for Joe Ganim from 1997-2000, will return to his former position for JG2. Ganim made this announcement Friday afternoon. Shamas will be paid $129,778.
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Challenging Ganim’s Extra Benefits

February 24th, 2017 · 10 Comments · News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

Joe Ganim’s office insisted the returned mayor received no special treatment when he was allowed to pick up where he left off with his accrued benefits after resigning in 2003 following a corruption conviction.

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Deputy Chief Honis-’Waiter At The Last Supper’-Retiring–’A Cop’s Cop’

February 24th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Jimmy Honis

Jimmy Honis during his police sabbatical circa 2012. No, he did not sire Kid Rock.

Deputy Chief Jimmy Honis, the legendary 47-year veteran of the city Police Department who took on bad guys with brain and brawn, battled police chiefs who didn’t want him and survived local and federal investigations, will reportedly retire next Friday, according to several city sources. And with it will come a city payout involving accumulated personal days, comp time, holiday and unused vacation that sources say will be at least $500,000, in addition to an annual pension of more than $100K. He’ll retire as deputy chief of patrol.
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