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The Battle Of Protests: Charter School Advocates Versus Opponents

March 26th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Education, News and Events

Coble, Boyle

Charter school opponents Tom Coble, left, and city public school parent Tammy Boyle flank a city police vehicle that was on scene for pro-charter school rally.

Charter school advocates rallying on Thursday to oppose a legislative proposal inside a city school had competition outside from education activists who support a two-year moratorium on the independently run schools that they say suck resources from traditional education districts such as special needs costs.
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Another Man Shot Dead In North End

March 26th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: video of Gaudett news briefing. For a second consecutive day, a shooting has claimed a life in the North End. Police say a 30-year-old construction worker on Chopsey Hill Road near Pond Street was shot dead Thursday morning by a man now in custody who apparently had asked about a job. Police have arrested Gregory Weathers Jr, 33, for shooting Jose Araujo of Milford.
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Can You Identify This Suspect In North End Murder?

March 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Police seek assistance from this footage following Wednesday homicide.

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Dolphin’s Cove Owner Pinched For Tax Fraud

March 26th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that MARIA PINHEIRO, 57, of Trumbull, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday in Bridgeport federal court to filing false tax returns.

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Cops Approve New Contract As Mayoral Election Gears Up

March 25th, 2015 · 11 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

With a mayoral election on the horizon, the Bridgeport Police union on Wednesday approved a new four-year contract granting firing power and assignment flexibility to Police Chief Joe Gaudett, 2.5 percent pay increases each year for officers and some concessions in a 260-79 vote by membership. The union had rejected a contract proposal last year. Three of the four years of the contract are retroactive so police negotiators will be back at the bargaining table with the city next year.
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Finch Declares City Employees On City Council ‘Doesn’t Look Good’, Suggests Ganim Find Job In Outer Space

March 25th, 2015 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

Acknowledging city employees serving on the City Council “doesn’t look good,” Mayor Bill Finch appeared on the Chaz & AJ radio show Wednesday morning urging former Mayor Joe Ganim to find something else to do than seek his old job. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart listened to the interview that also included a surprise call-in, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst who challenged Finch to support the proposed government reform bill to ban city employee councilors. Lockhart writes:

“After suggesting some other jobs for felonious public servants like librarian and astronaut, Finch’s hosts chimed in, “Are you saying you’d like to see Joe Ganim out in space?”

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Police Investigate Homicide In North End

March 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the city’s North End today.

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Herbst: Bridgeport Tax Dollars Should Not Fund Cronyism And Patronage Ahead Of Public Good

March 25th, 2015 · 15 Comments · News and Events

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst pulls no punches in this commentary in support of a state government reform bill to enforce the City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council. In the commentary Herbst criticizes city and state officials and the municipal lobbying arm Connecticut Conference of Municipalities for promoting conflicts of interest. (Full disclosure: I have served as a past political consultant for Herbst, but had no involvement in crafting this commentary which has been sent to numerous media outlets.) From Herbst:
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