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Legislative Delegation Touts Restored Cuts To City Programs

April 28th, 2015 · No Comments · City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

News release from State House:

Bridgeport State Representatives Andre Baker (D-124th), Charlie Stallworth (D-126th), Jack Hennessy (D-127th), Christopher Rosario (D-128th), Steve Stafstrom (D-129th) and Ezequiel Santiago (D-130th) said the state budget approved by the Appropriations Committee restores many funding items that were slated to be cut under the Governor’s proposal.

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Campaign 2015–Who’ll Throw First Punch In Mayor’s Race?

April 28th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Who’s gonna draw first blood in the mayoral race? The first punch? First attack? The quest to serve as the city’s chief executive is now taking shape. Mayor Bill Finch seeks a third four-year term, Joe Ganim wants his old job back and Mary-Jane Foster has entered presumably to frame herself as the viable alternative. School board member Howard Gardner and multiple-mayoral candidate Charlie Coviello are candidates as well. A September Democratic primary beckons.
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Legislative Committee Nixes Funding For New Charter School In Bridgeport

April 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Education

A charter school advocacy group has taken to the airwaves a day after the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee scuttled funding for new charter schools in Bridgeport and Stamford. [Read more →]

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Foster Enters Race For Mayor

April 27th, 2015 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

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Mary-Jane Foster, right, handed over candidate committee paperwork to Town Clerk Alma Maya, left.

University of Bridgeport vice president Mary-Jane Foster, co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team, joined the race for mayor Monday morning filing a candidate committee in the Town Clerk’s Office, her second run for the city’s top post she lost in a Democratic primary to Mayor Bill Finch in 2011.
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Secrest Named Finch Campaign Manager

April 27th, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

News release from Finch campaign:

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s re-election campaign announced today that Maryli Secrest has been chosen to fill the role of campaign manager.

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Jim Callahan, Journalist, OIB Contributor, Raconteur

April 27th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

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Callahan, a few years ago, in a Pennsylvania newsroom. Photo courtesy of Katrina Dix.

Jim Callahan was among the last of the two-fisted journalists who could turn a phrase and complement it with his own photograph. Raised in a family of nine children, he was a kid from King of Prussia, Pennsylvani–growly, disheveled, outspoken, sweet, sour–who arrived in Bridgeport in the late 1970s geared up to take on politicians, storm meetings, get tossed out of meetings in a gritty city that became his journalistic political playground. It was his life. Callahan on Sunday died in hospice care in West Chester, Pennsylvania suffering throat and esophageal cancer. He was 62.
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OIB Poll: Does Ganim’s Fundraising Surprise You?

April 26th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Politics


Joe Ganim raised more than $50,000 at a fundraiser last week as he explores a run for mayor. Does the money haul surprise you?

  • No (66%, 120 Votes)
  • Yes (24%, 44 Votes)
  • Too soon to tell (9%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 181

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Former Councilman Paoletto Lands Private Sector Job

April 25th, 2015 · 39 Comments · City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

Though he left his municipal job and seat on the City Council amidst a sexual harassment probe, prominent Democrat Richard Paoletto quickly landed a private sector position with a politically connected construction firm.

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