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Who’ll Be Jamming In Joe’s Garage?

November 29th, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Politics

Ganim, Adams, Myer

Ganim received support from former FBI agent Ed Adams, center, who investigated him. At right, Ganim confidante attorney R. Christopher Meyer.

Rock icon Frank Zappa scored an infectious FM favorite about several band buddies, an unconventional bunch, coming together to play in “Joe’s Garage.” In Joe Ganim’s unorthodox comeback he’s assembling pieces to an administration both unconventional and even surreal should the former FBI agent who investigated him work in his administration to create an Office of Public Integrity, a Ganim campaign promise to assuage concerns about his past. [Read more →]

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Klein To Host Ganim Inaugural

November 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment · City Politics, News and Events

he Klein has 1,400 seats.

The Klein has 1,400 seats.

With rain in the forecast for Tuesday night, Joe Ganim’s inaugural committee led by Gina Malheiro has decided to switch the 6 p.m. ceremonies from McLevy Green outside to the 1,400-seat  Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue. “A Taste Of Bridgeport” reception featuring food provided by various restaurants will take place immediately following the inauguration in the first floor of the Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street Downtown, also known as the City Hall Annex. The public is invited to attend both the inauguration and reception. [Read more →]

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Bye Bye Birdie! Ganim Supporters So Glad To See Finch Go

November 28th, 2015 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

bye bye birdie

A little salute from Ganim friends to Finch.

Bill Finch may have flicked Joe Ganim the bird with his reappointment of Police Chief Joe Gaudett, but voters flipped Finch the ultimate bird when they fired him after two terms in office. Ganim campaign supporters have engraved “Bye Bye Birdie” pens, as a fitting tribute to the Bird Man’s mayoral grave. Ganim takes office 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.
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Geraldine Johnson, Educator, School Chief, Legend

November 28th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Education, News and Events

Geraldine Johnson

Geraldine Johnson

From Mike Mayko, CT Post:

Her life was one of learning, teaching and inspiring. And even into her 90s, Geraldine Johnson, honored with degrees, awards and directorships, continued to volunteer at the Classical Studies Academy and with senior groups particularly those located at the Watermark Retirement Community at 3030 Park Avenue.

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Finch Flips Ganim The Bird, Reappoints Chief Gaudett–Ganim Legal Adviser: Decision Petty And Vindictive

November 27th, 2015 · 78 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Gaudett, Finch

Gaudett and Finch in December 2010. CT Post photo Christian Abraham.

Outgoing Mayor Bill Finch, whose persistent exaggeration of low crime stats following spikes in violent crime alienated some voters, has decided to handcuff incoming Mayor Joe Ganim with a police chief he does not want. As a parting middle finger to Ganim, the departing mayor has reappointed Chief Joe Gaudett to another five-year contract based on language in the City Charter that appears to give Finch the authority. Gaudett’s current contract expires Dec. 19. If Ganim is determined to submarine Finch’s move one possibility could be prevailing upon the City Council to blowtorch the contract, or buy out the contract, an expensive proposition. Or perhaps Ganim, as the city’s chief executive, could frustrate Gaudett by marginalizing his authority.
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New Lenz For Finance Director

November 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

Who knows how long Anne Kelly-Lenz would have survived as finance director under Joe Ganim who returns to the mayor’s office on Tuesday. She did not give him the chance to replace her. She’s headed to Wilton as chief financial officer there, according to a story in the Wilton Bulletin.
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Bridgeport Hippie Fest Takes Rest

November 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments · News and Events

Vibes no more

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Can We All Get Along? (At Least For A Few Days)

November 27th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Joe Ganim is finalizing an inner circle of appointments that will walk into City Hall with him on Tuesday morning. Others will be appointed over the course of the next several weeks after he gets his arms around status of the city budget he’s inheriting from outgoing Mayor Bill Finch and other issues. Meanwhile, the transition between Finch to Ganim is a little scratchy.
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