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Plug In A Number, Figure Out The Rest, Ganim’s Challenge With Unions

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

When Mayor Joe Ganim and city bean counters crafted a budget in the spring that was eventually approved by the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 it assumed $4 million in union concessions. Mayor Joe’s an experienced negotiator, better than most sitting on the other side of the table. Okay, he told financial officials, let’s plug in a reasonable number and squeeze unions for concessions to balance the budget. He’s been in that position before. Except rank and file union members, many of whom had supported Joe over Bill Finch (against their union leadership) in last September’s Democratic primary, are tired of giving back, especially when they see so many of Joe’s discretionary hires earning around six figures. [Read more →]

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Allstate Report: Bridgeport Brakes Hard Among Driver Safety

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments · News and Events

Bridgeport beats Boston for driver safety, but an Allstate Insurance report places Connecticut’s largest city 15th to last among its survey of 200 largest cities. An Allstate spokesperson says Bridgeport’s population density over 16 square miles is a major contributor, according to its frequency collision data. New Haven placed 10th to last in the national survey. Boston placed dead last nationally. Visit www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport for an interactive map of complete results for this year and for historical collision-frequency rankings from the past 11 years. [Read more →]

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What’s In Your Tax Bill? Do The Dollars Make Sense?

June 28th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Tax bills for real estate and motor vehicles have started hitting mailboxes to finance the municipal budget year starting July 1. Are you beaming or screaming? Or something in between?
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City Man Sues Sacred Heart For False Sexual Assault Accusation

June 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

A Bridgeport man claiming he was falsely accused of a sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against Sacred Heart University and its director of Public Safety for disseminating bogus alert information on college letterhead following the March 30 sexual assault of a student after an evening at the Golden Star Café Lounge that recently reopened after it was shut down by the state for serving underage college drinkers. Two off-duty city police officers had also moonlighted there as bouncers.
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Moore Versus McCarthy Retail Campaigning In Full Swing

June 27th, 2016 · 50 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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State Senator Marilyn Moore works the crowd at Barnum Festival Parade.

The Barnum Festival weekend has become the gateway for retail campaigning, especially during legislative cycles with August primaries just six weeks away. Two years ago State Senator Marilyn Moore was campaigning in earnest trying to take out three-term incumbent Anthony Musto in a Democratic primary. She prevailed in a close contest on her way to a general election win. Now she’s the incumbent but this time facing party endorsed City Council President Tom McCarthy with the winner opposing Republican Elaine Hammers in November in Connecticut’s 22nd District covering all of Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe.
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Black And Hispanic State Police Hires Don’t Mirror Connecticut

June 27th, 2016 · 16 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Ana Radelat, CT Mirror:

Nearly 30 years ago Connecticut’s state police signed a legally binding agreement to boost the number of black and Hispanic troopers to 10 percent of the force so it would mirror the proportion of minorities in Connecticut’s population.
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Playing Chicken Over Budget Numbers

June 26th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Many skeptical union members challenging the city’s numbers don’t want to cough up more concessions to balance the city budget. Mayor Joe Ganim is threatening more layoffs soon if they don’t step up. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Maybe it’s somewhere in the middle.
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Filling A School Board Vacancy Should Not Be Complex

June 25th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday night to address development of policy to fill a vacancy. There’s been much hullabaloo over filling the seat vacated by Dave Hennesssey, from what political party may replace it, to the time line required, to the appointing body if the time line is not met. Phil Smith, a student of the Bridgeport City Charter with experience overseeing charter revisions, weighs in with his take on the proper process in this commentary. [Read more →]

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