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Bradley To Seek Another Year As Chair At Monday’s School Board Organizational Meeting

December 9th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Dennis Bradley

Dennis Bradley

The annual organizational meeting of the Board of Education chaired by Mayor Joe Ganim is scheduled for Monday, 5:30 p.m. in Room 305 of City Hall. The board now has a full nine members with Ganim’s recent appointment of Republican John Weldon to fill the vacancy of Kevin McSpirit. Dennis Bradley, Joe Larcheveque and Ben Walker have served as chair, vice chair and secretary, respectively. Bradley says he will seek another year as chair.
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UB Student Brainpower Connects A Bridge To Opportunity

December 8th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

When college student creativity is available, you embrace it. Mayor Joe Ganim, unlike his predecessor Bill Finch, is leveraging the minds of University of Bridgeport students in the cause of marketing the city. Professor Susan Katz, who designed the OIB website, challenged her students in the Publicity Methods class to create a video, brochure and marketing strategy for Connecticut’s largest city. A city must always market its assets. The focus for this project is the city’s Downtown. See video above.
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Mayor Launches Bridgeport 311 Citizen Reporting Tool

December 7th, 2016 · No Comments · News and Events

Bridgeport 311

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim today publicly launched the new ‘Bridgeport 311′ mobile app that anyone can download for free to report problems or issues throughout the city. Bridgeport 311 replaces the former ‘B Connected’ app with a more transparent, efficient, consumer friendly format that more easily allows for anyone from city officials to members of the public to track the progress on problems that have been reported. The Bridgeport 311 app is downloadable for free at this link: en.seeclickfix.com/Bridgeport.

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Kevin Can’t Wait, Fires Up Portal To View State Employee Salaries

December 7th, 2016 · 22 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Ganim, Lembo

Mayor Joe Ganim and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo follow a tutorial of the Bridgeport financial portal.

It’s your loot and Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo is making it easier to learn how and where it’s spent and what state employees are earning. On Tuesday he launched Open Payroll see here that highlights real-time payroll information about state employees as well as a portal of top earners and agency costs.
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Aresta Johnson To Lead Schools On Interim Basis

December 6th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Education, News and Events

Aresta Johnson

Aresta Johnson. CT Post photo by Ned Gerard.

Aresta Johnson will become interim school chief when Fran Rabinowitz leaves the district at the end of the month while the Board of Education continues its search for a permanent leader.
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A City, A State, A Nation Face Financial Challenges

December 6th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Nearly six months into the budget year, citizen financial scrutineer John Marshall Lee asked the City Council a series of questions to consider Monday night. Are they paying attention to the small and large print? From Lee:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Bridgeport City Council, I was absent from forum during the month of November. I took time to read, research and reflect in more detail where we may be today as a City with serious fiscal problems, in a State facing the same issues and in the country of my birth where at this moment we do not have a good handle on where we are presently and fully accurately much less where we are headed.

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Bah Humbug! Pereira Disses Mayor’s People At Tree Lighting

December 6th, 2016 · 44 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Nob Hill tree lighting

Tree lighting at Nob Hill Park.

It’s supposed to be peace, love and good cheer for everyone, right? Santa Claus arrives with an elf, poinsettias all around, cupcakes, candy canes, hot chocolate, apple cider, toys for kids, everything free for Friday’s Nob Hill Park neighborhood lighting on the Upper East Side with more than 100 attending. The mayor’s people showed up and one of the event organizers, school board member Maria Pereira, proclaims yeah it’s a public park but you’re not welcome at this event.
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Faiths Come Together With Sale Of Treasured Church

December 6th, 2016 · 3 Comments · News and Events

United Congregational Church

United Congregational Church. CT Post photo Ned Gerard.

From John Burgeson, CT Post:

The Bridgeport Islamic Community Center, in a $1 million sale, will become the new owner of one of the most storied churches in the city on May 1.
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