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City Council Sets Mil Rate, Ganim Signs Budget, Claims Lower Tax Burden

May 27th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim announced on Friday he has signed a $552 million budget approved by the City Council that sets a mil rate at 54.37 for real estate and personal property and includes a motor vehicle mil rate at 37 per a state-mandated cap on motor vehicles. Ganim asserts despite the rate increase from the current year 42 mils, about 65 percent of residential homeowners will see flat or lower taxes in a revaluation budget year that begins July 1. Businesses will absorb the higher tax hit, according to city financial officials.
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Moore, McCarthy Tout Key Fundraising In State Senate Battle

May 27th, 2016 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Tom MCarthy with City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons at fundraiser.

Freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore and her Democratic-endorsed August primary opponent City Council President Tom McCarthy both had mighty fundraising weeks at they gear up for a summer season of campaigning in what is shaping up as a hotly contested race in Connecticut’s 22nd District that covers one third of Bridgeport, all of Trumbull and a portion of Monroe.
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Ganim And Murphy To Host Community Forum On Gun Violence

May 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · News and Events

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Retiring Business Chief Timpanelli Cites “Incredible Change” To City Development

May 26th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Aerial of Downtown courtesy of Morgan Kaolian.

Paul Timpanelli’s nearly 30-year run as president and chief executive officer of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council comes to an end in a few months. In an eblast letter to his business community constituency he shares “with pride our involvement in the incredible change that has taken place over that 25 year period.” The former three-term Democratic First Selectman of Trumbull lists development “progress that is made as a result of our work in partnership with the city and the state to improve the city’s preparedness for economic growth.”
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Charles Smith Visits High School Chum Pereira (Phew! No Jordan or Pippen)

May 26th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Harding High hoop legend Charles Smith visited Maria Pereira’s headquarters.

Harding High School basketball star Charles Smith stopped into the city Wednesday to visit his old classmate Maria Pereira at her East Main Street headquarters. They attended high school together in the mid 1980s.
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Party-Switching Hennessey Resigns From School Board

May 25th, 2016 · 95 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

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Dave Hennessey, left, in 2013 with school board running mates Andre Baker and Howard Gardner. All were elected.

Elected as a Democrat and recently becoming a Republican, Dave Hennessey has resigned from the Board of Education. He was part of a coalition that defeated the endorsed Democrats for school board in 2013 and served as board chair. It’s been, to say the least, a contentious Board of Education in recent years.
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Ganim Praises City’s Legislative Delegation For Delivering Extra Bucks

May 25th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

For years the city’s legislative delegation has been criticized for its lack of harmony to drive home more state dollars. This latest session seems to be a different story. Surrounded by state legislative leaders Martin Looney and Brendan Sharkey on Tuesday, Mayor Joe Ganim thanked the city’s legislative delegation for its hard work rescuing millions in state funding that had been on the chopping block to help fund the city budget that begins July 1.
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The Signature Hunt Is On For Potential Primary Qualifiers, Tito Ayala Challenges Rosario

May 25th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Tito Ayala campaigning for daughter in 2012.

Maria Pereira, Charlie Coviello and Tito Ayala have hit the streets to secure signatures from registered Democrats to qualify for State House primaries in August. If they all make the ballot that means five of eight members of the city’s state legislative delegation will be campaigning this summer.
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