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Judge Radcliffe Questions Legal Settlement For Road To Manny’s Mansion

April 17th, 2014 · 4 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:

Make that a $500,000 driveway the city has built for millionaire developer Manuel “Manny” Moutinho by Sikorsky Memorial Airport. A legal settlement to end one of the more bizarre events in Bridgeport history nearly fell apart Thursday. A judge refused to sign it after learning the city will pay $30,000 to Moutinho’s lawyers and an as yet undisclosed amount to map out where the driveway–that the city last year paid Moutinho $400,000 to build–actually is.

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Public Hearings Set For Mayor’s Proposed Budget

April 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

What will the City Council do with Mayor Bill Finch’s budget plan? The mayor has submitted a $522,966,587 spending document to the City Council that calls for a modest hike of just under one mil representing a roughly $120 tax increase on the average city homeowner if approved by the city’s budget-making body. The budget year begins July 1. The council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee led by Sue Brannelly and Mike Marella has set up a series of meetings with various departments to review the mayor’s budget.
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Cops Feel Overtime Pinch Among Top 100 City Employee Wage Earners

April 17th, 2014 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

James Nardozzi

Assistant Chief James Nardozzi has reeled in police overtime.

City educators and police officers (with several of them now retired) once again led the list of the top 100 wage earners for 2013, but with a number of cops receiving sizable haircuts from 2012 courtesy of Assistant Chief James Nardozzi reducing overtime costs. Mayor Bill Finch placed 37th on the list with gross earnings $135,991.
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School Reform Group Launches Campaign Supporting Charter Schools

April 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Education, News and Events

Families for Excellent Schools www.FamiliesForExcellentSchools.org has taken to the airwaves in response to the Board of Education “committed to filing legal action to block the opening” of charter schools. The Connecticut Mirror has more on this here. News release from FES.

Families for Excellent Schools (FES), an organization of parents and supporters of school reform, today launched a radio advertising campaign in support of two new public charter schools authorized by the State Board of Education this month.

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Christina Ayala’s Bracing For A Primary, What About Mom Ayala And Cousin Andres Ayala?

April 16th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning

Tito and Andres

Tito Ayala. left, with nephew Andres Ayala primary day 2012. Photo by Jim Callahan.

There’s something intriguing about the Ayala family of Democratic politicians, maybe because of their sheer number. Or maybe because each in their own way makes the news. There’s Andres Ayala, the state senator; his cousin Christina Ayala, the state representative; then there’s Christina’s mom Sandi Ayala, the Democratic registrar of voters. And let’s not forget the patriarch of the family Alberto “Tito” Ayala, the former city councilman and ex East Side District leader. All of them have made their mark in city politics. Could Andres, Christina and Sandi all face primaries this election season?
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Malloy Pledges Funds To Help Clean Former Remington Shaver Property

April 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Governor Dan Malloy on Wednesday announced the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded $3,821,000 in grants to 21 communities to advance the development of brownfield sites throughout the state including $200,000 for a remediation plan for the former Remington Shaver site in the South End and 60 Main Street, the site of a proposed mixed-use development with affordable housing and public open space.
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State Selling Bonds To Help Finance Bass Pro Construction

April 15th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Bass Pro Bridgeport

Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday Connecticut will offer $22 million in municipal bonds to help finance a new store for outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops at the Steel Point redevelopment area. The sale of the general-obligation bonds through Connecticut Innovations Inc., the state’s financing arm, is expected the week of May 5, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
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