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OIB Poll: Can Ganim Run For Governor And Still Run The City?

April 30th, 2017 · 3 Comments · State Politics

Joe Ganim is exploring a run for governor. Should he resign as mayor?

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City Council To Act On Blackwell Settlement, Catholic Center Proposal

April 29th, 2017 · 20 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The appointment of former State Rep. Hector Diaz to the Board of Police Commissioners, settlement of pending federal litigation with city police officer Lonnie Blackwell and resolution regarding a grant application authorization for school construction work at the Catholic Center on Jewett Avenue are among the agenda items for Monday night’s City Council meeting. For more on Catholic Center see here.
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‘I Prefer An Engaging Rogue To A Complete Fool’

April 28th, 2017 · 51 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Leave it to retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez to assess the state of affairs in city politics. Fresh off taking the city to task for rolling out a messy parking meter system, the city resident writes in a commentary for OIB “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
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Ganim To Explore Long-Shot Run For Governor

April 28th, 2017 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Ganim on Face The State.

Ganim on Face The State.

Eager for another shot at the governor’s office, one he thought was his time until derailed by a public corruption conviction in 2003, Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday filed exploratory papers for a statewide run. He ran for governor in 1994 and ended up the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor when Bill Curry lost to Republican John Rowland.
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Carmen Lopez’s Parking Ticket In Front Of Barber Shop Sheared

April 27th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Carmen Lopez confronts her accuser Peter Kehoe, right, at hearing. At left Michael Moretti, hearing officer.

February 6 seemed like a benign day for retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez who took her elderly father to a Downtown barber shop on Broad Street. She parked outside the shop and waited for her dad. As she described here in an OIB commentary she was later jolted by a $40 parking ticket: patrons of downtown businesses are given tickets without ever being told, warned, advised or otherwise notified that pulling over into an empty space for more than 5 minutes will result in a $40.00 ticket.” Thursday afternoon she received justice–that she also wants on behalf of others subjected to fines–when a hearing officer dismissed her fine.
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Examine Demographics Of Police And Fire Recruits

April 26th, 2017 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

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City Police Department

Since Joe Ganim’s return to the mayoralty on December 1, 2015 he has added more than 100 public safety officers, 79 in the Police Department and 36 in the Fire Department. Several OIB readers have asked about the demographic breakdown in the respective departments during that period. Following an OIB request to the city here’s what we’ve learned.
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Packed Education Crowd Provides Earful For City Council

April 26th, 2017 · 23 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

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Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson, center, addresses City Council committee Monday night. At left board member Maria Pereira. At right board chair Joe Larcheveque. CT Post photo Christian Abraham.

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:

Supporters of the school district’s $255.9 million budget proposal aimed to fill the City Council Chambers to capacity during a public hearing held Tuesday.
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City Council Members Encouraged To Dig For Dollars

April 26th, 2017 · No Comments · City Budget, Education, Library, News and Events

Citizen budget scrutineer John Marshall Lee was among the speakers at the public hearing for the proposed school board and library budgets. From Lee:

Budget and Appropriation members and other Council members in attendance I speak to you to ask for full support of the Board of Education and Library budget presentations. As you heard last Wednesday when the leadership of those groups spoke to you, the values of the people lie in the direction of education and library services that have failed to receive the same type of support you provide to Police and Legal historically.

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