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Torres Enters Mayoral Race

May 29th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Council, City Politics

Two-time mayoral candidate Enrique Torres officially jumped into the race for mayor on Thursday filing candidate committee paperwork with the Town Clerk’s Office. The lone Republican on the City Council says his experience on the budget and legislative body has provided insight that he can now take to a campaign for mayor. [Read more →]

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Foster Urges Legislators To Support Reform Bill, ‘Help Bridgeport Clean Up Its House’

May 29th, 2015 · 19 Comments · City Council, City Politics, State Politics

On the heels of State Senate passage with time running out in the legislative session, Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster has sent an email to key members of the General Assembly exhorting support of a government reform law to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employees serving on the City Council. The proposed legislation is awaiting action by the State House. [Read more →]

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Bridgeport Conflict-Of-Interest Measure Passes Senate, Awaits Uncertainty In House

May 28th, 2015 · 51 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Led by freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore who promised to make it a priority on the campaign trail, the State Senate early Thursday morning unanimously approved legislation that would enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council. The proposed legislation now goes to the State House where it faces uncertainty in the final days of the legislative session.
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Ganim Opens HQ, Cracks $100K Fundraising Mark, Roach Named Campaign Manager

May 28th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

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Ganim conducts interview at headquarters opening. Sue Katz photo.

UPDATE: Former Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday celebrated the opening of his campaign headquarters in the North End announcing his campaign has raised more than $100,000 in his effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Finch who has raised more than $400,000.
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City Receives Federal Grant To Clean Up East End Site

May 28th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch joined officials from the Environmental Protection Agency in announcing a $200,000 grant from the federal agency to clean up the run down property at 141 Stratford Avenue. The site formerly housed the company AGI Rubber, but has been run-down for decades (click here for video, click here for photos, and click here for a map pinpointing the location of 141 Stratford Avenue). In response, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch made the following statement:

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Stafstrom Reels In Savings For Bluefish

May 28th, 2015 · 4 Comments · News and Events

News release from State Rep. Steve Stafstrom:

State Representative Steven Stafstrom (D-Bridgeport) hailed state House passage late Wednesday of a bill that allows Bridgeport the time the city needs to study the potential benefits of implementing land value taxation. The bill also provides an economic benefit to the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team and to the Steelpointe project.

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‘Say No To Joe … Take A Hike, Hit The Road’–The Song

May 27th, 2015 · 28 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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Sing along to Just Say No To Joe.

On the day former Mayor Joe Ganim officially opens his headquarters, he’s serenaded with the ode, Say No To Joe by the legendary late musician Charlie The Bum, a lovable character who strolled the streets of the East Side more than 50 years ago. Hmmm, who really produced this ditty? Hey, throw a fundraiser, play the song. Check out the song here. Lyrics below:
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Foster Declares “We Deserve Better”–Formal Announcement June 4

May 27th, 2015 · 20 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Saying “I’m running for mayor because we deserve better,” Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster will formally announce her candidacy June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown, according to a news release she issued Tuesday.
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