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Let’s Make Friends! Bridgeport’s Top 100 Wage Earners For 2016

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Behold the annual rite of passage: Bridgeport’s top 100 wage earners for 2016. In the dead of winter it warms our souls like pitchers and catchers for spring training. A whole bunch of city police officers, as is tradition, performed a lot of overtime catching on behalf of taxpayer pitchers. Mayor Joe Ganim doesn’t even come close to sniffing the top 50 at $145,611.90. [Read more →]

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Battle Lines Drawn Between Education Advocates Pereira And Martinez

January 19th, 2017 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira and education advocate Jessica Martinez are high octane personalities with decidedly different mantras about the direction of the education system for Connecticut’s largest city. Pereira is a staunch protectionist of the local district, Martinez a proponent of charter schools that receive public funds but operate independently of traditional school districts. She’s also a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictions on school choice programs. They are personalities on a potential campaign collision course as Martinez ponders a run for school board this year. It’s also a personal battle that has found its way into a police report.
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Community Safety Meeting For North End

January 19th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Law Enforcement

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Senator Moore Fumes Over Ganim’s Trump Schmooze

January 18th, 2017 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Marilyn Moore, with Joe Ganim in this file photo, is not happy with hizzoner.

State Senator Marilyn Moore who was reelected overwhelmingly in 2016 without the support of Mayor Joe Ganim declared Tuesday night that Ganim cozying up to Donald Trump means he has “turned his ear and back on the people that elected him.”
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Walker: Keeping Score Of Debt Key Solution For Federal Government

January 18th, 2017 · 10 Comments · News and Events

Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, writes in a commentary that also appears in the Washington Times that “The federal government’s ultimate fiscal goal should be to reduce and stabilize debt/GDP at a reasonable and sustainable level …”
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Need More Info? Ask For It

January 18th, 2017 · No Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Tuesday night addressed the City Council with a focus on Police Department spending. From Lee:

This is the second meeting of the year and the fourth of the session that began in December. One year ago information was leaking out of City Hall about the dire financial situation in the City. As the incoming Council with a “second chance” Mayor newly installed it may have been a confusing time. It should have been a time to prioritize our problems and summon all of our resources.

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City Wins Planning Grant

January 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

News release from mayoral press aide Dalmarys Matos:

Mayor Joe Ganim announced today that the City of Bridgeport was awarded a $50,000 Innovation Places Planning Grant by CTNext. The State of Connecticut’s Innovation Places program seeks to support entrepreneurs and leaders in developing places that will attract the talent high-growth enterprises need.
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Ganim Focuses On Brighter Side Of Trump Presidency

January 17th, 2017 · 21 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Fox 61

With the possibility of having his bread buttered by President Elect Donald Trump, Bridgeport’s mayor, Joe Ganim, is approaching a Trump Presidency unlike most other Democrats.

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