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Entries from January 15th, 2018

Standing Ovation To OIB Readers, 2018 Bodes Intrigue

December 31st, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Check off another year. 2018 is shaping up as a wild political cycle: Democratic Town Committee primaries in March, followed by selection of a party leader. Will Mario Testa have enough juice for another two years? Depends on the March primary results. Statewide, party conventions in May will take place to endorse candidates for governor […]

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In 2017, Jayson Negron Major Story

December 31st, 2017 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The police-involved shooting death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron took center stage in 2017. And, more than six months later, interested parties await the outcome of a State Police investigation.

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City Police Officer Placed On Administrative Leave After Wrong-Way Crash Causes Injuries

December 30th, 2017 · 29 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Bridgeport Police Officer John Carrano, whose wrong-way driving on Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford last Saturday morning triggered a head-on collision that led to extensive injuries to a woman, will be placed on administrative status in the records room pending an investigation by the Stratford Police Department and city’s Office of Internal Affairs, according to Police Chief […]

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Gilberto Hernandez, Political Leader, City Councilman And Mayoral Aide

December 30th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Whatever occurred in Democratic politics in the city the past 50 years, East Side District Leader Gilberto Hernandez was always a player at the table. We worked together as administrative aides to Mayor Tom Bucci in the mid 1980s. Alcalde is mayor in Spanish and what few know is that Gil nearly became Alcalde in […]

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Debating Ganim’s Security Costs

December 30th, 2017 · 11 Comments · City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The two detectives and a police lieutenant assigned to guard and chauffeur Mayor Joe Ganim around the city and state earned nearly $70,000 total in overtime for that assignment this year.

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Working Families Leader: Bad Dems A Cancer That Must Be Cut Out

December 29th, 2017 · 1 Comment · News and Events, State Politics

The Connecticut Working Families Party has enjoyed some successes on the school board and most prominently with State Senator Ed Gomes carrying its left-leaning election flag. Recently departed school board member Sauda Baraka is chair of the local Bridgeport WFP. Up next is a big election cycle for governor and state legislative races. Lindsay Farrell, […]

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City Issues Bond Sale To Reduce Debt Service Payments–Ganim Needles Bronin’s Bailout

December 28th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

A bond sale to reduce pension liability is not generally a sexy story line, but when a mayor is trying to reduce costs, especially as a candidate for governor in a state with crippling debt issues, it’s certainly something Joe Ganim will leverage as a talking point. It also helps Ganim contrast his city with […]

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Really, Mom?

December 28th, 2017 · 4 Comments · News and Events

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post: A local mom was arrested after police said she left her three young children out in the cold in their pajamas while she went to the store.

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