What’s a Riccio Deal?
Riccio, as in Joe, the city’s former Port Authority director, received a six-month buyout to go away after he was terminated by Port Authority commissioners several months ago following an explosion over Riccio’s efforts to seek state legislation stripping the city of home rule over the agency.
Apparently, that deal was good enough for Andrew Abate who had served 20 years as head of the city’s Water Pollution Control Authority until his recent firing over allegations of too much raw sewage entering Long Island Sound, or something like that. (Yikes, sounds like the guy eating tuna from dented can.) Abate was a survivor in city politics and his critics had wondered why he lasted so long, especially after it was disclosed during the Joe Ganim corruption trial in 2003 that he received free home architectural work from officials of the Kasper Group that had received lots of contract work at the WPCA.
From what I’m told Abate’s payoff resolution represents roughly the amount ($58K) Riccio received earlier this year.
So the city has carved out financial agreements, avoiding litigation, with Ricco and Abate. A couple of other high profile fired employees remain, former Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs and former Deputy Chief Administrative Officer John Gomes. Both have lawyers representing them.
This photo is too good to pass up partly because of the man over the shoulder of Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, a Democratic candidate for governor. That’s State Rep. Chris Caruso holding court inside Épernay Bistro during the OIB party Monday night. The Great Caruso joined a bunch of city pols, business leaders, and OIB posters and readers. The goofy-looking guy next to Rudy is your favorite local OIB moderator. Rudy is a rarity in state politics, a Dem leading arguably the wealthiest community in Connecticut dominated by Republicans. Yes, Ridgefield is right up there with Greenwich, New Canaan and Westport. Go Rudy!
Speaking of State Rep. Caruso, he passed along this reminder …
BRIDGEPORT’S 20TH ANNUAL NORTH END TREE LIGHTING
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 – 6-7 P.M.
Five, four, three … then the switch is pushed to light over 5,000 multi color bulbs that adorn an 85′ tall, 35′ wide Norway spruce in Bridgeport’s North End. The tree located at the intersection of Main Street and Beechmont Avenue was planted in 1910 on the former McGee property and is the centerpiece for the 20th annual tree lighting to be held on Sunday, December 13 from 6-7 P.M.
Hot chocolate, donuts, sing-a-longs, fire trucks are all part of this festive event. Prior to the tree lighting, a visit is expected from the one and only, Santa Claus. The public is requested to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Holy Rosary food pantry located on East Washington Avenue in Bridgeport’s East Side.
News release from SuBy’s campaign. I wonder if Tiger Woods will covet the endorsement of pipefitters?
BYSIEWICZ ENDORSED BY PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 777
(Rocky Hill) – As she explores running for governor in 2010, Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has picked up the key endorsement of Local 777 of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, representing over 3,200 apprentices, journeypersons, and retired plumbers and pipefitters throughout the state. Bysiewicz had previously been endorsed by locals 1150 and 443 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing over 7,000 Connecticut working men & women.
“Our economy is clearly in need of a serious recovery,” said Secretary Bysiewicz. “Should I have the privilege to serve as Connecticut’s next governor, my goal will be to create thousands of new jobs in the type of residential and commercial construction projects that will need the high skills and experience that the plumbers and pipefitters bring to the table. I am humbled to have the support of these proud, hard working men and women who form the backbone of our economic vitality in Connecticut.”
Hubert Barnes, Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 said, “Local 777 has endorsed Susan because we would like to see her run for Governor. She is a hard working leader who knows what it will take to get our state back on the right track, she understands the challenges that our members face, and she has been a long time and tireless advocate for workers in Connecticut.” Barnes continued, “Our trade jurisdiction encompasses the entire State of Connecticut where our members work on residential, commercial, educational and industrial projects from small renovation jobs to billion dollar construction projects. In addition, we also work on all types of fuel cell energy, nuclear, co-gen and fossil fuel plants. We look forward to working with Susan as she puts Connecticut back to work.”