From Finch reelection campaign:
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have thrown their support behind Mayor Bill Finch’s re-election campaign.
“The decision for Bridgeport leadership is as clear as deciding between the past and the future,” said Senators Blumenthal and Murphy. “We are proud to support Mayor Bill Finch in his bid for re-election and I hope you will too.”
In supporting Mayor Finch, the Senators mentioned that his strong leadership, and focus on creating jobs and growing the economy, are key reasons for their choosing to support him.
“What we need in Bridgeport, as you very well know, is growth in job creation and economic development. When we are in Washington representing our great state, our major focus is on securing new opportunities in these fundamental areas in order to strengthen the middle class and to revitalize our urban centers. When businesses seek to invest in an area–and when developers decide to build, and when citizens decide to move to a new place–the reassurance of confident and dependable leadership is a definite pulling factor. That is what Bridgeport has behind the leadership of Mayor Bill Finch.”
Regarding job creation and economic development, the Senators specifically noted that they are impressed by the progress made at Steelpointe Harbor–a 2.8 million square-foot mixed-use, urban-oriented waterfront project in Bridgeport that is expected to create thousands of jobs and add millions to the tax rolls–which after decades of broken promises, is finally being developed.
“Steelpointe Harbor–a plan in Bridgeport as long as I can remember–is coming to fruition under Mayor Finch. Much of this progress can be accredited to the Mayor and other local officials who have instilled confidence in developers through consistently honest leadership.”
In addition, the Senators pointed to downtown improvement projects as further proof that Bridgeport is getting better under Mayor Finch’s leadership.
“Downtown is improving with a smart focus on transit-oriented development. We have worked with the Mayor to bring a federal tax program to the area to fuel growth and with access to shops, services, and transportation Downtown Bridgeport is undergoing revitalization. Through a collective effort and with the leadership of the Mayor’s administration we have seen the reputation of this great city improve tremendously: surely an allure to potential new businesses and residents.”
In response to their endorsement, Mayor Bill Finch stated that he is honored to have such strong support from two champions of Bridgeport and its future.
“Bridgeport is moving in the right direction due in part to support from our two U.S. Senators,” said Mayor Finch. “Whether it’s creating jobs on the waterfront, keeping our streets safe, increasing access to pre-k for kids, or growing green business and jobs, Senator Blumenthal and Senator Murphy are always there for our state’s largest city. I want to thank them for being such strong champions of Bridgeport, and for supporting my re-election campaign. I’m truly honored.”