Seven of eight members of the city’s state legislative delegation have signed a letter in support of a government reform bill to enforce the voter-approved City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council to avoid conflicts of interest. The one holdout is freshman State Rep. Chris Rosario doing the bidding of the city’s political establishment. This is the first time a nearly unanimous state delegation has joined forces to validate the will of the people that city officials past and present have violated hiding behind a dubious state loophole. The letter has been shared with the Connecticut General Assembly. Organized labor leadership that finances the campaigns of influential state legislators is trying to kill the good government bill, preferring its membership approve its own wages and benefits at taxpayer expense.
The following letter was signed by State Senators Ed Gomes, Marilyn Moore, and State Representatives Jack Hennessy, Steve Stafstrom, Andre Baker, Charlie Stallworth and Ezequiel Santiago.
We, the members of the Bridgeport legislative delegation, do sign our names indicating full support for Proposed H.B. No. 5886: AN ACT PROHIBITING MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES FROM SERVING ON CERTAIN MUNICIPAL LEGISLATIVE BODIES.
We believe this bill is an essential, positive move toward moving Bridgeport forward. The purpose of this bill is to close the loophole in state statute Sec. 7-421e.
As presently written, 7-421e bans city employees from serving on a board of finance unless permitted due to provisions of a municipal charter or home rule ordinance. The law is silent regarding the possibility of extending the ban on a municipal legislative body that serves the same purpose as a board of finance.
The purpose of the bill is to extend an existing provision that prohibits municipal employees from serving on a municipal board of finance except where permitted by charter or home rule ordinance.
Bridgeport’s city charter was voted by the people of Bridgeport by referendum and states:
Section 5. (g) (1)
No member of the city council shall, during the time in which he/she serves as a member of the city council, be appointed to or hold any office, the emoluments of which are to be paid from the city treasury.