Vote for a tax increase? It’s a sticky question, especially when you’re running for public office on the heels of a budget vote.
This is going to be an absorbing budget cycle for the city and members of the city council running for state office. Paging Tom McCarthy. Paging Michelle Lyons. Paging Rich Paoletto. Will they vote for Mayor Bill Finch’s budget proposal that’s expected to increase taxes? Or will they run as far away as possible to insulate themselves from criticism and a mayor that promised to cut taxes? Finch will submit his first budget to the council next week.
It’s a tough call as council members seeking higher office balance the needs of the city against the baggage of voting for tax increases. Mark Aug. 12 on your calendar. That’s primary day, according to the Secretary of State election calendar. The process to raise money with an eye on the party endorsement in May has begun.
Lyons has her eye on knocking off Democratic State Rep. Jack Hennessy, Chris Caruso’s disciple from the North End. Paoletto is considering a run against Caruso.
If McCarthy, the city council president, wants to become a state senator he must go through newly elected Republican State Sen. Rob Russo in November and possibly a primary himself. So, what are you gonna do Big Mac? Vote for Birdie’s budget? Or run for the tall grass? Can’t you just feel the indigestion!
Hey, did anyone see our own Syesha Mercado knock it out of the park last night, singing If I Were Your Woman, on American Idol? Yes, Syesha is Bridgeport born and raised and in the top 10. Randy Jackson said “Blazing hot.” Paula Abdul said “You’re the dark horse” and dour Simon said he liked it, but…
Yes, I admit it, I’m an Idol watcher. Don’t tell anyone.
Dodd Comes Calling
Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Mayor Bill Finch will conduct a roundtable discussion Thursday at 11 a.m. regarding Senator Dodd’s Hope for Homeowners proposal that seeks solutions to the foreclosure crisis in Bridgeport and the surrounding areas. The forum will take place in the Mayor’s Conference Room in the City Hall Annex.
The forum will follow Dodd and Finch’s visit with a local homeowner who experienced problems with her subprime mortgage. The two will meet with Donna Marie Pearce, a Bridgeport homeowner who was helped after contacting ACORN Housing Corporation.
Government entities, counseling agencies and realtors have been invited to participate in the roundtable discussion.
City Hall news release on Earth Hour
Mayor Bill Finch, in conjunction with the Student Council at Columbus School in Bridgeport, will hold a press conference to solicit Bridgeport residents’ support for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2008 this Thursday morning. Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org) is a global event created to raise awareness about climate change. Homeowners, city government and businesses are asked to take part by turning off their power for one hour, “Earth Hour.” The Mayor will ask Bridgeport residents and businesses to do their part by saving energy from 8:00-9:00pm this Saturday night.