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Gander Ganim’s Payroll Lineup

February 6th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

How many direct hires has Joe Ganim made since he reclaimed the mayoralty starting December 1? Less than 30, according to a list of discretionary appointments provided by the city following an OIB FOI request.

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Is There Movement With Chief Gaudett?

February 5th, 2016 · 106 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement

Mayor Joe Ganim inherited a police chief he did not want in a leadership role, but is Joe Gaudett willing to take another job in the police department to free up his position? An effort is underway.

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City Architect Steps Up For Finch, Provides Job Downtown

February 3rd, 2016 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

It’s not the job he coveted most, but when you have two young mouths to feed as an ex-mayor with no one banging down your door, a job is a job is a job. Bill Finch has been hired by the respected Downtown-based Antinozzi Associates to head up the architectural firm’s “sustainable strategies.” When it […]

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City Council Approves McCarthy’s Severance Deal, No Public Discussion

February 2nd, 2016 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

The ground hog calls for an early spring. How about the Bridgeport City Council demanding the sunlight of scrutiny in public? Following an executive session behind closed doors, the City Council Monday night approved a severance package for City Council President Tom McCarthy in his role as deputy director of Labor Relations that sources say […]

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Pols Poised For Democratic Town Committee Primaries

February 1st, 2016 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Presidential caucus and primary fever abound nationally, but in Bridgeport pols are gearing up for March 1 Democratic Town Committee primaries in potentially four districts featuring a cast of characters for control of the party.

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City Council Expected To Approve McCarthy’s Severance Agreement Under ‘Consent Calendar’ Cover

January 30th, 2016 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

It’s one simple sentence on the City Council agenda for Monday night “Miscellaneous Matters Committee Report re: Settlement of Legal Claim with Thomas C. McCarthy” but getting there was no simple resolution. The city’s legislative body is expected to provide final approval to an employment severance package for its leader who also served as deputy director […]

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Flatto Provides Details About Property Revaluation Outlook

January 28th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Eight weeks into his job, Finance Director Ken Flatto says he’s feeling more optimistic about the impact revaluation of taxable property will have on taxpayers. Thursday afternoon Flatto and Tax Assessor Elaine Carvalho shared with the media a summary of reassessment information that they say generally will bring a mixed bag for taxpayers, some seeing […]

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Giannotti Packs It In As Public Safety Spokesman

January 27th, 2016 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Joe Ganim eschews drama. Michael Giannotti marinates in it. Ganim is stoic. Giannotti, emotional. When Ganim launched his unlikely comeback last year Giannotti, a former journalist, stepped up to volunteer as his spokesperson. It was something Ganim needed to rebuild public credibility and he saw Giannotti’s value. But value on a campaign trail does not […]

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