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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Shamas Returns As Ganim’s Chief Of Staff

February 24th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Dan Shamas, who served as chief of staff for Joe Ganim from 1997-2000, will return to his former position for JG2. Ganim made this announcement Friday afternoon. Shamas will be paid $129,778.

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Deputy Chief Honis-’Waiter At The Last Supper’-Retiring–’A Cop’s Cop’

February 24th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Deputy Chief Jimmy Honis, the legendary 47-year veteran of the city Police Department who took on bad guys with brain and brawn, battled police chiefs who didn’t want him and survived local and federal investigations, will reportedly retire next Friday, according to several city sources. And with it will come a city payout involving accumulated […]

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City, Fire Union Reach Concession Agreement, Will Cops Step Up? Ganim Appoints Thode Fire Chief

February 24th, 2017 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: Mayor named Thode fire chief today (Friday) Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday was joined by local Fire Union President Robert Whitbread and acting Chief Richard Thode to announce the city and union have reached a wage agreement on a contract extension through 2020. Ganim says the agreement will save the city more than $1 […]

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Himes Addresses Victims Of Trump’s Stockholm Syndrome Presidency

February 23rd, 2017 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, News and Events

Is the bar so low for Donald Trump’s presidency that it’s caused a perverted form of Stockholm Syndrome for a majority of Americans? Will just a mundane act be perceived as an astonishing accomplishment? Wednesday night Congressman Jim Himes greeted a passionately friendly crowd in a packed City Council Chambers to address their fears about […]

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How Big Is Keeley’s Campaign Heart?

February 22nd, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Sitting in a motorized wheel chair Tuesday night, holding a stack of parking tickets, 70-year-old Downtown resident Odis Hart pelted City Council members with a litany of grievances regarding parking regulations in his neighborhood. “It’s a stick-up without a gun,” he declared, lamenting parking tickets slapped on windshields in the neighborhood minutes prior to the […]

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Congressman Calling, Himes To Host Town Hall Meeting

February 20th, 2017 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, News and Events

Wanna vent about Donald Trump? Praise Donald Trump? Health care, immigration, jobs, housing, taxes, infrastructure on your mind? Here’s your chance to sound off to Democratic Congressman Jim Himes at a constituent town hall meeting Wednesday, 6:30pm in City Council Chambers.

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Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed […]

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Build A Statue Of Margaret Morton

February 16th, 2017 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Controversy abounded about the statue relocation of engineering pioneer Lewis Latimer that seems to be resolved by Mayor Joe Ganim declaring Thursday it will continue to front the Margaret Morton Government Center. It’s a mighty fine statue that should remain displayed prominently, but how many visitors who approach the Downtown concourse know anything about the […]

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