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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

The Volatility Of Pension Payments

May 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

To most observers analyzing the municipal budget is a serpentine exercise in frustration. What’s fixed? What isn’t? What can be chopped? What must stay? Even with the best intentions at hand, paying pension obligations takes its toll on city taxpayers. For the budget year that begins July 1, the city received state legislative support to restructure […]

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Pereira: “Absolutely Not For Sale–EVER!” Challenges Stallworth In Legislative Run

May 21st, 2016 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The banner affixed the window of Maria Pereira’s Upper East Side campaign headquarters says it all: “Absolutely not for sale–EVER!” Reaching deep into Bridgeport’s rich political history that includes a showman named Barnum and a mayoral Socialist named McLevy, it’s hard to find a figure who elicits in such a short time as much passion […]

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Bradley Plans State Senate Campaign Kickoff Against Gomes

May 20th, 2016 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Money is the mother’s milk of politics and State Senate candidate Dennis Bradley says he’s two-thirds of the way home to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races that would provide him about $100k to spend against incumbent Ed Gomes as they head to an August Democratic primary.

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Peaceful Easy Feeling For Dem State House Endorsements

May 19th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Boring! No fights. No arguments. No mud slinging. Democratic party regulars Thursday night at Testo’s Restaurant endorsed candidates for State House in a love fest convention by city political standards. The party convention that started at 6 p.m. ended before 7. But stay tuned for a couple of likely August  primaries.

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Ganim’s Gomes-Bradley Balancing Act–Convention Time In The City, Followed By Primaries

May 18th, 2016 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Pols are maneuvering throughout the city. At least four among Bridgeport’s eight-member legislative delegation face August Democratic primaries. Thursday night at Testo’s Restaurant, the mothership of city politics owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, endorsements will take place for State House. Two incumbents Charlie Stallworth and Andre Baker have challengers.

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Brian Rooney To Retire As Fire Chief, Who’s Next In Line?

May 17th, 2016 · 58 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Civil Service, Firefighters, News and Events

UPDATE: Bridgeport Fire Chief Brian Rooney is planning his retirement from the department later this week, per city charter regulation limiting the chief’s tenure to two five-year terms. One of the prominent names as a possible replacement on an acting basis is Assistant Fire Chief Richard Thode, a department veteran for more than 20 years. […]

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Hammer Time For Republicans, Dems Face Primary Time For State Senate, Pereira Gears Up For Stallworth In State House War

May 13th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Strap in for another wild election season. When it comes to campaigns, Bridgeport is the city that never disappoints, right? Trumbull’s Board of Finance Chair Elaine Hammers has been endorsed by Republicans for Connecticut’s city-suburban 22nd State Senate seat. Whom will she face in the general election? Stay tuned for Bridgeport’s favorite sport, an August […]

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Council Committees To Take Up Poop Deal With Trumbull, Smith Urges Public Input

May 12th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

UPDATE: Meeting cancelled for lack of quorum. A special meeting of the City Council’s joint committee on Miscellaneous Matters and Contracts that was scheduled to take place at 6 tonight (Thursday) to review a proposed settlement of a lawsuit regarding the Town of Trumbull’s user fee arrangement with Bridgeport’s Water Pollution Control Authority has been […]

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