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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Find Your Favorite Parade Spot

March 16th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

What began in 1983 under Italian-American Mayor Lenny Paoletta has flourished into a rite of passage for city supporters, an event to plan an entire day of good cheer, camaraderie, rumor mongering and a libation or two or three (call Uber please.) Bridgeport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade commences at noon Friday. Marchers will start at Harbor […]

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City Council Junket Debate, Good For Taxpayers Or Waste Of Money?

March 15th, 2017 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

Waste of taxpayer dollars or prudent lobbying work on behalf of the city? The majority of the 20-member City Council are in Washington DC this week attending a conference junket hosted by the National League of Cities. They attended government symposiums, were greeted by Connecticut’s U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and even met […]

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March Madness, Blizzard 1888

March 14th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

The Blizzard of 1888 was also in March. About two feet of snow buried the city in drifts as high as 14 feet, ripping chimneys off roofs and roofs off shops. You remember digging out, don’t ya? Isn’t that Andy Fardy in the foreground?

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Ganim Mines Opposition Money In Fundraising Push

March 13th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, State Politics

Political operatives of Mayor Joe Ganim in a push to maximize moolah for his big ticket March 23rd fundraiser at Testo’s Restaurant are mining campaign donations from his 2015 opponents.

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Luck Of The Irish (Meter), Free Parking Downtown On St. Patrick’s Day

March 11th, 2017 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Well, there should be no meowing about the Downtown parking meters on St. Patrick’s Day. The city’s Facebook page is promoting free parking all day Friday. Or should we call it fry day? That’s if anyone can get Downtown on Friday. The forecast calls for a foot of snow on Tuesday. There goes the public works […]

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Gaming Official: Maximize Revenues With Competitive Selection Process

March 10th, 2017 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

MGM Resorts official Uri Clinton gave state legislators something to think about on Thursday. Don’t worry about breaking the exclusive gaming compact with two tribal nations that provides hundreds of millions of dollars to the state each year, albeit lesser amounts in recent years. Approve a competitive bidding process for a third casino in southwestern […]

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The Leap Of Faith, Factoring Uncertain State Dollars Into Local Budget Plan

March 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

Four weeks from submitting a spending plan to the City Council per City Charter regulation, Mayor Joe Ganim’s finance team is trying to determine just how Governor Dan Malloy’s budget proposal, with many moving parts, will impact the new city budget that begins July 1. Malloy’s budget is currently in the hands of the state […]

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Public Hearing On Competing Gaming Bills, Casino Activists Dig In

March 8th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Casino interest in Connecticut perked up, the state legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee will conduct public hearings Thursday morning on two gaming bills that address a third casino for the state operated by a joint venture between the state’s two tribal nations in East Windsor, see here, and another bill to open up the process, […]

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