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What Political Appointees Earn

December 1st, 2015 · No Comments · City Budget, City Council

In January 2012 the City Council approved a controversial ordinance creating a pay range for unaffiliated political appointees whose salaries are based on increases negotiated between the city and the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association that Bill Finch leveraged as a last-minute retroactive raise for himself and loyalists. In passing the ordinance backed by Finch who […]

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Walker: It’s Time To Recognize Ganim Reality, Create A Better Future

November 30th, 2015 · 18 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

As Joe Ganim prepares to resume office Tuesday, city resident David Walker, a former U.S. Comptroller General, writes in an OIB commentary it’s time to “come together to help create a better future both in Bridgeport and Connecticut.” Walker, a 2014 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, also shares thoughts on policy concerns that must be addressed in […]

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Who’s Protecting Taxpayer Money?

November 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee raises a question, What happens when City custodians and fiduciaries fail to protect public funds and property? As the Ganim administration prepares to take office Tuesday, Lee no doubt will continue to review purchase orders to see who’s getting paid and asking why. His latest commentary centers on a city […]

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New Lenz For Finance Director

November 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

Who knows how long Anne Kelly-Lenz would have survived as finance director under Joe Ganim who returns to the mayor’s office on Tuesday. She did not give him the chance to replace her. She’s headed to Wilton as chief financial officer there, according to a story in the Wilton Bulletin.

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McCarthy Seeks Council Presidency Again, Will Ganim Weigh In?

November 24th, 2015 · 56 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

On Dec. 1 at 6pm an assortment of elected officials including Mayor-elect Joe Ganim will participate in inaugural ceremonies scheduled for McLevy Green Downtown. On Dec. 7 the new City Council will conduct its first meeting with the marquee agenda item selection of City Council president. The pol who has led the legislative and budget […]

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The End Of Sherwood’s Budget Forest?

November 18th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

No one knows the city’s more than $500 million budget like Tom Sherwood. For more than a decade he has served as director of the city’s Office of Policy and Management, a fancy term for budget director. Budgets are a labyrinth of numbers, departments, projections and imperfections. When it comes to the spending side of […]

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Ganim Builds City Unity, Hennessy: More Contact With Ganim In One Week Than Finch In Eight Years

November 10th, 2015 · 24 Comments · City Budget, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Mayor-elect Joe Ganim says it’s no longer us versus them, a point he made Monday in a series of meetings with Congressman Jim Himes, members of the city’s state legislative delegation and some members of the City Council focused on working together. In the coming days, according to a news release issued by Ganim, he […]

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The ‘Yahoo’ Factor–Ganim Capitalized On Finch’s Gaffes

November 6th, 2015 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Law Enforcement, Library

The hand-wringing swamping the Bridgeport business community, the editorial board of the Connecticut Post, various media outlets in the state such as the Hartford Courant and a sundry of national concerns befuddled by Joe Ganim’s resurgent comeback fails to examine the failures by incumbent Mayor Bill Finch that opened the door to Ganim’s traction. If Finch […]

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