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Gander Ganim’s Payroll Lineup

February 5th, 2016 · 12 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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Just Like The Old Days, Joe And Mario Back At The Capitol

February 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, State Politics

Joe Ganim hadn’t schmoozed legislators in the capitol as mayor in 13 years. Wednesday at the opening of the legislative session he was back joined by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa reconnecting with old-time pols such as Senate President Marty Looney who shepherded legislation last year that equalized auto taxes across the state to help […]

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Righting The Port Authority Ship

February 2nd, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen financial scrutineer John Marshall Lee has uncovered waves of dubious decisions from the prior administration’s control of the Bridgeport Port Authority, what he describes as the warping of an institution to make it less open, accountable, transparent and honest, his acronym for OATH. In his address to the City Council Monday night, he urged […]

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Read It And Roar–The Top 100 Municipal Wage Earners For 2015

January 30th, 2016 · 104 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Okay, strap in, grab a cup of joe, or if you need it a cocktail, to review the list of top 100 wage earners for 2015 once again dominated by police officers whose pay was padded by overtime, some of them retirement payout and vacation and comp days. Some of the police overtime is also […]

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OIB Poll: Police OT

January 29th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, Law Enforcement

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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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Ganim, Lembo Announce Plan For Tracking Financial Data

January 27th, 2016 · 8 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Update includes video: Following the lead of Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday announced the building of a financial portal “OpenBridgeport” so taxpayers can track in real time where their money is being spent. The website is expected to go live in the spring.

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Hot Items On City Council Committee Agenda

January 25th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Several key items appear on the Monday evening agenda of the City Council’s Miscellaneous Matters Committee including a tentative severance package for City Council President Tom McCarthy, deputy director of Labor Relations, a proposed settlement of taxes related to 889 Barnum Avenue that will turn 11 acres over to the city adjacent to the proposed […]

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