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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Rock And Roll City Council Campaigning, Smith And Spain Versus Burns And Kane

August 23rd, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Library, News and Events

Retired Fairfield University political science professor Don Greenberg stood resolutely Tuesday night in the Black Rock Library directing a supposition to four candidates for City Council in the 130th District. The mayor won’t sign off on the paperwork to fill vacant library jobs to keep services running smoothly. Essentially, asked Greenberg, a member of the […]

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State Budget Chaos Slices City Funding

August 22nd, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events

The state’s messy budget situation is causing havoc for cities and towns. In lieu of a state budget Governor Dan Malloy’s executive order decides funding levels. Under that scenario Bridgeport will lose millions in state aid, as the CT Mirror reports: In the absence of a state budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has spared Connecticut’s most […]

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Oh City Council, Just One More Thing–Boots Made For Talking

August 20th, 2017 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

It’s disquieting for some City Council members to endure citizen budget hawk John Marshall Lee’s observations. He’s the Lieutenant Columbo of government watchdogs, coming back loaded with unnerving, bone-to-pick questions about financial issues. Columbo persists with uncanny observations, rumpled jacket and neck tie. Lee weighs in with signature bow tie and red boots, his symbolism […]

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Lee: Pension Stew Pot A Financial Screwy Wabbit

August 7th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Budget

Citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee asks in a commentary “Remember Elmer Fudd? The little guy, with a funny voice, and a shotgun pursuing his rabbit stew recipe? ‘First you need a rabbit.’ And there was Bugs Bunny looking on, laughing at Fudd, the mighty hunter.”

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Ex Assistant Chief Nardozzi Sues City For Illegal Termination, Claims Deal Between Union And Mayor

August 4th, 2017 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, Civil Service, Law Enforcement, News and Events

James Nardozzi was hired as assistant chief under Mayor Bill Finch to reel in overtime and then was booted by Mayor Joe Ganim because Nardozzi hit the pocketbook of cops who supported Ganim’s comeback campaign by millions of dollars. That charge, among others, is part of a state lawsuit that Nardozzi has brought against the […]

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Ganim: State Budget Crisis Hurts City

July 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

The state budget situation is a mess. The inability of Hartford lawmakers to pass a budget has impacted cities and towns across the state leading to local cutbacks.

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Ganim’s Critical Wakeup Call To Address Violent Crime

July 11th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

On the 2015 campaign trail, candidate Joe Ganim opened his own police substation, a symbolic gesture in response to a spike in violent crime and a stick in the eye to incumbent Mayor Bill Finch whose perceived inaction with an understaffed police force benefited Ganim’s playbook. There was a hole in the fence at a […]

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Malloy Signs Into Law Pension Bill To Aid City Cashflow

July 7th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

Governor Dan Malloy has signed, see here, a state bill unanimously supported by the city’s eight-member legislative delegation that allows the city to bond unfunded pension liability expected to save an estimated $2.8 million in debt service payments annually. This piece of legislation is arguably the most significant for the city during the latest session […]

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