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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

Voter Enrollment Cleaned Up, Dems With 10 To 1 Registration Advantage

August 21st, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Local election officials have cleaned up the city’s voter registration enrollment numbers reducing registered voters to roughly 57,000, down from more than 70,000 that had been maintained from the surging voter interest led by the 2008 presidential cycle with Barack Obama on the ballot.

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Save Trees, Mayor Receives Financial Reporting Suggestions

August 19th, 2014 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council

City fiscal observers John Marshall Lee and Phil Smith, in a letter to Mayor Bill Finch, offer suggestions for streamlining financial reports so “The Council and public can better see what is happening by reading notes and observing variances in a format that will allow them to monitor the report monthly as their Agenda declares. […]

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Musto Busto, Ayalas In Opposite Directions, Moses And The Undertaker

August 14th, 2014 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events, State Politics

For opponents of Mayor Bill Finch, it’s tempting to declare Anthony Musto’s city voter shellacking by Marilyn Moore was a referendum on the mayor. It’s not. It was a referendum on Anthony Musto from an opponent and a coalition force of many that drew a contrast on his job performance and disengagement from voter concerns.

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Lopez: City Councilors ‘Prisoners In The Cave Of Comfortable Ignorance’

August 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

In a commentary first published by the Connecticut Post, retired Superior Court Judge and Bridgeport resident Carmen Lopez takes aim at the “obedient employees on the Council to march on command and follow orders” during a meeting of the City Council’s Education Committee. Check it out: Take an introductory course in philosophy at any university […]

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Fardy: City Council Concession Demands Robbery Without A Gun

August 8th, 2014 · 27 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy claims in a commentary the City Council vote a year ago seeking union concessions was done under false pretenses. I read where the city administration has not received the givebacks they sought from many of the unions. The city sold the unions a bill of goods the givebacks were necessary […]

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Council Members Seek Budget Updates From City Departments

August 4th, 2014 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen budget watchdog John Marshall Lee has addressed the City Council on numerous occasions urging review of timely financial reports. Is it possible they are finally hearing him?

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Hughes Supports Voter-Approved School Budget, Closing Conflicts of Interest On City Council

July 30th, 2014 · 45 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, State Politics

Democratic State Senate candidate Scott Hughes, challenging freshman incumbent Andres Ayala in an August 12 primary, proposes a voter-approved budget for the Board of Education as well as support for enforcing the City Charter prohibiting city employees serving on the City Council. Ayala has opposed state legislation to close a loophole in state law to […]

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