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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

Theater Development Deal, Meter Maelstrom On Council Agenda

June 16th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The city’s “memorandum of understanding” with Manhattan-based Exact Capitol Group to redevelop the shuttered Poli-Majestic Theaters will be referred to the City Council’s Contracts Committee Monday night. Also scheduled for referral to contracts is a resolution presented by several councilors to terminate the contract with LAZ Parking LTD following controversy involving Downtown parking meters. Full council […]

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Ganim Addresses Resurgent Young Dems Fielding Candidates

June 13th, 2017 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

Decades ago a number of insurgents got their start in politics when the Bridgeport Young Democrats was an active organization. Dormant for a long time, several members of the resurrected Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats will try to qualify for the September primary ballot for City Council including Gage Frank, Marcus Brown and Kyle Langan.

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Practice Your Downward Dog And Downward Dem

June 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Attention political yogis. Along the Broad Street steps on Elm Street sits the newly opened Great Heart Yoga Studio within walking distance from many of the new housing units Downtown. The studio is a short walk from both City Hall and the Margaret Morton Government Center that house city offices. Hmmm, thinking this is a […]

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Young Bloods–Brown, Langan Announce West Side City Council Run

June 6th, 2017 · 105 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Democratic Town Committee member Marcus Brown and middle school teacher Kyle Langan announced on Monday they are teaming up to run for City Council in the West Side 132nd District. Incumbent councilman John Olson has announced he’ll not seek reelection. The other incumbent in the district is Evette Brantley.

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A City Budget, A State Budget Unfinished, So Many Questions

June 6th, 2017 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, State Politics

Hartford is a complete maddening mess in the final days of the legislative session that looks like a special session will be required to pass a state budget. It was one of several topics that citizen budget scrutineer John Marshall Lee addressed to the City Council Monday night. I know that State grants to cities […]

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A City Council Election Year And Already Absentee Ballot Applications

June 5th, 2017 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

It’s not often three school board members sign up to address the City Council during the public speaking portion of the meeting on the same night, but that’s what Maria Pereira, Sauda Baraka and Howard Gardner are scheduled to do for Monday’s session. The school board budget and Classical Studies Program are common themes.

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Council Overrides Budget Veto, Now A Waiting Game On State

May 26th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

As expected Thursday night the City Council overrode Mayor Joe Ganim’s veto of the budget, an exercise to buy time relying on the state to pass a budget that decides the flow of dollars to the city for the spending year that begins July 1. The state still has not passed a budget so now […]

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As State Financial Questions Linger, Council To Meet On Thursday For Override Of Budget

May 23rd, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Hartford is a hot financial mess. Both in city proper and state legislative budget deliberations that decide the flow of dollars to Bridgeport. As a result, to buy time, Mayor Joe Ganim vetoed the no-tax-increase budget approved by the City Council. Now the council is scheduled to meet on Thursday to override the mayor to preserve […]

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