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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

Plug In A Number, Figure Out The Rest, Ganim’s Challenge With Unions

June 28th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

When Mayor Joe Ganim and city bean counters crafted a budget in the spring that was eventually approved by the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 it assumed $4 million in union concessions. Mayor Joe’s an experienced negotiator, better than most sitting on the other side of the table. Okay, he told […]

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City Council Approves Funding For Summer Youth Program, New Metered Parking

June 21st, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The City Council Monday night unanimously approved a $250,000 budget transfer from the Police Department salary line, as a result of a delay in hiring new recruits, into Parks and Recreation account to establish a Summer Youth Initiative proposed by Mayor Joe Ganim. The council also approved a professional services agreement with LAZ Parking to modernize the […]

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Rubber Boots Made For Walking And Talking

June 21st, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

With rubber boots placed on the lectern, city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Monday night barked out a number of observations to the City Council. From Lee: Greetings to you on the longest day of this year! You may get to see a “rose” or “strawberry moon” this evening, an unusual event that happens every […]

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Summer Youth, Second Chance Program, New Parking Meters On Council Agenda

June 17th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council at Monday night’s meeting is scheduled to vote on a $250,000 budget transfer for a 2016 Summer Youth Initiative that had been denied by the Budget and Appropriations Committee. Also on the agenda is a Contracts Committee report for a professional services agreement with LAZ Parking to modernize the city’s parking meter system […]

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Ganim, City Council Members Spar Over “Tax Relief” Dollars

June 15th, 2016 · 22 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Mayor Joe Ganim’s last-minute effort to give youths more to do this summer is embroiled in a battle over spending $2.1 million the City Council intended for tax relief.

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Ganim Launches Second Chance Initiative For Ex-offenders

June 11th, 2016 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday was joined by city and state lawmakers, business leaders and local nonprofits to announce a Second Chance Society initiative aimed at providing job opportunities to past offenders. The program includes signed pledges by local businesses to give ex-offenders a fair chance at hiring, city seed money of $50,000 and potential […]

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Newton Dumped From Running City Dump, Misses Mark On Application Box

June 9th, 2016 · 39 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Addressing the City Council Monday night, former State Senator Ernie Newton declared “White privilege means you can commit crimes but held at a different standard.” The pronouncement drew a combination of gasps and cheers from the crowd in the City Council chambers. Newton claimed he had been harmed by bidding process disclosures regarding his particular […]

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City Council Approves Sale Of Golf Course Property To Sacred Heart, Sludge Deal With Trumbull

June 7th, 2016 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The City Council by a 15-3 vote Monday night approved the sale of eight acres of Fairchild Wheeler golf course property to Sacred Heart University for $4 million that will allow the university a larger footprint to build on campus proper without developing the park land beyond basic maintenance. SHU needs the extra land to […]

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