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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

Ganim Sends Police Substation And Community Center Contract To City Council

April 29th, 2016 · 13 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Law Enforcement, Library

Mayor Joe Ganim has submitted a draft lease agreement to the City Council regarding a police substation and community center site located at Trumbull Gardens housing units, a flashpoint of the 2015 mayoral election following intense gun violence. The lease agreement will be referred to the Contracts Committee at Monday night’s council meeting. The Ganim administration has […]

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As Cranky Budget Looms, Malloy To Address Business Community

April 26th, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Governor Dan Malloy Wednesday afternoon will address the city’s business community for an update on the latest session of the General Assembly at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This has been another difficult budget cycle for Malloy who’s sparring with Democratic legislative leaders on how to close a roughly $900 million projected deficit for the budget […]

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Fiscal Watchdog Questions East Side Development

April 25th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has been working overtime examining the proposed city budget and asking lots of questions at City Council public hearings. Monday night the Budget and Appropriations Committee considered a “Resolution Authorizing Capital Improvements and Allocation of Bond Proceeds for the Crescent Crossing Phase 1B” housing project on the East Side. […]

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Finally, The City Council Has Its Own Bean Counter

April 24th, 2016 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Operating in financial darkness for decades, the Bridgeport City Council has finally hired its own budget analyst to help navigate a $560 million proposed budget, instead of relying on bean counters from the executive branch of government. Wow, a novel approach to checks and balances in government.

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Crickets … Two Speakers For City Council Public Hearing On $560 Million Budget

April 22nd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Well, two speakers are better than none, right? At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday Scott Burns, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, called the meeting to order for the public to speak on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million budget. Michael Bottillo, a postal worker from the West Side, stepped up to the microphone. “The […]

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Challenge What Is Presented

April 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

When it comes to city finances, citizen budget reviewer John Marshall Lee proclaims the City Council should embrace a healthy dose of skepticism in what is presented to the body during a compressed budget cycle. It’s a point he made in his Monday night remarks to the council. From Lee:

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Budget Lends Libraries Lots Less

April 18th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Library, News and Events

Bridgeport’s heralded public library system is facing a major haircut in Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed spending plan for the budget year starting July 1. If you’re a fan of library branches and education spending, the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will conduct public hearings on the budget this week, first on Tuesday for the library […]

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Grinding Out Budget Info

April 14th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee conducted a public hearing Wednesday night. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee was there and shared these remarks that included a bunch of suggestions as they deliberate the mayor’s proposed budget. Council Members, Charter Chapter 9 covers Budget and Fiscal controls. Section 6 addresses the Capital Budget where […]

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