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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

A City, A State, A Nation Face Financial Challenges

December 6th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Nearly six months into the budget year, citizen financial scrutineer John Marshall Lee asked the City Council a series of questions to consider Monday night. Are they paying attention to the small and large print? From Lee: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Bridgeport City Council, I was absent from forum during the month of November. […]

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City Council To Take Up Library Board Appointments

December 2nd, 2016 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Library, News and Events

Some Library Board members who recently checked out director Scott Hughes for the unemployment line are scheduled for reappointment Monday night, according to the City Council agenda.

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What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]

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Budget Migraine, So, You Wanted To Be Mayor Again?

November 29th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement

Finances: Ganim’s first year back. It was the perfect contrast for Joe Ganim. On the 2015 comeback trail, the former mayor needed to drive a campaign stiletto into incumbent Bill Finch who had a so-so record on taxes starting with his promise to cut taxes $600 as a 2007 candidate only to raise them by […]

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Where’s Wilbur Chapman? ‘C’mon, Wilbur’

November 26th, 2016 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Earlier this year some City Council members sought to trim the budget by defunding the $120,000 public safety adviser job Mayor Joe Ganim created for a political ally, ex-Police Chief Wilbur Chapman …

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Summit Place? City Council To Act On Paper Street

November 19th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

A largely quiet City Council agenda, see here, for Monday night includes a communication from the Office of Planning and Economic Development for a professional services agreement with Freeman Companies covering design and engineering for the $500,000 state-funded Black Rock streetscape project to improve Fairfield Avenue. It will be referred to the Contracts Committee.

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City Council Resolution Calls On School Board To End Boycott

November 5th, 2016 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The City Council’s Education and Social Services Committee co-chaired by Alfredo Castillo and John Olson is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, 6:30pm in City Hall to act on a “Proposed resolution requesting the Bridgeport Board of Education members meet together to fulfill their duly sworn mission to serve the students, faculty and employees of the public […]

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Budget-stressed City Seeks Financial Guidance

October 29th, 2016 · 97 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Library, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim is implementing a suggestion by State Rep. Steve Stafstrom to create a financial task force to serve as an adviser for long-term fiscal stability.

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