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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

Who Are Watchdogs On City Council?

February 23rd, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

City fiscal examiner John Marshall Lee Tuesday night encouraged City Council members to step up their watchdog roles in the city budget process. From Lee: Three weeks ago Kenneth Flatto, City Finance Director, sent out the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY 2016 as required along with his letter to us all before the […]

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How Big Is Keeley’s Campaign Heart?

February 22nd, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Sitting in a motorized wheel chair Tuesday night, holding a stack of parking tickets, 70-year-old Downtown resident Odis Hart pelted City Council members with a litany of grievances regarding parking regulations in his neighborhood. “It’s a stick-up without a gun,” he declared, lamenting parking tickets slapped on windshields in the neighborhood minutes prior to the […]

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GOP Chair To City Council: Act Rationally And Lawfully About ‘Sanctuary City’

February 22nd, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Republican Town Chairman Mike Garrett, in a letter to City Council members, is urging the legislative body to “speak on behalf of all residents of Bridgeport, those who are American citizens and those who wish to become American citizens by demanding that Connecticut’s congressional delegation make immigration reform their priority, not by joining marches or […]

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Ganim: Lewis Latimer Statue Stays

February 17th, 2017 · 27 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Following public pressure, Mayor Joe Ganim on Thursday announced that the statue of electrical pioneer Lewis Latimer, created under predecessor Bill Finch, will remain in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center. CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart has more here

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For The Love Of Politics–Primaries

February 14th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

You can spend all your time making love. You can spend all your love making time. In city politics, it cuts both ways. Break up, get back together. Break up, get back together. Break up, get back together. Sometimes, just like St. Valentine, it’s off with your head (politically speaking anyway). Is there a lot […]

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Revenue Resuscitation, Debating Malloy’s Hospital Tax To Cure City Finances

February 14th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

Is Governor Dan Malloy’s hospital tax proposal just what the doctored ordered to aid fiscally troubled cities? Malloy’s two-year, $40 billion budget proposal calls for a new property tax on hospitals expected to raise more than $200 million statewide with about $20 million of that earmarked to Bridgeport from its two acute care facilities. It’s […]

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Sanctuary City Supporters Fill City Council Chambers, Can Trump Deny Funds?

February 7th, 2017 · 48 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Backers of Bridgeport as a sanctuary city raised their voices Monday night. See video here. CT Post coverage here. Can Trump deny funds to sanctuary cities? See here.

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Council Meeting Features Sanctuary City Speakers, Ganim Weighs Trump’s Help (Paging Lowell Weicker)

February 6th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Three speakers are scheduled to address the City Council Monday night on the subject of Bridgeport’s prospects as a sanctuary city designation that would shelter undocumented immigrants from federal policies. A number of city councilors support it while Mayor Joe Ganim has not signed on, preferring to leverage his relationship with Donald Trump that he built […]

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