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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

City Council Romper Room–The Play For Legislative Leader

May 22nd, 2017 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

For a traditionally sleepy cycle, there’s a wake of moving parts in this election season featuring offices for City Council and Board of Education. One key part is whether City Council President Tom McCarthy will seek reelection to his North End seat. On Sunday Big Mac said he hasn’t made a decision.

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Buying Time, Ganim Vetoes Budget

May 19th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

When was the last time a Bridgeport mayor vetoed the city budget waiting on the state to get its act together? That’s what Mayor Joe Ganim has done to buy time as the state legislature works its way toward a state budget negotiating an ocean of red ink. The budget year starts July 1.

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A ‘Welcoming’ Sanctuary City

May 15th, 2017 · 10 Comments · City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: After three months of wrangling over intent and language, the City Council Monday passed a resolution declaring Bridgeport a “welcoming” place for immigrants–legal and undocumented–in the face of more aggressive federal deportation efforts.

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‘Welcome To The Non-Sanctuary City’

May 15th, 2017 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The full City Council Monday night is scheduled to vote on a resolution “requesting that the City of Bridgeport be declared a “WELCOMING CITY,” something of a compromise after Mayor Joe Ganim balked at declaring the Park City also a “sanctuary city” in deference to Donald Trump’s threat he’d withhold money to communities and states […]

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City Council Unanimously Approves No-Tax-Increase Budget

May 9th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

In a nearly empty chambers, the 20-member City Council Monday night unanimously approved a nearly $542 million budget that reflected the modest budget committee changes to Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan that calls for no tax increase for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Council Committee Approves Budget, No Tax Increase

May 6th, 2017 · 23 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee on Saturday essentially approved Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $542 million spending plan with some alterations including $3 million more for schools and cutting police overtime account by $1 million. Ganim has come under fierce criticism by education advocates for short changing the school budget.

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City Awaits, Holding Breath, As State’s Budget Calamity Plays Out

May 5th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Caution and concern fills the local budget process that relies heavily on funds from the state budget that’s one gigantic mess. What happens in Hartford influences the flow of dollars to Bridgeport’s municipal budget as the City Council prepares to vote on a spending plan next week proposed by Mayor Joe Ganim that calls for […]

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Cruz Control For City Council District

May 3rd, 2017 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Two years ago community activist Jorge Cruz knocked on the door of victory for a City Council seat, coming up two dozen votes short in a Democratic primary. This time he hopes to knock the door down in the 131st District covering the South End, Downtown and portion of the West End. He ran alone […]

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