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Entries Categorized as 'City Council'

The North End’s SHU Box

May 12th, 2018 · 21 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Sacred Heart University’s impact on the city is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing for its economic benefits. A curse, however, to North End homeowners dealing with runaway collegiate parties. The burgeoning university features a split campus, a majority of it in Fairfield, but also a meaningful presence across Park Avenue into Bridgeport […]

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Moore-Led Law Protects Consumers From ‘Abusive’ WPCA Collections

May 10th, 2018 · 38 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A new state law shepherded by Senator Marilyn Moore authorizes the Bridgeport City Council to lower the interest rate imposed by collection practices of the Water Pollution Control Authority that has come under criticism for abusive collection action. The law passed on the last day of the legislative session on Wednesday. It now goes to […]

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City Council Approves Budget With No Tax Increase–Education Advocates Cry Schools Shortchanged

May 8th, 2018 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: see council budget changes here. The City Council by a 16-3 vote Monday night approved a city budget with no tax increase for the spending year that begins July 1. Councilors Kyle Langan, Pete Spain and Eneida Martinez voted against the budget urging more support for city schools.

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A Fiscal Watchdog For City Council?

May 8th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Shortly before the City Council voted to approve a budget to begin July 1, city fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee had several questions for the legislative body, including “how about hiring a full time fiscal watchdog reporting to Budget and Appropriations so that you may better exercise your important power in budget formation and oversight […]

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Budget Committee Crunches Numbers, No Tax Increase

May 6th, 2018 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: City Council members spent their Saturday finding a couple of million more dollars in the draft 2018-19 budget for the public schools and libraries, and without raising taxes.

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Lopez Files FOI Complaint Against City, Charging Violations At City Council Meeting

May 5th, 2018 · 30 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez on Friday filed a complaint with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission charging that a meeting on Tuesday by the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee triggered a series of state violations stemming from an improperly noticed executive session for “pending litigation” that also “established a quorum of the […]

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Faith-Based Group Urges More Money For Education

May 5th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Dozens of clergy members aligned with FaithActs for Education are urging the City Council to add millions more to school spending as the budget process comes to a close the next few days. Letter follows: As you prepare to approve the city’s budget, we urge you to support a minimum $4.25 million increase in local education […]

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City Council Budget Vote Coming Soon

May 4th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

As the City Council’s budget committee wraps up its work this weekend on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $561 million spending plan, the full council will vote early next week for the budget year commencing July 1. Most of the work is done at the committee level.

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