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Entries Categorized as 'City Politics'

Cops Approve New Contract As Mayoral Election Gears Up

March 25th, 2015 · 12 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

With a mayoral election on the horizon, the Bridgeport Police union on Wednesday approved a new four-year contract granting firing power and assignment flexibility to Police Chief Joe Gaudett, 2.5 percent pay increases each year for officers and some concessions in a 260-79 vote by membership. The union had rejected a contract proposal last year. […]

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Finch Declares City Employees On City Council ‘Doesn’t Look Good’, Suggests Ganim Find Job In Outer Space

March 25th, 2015 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

Acknowledging city employees serving on the City Council “doesn’t look good,” Mayor Bill Finch appeared on the Chaz & AJ radio show Wednesday morning urging former Mayor Joe Ganim to find something else to do than seek his old job. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart listened to the interview that also included a surprise call-in, […]

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NAACP Chief: Cop Recruitment Disappoints Reflection Of Community, Finch: City More Diverse Than Other CT Cities

March 23rd, 2015 · 32 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Following a government recruitment drive to hire police officers who reflect the makeup of the city, the new head of the local NAACP George Mintz expressed disappointment in the numbers. As of Tuesday, 1,013 candidates had met the testing qualifications, according to a story by CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart. Of those, 139, or 14 […]

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Foster To Finch: Enforce The Charter, Leadership, Not Gamesmanship

March 20th, 2015 · 71 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

2011 Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster, considering another run for office, declares Mayor Bill Finch must take a stand to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter that prohibits city employee serving on the City Council. “The only common thread in these illogical conclusions is that the mayor wants what best serves him personally at any point […]

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Violating The City Charter, McCarthy Puts Finch In Political Predicament

March 19th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

City Council President Tom McCarthy has placed Mayor Bill Finch in a pickle. McCarthy serves at the pleasure of the mayor as deputy director of Labor Relations while filling the dual role as head of the city’s budget and legislative body in defiance of the City Charter. How can Finch take the high road asserting […]

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With Ganim On The Horizon, Finch Pitches Diversity In Police Department Recruitment Effort

March 17th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

In an election year, closing in on the deadline to apply for the latest police recruitment class, Mayor Bill Finch was flanked by members of the city’s clergy including Anthony Bennett, Bernadette Maynard-Hickman and Charlie Stallworth (see video), promoting diversity that reflects the makeup of the city. In doing so Finch is reaching out to […]

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OIB Poll: Finch Or Ganim?

March 17th, 2015 · 32 Comments · City Politics

This question is so unscientific we decided to let everyone participate, thus it’s framed as “support” rather than vote.

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Ganim Makes Pitch For Forgiveness And Redemption, ‘A Bridgeport That Works For Everyone,’ West Side Resident

March 17th, 2015 · 35 Comments · City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: Does Joe Ganim possess redeemable qualities? That’s his pitch in a commentary first published in the CT Post. Last week Ganim also entered the confessional of radio hosts Chaz & AJ where the former mayor admitted the jury got it right convicting him on corruption charges in 2003. Ganim invites your thoughts about a […]

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