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Entries Categorized as 'City Politics'

Paging Bruno Mars–Terrifying State (Rep)ertoire, Uptown Funk

January 12th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

This is truly terrifying. Bridgeport State House members Chris Rosario, Steve Stafstrom and Ezequiel Santiago, accompanied by City Council President Aidee Nieves, synchronizing Uptown Funk. Will the city ever be the same? Is there any real good news out of this? Raising moolah for arts in public schools at the Germania Schwaben Society on the […]

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Newton Seeks Restoration Of City Council Power To Approve Tax Breaks

January 9th, 2018 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

By a 10-8 vote in October the City Council approved new tax-break guidelines for developers while eliminating the legislative body’s future approval on such deals. Here’s how they voted. City Councilman Ernie Newton, who was not a sitting member for that vote, is asking the City Attorney’s Office for guidance on the process to repeal the council’s […]

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The Warrior Ed Gomes Going Out On His Own Terms

January 5th, 2018 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

State Senator Ed Gomes, the plainspoken warrior of city politics who lost his seat in a 2012 primary only to return in historic fashion in a 2015 special election riding the Working Families Party banner, will not seek reelection this year. He turns 82 next month. See background here. Gomes’ 23rd Senate District covers about […]

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Finch To Command Discovery Museum

January 3rd, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

For Bill Finch, the commute is much much shorter. The former mayor has been named executive director of the Discovery Museum on Park Avenue. Finch has bounced around a few jobs since he lost a mayoral primary to Joe Ganim in 2015, including a stint in the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo running the New […]

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Calling New Blood–Type D

January 2nd, 2018 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A new year. Why not some new blood in city politics? Okay, so there’s no Type D blood but what the heck, plenty of Democratic blood has been spilled in city elections over the years. In advance of expected Democratic Town Committee primaries in March, The Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats on Wednesday night at 7 […]

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For Ganim, It’s All About MOM, The Search For Statewide Relevance

January 2nd, 2018 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

A candidate without a message is like a dog without a bark. As Mayor Joe Ganim embarks his official run for governor this week, it’s the stew of blending three key ingredients because campaigns are like having dear old MOM at your side–message, organization and money. Sometimes, in rare situations, one of the three is […]

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Gilberto Hernandez, Political Leader, City Councilman And Mayoral Aide

December 30th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Whatever occurred in Democratic politics in the city the past 50 years, East Side District Leader Gilberto Hernandez was always a player at the table. We worked together as administrative aides to Mayor Tom Bucci in the mid 1980s. Alcalde is mayor in Spanish and what few know is that Gil nearly became Alcalde in […]

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Ganim Gears Up For Governor, Formal Announcement Next Week

December 27th, 2017 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

UPDATE: video from Doing It Local. He ran on a second-chance message that resurrected him as chief executive of Connecticut’s largest city in 2015 and now Mayor Joe Ganim is gearing up for a 2018 statewide run in which he’ll tout a new Connecticut economy with cities as the economic drivers. Ganim is expected to […]

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