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Entries Categorized as 'Education'

Priority Is The Battle Cry As Council Prepares Budget Vote

May 3rd, 2016 · 13 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will likely vote on Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan by Saturday. The full council will then stamp its approval either Monday or Tuesday in a special meeting. As the committee prepares a vote members are examining the Police Department for a potential cut. Ganim’s budget provides the largest […]

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Crickets … Two Speakers For City Council Public Hearing On $560 Million Budget

April 22nd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Well, two speakers are better than none, right? At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday Scott Burns, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, called the meeting to order for the public to speak on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million budget. Michael Bottillo, a postal worker from the West Side, stepped up to the microphone. “The […]

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Education Advocates Urge More School Dough

April 20th, 2016 · 2 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events

From CT Post reporter Alex Gecan: >More than 200 Bridgeport residents had shown up by the time the public hearing convened at City Hall, and dozens more filtered in as parents and teachers took their three-minute turns at the lectern. Men, women and children holding placards and signs stood in the eaves after all the […]

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Ganim, UB Promote City Partnership

April 12th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

When Bill Finch was mayor, his relationship with the University of Bridgeport, one of the city’s largest employers schooling more than 5,000 students, was non-existent. He boycotted university events. Joe Ganim, a UB alumnus, has reached out to the university, appointing UB President Neil Salonen to his transition team, hosting the university to showcase its research brainpower […]

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Your Chance To Air Out Lungs, Public Hearings Set For City Budget

April 10th, 2016 · 15 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee has released a schedule of meetings and public hearings regarding action on Mayor Joe Ganim’s $560 million spending plan. A public hearing on the city’s capital plan will take place Wednesday 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace. A public hearing on the Board of Education […]

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Piranha Power, Pereira Launches Candidacy To Unseat Ganim’s Guy State Rep Stallworth

April 8th, 2016 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

Claiming State Rep. Charlie Stallworth is an absentee legislator, Board of Education member Maria Pereira has filed state paperwork to challenge the veteran State House member, also a staffer of Mayor Joe Ganim, in an August Democratic primary. Stallworth, a city minister, won a special election in 2011 for Connecticut’s 126th State House District replacing long-time […]

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Officials Schmooze State Leaders During Bridgeport Day At State Capitol

April 6th, 2016 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Bridgeport Day at the state capitol is an annual showcase for city leaders to share the best that Connecticut’s most populous city has to offer in the final weeks of the General Assembly session. It’s also another opportunity for Mayor Joe Ganim to lobby legislative leaders for more dough in a difficult budget season.

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Public Safety Largest Increase In Ganim’s Budget Proposal

April 6th, 2016 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim’s $560 million proposed budget is now available for review on the city’s website here. To cherry pick items by department see here. The largest increase in the spending plan appears to be public safety where Ganim’s recommending an increase of roughly $23 million over the current fiscal year led by new police […]

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