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Finch Pads Retro Paycheck Last Day For Himself And Loyalists, Ganim Pay Scale Benefits Too

December 1st, 2015 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

In one of his final acts as mayor based on inaction by the City Council, Bill Finch authorized retroactive pay increases for dozens of discretionary appointees–about a dozen of whom received termination letters on Monday in anticipation of Joe Ganim’s arrival as mayor–that some outgoing city employees described as a nice departure bonus of more […]

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Ganim Takes Office, Announces Appointments

December 1st, 2015 · 11 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim has released an initial list of appointees who will join him in City Hall including the retired FBI agent Ed Adams, who had investigated him, directing the new city office of Government Accountability and Integrity. Most of these positions according to the pay scale published in the latest city budget book are […]

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Walker: It’s Time To Recognize Ganim Reality, Create A Better Future

November 30th, 2015 · 18 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

As Joe Ganim prepares to resume office Tuesday, city resident David Walker, a former U.S. Comptroller General, writes in an OIB commentary it’s time to “come together to help create a better future both in Bridgeport and Connecticut.” Walker, a 2014 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, also shares thoughts on policy concerns that must be addressed in […]

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Who’ll Be Jamming In Joe’s Garage?

November 30th, 2015 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Rock icon Frank Zappa scored an infectious FM favorite about several band buddies, an unconventional bunch, coming together to play in “Joe’s Garage.” In Joe Ganim’s unorthodox comeback, he’s assembling pieces to an administration both unconventional and even surreal should the former FBI agent who investigated him work in his administration to create an Office […]

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Klein To Host Ganim Inaugural

November 30th, 2015 · 9 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

With rain in the forecast for Tuesday night, Joe Ganim’s inaugural committee led by Gina Malheiro has decided to switch the 6pm ceremonies from McLevy Green outside to the 1,400-seat Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue. “A Taste Of Bridgeport” reception featuring food provided by various restaurants will take place immediately following the inauguration in […]

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Who’s Protecting Taxpayer Money?

November 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee raises a question, What happens when City custodians and fiduciaries fail to protect public funds and property? As the Ganim administration prepares to take office Tuesday, Lee no doubt will continue to review purchase orders to see who’s getting paid and asking why. His latest commentary centers on a city […]

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Geraldine Johnson, Educator, School Chief, Legend

November 28th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Education, News and Events

From Mike Mayko, CT Post: Her life was one of learning, teaching and inspiring. And even into her 90s, Geraldine Johnson, honored with degrees, awards and directorships, continued to volunteer at the Classical Studies Academy and with senior groups particularly those located at the Watermark Retirement Community at 3030 Park Avenue.

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Finch Flips Ganim The Bird, Reappoints Chief Gaudett–Ganim Legal Adviser: Decision Petty And Vindictive

November 27th, 2015 · 93 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Outgoing Mayor Bill Finch, whose persistent exaggeration of low crime stats following spikes in violent crime alienated some voters, has decided to handcuff incoming Mayor Joe Ganim with a police chief he does not want. As a parting middle finger to Ganim, the departing mayor has reappointed Chief Joe Gaudett to another five-year contract based on […]

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