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Entries Categorized as 'News and Events'

Bill Seres, Mayor For 55 Days

February 9th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

In Bridgeport political life Bill Seres was a footnote, known as the 55-day mayor, but his fuller life was much much richer than that. He passed away on Tuesday.

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A Little Honey, A Little Political Spice Make For West Side Campaign Intrigue

February 8th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Two years ago young Marcus Brown joined a veteran group of West Side political operatives to claim all nine seats in a Democratic Town Committee primary in the 132nd District. This year, with a March 6th district primary on the horizon, he’s going against the establishment grain.

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In New Haven, Labor Backs MGM’s Bridgeport Casino Proposal

February 8th, 2018 · 25 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

From Christopher Peak, New Haven Independent: New Haven’s labor unions flexed their political muscle to back MGM Resorts’s proposed casino in Bridgeport, as a showdown begins over tribal nations’ competing plans.

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City Lawmakers: Inspirit Craft Distilleries On Par With Beer And Wine

February 7th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The craft brewery industry, thanks to state legislation, has enjoyed meteoric growth in Connecticut joining state wineries as major consumer destinations. Bridgeport’s East Side is home to Asylum Distillery, the city’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition, that produces gin, vodka and whiskey from corn grown in Connecticut. As noted in an OIB story last year Asylum Distillery’s Bridgeport-made […]

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“¡Ya Basta!” Clean Up Sewer Collection Mess At WPCA

February 7th, 2018 · 44 Comments · City Council, News and Events

UPDATE, related story here. Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez is providing guidance to the City Council’s Ordinance Committee that wants to reform collection practices of the Water Pollution Control Authority following constituent complaints. In this OIB commentary she writes “It is true that state law considers a sewer bill that goes unpaid for thirty […]

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Sewer Collection Issues Years In The Making

February 7th, 2018 · 4 Comments · City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Local debt-collection attorney Juda Epstein is under scrutiny from the City Council for his role in helping recover late sewer fees for Bridgeport’s Water Pollution Control Authority.

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Mario’s DTC Moolah Sinks

February 6th, 2018 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa needs to reload his committee treasury. The latest filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission shows the Democratic Town Committee paid attorney Ed Maley $12,367.99 for legal representation in the challenge of City Council primary results in the North End 133rd District, leaving a $4,741 balance as of December 31. […]

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Bridgeport Casino Bill Calls For Competitive Process

February 6th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

As the Connecticut legislature enters a new session, one of the headliner issues is competition for a commercial casino in Bridgeport. From Dan Haar, CT Post: Supporters of a casino in Bridgeport will roll out a bill Tuesday that would revoke the East Windsor license granted last year to the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes […]

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