City Councilman Ernie Newton is backing an extra $4.5 million in city money to cover unforeseen structural problems at the former city-owned ballpark that is being refitted into a 7,000-seat concert facility scheduled for opening spring 2021.
Newton, in a statement to OIB, declares “The Ordinance Committee worked hard on changing the minority set aside and hiring Bridgeport residents and ex-felons. We have to create jobs in our city, this was done with the $7.5 million. He is committed to doing the same with the 4.5 million.”
As evidence, Newton provided a copy of a letter from amphitheater developer Howard Saffan to Fred Gee, director of the Minority Business Office.