The musical chairs that is the Bridgeport City Council continued Monday night when Black Rock councilman Marty McCarthy announced his resignation and submitted a formal resignation letter today (Tuesday) while Bob Curwen announced he really didn’t mean to resign when he announced his resignation a few months ago. So he’s still technically a council member representing the Upper East Side.
In a statement to the Connecticut Post, the other council member representing the 138th District, Rich Paoletto, is not happy with how Curwen has handled things regarding his resignation, resignation withdrawn.
“Whether Bob is purposefully holding back his letter ‘playing games,’ I don’t know, but he is doing a disservice to the 138th District day by day without properly resigning.”
Curwen had announced in early January at a council meeting, “I am compelled to inform you that I will be retiring from politics very soon due to a family illness that requires immediate attention.”
He sold his house and moved to Virginia in the aid of his ill daughter. But now he says things are looking up and would like to keep his seat. Curwen, although announcing his resignation verbally never submitted a formal letter of resignation. He had served for more than a decade as co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, a key council body that revues the mayor’s budget proposal.
Curwen, the master of malapropisms, is quoted in the Post about his return to council meetings, “I am being optimistically cautious is the best way for me to put it to you.”
City Council President Tom McCarthy Monday night replaced Curwen as co-chair of the committee with Black Rock councilwoman Sue Brannelly. Angel DePara is the other co-chair. Mayor Bill Finch is scheduled to submit his spending plan to the council the first week of April.
Steven Stafstrom, a lawyer with Bridgeport-based Pullman & Comley, is expected to replace Marty McCarthy on the council. City Council members vote to fill vacancies.