Committee Urges Mayor To Gag Greg, Plus: What Happened To The Money!

The Committee To Ungag The People, a community group making a lot of noise through silent protests, wants Mayor Bill Finch to remove Associate City Attorney Greg Conte from serving as legal counsel to the Planning & Zoning Commission.

They say Conte has gummed up the works. See details in a letter the organization sent to Finch on Monday. Greg, if you’re out there, feel free to respond.

Re: Associate City Attorney Greg Conte
Dear Mayor Finch:

We would like to extend our gratitude for thus far hearing our united voice regarding our issues with the Planning and Zoning Commission (“PZC”). We note that you have stood with us in calling for public hearings before the PZC on both the Master Plan and the controversial zoning changes we have identified. We also note that you have signed the City Council resolution approving the Master Plan with changes to keep our two areas of Main St. residential and preventing spot zoning changes to Testo’s, Greenwood Street, and Anton/Serpentine Streets.

Today we are writing to you about a matter that is negatively and severely impacting the impartiality, transparency and fairness of the PZC’s procedures. This matter involves Associate City Attorney, Greg Conte. Mr. Conte’s conduct in acting as counsel to the PZC at best gives the appearance of impropriety, sheds a light on his conflicts of interest and at worst could be illegal. We are hereby asking that you immediately remove him from his role as counsel to the PZC to inspire citizen confidence in that body, maintain the PZC’s integrity and end any appearance of impropriety.

During recent meetings of the PZC, Mr. Conte had consorted with counsel for developers who are seeking zoning changes that are detrimental to homeowners, taxpayers and residents of our city, and carrying the developers’ messages to the PZC without contacting, consulting with, or in any way taking into consideration the views of the citizens attending the meeting and whose property values and quality of neighborhood life could be at stake. These conversations, and Mr. Conte’s advocacy on behalf of the developers, are not a part of the public record at the proceedings thereby destroying any sense of fairness and transparency.

There are serious issues before the PZC. At stake are preservation and protection of our neighborhoods, quality of life and property values. If the PZC decides to establish all of Main St. as a commercial corridor and approves spot zoning changes favoring a select group of developers, land use attorneys and special interests, this will directly and negatively impact our neighborhoods and the people who live in them.

Through his actions, Mr. Conte has made the playing field uneven between the developers and special interests, on the one hand, and the residents, citizens, taxpayers and neighborhoods, on the other. Moreover, Conte has blatantly displayed his bias favoring special interests and developers rather than doing what the City pays him to do, which is to be an impartial legal interpreter of statutes and pertinent zoning regulations and matters. This bias has been exhibited on various occasions and has been documented.

We point to a recent Connecticut Post article “Public Comments Halted on City Zoning Revisions”, dated April 22, 2009, which reported as follows: “Conte told the board the public has a right to attend the PZC’s discussions, but should not be allowed to comment. ‘If you’re not paying attention, shame on you,’ he said of neighbors who might be surprised by the proposed zoning changes.” We have evidence that at the very same time Conte was “gagging the public”, he was being used as a mouthpiece by land use attorneys, developers and special interests to communicate with the Planning and Zoning Commission to get special favors snuck into the Zoning Map. In other words, special interests and developers had access to the City’s impartial land use body while the citizens did not. This arguably violates Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws, and calls into question the transparency, fairness and impartiality of the PZC.

Mr. Conte as much as admitted he circumvented public hearing requirements in a Connecticut Post article “75 Demand Master Plan Hearing”, dated June 30, 2009. To quote the article, when Conte was confronted with the fact that certain land use attorneys had the “ear of the city attorney” which in turn “gave that information to the Commission while residents [had] been told they cannot speak”, Conte admitted, “These individuals [land use attorneys] are friends of mine and I do on occasion speak to them … ” Clearly, Mr. Conte’s actions have caused the operations at the PZC to be biased against the neighborhoods and the taxpayers and residents who live in them. The PZC has capable staff members to gather any additional “information” it may need to perform its functions in a fair and transparent manner. It is not up to Conte to insert himself in that process to help his “friends”. He has clearly overstepped his bounds and exceeded his authority.

In conclusion, Mr. Conte has made himself an issue in the planning and zoning process to the detriment of neighborhoods, taxpayers and residents. He has become a distraction from the important issues being decided before the PZC that will affect land use, neighborhoods and property values for a decade or more. We therefore respectfully request that Attorney Greg Conte be removed from his role as counsel to the PZC.

Very truly yours,
Michael T. Voytek, Esq., Chairman

Cesar Cordero, Neighborhood Captain

Eugene Allen, Neighborhood Captain

Dee Manento, Neighborhood Captain

Mark Eigenbrodt, Neighborhood Captain

Don Tesch, Neighborhood Captain

Library Leverage

If the library referendum question makes its way to the ballot in November how will library supporters sell it to voters? Whether you agree with him or not, Sly Salcedo, that genial attorney who filed suit in Superior Court on behalf of library rooters, posted this rejoinder to Local Eyes and donj on Monday. It’s worth repeating to show the rationale:

Local eyes:

You’re up pretty early in the day … do me a favor and check out the North Branch and Old Mill Green Branch tomorrow and let me know how many adults are hanging around those “adult day care centers”, please.

In between court hearings today, I dashed into the Main branch for a quick look and saw the computer room was packed, I counted about 15 adults … anyone who looked over 18 … the rest were kids of every age on the second floor with 32 computer terminals … in the children’s room on the first floor, all but one of eight computer stations had a child and an adult working diligently; in the video room, there were two adults at two of three terminals … this was at about 2:30pm. At 4:30pm, I peeked in at Black Rock, with about 20 plus computers on site, only about 6-7 teens were at the computers, closing time was at 5pm … I did recognized one old guy as Atty. Ed Piquette who was reading the newspaper … a lawyer reading the newspaper at 4:30pm in a library branch on a blazing hot and humid day? I want that kind of lawyer job … then, quick ride to Newfield at 4:50pm … ten minutes to closing time … place is full of teens, no adults present at this “adult day care center.” Brave attempt to get to Old Mill Green at 5:05pm, only to see the staff locking up and driving off … Local Eyes, we await your report …

For donj: Great question, very insightful …
Here’s the breakdown: the current library budget from the city is $4,836,459 … that’s soup to nuts as the library is run today. In mil rate terms of your taxes today … this represents 0.069% of the total city budget.
… the Liberate Libraries Committee is advocating for the idea, as offered by the Library Director and supported by the Library Board, that as a City, we should raise the library budget to a full 1% of the budget or 1 (one) mil which equals $6,965,650 based on our current and projected grand list.

Now, let’s look at how this affects the average homeowner, if your home is valued/assessed at $100,000.00: today you are contributing $69.00 per year to the library budget. At 1 (one) mil, you will be contributing $100.00 per year. Look at YAHOOY, “he reads 2-3 novels a week at about $20.00 a pop” … after reading five library books, everything else is gravy for him.

Look at real Bridgeport people, let’s start with me … I bought a three-bedroom condo in the East Side for $75,000 in May, 2004 after a most amicable divorce from the highest paid, best dressed public servant in Bridgeport back in the day … the condo is now assessed at about $62,000.00 so I pay about $2,350 in taxes (using the mil rate of 38) … of that amount, $42.78 goes to the library each year. I’m willing to have my city councilors and my mayor take another $19.22 and give it to the library budget for a full 1 (one) mil towards the library budget from me. That’s all that’s being proposed here. No one is asking or looking for any new taxes to be raised for this effort.

I imagine that the heartache/headache for the mayor, if this referendum is successful will be, (if he doesn’t raise taxes which he should not do “in these tough economic times”) … where does he get the additional $2,129,191.00 from the city’s current budget (ie, $6,965,650.00 minus $4,836,459.00)? If he and the city budget staff cannot figure it out … I will step up to the plate and volunteer to help him/them. No charge and I’ll even bring the Doritos (Another pro-bono case from the 2nd largest minority law firm in Bridgeport, CT). Special flavors: we have Nacho cheese, Ranch or the combo pack?

Oh, yes … for bipartisan-ship’s sake, let’s look at former Congressman Shays as a high-end example … I believe his house on the waterfront in Black Rock was reported in the CT Post to be assessed at about $600,000.00 … his taxes (I estimate) are about $22,800.00 per year. Today, Chris Shays contributes a generous $414.00 to the library’s budget, and with 1(one) mil, he will contribute $600.00 … that’s about 30 novels that YAHOOY will read … he can do that in less than 10 weeks, on his summer reading program.

 Where Has All The Money Gone?

News release from Congressional Republicans

Himes Owes an Explanation: Six Months After ‘Stimulus,’ Americans Still Asking, ‘Where Are the Jobs?’

Budget-Busting Disaster Still Hasn’t Yielded Results

Washington- Today marks the six month anniversary of the signing of the Democrats’ $787 billion economic stimulus, and Connecticut’s hard-working taxpayers are still wondering when they will see any positive effects on the economy – and still waiting for an explanation from Jim Himes about his vote to pile a mountain of new debt on their backs with no results to show for it.

“Despite all the spin coming from the White House and Capitol Hill, Connecticut families know that the last six months of Jim Himes’s stimulus swindle have amounted to little more than a monumental waste of money,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Jim Himes and his Democrat friends embraced a ‘Washington knows best’ mentality that put nearly a trillion taxpayer dollars in the hands of bureaucrats and politicians. Six months after he handed over their hard-earned tax dollars to his buddies in Washington, Connecticut families are still wondering: Where are the jobs?”

According to a new poll, Americans have lost confidence in the big-spending agenda that Himes and his allies in Washington continue to force through:

“Six months after President Obama launched a $787 billion plan to right the nation’s economy, a majority of Americans think the avalanche of new federal aid has cost too much and done too little to end the recession.

“A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found 57% of adults say the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse. Even more – 60% – doubt that the stimulus plan will help the economy in the years ahead, and only 18% say it has done anything to help improve their personal situation.” (Brad Heath, “Poll: 57% Don’t See Stimulus Working,” USA Today, 8/17/09)

After declaring that he was “not satisfied” with a pattern of slowed spending in June, President Obama set an ambitious goal to speed the Recovery Act’s pace. The pace of stimulus spending, however, has dropped severely in recent weeks, despite Obama’s demands to speed it up:

“Taxpayer groups say the numbers show spending decisions are random and prove that the $787 billion stimulus program has had no effect on the economy … . Spending as of Aug. 7, the 172nd day since Mr. Obama signed the bill, stood at $200 billion obligated. To meet the goal of $225 billion, the government will have to spend nearly $1 billion each day over the next four weeks — or nearly double the pace of the past four weeks.” (Stephen Dinan, “Pace of stimulus spending plummets,” The Washington Times, 08/14/2009)

In January, the White House warned the American people that without the passage of the so-called stimulus package, unemployment would reach over 9 percent. Then, President Obama promised Americans that unemployment would slow and peak at less than 8 percent if the stimulus passed. Now, six months after the stimulus was signed into law, America faces a $1.6 trillion deficit and 9.4 percent unemployment. (Source: Department of Labor)

With no real progress to show since January, Jim Himes and his fellow Democrats owe Connecticut families an explanation. After mortgaging the country’s future with a trillion dollars in new debt, will he finally take responsibility for a runaway spending spree that has failed to yield results?

 P. T. And Kids

Stories in the Summer mean Fun for Families at The Barnum Museum

Hear a children’s tale and create a themed craft to take home

While your children are out of school this summer, consider bringing them to the Barnum Museum for some creative learning. This is the third event titled, “Book Tales and Fun”to be heldat The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays August 25. All materials will be supplied for the children to create a craft to take home. The crafts will be reflective of the theme of each book. The program is designed for children from age three to six and is free with general admission to the museum.

On August 25 the story will be “Look! Look! Look! By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and the children will make postcards.
What: “Book Tales and Fun”at the Barnum Museum

When: Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. August 25

Where: The Barnum Museum , 820 Main Street , Bridgeport , CT

Cost: The program is Free with General Museum Admission

Adults $7, seniors and college students $5, children 4-17 $4 and children under 4 free.

R.S.V.P. to 203-331-1104 x106 Jaime Knoedler

Regular Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday – noon to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and Holidays.

Phineas Taylor Barnum, one-term mayor of Bridgeport and four-term member of the Connecticut General Assembly, was born July 5, 1810 in Bethel and died April 7, 1891 in Bridgeport . The original museum building, owned by the City of Bridgeport, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is handicapped accessible.



  1. My home generates $5608.18 in property taxes. My car and my wife’s car add another $1100 for both. I never really looked at the portion from which goes directly to the library system. Whatever it is, it is certainly not enough. My family heavily uses our library as well as the libraries in the surrounding communities. Libraries are an important part of our lives and have contributed greatly to any success I, and especially my children have earned. My folks made the library seem like a magic place where anyone could go to find out about new things. My dad used to say, “you don’t have to be the smartest guy in the world to be a success, just smart enough to know where to find the answers to your questions.” That’s what the library meant to me and my brothers and sisters … a place to go where we could find answers to questions. Encouraging my curiosity was the greatest gift my parents ever gave me. When my daughter was in elementary school, she came home one day and asked me what a Narwhal was. I didn’t know. It would have been easy to go to the encyclopedia (remember them?) we had at home or dictionary, but I grasped the opportunity to take her to the library and show her how to find the answer to her question. A pleasant moment I got to spend with one of my children. I think about that often.

    I am a huge supporter of a free public library system. I do not think, however, that any library budget should be statutorily defined. A library board should write a plan for a forthcoming year, establish a cost basis for that plan and submit it to a competent city council for review and approval. The cost of the library plan is but a component of all city departments. As the available financial resources are defined, money is meted out to each department in accordance with a master fiscal plan. As I stated before, if the money is there, all departments will benefit. If not, all departments must sacrifice. I will never accept the elimination of a teacher, policeman, or fireman so that a library will get a budget based upon statutory mandate.

    I just found out that a book I am interested in has just come available at the Fairfield Woods Branch of the Fairfield Library. Bridgeport has been unable to order a copy due to lack of funds. It’s a pity that Bridgeport is and has been so badly managed by incompetent self agendized politicians who have drained our pockets without demonstrating any progress in generating revenues from other than the individual taxpayer. We would not be having this blogalogue if we were managed right and had attracted new taxpayers into our blighted city. Therein lies the rub. If there is no money, blame the Calamarians, get them the hell out of control, return Bridgeport to prominence and fund all of the programs that benefit the people. Until there is ample money, I don’t mind driving to Fairfield to get a book I want to read. I’d rather have a full force of firemen and cops than a special budget for a library.

    1. I was at Murphy’s Law the night Bill Finch won the Democratic primary (Chris Caruso was a few blocks away, dining on cheese pizza). Most, if not all, of the people there were members of the DTC to congratulate each other on a job well done. Snatching victory away from a more civic-minded politician is always worth hoisting a beer. That was all any of ’em cared about, putting their boy into 999 Broad Street. Did they care if he actually accomplished something for the good of the city? Fuck no! As long as the status quo is maintained.

    2. *** Boy you love to make shit up don’t you “bottom feeder”! *** Are you really a cartoon from the imagination of a loony cartoonist who suffers from depression? Or have you always been this screwed up all your life? *** Don’t bother! ***

    3. I truly love libraries and know that the Bridgeport Public Library needs a stable budget. HOWEVER do the taxpayers really want to give additional money to the current library administration to spend as frivolously as the current administration has? 1. Hiring a coach for a director making almost $100,000 per year who has been in his position for 2+ years. If he is doing so badly at his job, why isn’t he being replaced? 2. Hiring a consultant to advise re: the referendum. 3. Hiring someone to remove the books from the Newfield Library instead of using library custodians and what happens when those hard-working men file a grievance? Who is going to pay for that? 4. Why can’t Bridgeport afford to buy a book for Yahooy? Where is the money given by the city to purchase library materials? What has it been spent on? 5. Why were there layoffs a year ago despite the City Council putting enough money in the budget to keep those positions? And why was one of those the assistant city librarian? 6. And what is happening to the libraries–staff is almost nonexistent in some places through no fault of their own. Libraries close whenever the director decrees with no regard to the public. Books are removed from one neighborhood (maybe because they aren’t economically advantaged enough to support the referendum) and moved to another neighborhood. (Bribery to support the referendum maybe?)
      IF the taxpayers vote yes on the referendum, they had better demand an elected library board that is actually accountable to the citizens instead of the self-perpetuating board that it is currently. The Library Board and the Library Director have acted unconscionably and have taken the library on a path to destruction of the fine institution it used to be.
      Think long and hard before you turn over more of your tax money to the library–demand answers and accountability first!

  2. “Bridgeport Now” LIVE Tuesday Aug 18
    At 8pm on Ch 77, Cablevision. No cable? Netcast at

    Rundown today:

    – 8 to 8:30 … Charles Brilvitch, on Bridgeport history

    – 8:30 … “Tour of Bridgeport” first Bicycle Event in city

    – 8:35 to 9pm … Member of “Committee To Ungag the People” will explain issue, take calls from residents, as well as discuss the group’s request that Attorney Greg Conte be removed from his role as counsel to the PZC.

    “Bridgeport Now”, a local access program, getting the people to see the issues, and providing a forum for discussion.

  3. So the library board believes that it deserves a 44% increase in its budget!!!
    And a spokesperson for this effort makes comments like “where does he get the additional $2,129,191.00 from the city’s current budget (ie, $6,965,650.00 minus $4,836,459.00)? If he and the city budget staff cannot figure it out … I will step up to the plate and volunteer to help him/them. No charge and I’ll even bring the Doritos”
    Funny Sylvester. Very, very funny.
    A proposed $2 million dollar increase simply because 50 people sign a petition? And a budget over which no one but the Library Board has control over? You have got to be kidding me.
    And almost a guaranteed windfall increase in another three years when there is a state mandated reval. The friends of the library will make it very easy for the voters to reject a reckless spending proposal like this and when the public overwhelmingly votes it down, they will need to fend for themselves against potential future cuts.
    Be careful when you ask the public to speak because you may end up not liking what they have to say.

  4. Walsh …

    All of the houses in Bridgeport have lost a significant portion of their value. If the Calamarians are allowed to prevail, there is not much hope that the blight will improve. Will not, then, we find a reval that will lower the current tax base?

    1. Some interesting facts …

      According to the United States Census Bureau, Bridgeport has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.2 km²), of which, 16.0 square miles (41.4 km²) of it is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it (17.53%) is water …

      As of the census of 2000, there were 139,529 people, 50,307 households, and 32,749 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,720.9 people per square mile (3,367.0/km²). There were 54,367 housing units at an average density of 3,398.1/sq mi (1,312.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.02% White, 30.76% African American, 0.48% Native American, 3.25% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 14.81% from other races, and 5.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.88% of the population. Other ancestry groups include: Italian (8.6%), Irish (5.1%), Portuguese (2.9%), Polish (2.8%), and German …

      The median income for a household in the city was $34,658, and the median income for a family was $39,571. Males had a median income of $32,430 versus $26,966 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,306. About 16.2% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.8% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over …

    2. Common sense would have you think so but I cannot recall the Grand List shrinking in a reval period. Even if values in Bridgeport decline once it goes below the perceived value in the area the price bounces back up again.
      The next two revals (in 4 years and 8 years) will be statistical and not a full revaluation. If sampling prices and values is in play, I am hard pressed to believe that the list won’t go up.
      And if history says in total during reval the grand list will increase is it worth voting for a referendum where you are hoping your property value will decrease so that the one mil set-aside won’t hurt as much?
      And even if it does happen, then the same group can go out and circulate petitions to make up the difference and change it to 1.25 mils.
      It is a silly circle that should be avoided.

  5. All crammed into this little wedge of land …

    Simsbury, the Farmington Valley town where I grew up, covers an area of 34.3 square miles, with a population of 23,234. The median income for a household in the town was $82,996, and the median income for a family was $97,008 (these figures had risen to $105,152 and $120,815 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $70,519 versus $42,136 for females. The per capita income for the town was $39,710. About 1.0% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

    What’s wrong with this picture? Have the entrenched special interests, the Calamarians (as Yahooy so accurately describes this clique of squid-like creatures), become so interested in their privilege, their financial enrichment, their power, their control, that they’ve also become apathetic to what’s best for the city? Why has it taken so long for the brownfields issue to be addressed? I’ll venture a guess that no one involved with Mario Testa and the rest of the DTC’s leadership has figured out how to make money from it.

    1. And what about the district leaders? I think that they’ve probably become so comfortable with their big-fish-in-a-small-pond status that they’ve become blind to the city’s real ills: drugs, handgun violence, poor education, excessive taxes, pollution … All of these quality-of-life issues ought to be at the top of the agenda.

  6. Sly Salcedo
    Liberate Libraries

    First off, as soon as you ask your opponent to do you a favor, you’re losing. Here’s why:

    I’m a busy guy, too. Stopping to complete your request amounts to billable hours. Now I’m doing pro bono work for a referendum supporter. (My life is in a tailspin.) Here’s the worst part:

    I’m correct! Based on your descriptions, the library does serve as an adult day center for those without a computer. Later in the day, children take over as closing time approaches. Computers have already overtaken books as the leading reason to visit a library.

    You’re fortunate to receive favorable treatment from our BlogMaster. He published your views where you commanded me to post a response. This post comprises my subsidy to you, bucko. (TPCMSTYB)

    I hope your plan backfires and Bridgeport’s libraries remain exposed to the same political risks they’ve always faced. I think you’re on the wrong side of history. I like my chances on August 24th. Besides, the ghost of Jasper McLevy said, “I intended that law for a specific purpose and current conditions don’t warrant it”.

    Prove him wrong.

      1. Wouldn’t surprise me. Heck, I saw one of the library clerks working on her Facebook page while I was there.

        Still … I’m not of the mind that a library is “non-essential”. However, I DO agree that MOST people that use libraries only go to surf the internet. And MOST of those that are surfing AREN’T doing research … unless they’re researching which “Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger” they are (yes, that’s something you can discover on Facebook).

        I wonder … if the Libraries started blocking sites; such social networking sites as Facebook, MySpace, et al., would the computers still be in such high demand? Or would we hear a loud cry of “censorship!” because they couldn’t “pimp” their profiles?

  7. All this chatter re funding libraries reminds me of how Adolf H had giant book burnings so that the people would read only what the Reich approved.

    Our little “H”, the chief Calamarian and his henchmen, may not burn books but will do anything to stifle progress unless there’s something in it for the loyal members of the Reich.

    The library of the 21st century should be a place that offers technology to those unable to afford it at home. When people couldn’t afford books, public libraries were founded to educate the masses. I’d vote yes to a referendum if it meant that the money were used to provide state of the art education to the masses. Maybe then, more people would be able to stand up to the ruling class of bandits in this city and make some changes.

    1. Many of the members of Bridgeport’s City Council owe allegiance to the DTC district leaders that toiled to have them elected. Rounding up the alcoholics, the drug addicts, the mentally challenged, the indifferent, the apathetic, the ignorant, carrying them down to the polling place and getting them to vote however the ward heeler desires, hey, that’s a lot of work. Getting the dead to awaken from eternal slumber, to shamble down the street to the voting booth, leaving a trail of rotting cerements … That’s a lot of work too, but the magic is no more sophisticated than filling out voter registration cards. No candles or dead chickens are required. But someone will be owed a service.

      Occasionally the capos disagree with the Calamaro di tutti Calamari and games are played, council members told to vote yea or nay on a particular issue in order to spite the Big Squid. One more reason that nothing is ever accomplished in the Chambers. Too many games being played, too many agendas competing for the crumbs brushed from the tablecloths at the Big Squid’s dining hall on Madison Avenue.

  8. The people are educated to the point that they registered to vote. The problem is getting them out to vote. The people of Bridgeport came out in droves and voted for a new president who promised change.
    Will they come out and vote this September? Chances are slim. Most people don’t realize that their vote in September is a vote for change. It’s a vote that says I have had enough and I want change.
    If they come out in September it could show that change is possible. It will show that we can put new people in office and beat the machine. Maybe just maybe the next election we can get more new candidates and get rid of more of the machine Democrats. Ann and I have walked the entire district and people have said they are ready for a change. It will be our job to get them out. If we get them out we win. If we win we will have done it with a total expense of $700. It will show that you can beat the machine and hopefully give more people the belief that they too can win.

    1. At least a few people are ready for a change. Rousing them from a state of perpetual apathy to vote for the change, now there’s the rub. Will it happen? I dunno. In your district, maybe. MAYBE. In Black Rock? It may be possible to upset the status quo. Donna Curran lost by a measly twenty-five votes. I have respect for Ms. Curran but she had a bad habit of straddling the fence, trying to please everyone she met. She was also rather easily manipulated. Does anyone recall her behavior during the subcommittee hearings on granting MACH, a nonprofit arts group, a lease at 999 Broad Street? Joe “I’ll get the volunteers to do it for free” Celli sat right behind her at one of the hearings, pulling her strings in order to hold the MACH lease hostage unless the city gave his organization a long-term lease on the former Black Rock Bank & Trust building at 2838 Fairfield Avenue. This made her not a little ineffective on the Council.

      The two council members that replaced her and Tom Mulligan haven’t done much more than toe the Democratic Town Committee party line, voting however it is “suggested,” carrying on the tradition of pawnship in Bridgeport politics.

  9. The Bridgeport Kid

    I am pretty sure when you go to the polls you will vote for McCarthy. As for me I will vote this election I am still undecided on the Library question and I will not vote for any Democrats on the ballot. I think I can stomach voting for a Republican for the first time in my life and I will vote for every Republican on the BOE and vote for the Republican running for council. TC I am wishing you the best I can’t wait to see those results keep working hard.

    1. I will not be voting for Marty McCarthy. If the local chapter of the GOP gets its collective shit together and fields a candidate of any worth I may cast my ballot that way. Otherwise; otherwise The Kid’ll have to be a drifting man.

  10. CGS Sec. 11-36. Town or borough tax. When fifty electors of any town or borough present a petition to the clerk of such town or borough, asking that an annual tax be levied for the establishment and maintenance of a free public library and reading room in such town or borough, and specify in their petition a rate of taxation, not to exceed three mills on the dollar, such clerk shall, in the next legal notice of the regular municipal election in such town or borough, give notice that at such election the question of an annual tax for the maintenance of a library is to be voted upon in the manner prescribed in section 9-369. The designation of such question on the voting machine ballot label shall be “Shall a …. mill tax be levied to establish and maintain a free public library and reading room?”. Such notice and such designation of the question on the voting machine ballot label shall specify the rate of taxation mentioned in such petition.

    Mr. Salcedo, I’m baffled by the fact that as an attorney, you do not find this statute to be vague at best. I’m enjoying my Tostitos, but what makes it tasteful and fun is that I am dipping it in Salcedo not Salsa. If you knew about Libraries as much as I do, you would have gone looking into–or at least mentioned–the other Libraries which you have no control over. In Bridgeport there are 33 Elementary and Magnet schools and three High Schools. Do you know how many of them have Libraries? This is your assignment from me: Find out and report to us the number of other Libraries in Bridgeport and the cost of running them.
    You guys at Liberate the Library have taken the position that the mayor cares very little about the Libraries just because you folks feel that you are entitled to more funding. The Bridgeport Public Library facilities are not the only libraries in town. If you read the statute above, you will find that it doesn’t specifically calls for the mil rate money to be given to the Bridgeport Public Library. If your referendum passes, what’s to stop the mayor and City Council from using the (1) mil rate fund to maintain and establishing a free library and reading room in the schools? What if the mayor and the City Council decides that it’s best to have the libraries inside our schools; close all libraries except the downtown library; sell the other buildings and stop renting library space? Remember what happened to the Port Authority and Joe Riccio?
    When you figure out how many other libraries there are in Bridgeport, you can then start collecting some financial information regarding the cost of establishing and maintaining these libraries. “the current library budget from the city is $4,836,459 … that’s soup to nuts as the library is run today. In mil rate terms of your taxes today … this represents 0.069% of the total city budget.” Then, you shall add the cost to the numbers that you have provided in your “rationale” so worthy of repeating. Finally, take your newly discovered information and calculate how much more money the city can save by having the libraries in the schools and opened past school hours. “Be careful when you ask the public to speak because you may end up not liking what they have to say.” Heed the Troll’s warning.

  11. Hey Bridgeport Kid, you talk about the DTC paying allegiance to Mario. What would they say if they heard Mario and his nephew in their kitchen talking about the mulignans and the spics. No offense Mojo and Joel. They are both racists who have no respect for most of the DTC members in fact they show disdain and contempt behind their backs. Yet the DTC members, most of whom are city employees, bow down to Mario every chance they get. If they got together and backed one of their own they would blow Mario right out of the water and finally get his girlfriend Rose Hoyt out of the Eisenhower Center. She has shown her true colors long ago but Finch is forced to keep her because of Mario. Racism is alive and well in Testo’s and the Eisenhower Center.

    1. *** Racism is a 2-way street, for every action there is a reaction. Besides, there’s a saying, “it takes one to know one”! *** Oh, no offense of course! ***

  12. Great postings, everybody!
    I’m learning a lot. I regret time is short tonight, but I will try to address/respond to all of the wonderful points and important issues tomorrow night … for Bob Walsh, Library Lover, YAHOOY, Local Eyes and the inimitable Joel Gonzalez, et al. …

    1. “I regret time is short tonight, but I will try to address/respond to all of the wonderful points and important issues tomorrow night … “- Posted by Sylvester Salcedo on Aug. 18.
      Still waiting for those responses …

    1. ***MoPho***

      A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. People write things on these pages so that others may become informed.

      You should try reading some day. Do you have any friends that are literate? Maybe one of them could explain this concept to you.

      1. *** You think your Mom has some extra time to meet me @ the library downtown this week? I’ll pay her bus fare if you’re going to refuse to give her a ride again! ***


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