UPDATE: About 60 people attended Saturday’s forum at the Bridgeport Public Library hosted by Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport regarding the State House bill sponsored by State Representatives Jack Hennessy and Auden Grogins that if passed and signed into law will prohibit city employees from serving on the City Council. Hennessy says too many conflicts of interest exist on the legislative body such as council members voting to approve their own wages and benefits.
The state bill would enforce language in the Bridgeport City Charter that prohibits city employees from serving on the City Council. A loophole in state law allows it. The crowd heard from David Walker, former United States comptroller general who’s among many city activists involved with Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport trying to rally public and legislative support. The editorial board of the Connecticut Post has written editorials in support of the legislation.
The six remaining members of the city’s eight-person legislative delegation are either working against the bill or have not taken a public position. They are State House members Christina Ayala, Don Clemons, Ezequiel Santiago, and Charlie Stallworth and State Senators Anthony Musto and Andres Ayala. The proposed bill is receiving strong opposition from some municipal and state labor leaders with strong ties to the Democratic-controlled state legislature. The City Council approves labor contracts.
If you want to get involved with Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport contact Phil Blagys 203-218-1989, Dave Walker 202-679-0257, or email Citizens4betterbridgeport@gmail.com.