Debating Ganim’s Security Costs

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

The two detectives and a police lieutenant assigned to guard and chauffeur Mayor Joe Ganim around the city and state earned nearly $70,000 total in overtime for that assignment this year.

That amount–accrued between Jan. 1 and Dec. 19 and provided in response to a Freedom of Information request–is not insignificant given Bridgeport’s and its police department’s fiscal challenges.

The former is grappling with a several million dollar deficit and the latter has spent $3.7 million of its $5.5 million overtime account halfway through the budget year.

Full story here.



  1. Summertime 1958 Me my brother Dan and our good friend Toni Watson, three kids from Butler Ave in Bridgeport decided to take a walk and spend the day at Pleasure Beach. We knew that the park was closed for good and never to reopen again. Toni’s uncle Jack had a small pitch the ball in the basket concession stand. We would work there once in a while to help old Jack out, when he got to drunk on weekends.

    By the time Sunday came around old Jack was always flat on his face behind the pitch-it-in canvas sign, with a Fifth of Four Roses in his back pocket and a cigar between his lips and his front pockets full of Nickels, a true American entrepreneur if there ever was one!
    We were always afraid Uncle Jack would catch his lips on fire, but those cheap Evermore Cigars would burnout just in time to save old Jack’s ass (lips) while he was sleeping it off Uncle Jack breath always smelled like a water Buffalo’s.

    Taking nickels and handing out three balls to patron’s that were just as drunk as Uncle Jack, most of them Sailors and their Lady’s of the Evening trying to win a Kewpie Doll.
    It was a great part time summer job for kids like me and Toni, those nickels kept us 13 year old snot-nose kids in candy and soda all summer long.
    Toni and I were the first to be hit with the closing of Pleasure Beach Amusement Park, no 401K’s
    back then, just snot-nose kid’s with pockets full of nickels.

    Well, on our trip back to Pleasure Beach that day in 58, it was sad to see all the rides and concession stands gone and very few people milling around.
    At times the entire park was deserted, just a flock of seagulls on roof tops and the Rollercoaster.

    Well what does three snot-nose kids do when a Rollercoaster is empty?

    That’s right! we climbed that sucker all the way to the top!
    By the time we got to the top of the Coaster we were covered in grease from the tips of our shoes to our knees and hands.
    The wood on the Rollercoast was totally dry rotted, we couldn’t hold on to the rails for support, the farther
    we went up, the worst it got, but we were determine!

    When we finely made it to the top and looked out over the vista and Pleasure Beach Bridge, everything looked so small.
    Then the next thing we saw and heard was three cop cars racing over the Bridge with lights and siren’s blaring as they pulled up to the Rollercoaster!
    The three cops jump out of their car’s yelling at the top of their lungs to us, not to move and stay where you are !

    Now we knew we were in deep shit, forget about the grease !
    Two of the officers started climbing up the Coaster to help us down.
    I have to say it was very treacherous time on the way down and I can say today, those officers who were also covered in grease, saved our lives.

    The owner who was waiting for us on the ground said, he can’t get anyone to paint the rail’s, but these Idiot’s climbed all the way to top! As the tears rolled down his cheeks.
    Well that was my last job as a Carny, and when we got home, my old man kicked our ass, that’s what they did back in the 50’s and that’s how we learned!

  2. Rowena White, Ganim’s director of communications, wrote wrote: “Since the mayor is entitled by virtue of his office and position to the services of a security detail, it is not necessary or appropriate for him personally or his campaign to reimburse the city for such services.” That’s great and as clear as it can get and it’s another reason why voters should no support and vote for Joe Ganim for anything because Ganim doesn’t give a dam about spending taxpayers money.

  3. No need to worry.
    The esteemed members of the city council will take a stand and insist on compliance to ordinances and code of ethics.

    But first, someone will need to explain to them what an ordinance is, including that ordinance relating to ethics. I’m sure the mayor’s staff will explain everything to them.

  4. It’s time to UBER His Ass around the State!

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  5. Two detectives and a lieutenent to cart Little Joe Ganim from photo op to photo op. the city is bleeding money and this asshole is so unpopular he needs to be guarded by three armed men.

    Great Caesar’s ghost…

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