Debating Jodi’s Jail, Plus: State Reps Tear Into Governor, And Blumenthal Takes Polling Lead

Weekend Update: Ticking, ticking, ticking.

The clock is ticking.

Since we’re time sensitive at OIB we’ve decided to show a time clock–Bill’s Deadline for Jodi’s Jail–so we can all stay focused to meet the governor’s marching orders to present an appropriate alternative location for a juvenile detention center for girls. You know how I feel, stick it somewhere rural. See the countdown top right.

But as the clock ticks, the burden to find something better than Virginia Avenue on the Upper East Side is with Mayor Bill Finch who’s been forced to take an active public role at the prodding of State Rep. Chris Caruso.

The mayor can still come out looking good on this issue. The last thing I’d want to do if I were advising hizzoner (aren’t you glad I’m not) is to throw this into a full-blown citywide arena. That means no public hearings, no dog and pony shows, no “What do you think if we put it there?” Huge mistake. The bigger the mayor makes this, the more he owns it leading to a nightmare.

And yes, Caruso, Finch’s chief rival for the mayoralty next year, laughing his cheeks off.

You throw this thing open to the public and it becomes unmanageable. If large residential areas such as Black Rock, North End, West Side and East End get wind that a detention center/jail is being considered neighbors will freak. Those bastards are selling us out! Best thing to do? As quietly as possible, find a location in a non-residential area (that doesn’t require major DEP or EPA intervention) and run it past the state. If the state rejects the alternative, go to plan B. What’s that?

Take the state into federal court. Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking, Lennie you’re an idiot, you won’t win … Bridgeport is a child of the state. Yes it is. Depends on your interpretation of a win. If the state is unreasonable I say give them a dose of Mark Anastasi. Who’s that? Bridgeport’s city attorney. Mark is an old friend. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don’t but one thing I know Mark can do is buy time. Say what? Yes, buy time in the hope that a Democratic governor is elected in November that would be willing to stick this thing where it belongs: in Brookfield! That means filing legal action in federal court, and using your existing staff attorney, not some expensive outside lawyer.

What’s the claim? One of my old friends in politics is Larry Merly who served as city attorney before most of you were born. Merly was apoplectic at the way the most affluent state in the country treated its cities. Here’s what Merly used to say: “Large-acre discriminatory zoning in the suburbs has forced the heavy concentration of tax-exempt property, public housing and social institutions in the city.” In other words, the way to preserve the suburban and rural lifestyle is to wall up all the social problems in the cities.

I’m not big on urban-suburban warfare, better to get along with your neighbors; but sometimes you gotta fight back. In fact, this isn’t even about Bridgeport’s neighbors. This is about the state shoving something down the city’s throat. The state has all kinds of property around the state to accommodate the needs of troubled girls. It’s convenient to stick this in Bridgeport, but how many more tax-exempt properties, serving the entire state must be jammed into the state’s largest city?

Now I’m hoping Governor Rell is quietly saying to Finch you do this for me and I’ll do that for you, and all will be just ducky. We’ll see.

I know we have a bunch of lawyers that read OIB. Any thoughts?

Speaking of ticking, three members of the city’s state legislative delegation are ticked off at the governor. See news release below:


State Representatives Andres Ayala (D-128th District), Jack Hennessy (D-127th District) and Ezequiel Santiago (D-130th District) called on Governor M. Jodi Rell to release millions in state aid that would fund paving projects and road repairs in Bridgeport.

“Holding this funding is detrimental to our city,” Rep. Ayala said. “We need to move forward with important local projects waiting in the pipeline for action.”

“This is just another example of misplaced priorities,” Rep. Hennessy said. “Our cities bear the brunt of heavy vehicle usage by those that commute back and forth from their jobs. Our roads cannot afford any delays in maintenance.”

“Our city counts on state funds such as TAR to keep the local economic engine running,” Rep. Santiago said. “Many working individuals are adversely affected when decisions such as this are made in Hartford.”

Due to the current budget deficit, the governor has held back $30 million in Town Aid Road (TAR) Grants.

In the previous fiscal year, the towns received the following TAR grants:

• Bridgeport – $674,174

Towns usually receive TAR funding in January and July each year.

And Speaking Of Ticking … Or Tickets …

Let’s have some fun this weekend. If you’re a Dem what’s your ticket prognostication for this year’s election tsunami?

If you’re a Republican, what say you?

I need help because there are so many candidates I cannot keep track.

New Day, New Candidate

One day Chris Dodd trails Republican Senate hopefuls and the next day Dick Blumenthal takes over and takes the lead. See Rasmussen Poll:

Longtime Senator Chris Dodd announced yesterday he will retire rather than run for reelection, and Democratic prospects in Connecticut have suddenly gotten a lot better. Richard Blumenthal, the state attorney general, announced his candidacy yesterday, and he leads all potential Republican challengers by wide margins.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Connecticut, taken last night, now finds Blumenthal leading former GOP Congressman Rob Simmons 56% to 33%. A month ago, Simmons had a 13-point lead over Dodd.

Linda McMahon, the ex-CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, trails Blumenthal by a 58% to 34% margin. She led Dodd by six.

Long-shot candidate Peter Schiff, the widely known president of Euro Pacific Capital, was essentially even with Dodd but now trails Blumenthal by more than two-to-one – 60% to 24%.

“With a single announcement, Chris Dodd transformed the Senate race in Connecticut from one that leaned in the GOP direction to a fairly safe bet for the Democratic Party,” noted Scott Rasmussen, president and founder of Rasmussen Reports.

Fifty percent (50%) of Connecticut voters favor the health care plan currently working its way through Congress while 48% are opposed. That’s a much higher level of support than is found nationally. Thirty-six percent (36%) favor a single-payer health care system, similar to the national average.

Connecticut voters are pessimistic when it comes to the War on Terror. Just 28% believe the United States and its allies are winning while 31% believe the terrorists are winning. Confidence is down nationally as well but is not that low.

Forty percent (40%) of voters in the Nutmeg State say our legal system worries too much about protecting individual rights at the expense of national security. Twenty-four percent (24%) have the opposite view and say that our system worries too much about national security at the expense of individual rights. Another 24% say the balance is about right, while 11% are not sure.

President Obama is viewed favorably by 56% of Connecticut voters, little changed from a month ago. These findings are well ahead of Obama’s job approval ratings in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

News release from GOP Congressional candidate Rob Russo

Where are the Jobs Jim?

85,000 More Jobs Lost Bringing Total to 3.9million in 2009

Fairfield – Today, the Department of Labor stated the economy lost 85,000 more jobs surpassing expectations of job losses. The unemployment rate remains above 10% and the underemployment rate rose to 17.3%. During Jim Himes’ first year in office, over 3.9million people became unemployed. (Source)

These continued job losses come at a time when Democrats in Washington are more concerned about a healthcare bill than about making sure people are able to work. Instead of confronting his leadership about the pain facing Connecticut families, Jim Himes votes in lockstep with Speaker Nancy Pelosi over 95.1% of the time.

Jim Himes has said, “”The Recovery Act will provide immediate relief to working families as we address the remaining pieces of our economic crisis.” (2/18/09, Source)

“Where are the jobs Jim?” asked Rob Russo. “Connecticut families need a leader in Congress who understands the pain they are suffering. I will go to Washington to fight to lower taxes, to decrease wasteful government spending, and to spur the free-market to create jobs for families right here in Connecticut

News release from UB

Congressman Jim Himes to speak at MLK Day of Service program organized by the University of Bridgeport and local community groups

Published on Friday, January 08, 2010

Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) will speak at the University of Bridgeport on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, when students honor the civil rights leader by hosting outreach events for the community and joining hundreds of area residents to volunteer at organizations throughout Fairfield County.

Rep. Himes will deliver his remarks at the Field of Hope indoor carnival from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wheeler Recreation Center, 400 University Avenue, on the UB campus. The carnival is free to children and their families.

The carnival and other outreach programs are part of Day of Service, a national volunteer drive that has been held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the past seven years. The Day of Service campaign in Bridgeport has been organized by the University of Bridgeport Office of Student Affairs; the nonprofit group, Service For Peace; and other local organizations.

More than 400 volunteers are expected to participate at Day of Service events in Bridgeport.

Individuals who would like to volunteer can register at 8:30 a.m. at the John J. Cox Student Center, 224 University Avenue, on the University of Bridgeport campus. Free T-shirts will be given to all volunteers. A closing ceremony and raffle with prizes will be held 3:30 p.m. at the Cox Center to mark the end of the day’s events.

“Service is the best way to honor the memory of Dr. King,” said Kenneth Holmes, dean of students. “Here at the University of Bridgeport, we have a spirit of service. Our students donated over 10,000 volunteer hours in communities throughout Connecticut last year, preparing meals for the homeless, visiting the sick and elderly, mentoring children, and this holiday helps us concentrate this spirit of service to the community.”

Day of Service events take place between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

•Bridgeport Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Volunteers will sort books and paint work stations at the Main Library, 925 Broad St. The program helps the library prepare for its annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.

•Caps for Cure, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Knit caps for chemotherapy patients at the John J. Cox Student Center, 224 University Avenue.

•Cardinal Shehan Center, 10 a.m. to noon: Work with children ages 5 to 16, doing arts-and-crafts, sports and games, photography, and other activities during the Center’s Open Rec Day, 1494 Main Street, Bridgeport.

•Connecticut Food Bank, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Volunteers will sort food at the Food Bank’s Fairfield location, 74 Linwood Avenue, Fairfield.

•Field of Hope, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Includes games, face painting, a peace poster contest for children, a health and wellness fair, gymnastics and tae kwon do demonstrations and training for children. Financial education for adults will be provided by Citibank. Montano Technology Center, which works with autistic patients, will provide technology games. Bridgeport Police Department Canine Unit will demonstrate, and the Bridgeport Fire Department will show fire equipment and conduct education about fire safety. Location: University of Bridgeport Wheeler Recreation Center, 400 University Avenue.

•Habitat for Humanity, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Volunteers will help with indoor and outdoor jobs at the housing organization’s sites throughout Bridgeport.

•Harbor View Apartments, 10 a.m. to noon: Volunteers host a breakfast and chat with Harbor View residents, reflecting on MLK Day and issues of peace and civil rights. They also will host crafts and other activities. Activities will be held in the Harbor View Community Room, 376 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport.

•Marina Village, 10 a.m. to noon: Volunteers will help clean up and move furniture at 773 South Street, Bridgeport.

•Urban Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Sort food, clothing, and toys at the Urban Center, 98 Lindley Street, Bridgeport.

•VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Volunteers will visit, help with transport, and enjoy activities with senior residents of the Bridgeport Health Care Center, 600 Bond Street, Bridgeport.

From Mayor Finch

 Helen Wu Named a New England TB Hero

Helen Wu, center, joined by her colleagues, displays her TB Hero Award recognizing her for outstanding service to patient care.
Helen Wu, a tuberculosis outreach worker in the city’s Health Department TB Clinic, was honored by Mayor Bill Finch this week for 28 years of outstanding service to tuberculosis treatment and patient care in the City of Bridgeport.

The Mayor stopped by the Health Department offices to congratulate Helen on being chosen by the New England Tuberculosis Consortium as the 2009 New England TB Hero. “Helen Wu has been out on the front lines for decades, working directly with those affected by this disease, which unfortunately persists into the 21st century,” said Mayor Bill Finch, who presented Helen with a certificate denoting her years of service and outstanding care.

Helen, who keeps up with as many as 8 patients in the field every day, was recommended for the New England TB Hero Award by her supervisor Michele Meade, RN, who cited Helen’s personal and engaged style of treatment, and her willingness to work through language barriers and stretch scheduled work hours to give patients high quality treatment.

City Children Have Fun at Three Kings Day Celebration

City schoolchildren enjoy the annual Three Kings Day event at Luis Muñoz Marin School on Wednesday.
More than 400 city children and their parents enjoyed the annual Three Kings Day celebration at Luis Muñoz Marin School on Wednesday, which included traditional songs to usher in the visit by the Three Kings. At the end of the end of the program, every child was invited onstage to choose a toy. The toys were were made possible through a joint effort by the Mayor’s office and the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network.

Dignitaries in attendance included Schools Supt. John Ramos Sr., Board of Education vice chairman Leticia Colon and City Council member Lydia Martinez. Muñoz Marin assistant principal Olga Leiva helped organize the event with the help of  Deputy Chief of Staff Ruben Felipe and city resident Rick Cruz, who also received a proclamation from Mayor Finch recognizing him for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the City and the Latino community.

Christmas tree pickup begins Monday, Jan. 11

City Public Facilities Department will begin collecting discarded Christmas trees beginning Monday, Jan. 11 and continue through Friday, Jan. 15.

All trees must be placed at the curbside and be free of all ornaments and plastic bags. Trees that are in plastic bags or have ornaments on them will not be collected.

Residents may also bring discarded trees to the City of Bridgeport’s Transfer Station located at 475 Asylum Street. All trees must be free of all ornaments and plastic bags before disposal.

For more information, please contact the Roadway Division at 576-7124 or 576-7751 with any questions.



  1. This was a good read Lennie. What you just said about how we can wait it out until we get a Dem gov sounds great!!! I am 110% sure it will be Blumenthal. Let’s just hope we can hold this up long enough. As for the 2010 election I saw a interesting sneak peak at a article on that new ugly CT Post site that said can Himes keep the Bpt vote like 2008? What I thing is yes the reason why I think he can get 80% again is it is this simple and that is Chris Shays appealed to some independents and Democrats in the city and he usually got around 30% or more in the city. As we all know in 2008 he only got 20%. What I am trying to say is unless Russo is the candidate no other Republican will not even come close to 30% in the city! Himes will have better support in Republican strongholds than before because of name recognition. My vote for 2010 is Sue B for gov, Blumenthal for Sen and Jim Himes for congress. Unless Russo wins the Republican nomination no one has a shot at beating Himes and honestly I really think Republicans will not vote for Russo in a primary.

  2. It feels good to read some good political news before I go party!!! Going to be my last night in Bpt before I go back to school and I’m gonna have some fun like always. Where’re all the oldies at??? I forgot they’re sleeping. Blumenthal for sen 2010!!!!!!!!!

  3. On a brighter note good job Bpt police. They caught that scumbag who tried to rob the elderly lady on Brewster street. Read the article for yourself www This guys deserves life in prison if you ask me!!! How could you try to do that to a hard-working lady, like wtf is the world coming to today? This guy is the definition of a scumbag that likes to pick on people who are not his own size. I wish this jerk gets beat up in prison for this crime. Thank God this lady is OK.

  4. Just a quick reminder–Don’t miss Congressman Jim Himes today at 5:00 PM. at the Black Rock Branch Library 2705 Fairfield Avenue.

    Congressman Jim Himes –

    What Financial Reform Means for You

    Congressman Jim Himes will hold a Q&A discussion on what this financial reform means for you on Friday, January 8th at 5pm at the Black Rock Branch Library in Bridgeport. At this event, Congressman Himes will give an overview of the prospective duties of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) and answer questions from constituents about how this new regulator will help protect consumers and arm them with the tools and information to make smart financial decisions.

    Please join us–ask questions and voice your opinion.

  5. Well Lennie I am big on suburban/urban warfare. I am so sick and tired of these better-than-you bastards from Trumbull & Stratford. I have listened and witnessed their arrogance for decades.
    A now-departed Police friend gave a lecture on drugs at a Trumbull school and told parents there that there is more drug use in the ‘burbs than in the city because the kids had money to buy drugs. These parents went wild and wanted him fired.
    My kids went to a Stratford Catholic School and all they heard about was how they lived in the ghetto.
    Living on the border of both of these towns I get to see all the crap they build on Bridgeport borders. We have multiple shopping malls on our borders. They have built a large apartment house on the Bridgeport-Trumbull border (Huntington Tpk). Quarry Road Movie Showcase and a large industrial building. Old Town Rd a large Avalon Bay apartment complex. Old Town & Chopsey Hill and Industrial Park. Old Town Rd a large educational type complex. Trumbull shopping park. Fairfield has given us Sacred heart University with its high-rise dorms and other housing units on our borders.
    Lest I forget Hawley Lane and the Office complex on Silver St thanks to Stratford.
    Stratford’s holdup of the airport expansion.
    What have these towns contributed to the betterment of mankind and to dealing with social ills? NADA, NOTHING, ZIP POINT SHIT.
    Before anyone says anything I realize that they do have an affordable housing program the problem is the starting range for affordable housing is in the $300K area.
    So yes I believe in suburban and urban warfare.

    1. Great points TC. Those rich kids from the ‘burbs do more drugs than the kids from the city if you ask me but the ‘burbs are quiet about these things. Let’s be real; which kids in the Bpt school system are snorting crack or something like that? The answer is not a lot. But I’m sure in the suburbs these kids are on some heavy stuff and they drink a lot. At the end of the day it’s not a black or white thing it is a suburban and urban thing and we all know the suburbs always get what they want at the end of the day. I also find people from Trumbull to be very rude.

  6. A site to consider might be the former BPT Brass site where the current health dept still sits. Maybe the city can leverage the projects–put the facility adjacent, get the state to do the site cleanup and maybe foot some of the planning, site prep and construction costs for a new health department at the same time. Every site will have issues but there may be services offered at the health department that can benefit the girls, the dirty brownfield will get cleaned up and we may be able to significantly reduce the cost of a new health department??? Something to explore …

  7. Yes, let’s get the Redevelopment Commissioner to comment on the Snow Queen daughter’s new venture. And I have the perfect city project for her to work on and Denis (the cool Black Rock guy he is) can be involved.

    Let’s put Jodi’s teenage girl jail in the old Ruger Mansion (a.k.a. The Chimneys). The neighborhood is quiet and the young ladies can contemplate their future and read Emily Dickenson!

    Just a thought …

  8. “… the burden to find something better than Virginia Avenue on the Upper East Side is with Mayor Bill Finch who’s been forced to take an active public role at the prodding of State Rep. Chris Caruso.” Did Mr. Caruso really prod the Mayor, or is it a case of Mr. Caruso looking more Mayoral than the Mayor hisself? The Numenorean King of the North Side has certainly been acting as A Man Of The People more than Hizzoner Da Mayor. Caruso has shown no compunction in taking on Governor Rell. Mr. Finch has shown a nearly obsessive tendency to try to please all the people all the time. Anthony Musto looks good, and that’s about it. Auden Grogins is concerned with the window dressing. Money for the zoo? Money for the Discovery Museum? Money for a public health project? All fine and good. When teatime is over perhaps the Upper Caste could find the time to do something about increasing the number of jobs in Bridgeport and repairing a badly damaged education system. Y’know, herd the elephants out pf everyone’s living room.

    Is that too much to ask?

  9. If you are going to see Congressman Jim Himes today at 5:00 PM. at the Black Rock Branch Library 2705 Fairfield Avenue …

    Make sure these questions are asked:
    – What about banks that are too big to fail?
    – Is there any situation in which the U.S taxpayers will NOT bail out Goldman Sachs; Himes is former employee.
    – Today’s NYT article: release info regarding saving AIG. Remember, this company was allowed to survive after Bear and LEH were allowed to fail and OTC derivative contracts, mostly CDs, were honored at 100% face value. Goldman had large share of that due to them and also made lotta money betting this downturn.

    The GOV will always use this response: if we didn’t then we woulda had run on banks and depression. But who and why get to choose one inv. bank and not other? And why no strings attached and little review and transparency (see Krugman’s article today)?

    Speaking of transparency, what about Bridgeport? I was looking for the BOE budget for the city and did not find it. At “Bridgeport Now” we are looking at ways the city can save money, reduce taxes. Speaking of that …

    We are looking for numbers for the maintenance dept of BOE. I hear maintenance is underpaid by approx $500k by internal city organizations that stiff the city out of the costs of holding events on city school facilities. These programs get city, state, or Fed grant money but just don’t pay the city for holding events. Outside organizations do pay apparently.

  10. Question to those commenting on “a badly damaged education system”: How do you become part of the repair? Where do you get your first-hand facts and observations from?

    ANSWERS: When you next take a swing at the low-hanging fruit, instead of knocking it with no concern for where the splatter goes (because there are people of sincere effort in the system who try to make a difference day in and day out and it must be tough to hear the negatives from the outside when you are lighting and holding a candle), perhaps instead you might remember that 80% of the funds come from the State. That means that those neighbors in towns nearby are paying 80% of Bridgeport’s education costs. Just think, if they began to focus on results from their tax money, accountability for results and a transparent process, do you think that more systematic and positive results might be possible?

    If you have a child in the public schools today and participate in parent activities and also write for this column, why not tell us what you see, what needs to be done and why. You are on the front line.

    If you are a teacher or have been one recently, tell us what the major roadblocks have been. Facts supporting opinions seem in short supply on this subject that spends about $200 Million per year for operations.

    Finally, if you are a mentor, tutor, reader or volunteer in a capacity that takes you into a school interacting with professional staff, security officers, administrative staff and/or students, what do you see, hear and figure about the little picture and the big picture?

    Lennie, how about positioning a competition to come up with 10 for 2010? Ten simple suggestions that have a wide-scale application in the school system, without major expense, that have a chance of opening up expectations and results in a manner that can be followed and tracked???

    If our future is tied up with the kids in our schools and if we are committing $150,000 – $200,000 of taxpayer funds to get them from K to 12 (in spite of the fact that many do not complete the 12th level successfully), how do we make that commitment and expectation clear (and reinforce it) to parents, children and all who participate in education?

    Thinking cap time …

  11. The Chimneys with the girls would be a great location for a new reality TV program on Fox to help solve the financial problems of the city and state.
    Guest stars could be easily transported from Westport unless local talent from the Democratic Town Committee was solicited. … Ugh, that may turn it into a horror show. Somehow a deranged guy breaking through a wall with a knife screaming “Heeere’s Mario!” doesn’t quite channel Jack Nicholson.

  12. A few days ago, in response to a post by OIB friend donj, I said: Let the blind lead the blind. OIB readers may think that this is a horrible suggestion; here is an example that shows it isn’t so. David A. Paterson can lead me any time:

    State of the State Address 2010
    David A. Paterson, Governor

    “A Time to Rebuild”

    An Era of Reform & Recommitment

    Remarks As Delivered

    Before we begin I would like to thank Speaker Sheldon Silver and all of his staff members, who arranged these wonderful accommodations for us, and the cooperation of the staff of Senator John Sampson and Leader Sampson’s cooperation as well.

    It has become customary on occasions of this significance to recognize each and every public official in the room with congratulatory pronouncements and self-reflected praise.

    But, my colleagues, the times are measured. And I would ask, with your understanding, that we dispense with the flourishes and formalities and I would like to address all of you today just as fellow citizens of our great State – all equal under the eyes of God, all responsible to the people of the State of New York, whether our service be short-lived or long-remembered.

    This is a winter of reckoning. And I come before you today not just to talk of the state of the State, but also of the state of our self-governance – a fragile instrument of popular will that has become the will to be popular. Where it is easier to deny reality and to demand that which we cannot afford than to accept that years of living on the margins of our means have had to end.

    Look at history. Cultures of addiction to spending, power, and approval have ruined empires and now they threaten the Empire State.

    But I come here today not to replay old grievances or in any way to reclaim lost ground. We come here to build. To build New York’s economy to a national model of ingenuity and strength. To build our people’s trust in the fiscal stability of our State. To build our manufacturing to meet the energy standards of this enlightened era. And most importantly, to build the trust that the people of New York once had in their State government.

    The last two budget battles have left its toll on all of us in this Chamber, and there are more deficits up ahead that will require an even greater sacrifice. But if acceptance really is the prelude to recovery, then we have to accept that the old way of doing budgets is unsustainable.

    And so do the special interests, who intimidate, who badger, and who push when they don’t get their way – even when they are aware that the cupboard is bare.

    The time for that type of politics has to end. We have to take firm and decisive steps to rebuild New York.

    We need fiscal reform. We need ethics reform. And we need an economic plan that will put New Yorkers back to work.

    And so today, I am not just speaking of the state of the State as it is. We are talking about what the state of the State will be.

    The plan I have placed before you turns this crisis into an invitation for leadership. And the decision foremost in my mind every time I make one answers the question: are we doing what’s right for the people of the State of New York?

    So, in times of greater prosperity, the reforms we are proposing were ignored. Prosperity hides all manners of sin. But no longer.

    We have to rise to the highest expectation of our people and bring them the lasting change they have long, long fought for and desired.

    There is no hierarchy in these reforms. They are all vital.

    Our fiscal reforms will bring real and lasting change, by cutting our bureaucracy; by merging agencies that replicate services; public tracking of agency performance; and a long-term strategy for fiscal discipline and management.

    I have asked our new Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch to take the lead in a four-year plan for fiscal recovery. It is the most reasonable way that we can actually bring State spending into line and government into the right size. It is also the only way to eliminate unnecessary, unfair, and unexpected mandates on local governments, hospitals, school districts, and mass transit.

    No longer are we going to run New York like a payday loan operation.

    And yes, I’m renewing my call for a spending cap. Now, I know that this will be met with a lot of resistance. But I fought 25 years to eradicate the Rockefeller Drug Laws, and I will put the same effort into seeing this become a law – even if it has to be passed by constitutional amendment.

    Whether it is this Administration or the next or the one after that, we have got to find a procedure that cures the spending structure that has infected our budget process for the last 20 years.

    And the sooner we do that, the more control we will have over spending, not less. For as you may have observed in the past few weeks, the Governor will exercise authority to prevent this State from going into default. You have left me and other Governors no choice. So whether it be by vetoes or delayed spending, I will not write bad checks and we will not mortgage our children’s future.

    But the Legislature is the body of the people. And the Legislature should have an equal voice in deciding to hold spending in line with the times.

    After we have uncovered the sins of finance, we must address the chronic abuse of power.

    Chronic and continuing experiences of outside influence and inside decay have bred cynicism and scorn of the people we represent.

    That is why today, I’m introducing comprehensive ethics reform – not driven by the illegal acts of any one person, but instead by what is legal and rampant in our entire system of government.

    The Reform Albany Act will have as its centerpiece an independent ethics commission that will have jurisdiction over State government.

    This commission will have the power to enforce campaign finance and end pay-to-play and bring jurisdiction and oversight to so-called good government groups, who hide their donors behind walls of sanctimony.

    The Reform Albany agenda will significantly drive down campaign contributions; require openness of outside income; will strip public officials of their pensions who commit felonies; phase in gradually public campaign finance; and will impose term limits on State officeholders by constitutional amendment.

    Now, I recognize that there will be significant pushback to this legislation. However, when I step back and just think about our role in government – my colleagues, how much more foresighted would it have been if we had instituted the right procedures to address unethical conduct and bad acts that have embarrassed us all?

    What has now happened is that the public wants bolder and more decisive initiatives in order to win back their trust.

    The inevitable goal of this legislation is to bring fairness and openness to government, which has very little of either. The moneyed interests, many of them here today as guests, have got to understand that their days of influence in this capitol are numbered.

    They have routinely demanded special treatment without any regard for others. Well, no one person or group is above any others or more deserving of any hardship and pain. The reality is that there is no moral high ground on trampling others to get there. And there is nothing lower than engaging in the currency of influence to the detriment of other New Yorkers that don’t have the same representation.

    Now, the third protocol in our desire to rebuild New York is that we bring our economy back to the greatness that it once held, with a focus on jobs for the New Economy; for manufacturing meeting the energy standards that we will need; for the whole idea of putting people back to work; and a commitment to helping New Yorkers raise themselves up.

    The fiscal and ethical reforms that I have just outlined are integral to New York’s economic comeback.

    We can attract businesses only if they believe in the integrity of State government.

    We can initiate job creation as long as our credit rating is strong.

    We can be competitive on property taxes if and only if we can keep spending down.

    And we can restore money to school districts by alleviating the budget bubble that caused our economic problems in the first place.

    So, to pull this all together, we are going to need an economic plan that actually suits the issues of our times and provides the jobs that New Yorkers seek. No longer can we say all roads lead to New York. For, in the end, we are going to need the innovations, the ideas, and ingenuity to be there as well.

    Unfortunately, our Empire Zone program is no longer working. So, as I said last year, we are going to put it where it belongs – in the past.

    We are no longer going to provide tax credits for businesses that do not provide the jobs that we were promised.

    Instead, we will replace it with the Excelsior Program.

    This will be a New Economy jobs program that will focus on the clean energy and high-tech growth jobs of tomorrow. This program will be sustainable. It will be one that we will all be proud of because it will be open and it will be transparent.

    To develop this program, we went all around the State, seeking out business leaders that would give us advice in all communities.

    We have come back with three aggressive initiatives targeted for growth industries, such as clean energy, broadband, information systems, and bio-technology.

    This, combined with our “45 by 15” energy plan and a $25 million investment in a new technological fund for entrepreneurs, will create the kind of encouragement for capital investment, will spur innovation, and create tens of thousands of jobs to go along with the 50,000 jobs that will be realized from our great “45 by 15” energy plan, which converts electric use to clean and renewable energy sources.

    We could not have gotten there, unless a previous Governor had already converted us to 20 percent – three times the national average. And he joins us today, and it is Governor George Pataki.

    So, the Excelsior Jobs Program will be the centerpiece of the most aggressive jobs-creation agenda in our State’s history. But is it only one piece.

    We are emerging in New York and all around the globe toward an economy – one based on knowledge, technology, and innovation.

    We are poised to lead this economy, and we shall lead.

    We will create and we will support the environments of investment, which is why our Administration is working on a plan to bring first-stage capital to first-stage technological development.

    The five largest patent-holding companies that exist right here in New York, average about $11 billion worldwide in research and development. The Research and Development tax credits will incentivize them to put more resources into New York and have a better relationship with our universities, both public and private.

    There is one challenge which right now is holding us back from leadership in the New Economy, but we feel that we have an immediate solution. Simply put, it is the transfer and sharing of information from research and development institutions, along with the sources of investment.

    But for very little part of the public’s money – very little taxpayer investment – we will be able to harness our government to marshal our command over technology, data, and our relationship with the university community, to create a free and open exchange of ideas that will bring these ideas to market. There are many cutting-edge concepts on the table just waiting to be developed into the engine of our economic future.

    We will also go back to the historic manufacturing industry and make it whole again – with tax credits and also with retrofits for small businesses; with a reformed Power for Jobs Program; and a cutting-edge and groundbreaking concept of buying up, retrofitting, and reselling abandoned manufacturing sites.

    In addition, we will not forget the hundreds of thousands of trades and manufacturing and construction job-holders, who will be vital to our revitalizing this process.

    Now, we also have to address the decades in which Upstate New York has suffered in recession – long before the rest of New York and the country got there.

    We will do it by extending the Erie Canal Research and Development Corridor.

    Also, we want to make Upstate the back office for corporate America – particularly the franchises that are located downstate.

    This region is clearly one that has demonstrated that they have what the rest of the country doesn’t have, which is available housing stock, with close-by schools, natural beauty, and the untouched small towns that families would cherish. We have to go back to promoting it that way.

    Also, the effort we are making for sustainable communities, with thousands of housing stock laying dormant in cities like Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. We will develop that housing stock into affordable housing – starting with Buffalo, which right now has 23,000 vacant units.

    Earlier today, Assemblyman Wright and I attended the funeral of former Assemblyman, Borough President, entrepreneur, media mogul, civil rights lawyer, and World War II fighter pilot Percy Sutton.

    He was a friend and mentor to me, but one who was held in high esteem all around this State and this country. But nearly a half century ago, when no one else what talking about it, he was a lone voice that advocated for the power of economic opportunity as the key to advancement.

    New York State’s economic development program has to make sure that is covers all corners of our boundaries. And it is known historically that women- and minority-owned businesses have not had the opportunities or the resources from the State to flourish.

    But I was wondering if you knew how bad it actually was. When I was a candidate for statewide office in 2006, I read a Department of Economic Development report that noted that at that time, women and minority businesses in the areas of State procurement were receiving only five percent in total of the contracts.

    To be specific, women – who are 51 percent of the population and were 29.2 percent of the firms that were approved in advance – got 2.64 percent of the contracts.

    But it gets worse. Hispanic Americans – 8.5 percent of the threshold vendors, meaning that they had capital, they had been certified, they passed all the tests – received .74 percent, three-quarters of one percent, of the contracts.

    African-Americans – .66 percent, two thirds of one percent, of deals. African-American women – .13. I don’t even know what percentage that fraction is of one percent, but I knew to start a Task Force on Minority and Women Business in June 2008.

    Here are the results.

    We have quadrupled the MWBE participation. The minority firms that are investment banking and involve the issuance of debt went from 4.2 percent MWB in 2007 to where they stand now – 23.9 percent.

    Since I have taken office, minority and women firms have yielded $162 million of profit over where they were at that particular time.

    And we do not want them to miss out on the new opportunities involving stimulus money and also our New Economy programs, which is why we will synchronize MWBE into any action the State takes.

    Now, I was visiting some business leaders in Long Island in 2007, and they were white business leaders, and they said to me: how can we get into the MWBE program because the State ignores most of us as well? The reality is that businesses run by people of all colors have not been flourishing under New York State’s government.

    So, in July of 2009, we initiated the Small Business Task Force. They put their findings on my desk December 1 of last year, and we are already starting to implement them.

    The biggest obstacles to small business are start-up costs, so we will try a tried and true remedy. We will inevitably create a revolving loan program, so that these engines of our economy – vital as they are – will have the capital they need to thrive.

    Finally, there are a number of incentives – both large and small – that I have put in front of you, including the People First incentive, the one that will allow vulnerable new citizens that come to New York the opportunity to be able to locate services for which they otherwise would not have been aware.

    And, one of our Administration’s boldest ideas, which would be to rebuild the New York Insurance Exchange.

    By bringing together the buyers and sellers of complex commercial insurance, the Exchange will reaffirm our status as the focal point of international trade and finance. It will also curtail the types of transactions that were unregulated that decimated the global economy.

    New York being at the epicenter of so much that went terribly wrong in 2008, we as New Yorkers have to take responsibility for America and around the world, to take the lead in rebuilding and reform of these vital global markets.

    So this is the state of the State as it will be.

    We will come full circle from the chaos of our own State budget to rebuilding our State and our country pursuant to the chaos of a national meltdown.

    The plan that I have put before you is a plan that will make us stronger. It will grow our economy and put New Yorkers back to work.

    Who would ever imagine on that cold day in January in 2007 that we would be faced with so many challenges trying to rebuild and restore faith? But here we are with the scars to prove it.

    Some say that we will not succeed. The story has already been written and the ending is ordained.

    But storylines change. And people change.

    When I spoke on television to New Yorkers in July of 2008, I warned that a withering economy would drive costs up and revenues down – that the faster we addressed this, the stronger and sooner we would recover from this crisis.

    There are those who said that there was not a crisis. And when it hit, there were others who still refused to act.

    But I say to all of you today – there is still time to rebuild the Empire State.

    I say to the elected members of the Legislature – work with me, follow me, so that New York can turn the corner.

    I know a lot about adversity. And mistakes can be made. But if you stand true to your principles and honestly accept reality for what it is, you can get to a better place. Because there is always an opportunity to remake ourselves and our State.

    That is the promise of New York.

    New Yorkers have arisen from economic perils before. New Yorkers have rebuilt after disasters, natural and man-made.

    But every time the capacity of our hope has been questioned, every time our faith has been challenged, every time we have come to a hill that seemed to steep, we have demonstrated an undeniable ability to achieve and a desire and a determination to endure.

    And so, once again, we have to rebuild.

    But we will reignite the engine of our economy. We will be able to win back the public trust of the people who we represent. And we will rebuild New York. But we have to work together.

    And in these times of struggle, I remember the enduring faith of a child who grew up in a world of darkness, who chooses to believe in something bigger than himself or herself. And in spite of the adversity and doubts of others, they can find strength and humility and perseverance.

    And so can all of us.

    Thank you so much for attending. Thank you for listening. God bless all of you and God bless the people of New York.

          1. I prefer the Marvel Comics Illustrated versions, just like Mayor Finch. He’s my hero, y’know.

      1. No Lennie, I was going to ask you that. I think Paterson read my OIB suggestion. I’ve read some good mouth-bashing speeches; this one is a head-bashing one.

  13. Now to my favorite dish of Ayala Santiago a la Plancha and downed with some Hennessy. There go the finger-pointers again. Just last night I had mentioned that I had spoken to two (2) Bridgeport State Representatives and asked them if they had ever taken the time to reach out to Governor Rell in order to open a channel of communication. The answer was “no” and when I asked why, they could not give me an answer. Andres Ayala was one of them. Yet here he is tearing into Rell. Not only did Ayala fail to reach out to the Governor as a State Representative, he did the same as City Council President and delegated the responsibility to Fabrizi. As City Council President, Ayala managed to get just about all the sidewalks of the 137th district replaced and topped it with some road paving. What about the rest of the city? Nada, in comparison!

    As for Ezequiel Santiago, like father like son! When his dad Americo Santiago was the State Representative in the 130th district, he got funding for new sidewalks. The only street that got new sidewalks on both sides was Lee Avenue, the street Americo lived on. We all know about Eze’s stepfather Mitch Robles and who he is for. When Americo left office, he hand-picked his replacement Felipe Reinoso who served for ten years and didn’t reach out to the Republican Governor either. When he left office, he said something to the extent that the people are hungry and suffering; the typical legacy left behind when one fails to open lines of communication with the Governor.

    Ahhh, I’m thirsty! Hennessy has some nerve. Had he spent less time playing “Solitaire,” there would have been enough time to open a line of communication with Governor Rell. I guess that after playing the game, it made him feel that he can go about leading “Solo” with no need to work with Governor Rell.

    Before any State Representative ventures into replacing sidewalks and paving roads or funding for their district he or she must build roads and sidewalks (with communication and lighting systems on them) to the Governor’s ears and purse. You finger-pointers deserve the blame for the dusty dirt roads and financial mess we are in. You won’t be on that dusty dirt road for long. The Bridgeport Republican Party can assure you that the funds will be released. You see, we do have an open line of communication with the Governor. But you need to follow the instructions above and help us get more. We don’t expect you guys to give us any credit for it.

      1. Michael Steele (African American) is the National Chairman of the Republican Party. The RNC is about 9 million short in its fundraising. It appears that Steele had a book deal that he told no one about. It seems he has been spending more time writing the book and getting as much as $20,000 per speech at a time when the RNC chairman should be concentrating on raising money for the party and not self. On top of all this he stated publicly that if anyone had a problem with him, they can fire him; careful what you wish for.

  14. Growing talks of layoffs in Bridgeport City Hall. Reliable sources in city government tell me there is talk of more job cuts being considered. Department heads and supervisors discussing the effects of such a move are concerned that they can’t operate with more job cuts.

    Now I don’t like some of what I have been told. But it appears that known lazy city workers are being eyed for termination. I work at the Health Dept. as a service assistant and at times I am asked (never refused) to work at the Police Department or where I am needed. I do agree that there are quite a few lazy city workers who just don’t want to do their jobs and it seem that they believe that being in a union gives them the right to slack off for as long and whenever they wish.
    The floor that I am mainly responsible for (1st floor) is the busiest; has the most office space in use; and the most number of toilets. I’ve been told that before I arrived, there were up to 3 people doing the job I do and they all got plenty of overtime. I’ve been able to manage my duties without any complaints or overtime. The overtime comes when my co-worker is out sick. My co-worker Bob who covers much of the rest of the building is up there in age and has a serious medical condition. He is like me (doesn’t blog) when it comes to getting the job done. We are overworked, underpaid and at times under-appreciated by some in the building. I think that what Bobby and I do is what Bill Finch meant when he said, “We got to do more with less.”
    I have over 90 sick days; over 2 weeks vacation; and personal days. Yet I’ve never abused the city by calling in sick or taking every Friday or the days before the three-day holidays off. I think about my co-workers having to carry a burden if I take a day off or my supervisor having to ask or beg lazy workers (screaming and bitching) to cover for me. Do you work for the City of Bridgeport? I’d like to hear what you have to say.

  15. BEACON2–Make sure cops, not just truant officers, pick up kids off the street when they are supposed to be in school. I always liked Mickey the Truant Officer in the Our Gang series. I really liked Miss Crabtree. “Hi Crabby.”

    Seriously. Instead of the ABC’s of organizations in the city studying studies and giving out report cards, they and we should invade the schools with one-on-one mentoring from the ground up. The schools are ground zero in our city and we should all become ground heroes, or the city will continue to be ground beef with an 80% fat content. This is an initiative that the b-community should be leading. Trench-like warfare.

    Regarding paving. Bridgeport gets Tarred and Feathered Again! Oh Boy! I hope I won’t get expelled by OIB for this comment.

    Come support Bob “The Troll” Walsh for his Scarlet Letter Hearing. Call your council people and tell them how you feel. We are already Bi-Polar enough without any more polarization in our city. Did you hear the one about the Bi-Polar Bear? He couldn’t decide (weather) to go North or South. I’m happy just living better through Chemistry at the Equator. I’m feeling kind of meds-a meds.

    One friend of mine suggested putting the Detention Center at Greenwood project. 2 for 1 deal for retention and detention pond. It could even feature indoor vernal pools. Only in Bridgeport!

  16. At least Up isn’t Down today. It’s sunny out, so he must be Bi-Solar. Up has rhythm. Circadian Rhythms! It’s so cold out that even the Bridgeport politicians have their hands in their own pockets. Now that’s cold and old. Go give Mo a Bare Hug!

  17. BEACON2:

    1) GPS technology on the cars and phones of School Security, BOE Social Workers and Truant Officers. Are the Security Officers where they are supposed to be? Are social workers going to the homes of missing students? Are the Truant Officers driving down their streets only? How much time do these folks spend on their cell phones?

    2) The City of Bridgeport’s Fire Department provides free smoke detectors for those who must be alerted to a fire. Free Alarm Clocks to students of low resources and especially those coming in late. For a student to be able to go to school, they have to first go to bed early and be able to wake up.

    3) It’s been said that parents who do drugs have children who do drugs. I can tell you that parents who dropped out of school will more likely than not have children who will drop out of school. How can a parent who dropped out–and has a drug problem–of school help their kids with homework or serve as a positive example to them? BOE must identify these children and parents first; how hard can this be if the parents dropped out of the Bridgeport school system?

    I’d give you more, but the voters elected an entire BOE made up of all Democrats (don’t even try to give me that Working Family bull) and as I’ve said before, “You get what you elect.”

  18. *** City Hall employee rumors say some non-essential depts. might go to a 4-day workweek as well as a 35hr. workweek for non-union & union, if agreed to instead of some layoffs? After all the past cuts, etc. the savings were “not” what was expected, especially after all the newly made “useless” depts. & new city positions for family & old political friends! *** Wait ’til budget time taxpayers, that’s when all the excuses will come out for next year’s cut in services & tax increases. *** Just a short political reminder, this year is the year to challenge & run new 9-member district slates in all 10 Bpt. districts! If you want some political change locally in your districts, it’s @ this level where it all starts! *** Congressman Himes’ CT town hall meetings, etc. seem to help educate voters on current political events, good info. in general, as well as great Q&A. Let’s hope he stays as humble & down to earth as he’s been for the last year. Even though I did not vote for him due to some fears of the Obama “wave” of unqualified candidates getting seats & personally liking C. Shays better @ the time. I must admit, J. Himes seems to be doing a good job so far, in my opinion! *** I hope this Walsh “witch hunt” affair will be over by this month, its been dragging on much too long! Time to get back to real city business & not more of a city council reality show! *** FORGETABOUTIT ***

    1. Mojo, I’d bet that you have scared the hell out of Salcedo with the words “non-essential depts.”
      We will hear the City use the passage of the library referendum as one of the main reasons for the city’s money trouble.

      You are right about the need to have Town Committee challenges in all 10 districts.
      My “Crystal Finger” isn’t showing much activity there. I do see Chris Caruso contemplating putting together Town Committee Challenges. I also see that OIB friend town committee and Bonnie out of the Town Committee in the 138th and see town committee dialing Chris Caruso’s number. I see Danny Roach smiling and thinking “Joel can’t primary me” to himself. But I see that Bob Keeley and a small group are plotting a strategy and Bob is concerned that his BOE job could be at risk. Bob, I know the feeling!

      1. Joel: Sorry but you are wrong. I will be on the 138th slate. I will not be running a primary and see no need to call Chris Caruso even if I were not on the slate.

        1. I can be and have been wrong at times. I did not say what I wrote. I wrote what “Fingy” saw. I left out one thing Fingy said, because “I” said it in the bottom of the 7:35 pm. posting below.

    2. Mojo, I forgot to say that this was supposed to remain a secret until after the Town Committee race to avoid any potential political fallout and T.C. challenges. Quite a number of people were promised jobs (poor Mitch followers) and they are still waiting in line. An all-out challenge will depend on who these people are; their political experience and capabilities; and of course who has the balls to step up. I’m glad I’m a Republican.

      1. Joel, Only in Bridgeport could you be a former City Councilman. You might be glad you’re a Republican, but you weren’t a member of that party during your term, were you ? (strategic pause) Doesn’t that make you a political turncoat?

        1. You can see me and define me any way you want.
          I was pretty much like Bob Walsh (he sat behind me) since I first registered as a Democrat I split my vote and never voted against Chris Shays for example. Are Democrats who split their vote “turncoats?” The Ganims were Republicans as I understand.
          During my six years on the council, I kept my eyes on the bullshit lies that were sure to come. Since I wasn’t going for the bullshit, I was told many times that I acted and voted like a Republican. I took it as a compliment. If your wife is sleeping with everybody, doesn’t listen to you; takes money from you, your family, and friends, would you stay in that relationship? If you do, you must consider changing your handle to “Local Blind Eyes” or just ‘Cabrón’.
          Don’t try to respond as you are now stuck in a ‘perpetual pause’ as far as this posting is concerned.

          1. Local Eyes, I’m a fair person. I hereby pardon you from the “perpetual pause” sentence I just handed down. If you don’t know the true meaning of “Cabrón,” you are free to ask.

  19. “Take the state into federal court. Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking, Lennie you’re an idiot, you won’t win …”

    Lennie, only Local Eyes thinks you’re an idiot.

  20. Lennie, point of clarification, when you wrote:

    “… Merly was apoplectic at the way the most affluent state in the country treated its cities.”

    By apoplectic, did you mean Merly was in a state of extreme rage or state of excitement?

  21. donj, read this. Paging Evette Brantley:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party chairman says Sen. Harry Reid should step down as the Senate Democratic leader over racial remarks Reid made about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

    GOP Chairman Michael Steele says if a Republican had made such remarks, Democrats would be calling for that Republican’s head.

    In a private conversation reported in a new book, Reid described Obama as a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

    Reid has apologized to Obama, and the president said he considers the episode closed.

    Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine says the remarks should not affect Reid’s leadership position.

    Steele and Kaine spoke on “Fox News Sunday.”

  22. Listen to this:

    In the new book mentioned above, it says that Bill Clinton was having an affair with his new lover while Hillary Clinton was campaigning for President. No word on whether it was with “Tiger Woods.”

  23. Anyone know if it’s true that poor old Robert Henry’s feet were cold and he made the BOE delivery guy go out and buy him electric foot warmers? Has it gotten that bad in this city? That’s the rumor in the old city hall but I find it hard to believe that his personal puppet/custodian operations director would go that far to pleeeze his daddy.

    1. S.O.B. If you don’t know if it is true, why’d you put Robert’s name? I would not give names if I weren’t sure it was true and found it hard to believe. You S.O.B.!

      1. Actually Joel of the no-life wannabe blogstar, I work at the old city hall and everyone there is cracking up at Henry and his prima donna ways. So yes it must be true. But I hear sucking up to the guy works real well so you must be looking for a job. Custodians who suck up do real well with him so you will be a bossman real soon, suck-up.

        1. You must know ROBERT real well Joel blogstar wannbee.
          While sucking up looking for a job you must agree that he’s ruining the Board of Ed like everyone says. Morale’s at a all-time worst and he only cares about saving his ass from being fired.
          He has no idea what goes on so he relies on his custodial puppet to tell him how rosy the BOE is.
          The whole shebang is gonna blow up on those two and the radio and papers and parents gonna call for their heads and how you gonna say I have a custodian in charge? Huh? So suck up real good Joel no life ‘cuz you can be the next custodian to run the BOE and run it into the damn ground like the present custodian is doing while Henry sits back and worries who is gonna fire me and how can I do crap and save my pathetic ass.

  24. Not to get off point (maybe this will put us back on it) but something occurred to me: if the state of Connecticut owns the 2.5-acre parcel that is the proposed site of the girls’ juvenile detention facility on Virginia Avenue, how much more potentially taxable Bridgeport property does the state own? The city owns a fair amount, something like 43%. If the state owns a fair-sized chunk of Bridgeport real estate, at least one member of Bridgeport’s legislative delegation ought to make good on a campaign promise of “tax relief” and lobby the state to sell the property. More taxable property means lower property taxes.

    Oh, I forgot: DTC members don’t have to pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.

  25. A new Poll out today has all three Democratic Gov candidates beating the Republicans by 10% or more. This means the primary will most likely determine the next Democratic Gov from CT. This was very interesting now because I like Sue B and Lamont but I was going to vote for Sue B because she would easily win in the general. Now Ned Lamont holds a commanding lead over every Republican candidate.

    1. Sue B. will redirect her campaign toward the Attorney General’s office now that Mr. Blumenthal has declared his candidacy for Christopher Dodd’s seat in the U.S. Senate. That is my take on the current political landscape. The contest for the Governor’s office is going to be messy, lots of mud to be slung. Lamont may actually be a contender but the Democratic field is crowded. Once the campaign begins in earnest it will thin out, but a primary will more than likely be necessary.

  26. This is from a CT Post article:

    Danbury City Council minority leader Thomas Saadi, who works during the day as an assistant attorney general in Blumenthal’s office, said he has a great deal of respect for his boss. “He’s the kind of guy who’s always the first in the office and the last to leave,” Saadi said.

    Joel Gonzalez aka LocoEyes responds:

    If Dick is always the first in the office and the last to leave, how the hell do you know that? If he arrives first, who is there to see him arrive? If he is the last to leave, who is there to see him leave?

    Only a “Dickhead” would lie like this.

  27. A strange thing just happened to me. I went outside to smoke a ciggy. I took a deep breath and soon smelled a familiar scent. I tried to remember where I smelled that scent before as I was finishing my ciggy, then it hit me. It was the scent of the Financial Review Board.
    I just had to call on “Fingy” who showed me so much Red Ink, I thought “The Blob” was here to kill us all. Either way, the Red Ink will kill lots of savings and empty lots of pockets. Bridgeport voters, you get what you elect!

    1. I agree, I have tried more than Fabrizi I bet. It is the most addictive thing and it’s legal, I would make it illegal if I had the power to do so. My advice to you and anyone reading is: Don’t start messing with what you can’t stop or will have difficulty stopping.

  28. Russo, McMahon, Lt. Gov. Fedele and Joel Gonzalez (If I decide to run). I will not change my mind unless something unexpected happens that gives me pause not to support them. I’m open-minded on the rest of the ticket as I don’t know much about where they stand on issues. I’ll consider voting for some Democrats or other party candidates.

  29. OK cool but McMahon wow. Anyway why not Peter Schiff, the guy has tons of support all over the place on the internet. Everywhere I go I see somebody on the internet say Schiff 2010. You go on YouTube all you see on comments is Schiff Schiff. I was like who the hell is this and I found out he is running for sen on the Republican side. His supporters spam everything.

    1. They are “Peterheads.” The scales or polls will “Schiff” in the coming months. What they are doing with the internet–YouTube–is smart. You tube (too) can do that. All the candidates are doing it; it’s almost free. I say almost because they hire companies to do all this stuff. Someone in India can be doing it for $2.00 a day.

      If you see all the political ads, you will notice they are all the same (lame), saying the same. “I’m Joel Gonzalez and I approve this message.” Effective political ads should grab the viewer to the point that they will tell others and start considering voting for the candidate in that ad. I walked away from my old passion of making videos; it’s been 14 years I haven’t grabbed a camera (except for the Mitch Robles sting which I can’t talk about) and produce attention-grabbing videos or audio recordings. I still have the skills and unique ideas for doing just that and I’m in the process of reaching someone from the McMahon camp.

      donj, your question shows that you are thinking with ‘your’ head. But ask the same question to yourself. Why not someone else than Dick or the other candidates? Think like a Rastafarian man!

  30. With AG Dick B a shoo-in for the nomination that leaves one race over and done. But who will oppose him? McMahon? Another Ffld cnty personality?

    And then in the Gov race … Lamont (another G’wich dude) against the Lt. Gov (a Stamford boy)?

    This is all too funny. Fairfield County will pick the next Gov and Senator. Fairfield County with the county seat being B’port. The city where crime pays (white collar, of course). And this burg will get nada from any of them because they’ll have to promise the Hartford and New Haven machines everything to get their support.

    What’s that MOJO, “forgetaboutit”?

  31. Talking about videos, I just received some Breaking News:

    This Monday, Bob Walsh will be facing the City Council who is considering whether they should remove him from his City Council seat. I’m hearing that Bob Walsh will file a complaint against his partner Evette Brantley for allegedly e-mailing Bob Walsh a YouTube video which Walsh feels was sent to taunt him. I tried calling Bob Walsh and could not get him on the phone.
    I did manage to get the alleged YouTube video sent to Bob Walsh:



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