UPDATE: Jim Finley, executive director of the municipal support group Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, thinks conflicts of interests on the Bridgeport City Council are good for city taxpayers. He ought to know what’s good for city taxpayers, his organization has received a lot of dough from taxpayers throughout the decades to advocate on behalf of the city, including nearly $88,000 this budget year. Finley told the Connecticut Post’s Brian Lockhart he plans to speak against State Rep. Jack Hennessy’s proposal to ban city employees from serving on the City Council. Hennessy says too many conflicts of interests exist such as council members voting to approve their wages and benefits.
The City Council approves the fees Finley’s organization receives from the city. For the current budget year the city paid $87,666 for its CCM membership.
The Bridgeport City Charter prohibits city employees from serving on the legislative body, but a loophole in state law allows it, something Hennessy wants to correct. A public hearing on Hennessy’s bill is scheduled for February 13 in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Finley said it is not uncommon for municipal employees to hold elected positions and Hennessy’s bill would further limit the already shallow pool of folks who want to enter local politics …
“We work closely with the current Bridgeport City Council and have always had a great relationship,” Finley said. “It seems odd to have a state legislator target one municipality.”
Hennessy’s bill does not just apply to Bridgeport. What a lame excuse by Finley–Hennessy’s bill limits the pool of candidates serving? Oh wait, here’s an idea: why not pass a state law mandating only city employees can serve on the City Council? That should stimulate lots of gravy train interests.
If you want to write Finley to either agree or disagree. email@example.com. The CCM phone is (203) 498-3020.
More about CCM: ccm-ct.org/Plugs/about-ccm.aspx.