Nancy Hadley, the city’s development chief under Mayor John Fabrizi, writes “Bridgeport’s economic development program’s survival will be in jeopardy if Joe Ganim returns to the Mayoral seat.” She is supporting Mary-Jane Foster. This commentary also appears in the CT Post.
How Bridgeport will be viewed if Joe Ganim wins the Mayoral election is difficult to comprehend. The media will drag up all of Ganim’s past bribes, kickbacks and prison sentence in every article. It will put a chill on potential investors.
When John Fabrizi appointed me to head the office of Planning and Economic Development in February 2004, I personally contacted every developer and investor either involved in economic development or on the investment/development radar screen. It was imperative to restore confidence in the professionalism of the new administration replacing Ganim’s.
Every single investor and developer that I met with, or called, was very worried about Bridgeport’s ‘Pay-To-Play’ culture under Ganim. I ordered special double-sided business cards for myself. The card front was a standard business card. On the reverse side of the card was “No Pay To Play,” with instructions and contact information for the local offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorneys Office. I handed these cards out at the conclusion of every personal meeting, giving instructions to every member of the development teams to call the FBI and/or the U.S. Attorney’s Office, if they felt someone was trying to jack them up.
Additionally, Mayor Fabrizi and Pat Fardy completely overhauled the official land use documents so the ‘loosey goosey’ land use decisions would end. I only stopped using those business cards after the first year, once confidence was restored. True story.
Bridgeport cannot hope to grow its tax base, and thereby reduce the very high tax burden on residents and businesses, if there isn’t investor confidence.
Bridgeport’s economic development program’s survival will be in jeopardy if Joe Ganim returns to the Mayoral seat. Joe Ganim has way too much unsavory baggage. The Google searches do not forget.
Bridgeport must have a leader that will give confidence to the real estate investment community in order to grow the tax base, create good paying jobs, and reduce the tax burden on Bridgeport residents and businesses. Mary-Jane Foster is the only candidate that Bridgeport can truly trust to do what is best for Bridgeport. I support Mary-Jane Foster’s candidacy one hundred percent.