On a chilly, wind-swept rainy night last December 1, Joe Ganim officially returned to office cementing a comeback that received national attention. More than 1,000 people filled the Klein Memorial Auditorium to witness Ganim’s oath of office and inaugural address to govern Connecticut’s largest city. Backed by family members Ganim spoke of redemption, second chances and restoring the promise of Bridgeport. Has his first year lived up to the promise? Or is that promise a longer-term work in progress?
See above video from Ganim’s inaugural address and below his prepared text.
I want to thank every resident of Bridgeport for giving me this historic opportunity to once again lead our City.
And I pledge to work hard every day to fulfill our hope for a better Bridgeport, a Bridgeport that works for everyone.
I am so very blessed by an amazing family and a wide circle of friends who believe in our mission of rebuilding this City.
Your help and support has been–and will continue to be instrumental in giving me the strength to succeed. Thank you again.
I understand that this is a new beginning.
I have learned much from my life’s many experiences–Lessons about how a person can fall–and get back up–of how one faces adversity after making mistakes.
I have learned that in America–and particularly in this great city–if you are true to a cause, work hard, and are not afraid to ask for a second chance, you can find and experience that moment of redemption.
I take these as lessons learned, and as your mayor I will apply them wisely.
T.S. Eliot wrote–“… last year’s words belong to last year’s language–and next year’s words await another voice.” WE ARE THAT VOICE.
This new administration–YOUR ADMINISTRATION–will work hard to always treat people with RESPECT while showing HUMILITY as we work to improve the quality of life for all of our residents.
Today–for us and all of Bridgeport, THE PAST IS DONE AND OUR FUTURE HAS NOW BEGUN.
One of the most important first steps for me as your Mayor will be to make city hall a more welcoming place and ensure Bridgeport’s city government reflects the diverse composition of our great city.
We will appoint talented managers to champion reforms so government works better for everyone …
I will also be a hands-on Mayor, accessible to all residents and city employees. That is, a mayor who will work day and night to brighten our future by improving the quality of life for ALL of US.
Bridgeport needs to be the city of good jobs and good wages.
–Bridgeport needs to be the city where every child can attain a 21st century education.
–Bridgeport needs to be the place to develop and expand small businesses.
–Bridgeport needs to be a safe city and a place where taxes are not burdening our residents.
Our new Administration will be effective and accountable from day one. With that, I am creating an Office of Public Integrity and I will present this idea to the Council within my first hundred days.
With that commitment, we will work to rebuild the connection between government and the people, a connection that has been missing for too long.
–We will publicize budget documents and reports and obtain the input of Bridgeport’s citizens.
–We will conduct a top to bottom review of city spending to determine how we can CUT costs. So we can use all of our efforts to fight against Bridgeport’s high property taxes.
From day one, I will work with our police department to REBUILD morale and PUT community police officers back in our neighborhoods.
I will work with the Board of Education, teachers, administrators, and parents to make sure all our children get the quality education they deserve.
I know how to create jobs–REAL JOBS–and growth for our city–as we did when we built the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, the Arena, Housatonic Community College, the Bridgeport Transportation Center–and set in place the plan for the development of Steelpointe.
Today is the day we begin to bring about the positive results that everyone desires. Together we will realize the promise of Connecticut’s largest city.