I hope Donald Eversley has a sense of humor. He’ll need one in the city’s current political environment in which Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa has more juice with the city’s legislative body than the mayor who appointed him as new development chief.
Like it or not, Mayor Bill Finch is stuck with Testa for at least another 20 months. The next town chair vote is March 2010.
It appears, however, that hizzoner is making a better effort at trying to find common ground with Testa. Finch and Eversley are going to need the City Council if they want development initiatives passed. And perhaps Eversley’s development experience in Providence has prepared him for the Park City’s dysfunctional politics. Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci was doing time with Joe Ganim in Jersey when Eversley was hired in Providence by current Mayor David Cicilline who did not renew Eversley’s contract after three years.
Don’t know what’s behind his Providence departure beyond reviewing news accounts that Eversley fell victim to an organizational restructuring.
Eversley seems to have a credentialed background so with a little political skill maybe the city’s development office will be back on track after being leaderless for so long. Nancy Hadley had the job under Mayor Fabs and got some stuff done, but was let go by Finch.
I see hizzoner was tooling around town with Joe Lieberman for one of Joe’s diner tours meeting the peeps. Joe supports John McCain for president. Finch supports Barack. Finch has a strong relationship with Lieberman. Bird Man wasn’t exactly a Ned Head two years ago when Joe lost the Democratic primary and resurrected himself in the general election as an independent. Finch’s son Chris, a sweetheart of a young man, interned for Lieberman as part of his college studies. Thanks to Chris, a copy of my book Only In Bridgeport blesses Lieberman’s DC office. (I wonder how much dust is on it.)
Is Keeley In The House?
I’m glad that hostage situation in the city on Monday was apparently resolved with no one hurt. If you look closely at the photo in the Connecticut Post you’ll notice a Bob Keeley lawn sign. Did that mischievous state representative put it there just before the photographer showed up? Can you imagine the ubiquitous Keeley being held hostage by his Democratic primary opponent Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock? That would be some negotiation.
“Hey, Bob, I’ll let you go provided you wear an ankle bracelet to work.”
Jeffrey Williams, publisher of Bridgeport By The Sea calendars from 1999-2001, is producing a 2009 version featuring vintage colored postcards as the artwork. You can order them at communicationcounts.net/bridgeportbythesea.html or by clicking the link under Perfect Pearls. Check it out.
Bucks for UB. Press release from Congressman Christopher Shays:
Shays Announces University of Bridgeport to Receive $399,270 Department of Education Grant
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Christopher Shays (CT-4) announced today that the University of Bridgeport will receive a Strengthening Institutions Program grant in the amount of $399,270.
The Department of Education (DOE) grant will be used for a program entitled “Strengthening Academic Support and Student Services to Improve Retention.” This program will address retention and student success through comprehensive faculty development consisting of professional training in educational technology, student success strategies and improved classroom technology.
“I am grateful for this funding for the University of Bridgeport which create the Center for Excellence in Learning in Teaching, to develop faculty and enhance student support services to include developmental math and English,” said Shays.
“The grant underscores our commitment to our academically-diverse community,” said University of Bridgeport President Neil A. Salonen. “It is a phenomenal recognition by the Department of Education of our faculty’s superlative work and its dedication to best serve all students.”
“The key point of the grant is to create the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching for faculty development and academic support,” Salonen continued. “Now we’ll have the resources to that and to do an even better job serving those students who need extra help. This validates and enhances what we have historically done at UB to open doors and build futures.”
The Strengthening Institutions Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to enable them to improve their academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability and to increase their self-sufficiency.