Connecticut Post scribe Tim Loh did a nice job researching and writing his Sunday profile of Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. To Mario’s credit he didn’t run and hide. Mario’s involved in politics because he likes the power. I loved his stiletto comeback for retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez who poked Mario’s lack of inclusiveness in Loh’s profile. Who do you think made her a judge, Mario proclaimed. Anyhoo, Bridgeport developer Sal DiNardo has followed Mario’s lead in granting an interview to the Connecticut Post.
DiNardo is a work in progress for a Post profile. Scribes Michael Mayko and Keila Torres have been working on it for several weeks. Sal isn’t comfortable talking to the media. He’s not the most polished presenter. As I like to say about Sal, you cannot shine a sneaker. But Sal sat down with the Post last week so it should make for funky theater when the story runs within a few weeks.
DiNardo and the city recently came to terms, after three years of teeth gnashing and public posturing, on a remediation plan for the crap hole that is the former Remington site on Barnum Avenue. Sal also owns the property that was recently torpedoed by the zoning commission for a proposed halfway house for men in the West End. DiNardo also cleaned up a portion of the dirty Bridgeport Brass site, with a tax break from the city, that is home to United Rentals and is generating tax revenue.
Who is Sal DiNardo? What’s his juice? What’s his business? How much does he pay in taxes? Does he get special treatment? This is the stuff the Post profile will examine. Sal dines frequently at Mario’s Madison Avenue restaurant. Can you imagine Mario giving Sal media training?
“Mario, I don’t like talking to freaking reporters!”
“Salvatore, u donna worry … u meeta them here and I serva them a Mickey.”
(Hey Mario, how about some of that for me!)