I think I need a month to digest the Labor Day weekend grub.
How was your cookout? Let me guess, you had other things on your mind like some stray bulldozer knocking down your house without a permit. Hey, if they can do that on Pleasure Beach, where else?
Okay, enough of that. Can you believe it? One week away from four primaries for City Council. Today we’ll focus on the two candidates who are running solo in their respective districts.
Is it lonely running alone? Isa Mujahid and Mark Trojanowski don’t think so. City Council seats are broken down into 10 districts with 2 members per district.
Mujahid, who works in the city’s Health Department, has been involved in city politics for several years. The 135th District includes Whiskey Hill and part of the North End. Chris Caruso represented this area on the City Council before he was elected to the State House of Representatives nearly 20 years ago.
Incumbents Warren Blunt and Richard Bonney are being challenged by Peter Clarke and Mary McBride-Lee, a member of the Democratic Town Committee. Muhajid is hoping he can slip in on his own, not an easy task when the other two lines have twice the candidate power. But Isa is undeterred as he wrote to OIB a few days ago:
I have no reason to think that this campaign will not be successful on the 15th and moving on to Nov. 3rd.
I have people I never anticipated helping me door knock and make phone calls. I received a call from a community organization earlier today pledging 6 people to help me reach voters. And I received a phone call yesterday informing me of three people willing to stand outside of polling stations with literature on election day.
I feel and appreciate the love of the supporters and enthusiasm of the voters. It will all be worth the work when we can start to change the face of politics here.
Keep ’em honest.
In the 136th District veteran party hand Mark Trojanowski says he’s not happy with the current leadership. He’s taking on incumbents Carlos Silva and Angel DePara on the home turf of Democratic Vice Chair Dottie Guman who’s friends with all three candidates. The district covers the East Side, the Hollow and a small portion of the North End. Troj’s family has deep connections with the city. His dad was a city police officer. Mark earned a BS degree in business/finance from Sacred Heart and is a licensed real estate and insurance broker. Troj wrote to OIB:
The economy of the previous six years had brought potential opportunity for Bridgeport and its residences. Sadly most of that opportunity has been stalled or passed by. Your council person needs to be aggressive, knowledgeable and experienced to take advantage of ever present opportunity and look for new ways to strengthen the city’s tax base while preserving its hometown character. Your council person should do a constant review for potential savings that benefit taxpayers and to help local businesses get stronger and remain in the City. Your council person should set short term timelines to achieve progress in City wide projects such as DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION and HARBOR POINT (started in 1987).
Improving infrastructure and traffic flow around town is an example of a relative small budget investment that can benefit everyone and attract larger taxpaying businesses to designated areas.
News release from Mayor Bill Finch
World War II Bombers Visit Sikorsky Memorial Airport
Mayor Finch, Council President Tom McCarthy Will Take Ride in B-24
WHAT: Mayor Finch and City Council President Tom McCarthy will take a ride in the B-24 Liberator, a WWII-era heavy bomber which will be visiting Bridgeport as part of the nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour presented by The Collings Foundation.
WHO: Mayor Bill Finch, Council President Tom McCarthy, Three Wing Aviation, The Collings Foundation
WHERE: Three Wing Aviation, Sikorsky Memorial Airport , 400 Great Meadow Drive, Stratford, CT
WHEN: Tuesday, September 8, 11:30 a.m.
Please note: Flight takes off at 11:50 a.m.
Mayor Finch and City Council President Tom McCarthy will take a spin in the WW2-era B-24 bomber for its first flight in Bridgeport as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, a living aviation museum presented by The Collings Foundation, and hosted locally by Three Wing Aviation. The heavy bomber will arrive at Sikorsky Memorial Airport at 11:30 a.m. along with two other WWII aircraft. At 11:50 a.m., the B-24 will take off with the Mayor, Council President, and press on board for a 20-minute flight.
“I’m very honored to take a ride in this living piece of history, which served our fighting troops so well during our country’s time of greatest need,” said Mayor Bill Finch. He and Council President McCarthy urge all Bridgeport-area veterans to “take advantage of the opportunity to see these magnificent planes up close.”
The Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the airport in Stratford from September 8 – 10. The annual tour brings fully functional WWII-era aircraft and professional pilots to 110 cities every year, and lets the general public ride as passengers for a donation. “It’s a living, breathing museum. There’s really nothing else like it out there,” says Jerry O’Neill of Three Wing Aviation. The tour’s B-24 Liberator is the only functioning aircraft of its type in the world today.
News release from Jodi Rell
Governor Rell: Statewide Summit to Address H1N1 Preparedness for Municipalities
Municipal CEOs, First Responders to Attend September 10 Event at Connecticut Convention Center
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that a statewide summit to give municipal officials and medical professionals an update on the upcoming influenza season and the risks of the H1N1 or “swine” flu is set for September 10.
“It is essential that we keep local leaders and medical professionals up-to-date on the risks of the coming flu season so that they know what to expect and how to help us keep people safe,” Governor Rell said. “This comprehensive summit will provide municipalities with guidance on how to effectively communicate with residents, how to keep emergency personnel healthy and an update on the state’s plan is to distribute the H1N1 vaccine once it becomes available.”
The session for city and town leaders, local health officials and emergency medical services personnel will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
The summit, sponsored by the Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, will address issues such as protective equipment for emergency personnel and crisis communication. Seating is limited and participants who are not yet registered can do so on-line at ct.train.org.
Under Governor Rell’s leadership, Connecticut has worked for several years to refine and update its plans for dealing with pandemic illness. In July, the Governor today joined the Governors of Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Vermont and Wisconsin and members of the Obama Administration for a teleconference to discuss the lessons learned from the initial outbreak of H1N1 influenza and planning for the fall flu season.
Since then, state agencies have held planning sessions with school superintendents in the state to discuss how to handle potential outbreaks of H1N1 and other illnesses this fall. The state has also begun coordinating physicians, visiting nurse associations and other medical agencies willing to participate in a statewide vaccination effort once the federal government makes the medication available.