The City Council approved a financial termination agreement Tuesday night hammered out by city lawyers and former Mayor Tom Bucci who represented ousted Civil Service Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs.
Jacobs will receive $155,000, $90k within 10 days, followed by another $65k next January. Bucci will receive $15,000 in legal fees and Jacobs gets another $8,000 for health benefits. So the total payout is roughly $180,000.
Jacobs and Mayor Bill Finch didn’t get along. The Civil Service Commission said see ya. Jacobs sued. They settled. David Dunn, a Finch supporter, replaced Jacobs as acting personnel director. The council decision was unanimous.
The council also unanimously passed a resolution opposing Governor Jodi Rell’s proposed juvenile detention center for girls on the Upper East Side. The resolution will be passed on to the State Bond Commission which must vote to approve the $20 million for the detention center.
You guys diggin’ on Ned Lamont trying to emerge as the de facto Bridgeport candidate for governor?
On his official candidacy day Ned’s speech, released via email, had him graduating from Harding, methinks he meant Harvard, and he wasn’t bashful talking about those Harding students he regaled as a volunteer teacher. Ned certainly spent some time at building-challenged Harding so if he’s elected the state’s chief executive might he show his real benevolence through a new high school? What say you Ned, a new building for Harding High School?
And what’s your take on Dick Blumenthal’s reticence to embrace a visit from Barack on his behalf? When asked if he wanted Barack to push his U.S. Senate candidacy he didn’t say yes, he didn’t say no. “An open question,” says Dick. Wow, that’s some endorsement for our president. Don’t ya just love pols threading needles? Barack campaigns for the Dem U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts, her election dies the gooey death, his poll numbers stumble, and all of a sudden Dick gets a little weak-kneed. Jesus, Dick couldn’t wait to be seen with Barack when the president was flying high. All of a sudden Dick is the independent voice, transcending party politics. I wonder if Barack will keep score when he has another federal bench appointment?
If I’m mayor Bill Finch I’d send up smoke signals urging, pleading, begging Barack to visit Bridgeport. (And can we throw in a $1,000 per head ticket event for hizzoner?)