Don’t ya just love blackmail photographs of politicians? Bushy kissing Joe Lieberman (or was it the other way around?), this one kissing that one. Yuck, wipe it away!
Wednesday was Bridgeport Day at the state capitol, but before things heated up in Hartford in the afternoon newly elected Republican State Senator Rob Russo ran into City Council President Tom McCarthy, his possible opponent in the November election, at an event for the local Red Cross and, according to witnesses, planted a peck on the cheek of his Celtic skin.
Was it love or just the smooch of political death? I love it when nice Italian boys give nice Irish boys the Irish. I can vouch for Russo that the soon-to-be 33 year-old state senator is heterosexual, his birthday is April 5, and he has a babe.
He was just setting up McCarthy for the left-right combination that would come later in the day in Hartford. Addressing a crowd of Bridgeport elected officials and business leaders, Russo spoke of the demands cities and towns are facing to pay bills and the need for belt tightening. He had kind words for mayor Bill Finch and the $16 million budget deficit the mayor inherited from the previous administration. Praise the lord for the hard-working bean counters trying to close the gap, said Russo. After all, this wasn’t the new mayor’s fault (poise the stiletto) it’s the fault of the freakin’ city council that voted for the budget!
Guess who voted for that budget buster? You got it. Tom McCarthy.
Are ya getting a glimpse of what we might be facing should McCarthy take on Russo?
By the way, Bridgeport Republicans named a new party chairman Wednesday night to replace Russo. Marc Delmonico, triathlete extraordinaire, can swim across Long Island Sound, run a marathon and bike 50 miles without breaking a sweat. He’s also in the concrete business. In case Russo needs some extra help, maybe Marc can fit a pair of shoes for Big Mac.
And who said politics isn’t a contact sport?
Hey, what’s the deal with City Councilman Daniel Martinez wanting to charge a buck a head to attend public meetings to help close the city’s budget deficit? Let’s see now, we get a dozen people to attend city council meetings. At that pace we’d close the gap in about one million years.
And one more thing, Syesha Mercado, Bridgeport born and raised, made it through another round of American Idol!
City Hall press release
Mayor Finch Promotes Global Climate Change Awareness
Bridgeport joins Earth Hour 2008
Mayor Bill Finch (D-Bridgeport) is proud to partner with Superintendent John Ramos and the Student Council at Columbus School in Bridgeport to support the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2008. Earth Hour (www.earthhourus.org) is an international, multi-city event created to raise awareness about global climate change. Homeowners, city government and businesses are asked to take part by turning off nonessential lights for one hour, “Earth Hour.” The Mayor will ask Bridgeport residents and businesses to do their part by saving energy from 8:00-9:00pm this Saturday night. Bridgeport joins Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix and a host of other cities in the U.S. and abroad in supporting this effort.
“This initiative, which has become an undertaking of the impressive Student Council at Columbus School, fits directly into the City of Bridgeport’s Green Initiative,” said Mayor Finch. “By turning off our lights for one hour from 8:00-9:00pm this Saturday night in coordination with Earth Hour, we are all saving energy and promoting awareness about climate change. We must do more in Bridgeport to lower our carbon footprint, and taking part in this global event is a step in the right direction.”
Mr. Manuel Rocha, Principal of Columbus School, added, “I’m pleased and honored to have Columbus School participating so strongly in Bridgeport’s Earth Hour and in Mayor Finch’s Green Initiative. Our hope is that this event raises environmental awareness, increases student knowledge about climate change and promotes positive change in the community.”
The Mayor also emphasized that fire safety precautions should be taken when lights are turned off. “Families and businesses should try to avoid open flames and should attempt to rely on battery-powered flashlights or lanterns,” he said. “Safety comes first.”
City Hall press release on Dodd visit
Sen. Dodd, Mayor Finch Hold Roundtable on Subprime Issue
BRIDGEPORT, CT March 27, 2008 – U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Mayor Bill Finch (D-Bridgeport) this morning held a roundtable discussion entitled “How Can Stakeholders Work Collaboratively to Respond to the Subprime Crisis?” to discuss Senator Dodd’s proposed legislation, Hope for Homeowners, and to look for viable and creative solutions to the foreclosure crisis in Bridgeport and the surrounding areas. The two met with government entities, counseling agencies and realtors at the City Hall Annex in Bridgeport after visiting the home of Donna Marie Pearce, a Bridgeport homeowner who was helped through her difficulties with a subprime mortgage after contacting ACORN Housing Corporation. The Senator and the Mayor requested to meet with Ms. Pearce to hear firsthand some of the challenges facing Bridgeport residents with subprime loans.
“At the end of the day, we need to do everything reasonably possible to help people keep their homes,” said Senator Dodd. “The Hope for Homeowners measure that I am proposing is a smart way to achieve this goal. I want to thank Mayor Finch for hosting today’s event and for his deep dedication to helping the people of Bridgeport weather this storm.”
Mayor Finch added, “We’re in a difficult position here in Bridgeport. There are over 5,000 subprime loans in our City. While we may not be able to make the subprime crisis go away, I am fully committed to finding ways to help the victims in my City. I am grateful to Senator Dodd for his attention to this issue and for moderating our discussion today. My hope is that these talks will result in the formation of a plan to help Bridgeport homeowners.”
The roundtable included representatives from the Federal Housing Administration/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), ACORN Housing and the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors.