On his last day as mayor November 30, the very day he authorized himself a retroactive raise that direct deposited $17,000 of taxpayer money into his personal bank account after voters fired him in a September primary, Bill Finch threw a bye bye office party for 20 staffers and department heads and left the Ganim administration to pick up the $720.20 food tab. This is on top of the roughly $13,000 Finch received for unused vacation time. A majority of Democratic voters agreed that Finch was on vacation for the better part of eight years.
So much for the guy who proclaimed on a regular basis that “Together we are making Bridgeport the cleanest, greenest, safest, most affordable city with schools and neighborhoods that improve each year.”
According to a November 30 invoice from the popular Downtown restaurant Ralph ‘n’ Rich’s, the city was billed $720.20 to cover a “Mayor Finch” noon lunch for 20 people at $21.50 per head, as well as $140 for beverages, plus tax and tip.
Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration has been releasing copies of invoices, transactions, and dubious payouts from the final weeks of Finch’s lame duck mayoralty framing Finch as an Eddie Haskell phony when it came to protecting taxpayer money, particularly after Finch assailed Ganim’s past on the campaign trail.
Perhaps Finch’s final meal was a tribute to a fishy ending as mayor.