Mike Marella, who served for more than 10 years on the City Council, is scheduled to return to the city’s legislative body at Monday night’s meeting replacing Bob Curwen who submitted his official letter of resignation two weeks ago after announcing in January he was leaving the council for family medical reasons. City Council members vote to fill vacancies and Marella should have no problem being welcomed back to the council at the recommendation of Democratic town committee members from the 138th District which covers the city’s Upper East Side.
Marella, the long-time executive director of the Police Activities League, was a key figure on the council in the 1990s. He left the council in 2001 and his seat was filled by his nephew Richard Paoletto. Marella had moved out of Bridgeport years ago. Last month he registered to vote with an address on Huntington Turnpike in the 138th Council District he once served. Paoletto says his uncle now resides in an apartment complex on Huntington Turnpike.
Marella was the council spearhead in the establishment of the Bridgeport Bluefish professional baseball team and subsequent building of Harbor Yard. He also served as co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Council members vote to fill vacancies, but they historically lean toward the recommendations made by the respective town committee leadership. Marella received the overwhelmingly recommendation of the nine-member district committee. James Morton, a candidate for City Council in 2009 and neighborhood activist Helen Losak had also expressed interest in serving.