Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy, joined by Mayor Bill Finch, will share his plans at the Bridgeport Ferry Terminal Tuesday morning for developing state ports “in an effort to grow jobs, increase economic growth and trade flow, and improve transportation infrastructure.”
The city has a choppy relationship with Captain Brian McAllister, president of the Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, who wants to relocate from downtown to a new terminal across the harbor in the East End. City officials and downtown business interests want the ferry company to stay put.
The city has been operating without a full-time Bridgeport Port Authority director since the departure of Joe Riccio. Chief Administrative Officer Andy Nunn, who has a lot on his plate, has been filling in. The port authority is cash-poor following legal fees associated with ferry company court battles and a separation payout to Riccio.
This is the first time Malloy and Finch will appear together (scheduled for 10 a.m.) for an economic development announcement since the August primary. The mayor had backed Ned Lamont for governor. He now supports Malloy.
Newt’s For Pia
Democratic State Senator Anthony Musto, who represents Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe, is being challenged by Republican David Pia, a member of the Trumbull Town Council. So far this has been a gentlemen’s campaign. Musto and Pia actually had lunch a few weeks ago and agreed to play nice. You guys are no fun! But hey, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has no trouble arousing passion. The Pia campaign issued this release:
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Endorses David Pia for State Senate!
In what is the biggest political endorsement of Connecticut’s election season, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and potentially our next President of the United States of America in 2012, Newt Gingrich, has endorsed David Pia for CT State Senate in District 22, which encompasses all of Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe.
“David is a common sense leader and a man of principle and character,” said Gingrich. “He is exactly what Connecticut needs right now.”
Pia explained that he had met the Speaker on two different occasions–once in NYC for a speech and then when he was invited to partake in a business roundtable discussion with Gingrich in Stamford in June.
“This is obviously an incredible honor, Mr. Gingrich very well may be our next President,” Pia said.
The everyday, hard working citizens seem to embrace the opportunity to have, “one of their own,” a “regular guy,” be THEIR VOICE in Hartford,” Pia said. “The many dignitaries who have also endorsed my candidacy, are the whipped cream on the Sundae, Mr. Gingrich … … … is the cherry on top!” Pia said with a smile. Pia went on to say, “In all seriousness, when people tell you they believe in you, and they trust you as their voice, it is very humbling and rewarding, I am eternally grateful for the trust and respect from so many people.”
From Lisa Miro, Conservation Director City of Bridgeport
Rain barrel distribution for City of Bridgeport
Hosts: Lisa Miro, Conservation Director for the City of Bridgeport and Donna Curran, Development Director at The Discovery Museum.
Date: September 25th, 2010
Place: The Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue
Roll out the barrels! The Mayor’s Conservation Corps, under the direction of Lisa Miro, have retrofitted over 500 rain barrels that are waiting to find homes. Rain barrels are perfect for conserving water and money. A rain barrel can save up to 1,300 gallons of free water during summer months. By capturing free rain water, the resident will save money and help curb storm water runoff. Storm water runoff burdens our sewer systems and is responsible for flooding and closing of beaches during summer months.
The barrels have been donated to the Mayor’s Conservation Corps via Cosmo’s Food Imports of West Haven. “I was conversing with Ted Bresky of Henry Bresky and Sons, Inc., one morning and we began talking about conservation. I noticed a barrel on his premises and inquired about obtaining barrels for retrofits. He was more than happy to connect me to his friend Cosmo. I took the lead and met with Cosmo at his place of business in West Haven. The rain barrels were created by my canvassers.”
Rain barrels are available to all on a ‘first-come first-served basis.’ The first six hundred barrels will be given out free, as part of a pilot program. They are ready to be placed under one’s downspout and start saving!
Please join council-persons of your district and let the savings begin! If you have any questions, you can reach the Conservation Department at 203-394-6981.