The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Thursday approved an $85,000 campaign finance grant for State Senator Marilyn Moore who will face party-endorsed Tom McCarthy, president of the City Council, in an August 9 Democratic primary. McCarthy has also been approved for public financing. Each candidate’s campaign will have roughly $100,000 to spend including the required $15,000 that was raised in small donations to secure the grant allocation.
Connecticut’s 22nd State Senate District covers all of Trumbull, the north and western portion of the city and a piece of Monroe.
The other state senator representing Bridgeport, Ed Gomes, can now apply for a public grant as well now that he has been ordered on the ballot by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis. Gomes’ opponent, party-endorsed Dennis Bradley has qualified for a public grant. They too will square off in an August 9 primary in Connecticut’s 23rd District covering about two-thirds of the city and a portion of western Stratford.
Unlike the Gomes-Bradley contest, I do have a dog in this fight. Go Marilyn, GO! May the best woman win on August 9th and again in November.
You go, girl!
You go, girl!
You go, girl!
You go, girl!
Last I heard, Ed was already headed up to Hartford to make application for the funds.
I should have said: “What does that have to do with her efficacy as a legislator, Mr. Marcus?”
My comment had absolutely nothing to do with Sen. Moore. It was to dispel the notion linking McCarthy with WPCA immediately turns off Trumbull voters. I explained Trumbull voters are angry with Tim Herbst and his lawsuits as well as the Trumbull WPCA, not Bridgeport and its WPCA. Herbst sued Bridgeport (he also sued our neighbor Monroe, our sewer contractors, etc). All in all Herbst has had to settle, withdraw or lost these suits and cost us millions of dollars and angered our neighbors. WPCA is a dirty word in Trumbull, but that does not apply to those in Bridgeport government associated with your WPCA.
Were you to listen to folks last year who recognized the 35% increase in WPCA rates to Bridgeport property owners or to listen to anyone who fell behind in their bill paying for whatever reason and found themselves with a lien on the property, you would know there are people in Bridgeport who feel poorly served. When the procedure relating to liens in Bridgeport, different from Trumbull, Stratford or Fairfield, finds people losing their homes, it is a tragedy and another unjust and unnecessary governance action. Will someone stand up and inform the WPCA ratepayers in Bridgeport why these liens are sold by the WPCA, rather than treated in the same way blight fines are regulated? There is a foul story resting here. Time will tell.
Many in Trumbull were up in arms about obscene raises in our WPCA rates last year. But this is directed to the Trumbull WPCA and Tim Herbst, and his inability in six years in office to come to an agreement with Bridgeport. All of a sudden his buddy Joe Ganim is Mayor, the lawsuit is dropped and we have an agreement. An agreement voted on in secret in both communities. Citizens not allowed to see it or make comments based on its contents before council members voted to approve it. Both Chief executives stink.
It is a shame both communities use the same name for WPCA, so people often confuse who is the culprit. Bridgeport’s WPCA and its facilities process Trumbull waste. Trumbull WPCA bills us for that service. The Trumbull WPCA is also quick to lien properties. Recently a homeowner who made a mistake on her check and paid $5 less than due had her house liened in Trumbull.
Marshal Marcus, the WPCA as it stands now for both Trumbull and Bridgeport is bad news. The WPCA has been given full power to attack the residents of both Bridgeport and Trumbull. There was a Ordinance City Council meeting in Bridgeport. Flatto, Anastasi et al. intimidated and scared the BPT CC Ordinance committee. My own CC rep tabled the attempt to gain some control over the WPCA and the booting and towing of cars. Katie Bukovski, SHAME ON YOU.
Finally I can submit my AB applications for Marilyn. Black Rock, Brooklawn, and parts of the North End are going to bury McCarthy. Jack Hennessy get ready, we’re going to do it again in Blackham and Winthrop. You do remember that’s where you and I running together made Elaine Pivorotto a distant memory. She’s going to be more than distant the next time around, the bitch pushed Marilyn under the bus. Her excuse was McCarthy walked with her 12 years ago, did she forget she got her butt kicked? Lot of help he was!
Lisa, excuse my ignorance.
Why would you have to wait until Moore qualified for state election funds in order to submit absentee applications? Moore would be on the August 9th ballot with or without this funding.
I look forward to the campaign and will support the victor in defeating Elaine Hammers.
Marshall, the printing of the ballots was held up because of the court case. There was no way of knowing how the judge’s decision would go and until that happened ballots couldn’t be printed and absentee ballots couldn’t be mailed to voters. I’m sure Monday the Town Clerk’s office will order all ballots printed.
Just a PS, we don’t like to turn in a substantial amount of applications unless the ballots are ready and mailed ASAP.
Thanks for your explanation. I turn in AB applications almost as soon as I get them. I don’t wait until ballots are ready. Since we only have the Moore/McCarthy race in Trumbull, the Town Clerk could order ballots sooner than in Bridgeport.
I don’t like our Town Clerk, but I’ve never had a problem with her staff mishandling AB applications that were handed in before ballots were printed and ready to mail.
This morning I went into the Town Clerk’s office with AB applications. The employee went through them asking questions. I was told ballots would be mailed next week. She then looked at an application, recognizing the name and said since the applicant is in Europe for an extended stay, she would email the ballot so as to not lose valuable mailing time.
This is the first time they have offered to email ballots for applications I have brought in. In fact I was told it is now their procedure to email ballots to all military applicants because APO or FPO mail can be slow and cause their votes to be late and not counted.
I wonder if this system is in place in Bridgeport as well.
Great news for Senator Marilyn Moore but she needs to get people to hit the streets and get to registered Dems. Tie McCarthy to the mil hike in Black Rock, Brooklawn and North End. In Trumbull tell Dems McCarthy is a Bridgeport political hack/crony who won’t hesitate to raise taxes and tie him to the recent WPCA agreement. McCarthy can be toast if you GOTV.
Linking McCarthy to the WPCA agreement won’t anger Trumbull voters. Our anger is directed at Tim Herbst who couldn’t reach an agreement until Finch was out and Ganim in office. Tim’s lawsuits and delays and refusal to get along with Bridgeport cost us millions in legal and other fees.
We are thankful to actually have an agreement after all these years.
What does that have to do with Moore’s efficacy as a Legislator?
It’s a matter of politics and perception. Say WPCA to any Trumbullite and they get red in the face. Will deal with Timmie Herbst when he runs for governor.
When you say WPCA to a Trumbullite and we get red in the face, it is because we are angry with the extremely high fees charged by the TRUMBULL WPCA. We also are super PO’d with the amount of money Herbst has spent on legal fees suing Bridgeport about this.
We aren’t mad at Bridgeport or its WPCA.
So Timmie Herbst made a deal with family friend Joe Ganim. Let’s go celebrate. The WPCA remains an out-of-control entity protected by Ganim, Flatto, Anastasi etc. as they continue to foreclose on properties on minuscule issues. WE NEED TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE WPCA.
Marshall Marcus, so you voted for Tom McCarthy?
My vote at the D22 convention was recorded by roll call and is no secret. I’ve explained why I voted that way and that I’ll work to elect the winner of the August 9th primary and see Elaine Hammers defeated.
Marshall Marcus, that has nothing to do with the primary, so are you voting for Tom McCarthy in the primary?
It’s great news for you too, Frank.
I just watched the most pathetic G2 shot on Channel 12. Apparently there’s a lot of public dumping going on throughout the City and action will be taken to discourage it. So there’s a podium set up in the TV shot, with none other than Tom McCarthy mumbling his way through the situation, and standing behind him is the Mayor, looking like McCarthy’s bucket boy. What in hell did McCarthy have to do with this issue and why wasn’t the Mayor doing the talking? G2 must know he’ll be stuck with McCarthy for another year, since for sure Marilyn will win, and he’s starting to kiss McCarthy’s ass now so maybe McCarthy will help him secure votes on the Council. How things have changed. Two losers, and lucky Bridgeport has another year before getting rid of Mac, and three to get rid of his new fan, Ganim.
Wait a minute. Didn’t Ganim gut the anti-blight dept for political purposes? That must be it. Ganim will form an anti-dumping dept so he can dump political patronage jobs there.
BOTTOM LINE, THE WPCA IS AN OUT-OF-CONTROL ENTITY. WHO CONTROLS THIS MONSTER?
Frank, it originated by Federal mandate due to a successful lawsuit involving pollution of the Sound. Phil can fill in the facts. It’s managed by Art Liskov and the liens are placed by Juda Epstein. The process is merciless and swift. Miss a couple of payments and your property is liened. Interest adds to the burden at a hefty 18%. Many people have lost their homes because of WPCA liens. I was present at an owner-gathering held at 80 Cartright St. The Mayor’s abode. He promised the residents he would do whatever it took to stop the present process, and suggest a solution that would allow these liens to be paid over time without the fear of lien foreclosure. I was there, I heard him. I found out later one woman in attendance that evening was in fact being foreclosed on. HAS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS ISSUE BEING ADDRESSED??? I get sick thinking of that evening because I believed him.
The whole process stinks to high heaven. Who gains from these actions (what favored law firm)? Follow the money.
Juda Epstein, Esquire. He holds the monopoly on the WPCA liens. I don’t know how he got it, but he’s been doing it through the Finch Administration, and now the Ganim Administration.
LISA PARZIALE, THANK YOU for the background information. Exactly what I have been looking for with the WPCA and the car-tax booting schemes in Bridgeport. Someone is making money over the misfortunes of people in Bridgeport. I know Charlie Mason and Brothers is lining their pockets on the booting/auction sales of delinquent car taxes. Now we need to find out the WPCA get-rich schemes.
Frank, there has to be some paper-trail as to how Juda Epstein was charged with the WPCA liens. I know he’s loaded, was a big contributor to Finch and G2, I don’t know if this service was ever put out to bid, it’s the best kept secret. I don’t know him, his father was a political operative in in the Jewish Democratic portion of the DTC. He delivered, especially in the 133rd, ironically McCarthy and Testo’s district. He passed and now his son has taken his place in elections, reaching out to the Jewish community and others. I’m guessing that’s his reward for the work he does for the preference of whomever is Mayor. His father was a decent man, and if memory serves me, he was not in it for monetary gain, he liked the game.