Officials Kick Off “Bridgeport Counts” 2020 Census Campaign

Mayor Joe Ganim, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Congressman Jim Himes, State Rep. Chris Rosario on Thursday were joined by other city and state officials at the East Side library branch to kick off the “Bridgeport Counts” campaign for the U.S. 2020 Census. See video above.

Statement from Bysiewicz:

“Governor Lamont and I are focused on economic growth and the 2020 Census will play an important role in that regard because businesses look to census data when determining future locations. We want every person to be counted but in order to achieve that we need cities and towns to prepare as well. Every community faces its own unique challenges in achieving an accurate count for the census so it’s critical that municipalities create local complete count committees. I applaud the City of Bridgeport for being a leader in this effort by launching their committee today. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be traveling across the state working with our members of congress to encourage every town and city–no matter the size–to form their own complete count committee.”

Statement from Rosario:

“As co-chair of the CT Census Committee, I am pleased that I will be playing a major role as there is nothing more important than an accurate census count for the equitable distribution of government resources. This is important because many times people are afraid of responding to the census–so this will be a one-on-one effort with the people most trusted in our neighborhoods. I take this responsibility very seriously and I am committed to working hard for as accurate a count as possible.”



  1. Ever so slightly off-topic. Punxsutawney Phil,the intrepid weather forcaster, predicted an early spring and looks like Phil was right. Maybe can start canvassing a little early for BPT elections. In early January,Lennie Grimaldi ran a column about some Hearst captures from the Hartford Courant. I’ve started to subscribe to Colin McEnroe.
    He mentioned a little about Bridgeport in his latest musings.
    Table scraps

    I really wanted to write about Bridgeport and the current ever-widening investigation that seems to have scrap metal at its molten core.

    But I’m too tired. And I don’t understand Bridgeport and I promise you I never will pretend that I do. I think it’s wrong for a columnist like me to “parachute in” with a bunch of dilettante-ish opinions about Bridgeport because

    a. There are people in Bridgeport who will shoot at your descending parachute, just to pass the time.

    b. It’s a little like riffling through 50 pages of volume 5 of George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” and formulating an opinion on the whole opus. Do you see what I’m saying? Bridgeport is not just a city. It’s an epic fantasy universe. The preceding does not prohibit me from enjoying Bridgeport and the reporting done by others, especially Brian Lockhart. And I want you to enjoy it too, at least until Brian is found at the bottom of a very large pile of scrap metal. So let’s keep reading, and eventually we’ll form a study club.

    Have a lovely week.

    “Because there’s good in everyone
    And a new day has begun
    You can see the morning sun if you try.”

    Uh-oh. Here come the waterworks.

    Btw,I find it always ironic when we see Joey Ganim in any of the branches of the Bridgeport Public Library since he did not correctly include the Library’s Budget(Ganim underfunded the BPL) in the last budget and the City Council had to find the money. I may be wrong but my memory says it was in the area of 7 million dollars and he has the temerity to walk into any branch of the BPL. Shameless Shyster.


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