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Ganim’s 12 Years As Mayor Only Half Of Jasper McLevy’s Service

December 4th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

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Jasper McLevy was a roofer by trade. Photo courtesy History Center, Bridgeport Public Library.

Joe Ganim has tacked on another year to his run as the city’s second-longest-serving mayor. Even so, he’s still only served about half the 24-year run by Socialist Jasper McLevy, 1933-57. Yes, Bridgeport had a Socialist mayor who was really more of a reformer who stood on street corners for 20 years railing against the sins of Democrats and Republicans until the timing was right for an electoral embrace. McLevy introduced civil service to the city protecting little people from political patronage abuses, kept taxes down and championed labor movement reforms. To some old-time residents he’s best known for an apocryphal statement about snow removal. Who’s Jasper McLevy? Put on a pot of joe and check him out from my book Only In Bridgeport. [Read more →]

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Development Proposals For Downtown’s Twin Jewels

December 3rd, 2016 · 18 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Palace Theatre Downtown. CT Post photo Ned Gerard.

Shuttered for more than 40 years, solicitations for development proposals will go out soon for the twin gems Downtown, the Poli Palace and Majestic theaters, according to Economic Development Director Tom Gill who recalls lack of interest to revive them during his first helm of the job. He says Downtown North redevelopment projects have spurred interest.
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New Police Class Sunday

December 3rd, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim and Police Chief AJ Perez will swear in a class of 22 recruits into the Police Department Academy Sunday 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace.
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City Council To Take Up Library Board Appointments

December 2nd, 2016 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Library, News and Events

Some Library Board members who recently checked out director Scott Hughes for the unemployment line are scheduled for reappointment Monday night, according to the City Council agenda.
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What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

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Mayor Joe Ganim and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo follow a tutorial of the Open Budget financial portal in November.

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic for voters who had pondered Ganim’s future fitness. Ganim also announced he’d have the most transparent administration in history.
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Water Company Urges 20 Percent Usage Cutback

December 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments · News and Events

News release from Aquarion:

With Connecticut’s drought only increasing in severity, Aquarion Water Company is urging customers throughout the southwestern part of the state to cut back on indoor water use by 20 percent.

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Voices Muted By Political Corruption

December 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

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Chris Mattei

When State Senator Ed Gomes asserted political forces blocked him from appearing on the August primary ballot, former federal prosecutor Christopher Mattei presented Gomes’ case in court. A judge ordered Gomes’ name on the ballot and he defeated Democratic-endorsed Dennis Bradley, chair of the Board of Education. Mattei, now an attorney with the Bridgeport-based law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, prosecuted former Governor John Rowland and others in public corruption cases. He’s composed a commentary that also appeared in the Hartford Courant about the plague of public corruption with cautionary words about Donald Trump. “His casual view of the rule of law, his racist rhetoric and generally erratic and offensive behavior made his candidacy abhorrent to me. As we now resist his impulse to subject minority communities to heightened surveillance, ban religious minorities or muzzle the press, we must remember that the broader issue of citizens feeling disconnected from their government remains.”
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Following Trump’s Election, Tim Hammill’s Call To Action

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

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Tim Hammill plans to write every day about Trump’s presidency.

Many Democrats experiencing a hangover from Donald Trump’s presidential victory have found sobering outlets for their political hair of the dog. Former Mayor Bill Finch communications staffer Tim Hammill received some love in an Associated Press article following the launch of My Life In Trump’s America where He’s challenged himself to write every day until January 20, 2021.
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