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School Board Eruption Between Pereira And Taylor–Charges, Counter Charges

June 14th, 2018 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

A battle over school finances and board policies has erupted into a hostile exchange between Board of Education members Maria Pereira and Chris Taylor. School board conflicts are not new among members, some in open session and some private but the private tone between Pereira and Taylor has become intensely personal that they’re willing to air out publicly. Pereira sent OIB a commentary spelling out her grievances with Taylor who admits to some inflammatory remarks but asserts Pereira gives as good as she gets. Pereira is super passionate, unafraid to express a point of view. Taylor, often full of frivolity, fires back against Pereira’s assertions. What follows is Pereira’s commentary in full followed by Taylor’s rejoinders in bold. The language is not for the faint of heart.
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Turner Submits Petitions To Challenge Bradley

June 14th, 2018 · 5 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Aaron Turner

Aaron Turner

State Senate candidate Aaron Turner, challenging party-endorsed Dennis Bradley, submitted roughly 2,500 signatures in his quest to forge an August primary in the 23rd District currently occupied by a retiring Ed Gomes. Carolyn Vermont, former director of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP, is also trying to qualify for a primary. Challengers need 1,585 verified signatures.
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Stemerman Releases ‘Vision Bridgeport’ Plan With Major Infrastructure Upgrades

June 13th, 2018 · 15 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

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Stemerman shares infrastructure plan. Bridgeport harbor view.

Waiting to hear if he qualifies for the August primary for governor via a petitioning campaign, Republican David Stemerman has released a 15-page plan to “restore Connecticut’s world-class infrastructure and transportation systems” that includes calling for rail upgrades, port improvements, expansion of the city-owned Sikorsky Memorial Airport located in Stratford and high-speed ferry service to Manhattan. See proposal here. Of all the candidates for governor Stemerman, so far, has the most detailed plans for where he wants to take the state.
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Walker Issues GOP Endorsements

June 13th, 2018 · 9 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Bridgeport resident David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, came up short of the Republican convention support to make the August primary ballot for governor and eschewed a petition drive to wage a campaign. On Wednesday he issued several endorsements including for Bob Stefanowski, a petitioning candidate for governor. Stefanowski needs just over 9,000 signatures from Republican voters in Connecticut to secure an August ballot spot. He’s awaiting word from state elections officials.
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Former CT Post Building Sells For More Than $1 Million

June 13th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, Media, News and Events

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Former CT Post building. Photo by Ned Gerard.

The former Connecticut Post building at 410 State Street Downtown has been sold to a New York City investor. The building had been owned by Hearst Connecticut Media which has the largest digital footprint in Connecticut owning daily newspapers from New Haven to Greenwich including many weekly publications. Much of the Post operation has been shifted to the offices of the Norwalk Hour. The Post still maintains an editorial presence Downtown renting space on Broad Street.
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Candidate Petition Drives End, Counting By Registrars Continues, Ganim Piles Up 32,000 Signatures

June 12th, 2018 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Ganim himself has been hustling signatures from Democratic voters. From Ganim campaign Facebook page.

Mayor Joe Ganim’s petitioning campaign for governor has amassed roughly 32,000 signatures, 10,000 from Bridgeport, about twice the verified number he needs in his quest to qualify for an August 14 primary against Democratic-endorsed Ned Lamont. Tuesday was the final opportunity to submit signatures to local elections officials who will review the petitions to determine if they are Democratic electors in Connecticut before final tabulation by the office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State. Others, both Democrat and Republicans, are trying to do the same.
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When In Congress, Go Back To Congress Street Bridge, Himes Returns

June 12th, 2018 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Ten years ago, challenging incumbent Republican Chris Shays, Jim Himes made his bones in Bridgeport barbecuing Shays on his failure to deliver bucks for a replacement drawbridge over the Pequonnock River to reconnect the East Side with Downtown forcing headquarters for the city’s Fire Department to navigate a longer route for responses after the bridge got stuck open in 1997. Shays crashed the bridge press conference of Himes, which only served to turn an okay story into a front-page event benefiting the challenger. Himes prevailed in the 2008 Barack Obama presidential tsunami led by a massive urban turnout. Himes negotiated the money to remove the stuck-open bridge, but the expense of a new one is another story. On Monday Himes assembled with city and state officials to declare they are closer, courtesy of a House vote that now needs Senate approval.
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Surveillance System Features More Than 1,000 Cameras In City

June 11th, 2018 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez speaks in the new Bridgeport Police Fusion Center, located in the Morton Government Center. CT Post photo Ned Gerard.

A law enforcement tool includes more than 1,000 cameras in city neighborhoods to catch bad guys, but could the good intent become intrusive? We lose some liberties in the cause of public safety. The Police Department has expanded the Fusion Center operated out of the Margaret Morton Government Center at 999 Broad Street, an advancement to “monitor situations in real time,” according to Police Chief A.J. Perez. This program was initiated under then Mayor Bill Finch but has built out over time.

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