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Malloy Pledges Funds To Help Clean Former Remington Shaver Property

April 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Governor Dan Malloy on Wednesday announced the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded $3,821,000 in grants to 21 communities to advance the development of brownfield sites throughout the state including $200,000 for a remediation plan for the former Remington Shaver site in the South End and 60 Main Street, the site of a proposed mixed-use development with affordable housing and public open space.
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State Selling Bonds To Help Finance Bass Pro Construction

April 15th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday Connecticut will offer $22 million in municipal bonds to help finance a new store for outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops at the Steel Point redevelopment area. The sale of the general-obligation bonds through Connecticut Innovations Inc., the state’s financing arm, is expected the week of May 5, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
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Shipping Out Of Downtown, Zoners Back New Ferry Location In East End

April 15th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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It was a rocky process that included legal battles and prior site rejection, but the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company that provides daily service to and from Port Jefferson New York, won approval from the Zoning Commission Monday night to relocate its Downtown terminal to Seaview Avenue across the harbor in the East End.
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Zoners Approve Public Housing Plan, Reject Marijuana Dispensary, Pot Proponents To Appeal

April 15th, 2014 · 13 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

In a busy Monday night, Bridgeport’s Zoning Commission voted to approve a proposal by the Bridgeport Housing Authority for replacement units and rejected a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on Main Street. From Keila Torres Ocasio, CT Post:

After the meeting, Raymond Rizio, the attorney for applicant D&B Wellness, vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court if necessary. D&B Wellness partners Karen Barski and Angela D’Amico, who are seeking to open the dispensary for which they have received state approval, declined comment.
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Christina Ayala: I’m Running–Rosario Poised For Endorsement

April 15th, 2014 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Chris Rosario

If State Rep. Christina Ayala’s to win a second two-year term she’ll have to wage a primary against Chris Rosario, the city’s director of Anti-Blight and Illegal Dumping, who has formed a candidate committee (see here) raising money to qualify for the state’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded campaigns. Ayala has only recently formed a committee to seek reelection. But she says she’s committed to an August primary.
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Should City Council Stipends Be Spent On Charities?

April 14th, 2014 · 25 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Each of the 20 members of the City Council can access a $9,000 annual stipend presumably to be used in accordance with their duties as members of the budget-making and legislative body. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, although a proponent of charitable organizations, writes city councilors are misusing taxpayer money on behalf of needy groups. Lee commentary:

Thank you for printing my first article on April 7, 2014 City Council meeting. I disclosed the illegal and secret use of taxpayer funds by City Council. You called it waste in your headline. It is obviously more than that and needs to be accurately stated.
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Police Make Arrest In Groping Case

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Cops, News and Events

From Bill Kaempffer, public safety spokesman:

Detectives have secured an arrest warrant charging a city man with approaching and groping two high school students on separate occasions in the East Side.
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