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Teachers Endorse Gomes

January 29th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events, State Politics

Ed Gomes

Ed Gomes

Hey, with all this drama playing out with Ricky DeJesus, there’s a special election for State Senate February 24. Former State Senator Ed Gomes has been endorsed by two teachers associations. News release:

Connecticut teachers have endorsed Edwin Gomes for the special election in the 23rd Senate District, which includes portions of Bridgeport and Stratford.

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Torres Pushes Citizen Petition To Enforce City Charter Ending Conflicts Of Interest

January 29th, 2015 · 26 Comments · City Council, City Politics, State Politics

stop corruption

Torres starts petition drive.

Republican City Councilman Enrique Torres, a candidate for the February 24 special election for Connecticut’s 129th State House District, has launched a petition drive both online here and in hard copy at his Harborview Market in Black Rock to build public support to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter that prohibits city employees from serving on the City Council. From Torres:
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Deadbeat DeJesus Hauled Into Court For Back Child Support, More Baggage For State Senate Candidate

January 28th, 2015 · 52 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Testa, DeJesus

More issues for DeJesus.

An arrest warrant was issued last May for City Councilman Richard DeJesus, the Democratic-endorsed candidate for State Senate, for failing to pay $35,700 in child support accumulated over several years, according to court records. This is the same DeJesus who owes $140,000 in back taxes in personal property from his businesses. DeJesus says he had paid his ex-wife, who moved out of state, in cash and the court made clerical errors on some child support owed. He said he fulfilled the back child support obligation last summer, per court order, but would not specify the amount. OIB has asked Dejesus to provide a detailed explanation.
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Foster Hits Finch On Hypocrisy

January 28th, 2015 · 60 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

In what could be a prelude to another run for mayor this year, 2011 Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster cites “examples of the cultural DNA of political corruption that has wholly permeated and consumed the operations of this administration.” From Foster:

Mayor Bill Finch needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror before he spends any more time decrying those who violate the public trust. Convictions of elected officials for corrupt, criminal acts surely erode confidence in our government but so do the actions of elected officials who violate the public trust with constant and overbearing actions that result in a political corruption that is surely as destructive.
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Hennessy And Moore Introduce State Legislation To End Conflict Of Interest On City Council

January 28th, 2015 · 50 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

State Representative Jack Hennessy and State Senator Marilyn Moore have introduced the government reform bill An act prohibiting municipal employees from serving on certain municipal legislative bodies that would extend state law to include all governmental bodies that serve as boards of finance such as the City Council. The Bridgeport City Charter approved by voters bans city employees from serving on the City Council, but city officials have used state law as a pretext to violate the local charter.
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Finch Ends Snow Emergency

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Education, News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Today, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch ended the city’s snow emergency, which means parking in the city will go back to normal.

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Finch Plows Out New London In Need, Provides Storm Update

January 27th, 2015 · 8 Comments · News and Events

From Mayor Bill Finch:

This evening, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced that he’ll be sending four snow trucks and a foreman up to New London, Conn. to help with their snow clearing efforts.

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