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Coyne Cleared Of Sexual Abuse Charges

October 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · News and Events

Patrick Coyne, who served as chief of staff to former Mayor Joe Ganim, has been acquitted by a jury of sexually abusing his stepdaughter many years ago. He had been charged in 2011. A state jury in New Haven found him not guilty Tuesday morning.
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Mo Cuts Radio Commercial For Malloy

October 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · News and Events, State Politics

Michelle Obama

Two weeks left until Election Day in this tight gubernatorial contest between Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley. Gun-rights activist Joe Visconti will also be on the ballot as a petitioning candidate. The Malloy campaign has launched a radio commercial from Michelle Obama. Listen to the spot here. Will Barack return?

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School Parking At Roosevelt ‘Dark And Isolated’ For Teachers

October 21st, 2014 · 8 Comments · City Council, Education, News and Events

With new school construction comes growing pains and one major pain, according to Roosevelt School teacher Ann Barney, is the parking situation for the South End school. She presented her concerns to the City Council Monday night.

I come before you tonight as a collective voice for the Roosevelt Family. I ask that you please listen to our concerns regarding the parking at the new Roosevelt School. There is NOT enough safe, secure parking.

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IRS Considers Call To Examine City Council Stipend Expenditures

October 20th, 2014 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has notified Black Rock resident Jennifer Buchanan, host of the Bridgeport Now cable access show, it is considering her request for the agency to examine taxpayer-financed stipend expenditures of City Council members she claims are not ordinary in the course of their duties such as “payment to cell phone providers, Cable TV, grocery stores, drug stores, hardware stores and many restaurants.”
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$33 Million In Public Financing For State Races, Is It Worth It?

October 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Okay, we’re seeing all kinds of spending records broken in this gubernatorial cycle, whether independent expenditures or from $33 million in Connecticut taxpayers funds. You’re paying for it in some fashion. Is it worth it? Hmmm, what Bridgeport could do with an extra $33 million. From Greg Hladky, Hartford Courant.

State officials said Monday that public campaign financing awards to candidates for 2014 will total more than $33 million–a record amount for Connecticut’s taxpayer-funded election system.

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Marie Scinto, Transformational Political Leader, Brought Out The Best In People

October 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, City Politics, News and Events

Marie Scinto

Marie Scinto.

Marie Iassogna Scinto was a special politician because she was a special person. Elected Republican town chair in 1978, she became the first woman in Bridgeport history to lead a city political party. She also was active in city politics during the period from 1971 to 1991 in which Republican mayors occupied City Hall for 10 of those years. She was both genial and cunning in her approach to politics, but also always very approachable, representing an era in which you could fight an adversary one day and sit down for a cocktail the next day. She passed away last week, leaving a political legacy that championed the two-party system. See her obituary here. [Read more →]

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Parking Concerns Raised At New Roosevelt School

October 20th, 2014 · 10 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Bridgeport Education Association President Rob Traber is scheduled to address the City Council Monday night regarding parking at the new Roosevelt School in the South End. In a related commentary retired city firefighter Andy Fardy raises questions about school parking.

I have a question, who is in charge of designing the new schools in Bridgeport? I know it’s an architect but who furnishes what the school needs are?

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