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Finch: If Obama Pays For It, We’ll Take Them If We Have Space

July 22nd, 2014 · 29 Comments · News and Events

Rejected by Governor Malloy, Mayor Bill Finch is open to taking in migrant children … if the federal government pays for it and space allows. From the Connecticut Mirror:

The City of Bridgeport is exploring whether it has the facilities that would meet federal requirements to host some of the Central American migrant children who are in overcrowded federal holding centers along the borders, said a city spokesman.
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Diverse Voices Step Up For Moore

July 22nd, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Moore supporters inside headquarters from left, Ed Gomes, Lisa Parziale, Pat Speer, Marilyn Moore, Mary-Jane Foster and Gabrielle Parisi.

Moore supporters inside campaign headquarters from left, Ed Gomes, Lisa Parziale, Pat Speer, Marilyn Moore, Mary-Jane Foster and Gabrielle Parisi.

From State Senate candidate Marilyn Moore:

Community leaders, activists, educators and government reformers have stepped up to support Marilyn Moore for State Senate, declaring constituents in Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe deserve an elected representative in touch with their concerns addressing regional cooperation, creating jobs, wage fairness, economic opportunity and protecting public schools and children.

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Fabs Says City Violates State Statute

July 22nd, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

In a statement about his freedom of information complaint against the city regarding disclosure of revaluation information on his North End home, former Mayor John Fabrizi writes “The city broke the law and has not provided the public’s information regarding this issue.” Fabs statement follows and includes state statute language upon which he based his complaint.

“The primary focus of the FOI complaint that I filed yesterday is related to 12-55 of the Connecticut General State Statutes. This statute, approved by the General Assembly is mandated by law. A clear reading of the Statute states that the “new” revaluation/assessment data should have been included in the October 2013 grand list and posted for public inspection.
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City Attorney Slams Door On Fabs FOI Request, Fabs Files Complaint

July 22nd, 2014 · 37 Comments · City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

More than two months after submitting a freedom of information request for “all data and values on my personal residence” associated with the city’s two-year delay on the revaluation of city taxable property, former Mayor John Fabrizi has his answer from the city: Forget about it. The city doesn’t have the documents, according to a letter to Fabrizi from City Attorney Mark Anastasi, and if we did we wouldn’t give them to you anyway. As a result, Fabrizi has filed a complaint with the state Freedom of Information Commission.
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What? The City Council Avoids Conflict Of Interest? Hennessy: Council Members Ignore Conflicts On Local Level

July 21st, 2014 · 20 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Sound the trumpets. Bang the drums. Toot the horns. The Bridgeport City Council that has been mired in conflicts of interest for years with city employee councilors approving their own wages and benefits actually tried following federal guidelines so needy organizations wouldn’t lose out on millions of dollars through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The feds expanded regulations for what is deemed a family-tie conflict. State Rep. Jack Hennessy writes, “Isn’t it funny that the city can take seriously the issue of conflicts of interest when the federal government is involved but ignore it at the local level.”
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What’s In A Name? Finch: Rename Harding Barack Obama High School

July 21st, 2014 · 90 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: Informal poll. What did Shakespeare write? “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet,” or something like that. Should the new school to replace Harding High be named after President Obama? So says Mayor Bill Finch. The mayor hopes construction to replace Harding will begin this year on property owned by General Electric on Boston Avenue. Critics argue the site of an old munitions factory is too dirty for a school. The Board of Education, in a split vote, has signed off on the site. Supporters say the state has a remediation plan to address environmental concerns.
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Newton: The People’s Champ, Not Politicians’ Chump

July 20th, 2014 · 12 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Ernie Newton

Ernie Newton seeks his old State House seat.

From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:

When former Sen. Ernie Newton campaigned door-to-door recently here in his hometown, not a single person asked about the federal prison term he served on felony charges in a political corruption scandal.

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