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Does The Mayor Need A Wheel Man?

February 7th, 2016 · 91 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

For the past four decades Bridgeport mayors have had drivers, some more than others, utilizing inner-office staff or a police officer sometimes dictated by the daily schedule. Detective Ramon Garcia has assumed that role for JG2. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the need for a driver and what other Connecticut cities do for mayoral security details.
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Gander Ganim’s Payroll Lineup

February 6th, 2016 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

How many direct hires has Joe Ganim made since he reclaimed the mayoralty starting December 1? Less than 30, according to a list of discretionary appointments provided by the city following an OIB FOI request.
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Senior Pedestrian Struck By Car Dies

February 6th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

City news release:

An 87-year-old male pedestrian, who was struck at the intersection of Prospect Street and Myrtle avenue early this morning (Saturday), has died from his injuries.
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Is There Movement With Chief Gaudett?

February 5th, 2016 · 106 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement

Joe Gaudett

Joe Gaudett

Mayor Joe Ganim inherited a police chief he did not want in a leadership role, but is Joe Gaudett willing to take another job in the police department to free up his position? An effort is underway.
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Just Like The Old Days, Joe And Mario Back At The Capitol

February 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, State Politics

Ganim and Looney

Ganim, left, with Senate President Marty Looney of New Haven, Senate chief of staff Vinny Mauro, and Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa.

Joe Ganim hadn’t schmoozed legislators in the capitol as mayor in 13 years. Wednesday at the opening of the legislative session he was back joined by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa reconnecting with old-time pols such as Senate President Marty Looney who shepherded legislation last year that equalized auto taxes across the state to help city residents as well as providing more city dollars for tax-exempt properties. Both those measures are scheduled for implementation this year. Ganim and the city’s legislative delegation want to make sure they are not casualties in Governor Dan Malloy’s budget cuts.
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Mauled In New Hampshire, The Plague Of Presidential Candidates

February 3rd, 2016 · 10 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

New Hampshire black bear

OIB webmaster Ray Fusci, the Wesleyan wiz behind the curtain, lives in New Hampshire where presidential candidates have descended “like a Biblical plague of locusts.” What’s it like to be in the thick of the action for the nation’s first primary in the “Live Free or Die” state? Ray shares some insight.

“Mauled” might evoke thoughts of bears. The black bear above, four feet long from nose to tail and a bit taller standing up, was just taking a leisurely stroll through my backyard. Not an uncommon sight in my backyard, where we often see wild turkeys, pheasants, fox, deer and an occasional moose. Leave them alone, and they’ll leave you alone. The last time someone was killed by a bear in New Hampshire was in 1784.

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Arrest Leads To Spooky Santeria Stuff, Human Remains On East Side

February 3rd, 2016 · 14 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Santeria

Skulls found believed to be from a Santeria ceremony. Police photo.

Human skulls, a high priest in the Santeria religion, neighbors terrified of a curse. All of this and more playing out in the drug investigation of Felix Delgado.
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City Architect Steps Up For Finch, Provides Job Downtown

February 3rd, 2016 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Foster Antinozzi

Bill Finch will be working at Antinozzi Associates pictured here at a Mary-Jane Foster fundraiser last October.

It’s not the job he coveted most, but when you have two young mouths to feed as an ex-mayor with no one banging down your door, a job is a job is a job. Bill Finch has been hired by the respected Downtown-based Antinozzi Associates to head up the architectural firm’s “sustainable strategies.” When it comes to the environment, conservation and green technology, Finch, who studied agriculture at the University of Connecticut, can talk day and night about the juxtaposition of the sun to the solar panels at Seaside Park his administration installed on the old city dump. It’s his passion.
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