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Political Action Committee Seeks Candidates For City Council, School Board

June 21st, 2017 · 14 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

The political action committee Better Bridgeport, formerly known as Citizens Working For a Better Bridgeport, chaired by Jeanine Oburchay is inviting all potential candidates for City Council and Board of Education to fill out a questionnaire and return it by June 30. Candidates should E-mail betterbpt@gmail.com and specify whether you need the school board or council questionnaire, according to committee member John Marshall Lee. [Read more →]

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Barnumesque Development, This Way To The Egress

June 21st, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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As the Barnum Festival reaches its apex this weekend, city policy wonk Jeff Kohut admonishes government development policy as a lot of razzle-dazzle. Mr. Barnum, for one, kept museum patrons moving along with his signage declaration “This way to the egress.” What they interpreted as a curious exhibit was nothing more than a fancy word for exit. Kohut writes, “Until Bridgeport secures high-employment, high-capital-value development, in the context of a long-term vision and companion plan for long-term prosperity, all that can be said for our future is “this way to the Egress”… [Read more →]

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Patience Expires, Future Of Parking Meters In Limbo

June 20th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, Uncategorized

This t-shirt from Scott Fischer, owner of Jerry;s Printing Downtown says it all. From Facebook page of school board member Maria Pereira.

This t-shirt from Scott Fischer, owner of Jerry’s Printing Downtown says it all. From Facebook page of school board member Maria Pereira.

Oops. Days after Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration unilaterally reduced the Downtown fine and extended the parking duration to four hours for the automated meters following ear-splitting complaints, the City Council Monday night said hold on a minute, you need our authority and by the way we want an installation moratorium until we figure this out. [Read more →]

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A Majestic Development Plan For Downtown, Ganim: Main Street’s Bookends Of Progress Coming Together

June 20th, 2017 · 24 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, Uncategorized

Mayor Joe Ganim, right, chats with officials with Exact Capital Group including Managing Partner Craig Livingston.

Mayor Joe Ganim, right, chats with officials with Exact Capital Group including Managing Partner Craig Livingston, backed by a “Coming Soon” marquee.

Declaring “We don’t look at what it is, we look at what we want it to be,” the managing partner of the Manhattan-based commercial real estate firm Exact Capital Group joined Mayor Joe Ganim and other officials Monday afternoon to announce a $400 million redevelopment of the shuttered and nostalgic Poli and Majestic theaters Downtown that includes a performing arts center, entertainment and sports venue, preservation of the Savoy Hotel into 200 rooms, two 18-floor towers across the street, with retail and underground parking, that would become the tallest buildings in the central business district, and another 10 floors of housing units on Housatonic Avenue. Craig Livingston, the managing partner, projected a ground breaking next summer for the first-phase theater restoration. [Read more →]

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General Lee Reminds City Council To Take Inventory Of Budget Year

June 19th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Budget

The City Council Monday night conducted its last official meeting for the budget year ending June 30. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee urged them to reflect.

Tonight is the last regular City Council meeting of the fiscal year. As we await State final deliberations on revenue to Bridgeport as a City and to Bridgeport as a BOE, it might be appropriate to review some other fiscal issues and problems of the year and to determine what you have done about them. [Read more →]

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Former Councilman Richard Paoletto Back On Payroll

June 19th, 2017 · 14 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

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Richard Paoletto

Former city employee Richard Paoletto, whose son Anthony currently occupies the City Council seat his father maintained for more than a decade, is back working for the Water Pollution Control Authority, according to a report by CT Post reporter Dan Tepfer.

A former councilman forced to resign and then to retire from a city post following two sexual harassment claims has been rehired by the city’s Water Pollution Control Agency.

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Groundbreaking For East End Market

June 19th, 2017 · 19 Comments · Development and Zoning

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State Senator Ed Gomes tonight will join members of the East End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction  of the East End Pop-Up Market & Cafe, 1851 Stratford Avenue.

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Slater Positions For State Republican Leadership Post

June 18th, 2017 · 14 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

John Slater, right, with Linda McMahon at her U.S. Senate Bridgeport headquarters in 2012.

John Slater, right, with Linda McMahon at her U.S. Senate Bridgeport headquarters in 2012.

Former Bridgeport Republican Town Chair John Slater is vying for vice chairmanship of the state GOP organization setting off a debate over gender politics, according to a story by CT Post reporter Neil Vigdor. If elected by State Central Committee members Slater would hold the number two slot to state Chair J.R. Romano. [Read more →]

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