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Boy Shoots Man With Air Rifle At PT Barnum

September 20th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

30-year-old man transported

First responders prepare to transport a 30-year-old man to hospital after he was reportedly shot with an air powered rifle near his Bridgeport, CT home by a 15-year-old neighbor, Sept. 20, 2016. Photo: Cedar Attanasio, Hearst Connecticut Media

From Cedar Attanasio, CT Post:

A man was shot with an air rifle by boy half his age for the second time in as many days, according to police.

Police responded to reports of a BB-gun shooting in the PT Barnum Housing community at around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

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New Cop Class Graduated Monday

September 20th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: Video of Ganim and Perez’ comments at the police recruit graduation yesterday (Sep 19, 2016).

Ganim’s comments:

Perez’ comments:

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Walsh: Listen To The People If You Want To Build Lasting Coalitions

September 20th, 2016 · 47 Comments · City Politics

Former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh shares observation about building a lasting organization to defeat the establishment.

Before we read too much into the recent primary results, let’s consider a few factors:

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Pereira Files Lawsuit Challenging Ganim’s School Board Appointment

September 19th, 2016 · 19 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: Hearing continued until Segarra-Negron can be made a party to the action.

UPDATE: Court complaint here.

Board of Education member Maria Pereira on Monday (September 12) filed a lawsuit against Mayor Joe Ganim asserting his recent school board appointment of Republican Annette Segarra-Negron to fill out the term of Dave Hennessey violates Connecticut law and the Bridgeport City Charter. Hennessey, elected as a Democrat in 2013, became a Republican prior to his resignation this year. The city and state of Connecticut are also named defendants.
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Kohut’s Plan For Bridgeport Rising, Giving Wings To The Phoenix

September 19th, 2016 · 27 Comments · Development and Zoning

OIB asked one of the city’s preeminent policy wonks Jeff Kohut for his take on what he would do were he city development chief. Grab a cup of joe and check it out.

Bridgeport has been in governmental/administrative and socioeconomic decline for the better part of six decades. There are many reasons for Bridgeport’s decline, some Bridgeport-based, but most wrought by forces not based in Bridgeport. This life-long Bridgeport resident has witnessed most of this decline, as well as many failed Bridgeport-based efforts to reverse our negative momentum. I have written and commented extensively on various aspects of Bridgeport’s decline, failed revitalization efforts, and what might be done to re-establish Bridgeport’s municipal and socioeconomic health and regional preeminence.

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Pereira: Let’s Get Back To Work For Students

September 17th, 2016 · 128 Comments · Education, News and Events

Maria Pereira enters headquarters.

Maria Pereira

Board of Education member Maria Pereira, the subject of a historic boycott by four school board members, writes in a commentary the strikers must “stop behaving like petulant children on a playground and get back to the critical work they were elected to do, or they should be the ones to resign.”

One must ask Bridgeport Board of Education (BBOE) Chair Bradley, Vice-Chair Larcheveque, McSpirit, and Mayor Ganim’s illegal appointee Negron whether they fully comprehended the oath they took; “You solemnly swear or solemnly and sincerely affirm, as the case may be, that you will faithfully discharge, according to law, your duties as a Board of Education (BOE) member to the best of your abilities; so help you God or upon penalty of perjury.”

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Malloy, Stafstrom Tour City Plant

September 17th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Malloy, Steve Stafstrom

Governor Malloy, left, with State Rep. Steve Stafstrom for tour of city pump supplier.

Governor Dan Malloy joined State Rep. Steve Stafstrom for a tour of Phillips Fuel Systems, a successful legacy of the late City Councilman and school board member Pat Crossin. From State Rep. Steve Stafstrom:

Great to join Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy at Phillips Fuel Systems (Friday) to talk about manufacturing in Connecticut. Phillips is a family owned business that is exporting world class backup generator fuel pumps around the world, including to nearly every US Embassy, from right here in Bridgeport’s West End. They are growing and we are committed to helping them hire and expand their business locally. High tech precision manufactures large and small are providing good jobs and supporting middle class families throughout the State. We in State government need to continue to highlight their success and support their growth.

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Jerry Springer Antics Soil School System

September 17th, 2016 · 11 Comments · Education, News and Events, State Politics

Connecticut Post Editorial Page Editor Michael J. Daly weighs in on the Board of Education boycott, asserting in his upcoming Sunday column that now appears on line, “Well, I’d say to those boycotting board members, you don’t have the right to do that. You were elected to act, not stamp your feet.” An excerpt follows. Full column here.

While Rome burns, Bridgeport’s Board of Education continues its Jerry Springer routine, while 21,000 students and some 1,500 teachers keep their heads down and try to focus on what they’re supposed to be doing.

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