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Herron: I’m In, Waiting On McCarthy

April 25th, 2017 · 25 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

“Just when I thought I was out, they’re pulling me back in,” City Council President Tom McCarthy told OIB Monday night at a Barnum Museum event. But he’s not quite back in all the way for another run for office. That decision, he says, will come soon. Meanwhile his North End City Council partner Jeanette Herron says she’s running.
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Mattei Won’t Take Loot From Lobbyists

April 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment · News and Events, State Politics

Bridgeport attorney Chris Mattei who earned his prosecutor’s stripes investigating public officials says he will not accept donations from lobbyists in his exploratory campaign for governor.
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Puerto Rican Parade Event

April 25th, 2017 · No Comments · News and Events

News release:

The Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County, Inc Proudly Invites You to the Annual Sashing Ceremony and Presentation Dance Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 7:00 PM * Liceo Cubano Club, 2790 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
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Ouch! Declining Income Tax Revenue Could Expand State Deficit

April 24th, 2017 · 3 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

More messy financial news from Hartford as cities and towns await final state assistance to plug into their local budgets–lower than anticipated state income tax receipts. The state legislature continues to battle with its budget while local municipal officials hold their collective breath.
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Keeley, Phillips Poised For City Council Run, What About Big Mac?

April 24th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Phillips, Keeley

Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips, left, at recent City Council public hearing.

As spring foliage blossoms, so too a number of candidates for City Council. A tandem seriously considering a run would pose a fascinating challenge of incumbents Tom McCarthy and Jeanette Herron in the North End 133rd District. That’s if McCarthy, president of the legislative body for 10 years, seeks reelection.
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L’Ambiance Collapse, 30 Years

April 24th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

L'Ambiance

The scene 30 years ago.

It’s been 30 years since the worst construction accident in Connecticut history left 28 men dead in the collapse of L’Ambiance Plaza, April 23, 1987. I was a 28-year-old communications director for Mayor Tom Bucci. My role was to deal with the media frenzy and announce the dead. Monday morning at City Hall, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman as well as building trades, labor councils and public safety officials will be among those paying tribute to the fallen workers, as they’ve done every year since the accident. Here’s how I remembered the days in my book Only In Bridgeport.
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State’s Immigration Toolkit Available In Nine Languages

April 24th, 2017 · No Comments · News and Events

From Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the state toolkit he released last month that provides user-friendly, step-by-step resources and forms for parents and guardians who have concerns about immigration enforcement and its potential impact on the custody of their children is now available to download in nine languages: Arabic, English, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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A Resident’s Perspective, Downtown Safe, Tiago’s A Problem

April 22nd, 2017 · 37 Comments · Development and Zoning, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Doug Davidoff, an active member of the Downtown scene, shares his perspective as a neighborhood resident originally posted in the OIB comments section. He writes Downtown is active and safe. One problem area, however, is Tiago’s Bar and Grill, owned by Deputy Director of Public Works Joe Tiago. Davidoff also shares a recent video that captures activity outside the bar. From Davidoff:
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