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Senator Moore Fumes Over Ganim’s Trump Schmooze

January 18th, 2017 · 40 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Marilyn Moore, with Joe Ganim in this file photo, is not happy with hizzoner.

State Senator Marilyn Moore who was reelected overwhelmingly in 2016 without the support of Mayor Joe Ganim declared Tuesday night that Ganim cozying up to Donald Trump means he has “turned his ear and back on the people that elected him.”
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Walker: Keeping Score Of Debt Key Solution For Federal Government

January 18th, 2017 · 22 Comments · News and Events

Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, writes in a commentary that also appears in the Washington Times that “The federal government’s ultimate fiscal goal should be to reduce and stabilize debt/GDP at a reasonable and sustainable level …”
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Need More Info? Ask For It

January 18th, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Tuesday night addressed the City Council with a focus on Police Department spending. From Lee:

This is the second meeting of the year and the fourth of the session that began in December. One year ago information was leaking out of City Hall about the dire financial situation in the City. As the incoming Council with a “second chance” Mayor newly installed it may have been a confusing time. It should have been a time to prioritize our problems and summon all of our resources.

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City Wins Planning Grant

January 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

News release from mayoral press aide Dalmarys Matos:

Mayor Joe Ganim announced today that the City of Bridgeport was awarded a $50,000 Innovation Places Planning Grant by CTNext. The State of Connecticut’s Innovation Places program seeks to support entrepreneurs and leaders in developing places that will attract the talent high-growth enterprises need.
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Ganim Focuses On Brighter Side Of Trump Presidency

January 17th, 2017 · 23 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Fox 61

With the possibility of having his bread buttered by President Elect Donald Trump, Bridgeport’s mayor, Joe Ganim, is approaching a Trump Presidency unlike most other Democrats.

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For Students, Education Culture Shock Westport To Bridgeport

January 17th, 2017 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events

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Marin School image from Dan Woog’s site.

Dan Woog has written about Westport (and many other subjects) for decades. In a new Woog column, Westport students chronicle the educational disparity with Bridgeport just miles away; two dramatically different worlds, one of sushi, the other of chicken fingers; multiple paraprofessionals in Westport classrooms versus, sometimes, just one for an entire Bridgeport school. There are many student success stories in Bridgeport, but the visit to Marin School on the East Side was an eye opener for Westport kids, highlighting the city-suburban disparity, including one student who laments being stuck in the “rich kid bubble.”
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Former Police Chief Chapman Returns To Overtime, Staffing Challenges

January 17th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Wilbur Chapman, left, with Joe Ganim. CT Post photo Ned Gerard.

Struggling with health issues and a long commute to the city, former Police Chief Wilbur Chapman who serves as a public safety consultant has resurfaced following a lengthy non-paid absence. Mayor Joe Ganim hired Chapman in December 2015 to serve as police department hatchet man and reel in overtime that’s gotten out of control once again. Chapman was chief at the end of Ganim’s first tenure as mayor.
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Community Safety Meeting For North End

January 17th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

133rd safety meeting

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