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Foster Issues FOI Request–Who’s Getting Paid?

March 3rd, 2011 · 70 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Mary-Jane Foster, an exploratory candidate for mayor, wants to know how much taxpayer dough has been spent on outside legal fees since Bill Finch has been mayor. It’s a lot. But it’s not something hizzoner shares on his daily Twitter feeds. Wouldn’t that be nice? My guess is millions. Who’s being paid? How much? Any of these lawyers […]

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Will Moore Be More? Plus: Stipend Relief, And Malloy Spanks Ned On Sick Leave

February 8th, 2010 · 18 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Civil Service, State Politics

Update: Marilyn Moore is a pistol. A pol with passion. And I say pol in the best sense of the word (some pols don’t like being called pols), a bright feisty force you want on your side in a fight.

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Jacobs’ Financial Ladder

February 1st, 2010 · 36 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Civil Service, State Politics

Sweet! New month, a short month, time to think pitchers and catchers, spring arrives next month. Will Phil see his shadow on Tuesday? And will Ralph see the money? And exactly how much loot? Ralph being Ralph Jacobs, canned by the Civil Service Commission last year as personnel director for something called “breach of city […]

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Abate Lands Riccio Deal

December 9th, 2009 · 13 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

What’s a Riccio Deal? Riccio, as in Joe, the city’s former Port Authority director, received a six-month buyout to go away after he was terminated by Port Authority commissioners several months ago following an explosion over Riccio’s efforts to seek state legislation stripping the city of home rule over the agency. Apparently, that deal was good enough […]

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The Library Referendum: Yes Or No? Plus: Abate Flushed

September 24th, 2009 · 68 Comments · Education, Library

I was looking to create a little trouble Wednesday afternoon. (Yeah, I can’t help myself.) So I called Jim O’Donnell, the genial president of the Bridgeport Library Board, to elicit an update on the November referendum to determine library funding. Voters will decide whether one mil shall be appropriated to fund library services. Basically, one mil in the […]

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The Poop On The Regional System, Plus: Jimmy Shows Juice

February 26th, 2009 · 31 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Legislative leaders from Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe heard a pitch Wednesday night from their respective chief executives about authorizing creation of a regional sewer system modeled after one created in the New Haven region. Twelve of twenty Bridgeport City Council members joined their suburban peers at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull to hear a presentation from […]

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Examining The Layoff List, Plus: The Debate, Paul Newman And Blackmail Photos

September 27th, 2008 · 73 Comments · City Budget, Civil Service, National Politics, News and Events

When I look at the layoff list of city employees Mayor Bill Finch released on Thursday I see several with a long history of service to the city. Andrew Abate, who  served as chief of the Water Pollution Control Authority for about 20 years, was let go. Funds for the WPCA come from a separate water fee so […]

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