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Entries Tagged as 'Andy Nunn'

The Pay Of Political Appointees, Many Now Six Figures

December 1st, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

UPDATE: In January 2012 the City Council approved a controversial ordinance creating a pay range for unaffiliated political appointees whose salaries are based on increases negotiated between the city and the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association that Bill Finch leveraged as a last-minute retroactive raise for himself and loyalists. In passing the ordinance backed by Finch […]

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Finch Pads Retro Paycheck Last Day For Himself And Loyalists, Ganim Pay Scale Benefits Too

December 1st, 2015 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

In one of his final acts as mayor based on inaction by the City Council, Bill Finch authorized retroactive pay increases for dozens of discretionary appointees–about a dozen of whom received termination letters on Monday in anticipation of Joe Ganim’s arrival as mayor–that some outgoing city employees described as a nice departure bonus of more […]

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Ganim Has Won, Now What?

November 5th, 2015 · 79 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement

Time to put the pieces together to govern. Joe Ganim deserved a day of rest following a triumphant return Tuesday night. He won convincingly. There was no spoiler. Voters serenaded his quest for redemption. The campaign is over. Now he turns his attention to governing.

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Walsh FOI Trolls Information Among Bill Killers Of Government Reform

March 13th, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

How deep do tentacles run to kill a government reform bill? That’s what former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh wants to know in a freedom of information request to City Attorney Mark Anastasi whose dubious legal opinion allows city employees to serve on the City Council in defiance of the voter-approved City Charter.

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Pelto Pelts Moales Over Charter School ‘Fraud’

June 23rd, 2014 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events

Petitioning candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto shares the latest on the flap involving charter school executive Michael Sharpe. As more and more facts come out about Michael Sharpe, the CEO of the Jumoke/FUSE Charter School Management, parents, public school advocates and the taxpayers of Bridgeport and Connecticut are turning their attention to the decision by […]

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Legislative Branch In Conflict, Torres Seeks Answers On The Powers Of City Council

January 28th, 2014 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Republican City Councilman Rick Torres asks a lot of questions. Asking questions can be an uncomfortable process, both for the pitcher and catcher. Uncomfortable for the pitcher because prying an answer from City Attorney Mark Anastasi can be an exercise in pretzel logic. It’s called Anastasi-speak. But it can also be uncomfortable for Anastasi because […]

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Round Up The Usual Suspects! Rick Gets Cold Shoulder From Department Heads

November 19th, 2013 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council

Rick Torres isn’t exactly receiving welcome-wagon attention at City Hall. The Republican City Council-elect says he was trying to introduce himself to department heads on Monday as he prepares for his seat on the city’s 20-member budget and legislative body. The reception, he says, was more like man from Mars.

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General Lee Covers Budget Session

April 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Wednesday night attended the first session of the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee as the city’s legislative body began review of Mayor Bill Finch’s budget proposal for the spending year starting July 1. He files this report: Last evening some members of the City Council met in the […]

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