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Gander Ganim’s Payroll Lineup

February 6th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

How many direct hires has Joe Ganim made since he reclaimed the mayoralty starting December 1? Less than 30, according to a list of discretionary appointments provided by the city following an OIB FOI request.

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Pullman & Comley To Remain As City Bond Counsel

January 12th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Bridgeport-based law firm Pullman & Comley’s 20-year run as city bond counsel led by partner John Stafstrom will continue, according to City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer who says the firm submitted the strongest and least expensive proposal after the city solicited price proposals for upcoming bond counsel services from qualified firms in Connecticut.

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Ganim Appoints Former Police Chief Chapman Senior Adviser For Public Safety, The $64,000 Question: How Long Will He Stay?

December 15th, 2015 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

He served as police chief under Joe Ganim, joined him on the campaign trail in Ganim’s comeback and is currently on Ganim’s transition team. And now Wilbur Chapman is back as “senior adviser for public safety.” Translation: Chapman will help Ganim run the Police Department. Chapman will receive $64,000 for the next six months. How long will […]

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City Council Brawl Bashes Taxpayers

October 6th, 2015 · 19 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

The City Council brawl in 2010 that made national news is costing taxpayers $85,000. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more here. The fight was precipitated by then City Councilwoman Evette Brantley, who’s seeking election to her West Side district seat, after losing it in 2013.

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Elections Complaint Against State Senate Candidate DeJesus Still Under Review

January 14th, 2015 · 7 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A spokesman for the State Elections Enforcement Commission says a complaint against City Councilman Richard DeJesus, a candidate for State Senate, involving a variety of campaign violations including improper collection of petitioning signatures to qualify for the ballot and challenging DeJesus’ voting residence in defiance of the City Charter is still open and under investigation. […]

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City Council Brawl Featured On TruTV

October 3rd, 2014 · 12 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Hey, the City Council hit the big time again. The 2010 brawl between community gadfly Cecil Young and several councilors was featured as one of the “20 Dumbest” on TruTV that showcases “the dumbest of the dumb: the brain-dead daredevils and do-it-yourselfers, pathetic partiers, outrageous outlaws, and just plain unlucky numbskulls who test the theory that […]

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General Lee Barks ‘Troublesome’ Words For Council Members

May 20th, 2014 · 16 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

City stipends, debit cards, city ordinances … city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee reminded City Council members Monday night about their responsibilities to taxpayers. His comments follow: Ordinance–Stipends are considered reimbursements for expenses incurred while pursuing your duties … The big picture as you approved budget items this year …

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Spending Taxpayer Money On Nonprofits–Legit Or Buying Votes?

May 5th, 2014 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council

City budget hound John Marshall Lee says it’s easy to be generous with other people’s money. He charges, in remarks made to the City Council Monday night, council members donations to nonprofits are “outrageous and illegal. What will you do about it?” Council President McCarthy, members of the Council, respected citizens and taxpayers. Were I […]

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