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Entries Tagged as 'Anne Kelly-Lenz'

Knock, Knock, Budget Committee, Anyone Home?

November 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has arguably attended more City Council budget committee meetings than some of its members. He chronicles the attendance records of budget committee members, including the lack of a quorum on Monday. From Lee: There is only one body in Bridgeport that is charged with looking after taxpayer dollars. It […]

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Lopez: City Councilors ‘Prisoners In The Cave Of Comfortable Ignorance’

August 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

In a commentary first published by the Connecticut Post, retired Superior Court Judge and Bridgeport resident Carmen Lopez takes aim at the “obedient employees on the Council to march on command and follow orders” during a meeting of the City Council’s Education Committee. Check it out: Take an introductory course in philosophy at any university […]

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City Maintains Credit Rating

April 1st, 2014 · 11 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch announced on Tuesday the New York credit rating agency Standard & Poors has confirmed a stable outlook for city finances maintaining an ‘A’ credit rating for the state’s most populous city. See summary report here.

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The Thorny Union Concession Process

December 16th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

Nearly halfway through the budget year and the city is still trying to achieve the $2 million in employee concessions the City Council plugged into the budget in an effort to reduce Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed tax increase. Reluctant unionized employees say they’ve already given back plenty for previous budgets. Mayoral staffers say they’ve taken […]

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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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Are You Smarter Than A City Bean Counter? Ghostly Budget Details

December 17th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

Community budget hounds John Marshall Lee and Andy Fardy, founders of Budget Oversight Bridgeport in pursuit of taxpayer financial truths, are contrasts in doggedness. Lee is professorial, expansive in explanation with a Lieutenant Columbo perseverance. He drives city officials nuts. Fardy, a retired arson investigator, prefers a direct powerwash approach. Aim hose and spray. He’s Mr. Growly […]

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