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Entries Tagged as 'Av Harris'

Giannotti Positions For City Council Run, McCarthy Not Sure About Reelection

February 28th, 2017 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Former journalist Michael Giannotti volunteered for Mayor Joe Ganim’s 2015 comeback campaign, accepted a city position as public safety spokesperson at $63,500, then left abruptly after a few weeks as his relationship with Ganim unraveled. Now a Ganim critic, Giannotti says he’s pondering a run for City Council in the 130th District that includes Black […]

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What’s A Bridge Employee?

February 10th, 2017 · 17 Comments · News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The mayor’s office recently confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Media that Ganim is being treated as a “bridge employee” who picked up where he left off when sworn in Dec. 1, 2015, rather than as a new hire starting at the bottom.

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Ganim Appoints Rowena White Communications Director

February 3rd, 2017 · 7 Comments · News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday announced the appointment of veteran marketing professional Rowena White as director of communications replacing Av Harris who has assumed a new role as director of legislative affairs and public policy. A Bridgeport resident, White’s annual salary is $100,000. She was a volunteer during Ganim’s 2015 comeback campaign.

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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

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 […]

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Ganim’s Staffing Changes Lead To Salary Adjustments, Key Roles For Staley And Bartlett-Josie

January 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Following a shake-up of top-level officials last month, Mayor Joe Ganim has also altered salaries. With the start of 2017, as well, two women have emerged with influential roles, Chief Administrative Officer Kimberly Staley and de facto chief of staff Christine Bartlett-Josie who has government and political experience. Ganim does not have a long political […]

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Officer Reassigned After High-powered Weapon, Ammunition Removed From His Unlocked Vehicle

January 7th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Risky to leave your car unlocked with a high-powered automatic weapon and ammunition inside, especially if you’re a city police officer. That’s what happened Tuesday to Sergeant Bill Simpson, assigned to the swat-like Emergency Services Unit, who has been placed on administrative status after a male neighbor allegedly removed a weapon, ammunition and tactical gear from […]

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East Side Detour For Arctic Street Bridge Repairs

January 4th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris: The City of Bridgeport today is alerting residents of repairs to the Arctic Street Bridge over Pembroke Lake that will temporarily close Arctic Street from Helen Street to Seaview Avenue for six months beginning January 9, 2017. The purpose of this project is to replace the existing deteriorated Arctic Street […]

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Cold Weather Centers Activated

December 30th, 2016 · No Comments · News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris: Mayor Joe Ganim and Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security have activated the city’s cold weather protocol through Saturday morning December 31, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. This means all Bridgeport public library branches and senior centers as well as the Greater Bridgeport Transit Terminal will be open […]

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