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City Police Officers Demoted In Racial Letter Case Oppose Discipline

November 22nd, 2016 · 4 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell and Captain Robert Sapiro will be demoted one rank in connection with the fabrication of a racially charged letter that has generated unrest in the Police Department dating back to the mayoral administration of Bill Finch. Blackwell is president of the Bridgeport Guardians minority police organization. His lawyer, former Mayor Tom Bucci who specializes […]

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Disciplinary Action To Be Announced In Racist Letter Case

November 8th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The issue has been in the news for more than a year and has certainly frustrated a number of city police officers, but this week the city is expected to announce disciplinary action against Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell and another officer involving the fabrication of a racially charged letter that has generated unrest in the Police […]

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Worse In Hartford? Connecticut’s Bleeding Cities–Stafstrom: It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Worse Off … State Has Ignored Cities

August 29th, 2016 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

The mil rate in Bridgeport is 54. In Hartford it’s 74–ouch–by far the highest in the state. Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan approved by the City Council calls for $4 million in union concessions to balance the budget, some of which he has achieved. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s budget anticipates $15.5 million in municipal givebacks. […]

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Carving Up The City To Suburbs, Careful What You Wish For

July 8th, 2016 · 46 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Okay, let’s have some fun. Black Rock is apoplectic about absorbing the brunt of the revaluation blow that jacked taxes in the neighborhood to finance city services. For two hours the other night Mayor Joe Ganim listened patiently as homeowners, a majority from that cool Black Rock hamlet, justifiably vented. Most Black Rockers did not […]

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City Council Approves Sale Of Golf Course Property To Sacred Heart, Sludge Deal With Trumbull

June 7th, 2016 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The City Council by a 15-3 vote Monday night approved the sale of eight acres of Fairchild Wheeler golf course property to Sacred Heart University for $4 million that will allow the university a larger footprint to build on campus proper without developing the park land beyond basic maintenance. SHU needs the extra land to […]

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Residents Swing At Proposed Sacred Heart Golf Property Purchase

June 2nd, 2016 · 17 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

To supportive city officials, as a land transaction goes, it’s a 300-yard drive down the middle of the fairway. Sacred Heart University cuts a check for $4 million. In exchange the city provides eight acres of wet-wooded golf course property from the 100-acre Fairchild Wheeler Black Course that cannot be touched except for essential maintenance. […]

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Details Of ‘Racist’ Letter Probe Stalls, Finch Balks At Releasing Police Info

November 25th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Sometimes when mayoral administrations are on the verge of a switch, key decisions are held back as a matter of convenience to duck controversial news on the way out the door. That’s the case involving a contentious issue in the police department. Police Chief Joe Gaudett on Tuesday was poised to place a high-profile police […]

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Who Is Joe Ganim? The Early Years

November 8th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim’s political resurrection has generated local, state and even national interest. Who is he? Where does he come from? What were his early years in office like? What follows is the first of two installments about young Joe Ganim, his growth as a politician and the initial years of his first mayoralty based largely […]

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