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Entries Tagged as 'Bill Finch'

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

December 1st, 2015 · 34 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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Walker: It’s Time To Recognize Ganim Reality, Create A Better Future

November 30th, 2015 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

As Joe Ganim prepares to resume office Tuesday, city resident David Walker, a former U.S. Comptroller General, writes in an OIB commentary it’s time to “come together to help create a better future both in Bridgeport and Connecticut.” Walker, a 2014 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, also shares thoughts on policy concerns that must be addressed in […]

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Who’ll Be Jamming In Joe’s Garage?

November 30th, 2015 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Rock icon Frank Zappa scored an infectious FM favorite about several band buddies, an unconventional bunch, coming together to play in “Joe’s Garage.” In Joe Ganim’s unorthodox comeback, he’s assembling pieces to an administration both unconventional and even surreal should the former FBI agent who investigated him work in his administration to create an Office […]

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Who’s Protecting Taxpayer Money?

November 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee raises a question, What happens when City custodians and fiduciaries fail to protect public funds and property? As the Ganim administration prepares to take office Tuesday, Lee no doubt will continue to review purchase orders to see who’s getting paid and asking why. His latest commentary centers on a city […]

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Bye Bye Birdie! Ganim Supporters So Glad To See Finch Go

November 28th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Bill Finch may have flicked Joe Ganim the bird with his reappointment of Police Chief Joe Gaudett, but voters flipped Finch the ultimate bird when they fired him after two terms in office. Ganim campaign supporters have engraved “Bye Bye Birdie” pens, as a fitting tribute to the Bird Man’s mayoral grave. Ganim takes office […]

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Finch Flips Ganim The Bird, Reappoints Chief Gaudett–Ganim Legal Adviser: Decision Petty And Vindictive

November 27th, 2015 · 93 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Outgoing Mayor Bill Finch, whose persistent exaggeration of low crime stats following spikes in violent crime alienated some voters, has decided to handcuff incoming Mayor Joe Ganim with a police chief he does not want. As a parting middle finger to Ganim, the departing mayor has reappointed Chief Joe Gaudett to another five-year contract based on […]

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Can We All Get Along? (At Least For A Few Days)

November 27th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Joe Ganim is finalizing an inner circle of appointments that will walk into City Hall with him on Tuesday morning. Others will be appointed over the course of the next several weeks after he gets his arms around status of the city budget he’s inheriting from outgoing Mayor Bill Finch and other issues. Meanwhile, the […]

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Turkey, Politics, Gossip, New Mayor On Thanksgiving Table

November 26th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Wow, it’s not like you’re short of political gossip on Thanksgiving weekend, right? Bill Finch’s political feathers have been plucked by Joe Ganim in a historic return as mayor. There’s not a lot of love between Finch and Ganim even though Ganim provided Finch gainful employment on several occasions in the 1990s. So it goes […]

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