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Entries Tagged as 'Bill Finch'

What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]

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Following Trump’s Election, Tim Hammill’s Call To Action

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

Many Democrats experiencing a hangover from Donald Trump’s presidential victory have found sobering outlets for their political hair of the dog. Former Mayor Bill Finch communications staffer Tim Hammill received some love in an Associated Press article following the launch of My Life In Trump’s America where He’s challenged himself to write every day until January 20, […]

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For Ganim, Education Means Appointing School Board Members

November 30th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Education: Ganim’s first year back. On the 2015 campaign trail Joe Ganim uttered the usual stuff about education: fully fund schools, create a 21st century climate, modernize the infrastructure, yadda, yadda, yadda. What he did not expect, however, was appointing one-third of the nine-member Board of Education the second half of his first year back […]

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Budget Migraine, So, You Wanted To Be Mayor Again?

November 29th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement

Finances: Ganim’s first year back. It was the perfect contrast for Joe Ganim. On the 2015 comeback trail, the former mayor needed to drive a campaign stiletto into incumbent Bill Finch who had a so-so record on taxes starting with his promise to cut taxes $600 as a 2007 candidate only to raise them by […]

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In First Year Back, Ganim Juggles Police Leadership, Low Cop Staffing

November 28th, 2016 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Joe Ganim’s political comeback in 2015 was punctuated by a bit of déjà vu. In 1991, the Democratic candidate against Republican incumbent Mary Moran, he carved out a campaign message that focused on strengthening an understaffed Police Department fighting historic violent crime as well as restoring fiscal sanity with a city in bankruptcy court. As […]

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Ganim Chews On Bird And Budget

November 25th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

What does a mayor do as he’s digesting Thanksgiving overload? Chew on his next budget. Mayor Joe Ganim’s upcoming budget cycle could bloat more indigestion, depending on his success with the next session of the state legislature beginning in January.

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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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Ricci Poises Fire Houses In Snow Removal Plan

November 18th, 2016 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Ah, 60 degree weather in mid November and who’s thinking about snow? Public Facilities Director John Ricci. He realizes, with a reminder from his boss Mayor Joe Ganim, you’re really only as good as your last snow removal. So Ricci has noodled a new clearance strategy that adds fire to the ice.

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