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Entries Tagged as 'Bill Finch'

The Political Buzz Of Party Insiders

October 11th, 2017 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Library, News and Events

This forum should be a beauty. Former State Rep. Chris Caruso and ex-City Council members Lisa “Honey” Parziale and Rick Torres on the same panel discussing the ultimate insiders of politics, town committees. All three have served on town committees, with Caruso and Torres once chairs of their respective Democratic and Republican parties in the […]

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Heady Idea–Politics And Pints The New Chug Of Discussion

September 26th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Connecticut’s brew pubs have become the new town meeting centers. Bridgeport has its Brewport and others, Stratford has its Two Roads and others. Monday night at Two Roads, a collection of political activists and elected officials bantered about problems and solutions to the chemical fire that is the state budget process, the 2018 gubernatorial cycle, […]

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Rock And Roll City Council Campaigning, Smith And Spain Versus Burns And Kane

August 23rd, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Library, News and Events

Retired Fairfield University political science professor Don Greenberg stood resolutely Tuesday night in the Black Rock Library directing a supposition to four candidates for City Council in the 130th District. The mayor won’t sign off on the paperwork to fill vacant library jobs to keep services running smoothly. Essentially, asked Greenberg, a member of the […]

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Finch Out As New York Thruway Leader

August 22nd, 2017 · 9 Comments · News and Events

Former Mayor Bill Finch has been pushed out as director of the New York Thruway Authority. Finch is hoping to land another post in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The governor’s office issued this statement: “Bill Finch is a talented, dedicated leader and he is currently pursuing a new role to continue his state service, which […]

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In Praise Of Whitehead And Immigrants, Blumenthal Jabs Trump, ‘What Really Made America Great’

August 14th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Last week U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal engaged in a heated Twitter exchange with Donald Trump regarding a special prosecutor’s probe of the Trump campaign’s complicity with Russia. On Monday Blumenthal took a subtle dig at Trump declaring German aviation innovator Gustave Whitehead–who some historians argue flew before the Wright brothers–embodies the spirit of immigration. He […]

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Ex Assistant Chief Nardozzi Sues City For Illegal Termination, Claims Deal Between Union And Mayor

August 4th, 2017 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, Civil Service, Law Enforcement, News and Events

James Nardozzi was hired as assistant chief under Mayor Bill Finch to reel in overtime and then was booted by Mayor Joe Ganim because Nardozzi hit the pocketbook of cops who supported Ganim’s comeback campaign by millions of dollars. That charge, among others, is part of a state lawsuit that Nardozzi has brought against the […]

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Thwarting The Opposition, Mario’s Signature Strategy

July 31st, 2017 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

One of the pleasures–some would call it power–of serving as Democratic town chair is discretion to select the date of the party endorsement for respective candidates. “Selective” is a key word for Mario Testa who has a history of choosing a late endorsement date to handcuff potential pain-in-the ass opponents from securing petition signatures to […]

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A “Tired” McCarthy Rejects Reelection To City Council, Served As Head Of Body For 10 Years

July 24th, 2017 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Saying his new job as director of labor relations for the city of New Haven was a factor, City Council President Tom McCarthy announced on Monday he’ll not seek reelection to his seat in the North End 133th District, a position to which he first won election in 2001. He has served as council president […]

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