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City Government Tries To Do More With Less

May 8th, 2016 · 40 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

 From Mike Mayko and Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Ganim has also offered an early retirement incentive–a year of health care and $15,000 cash–to try and weed out more employees. So far, more than 40 city workers have applied. Still, Ganim has also been criticized for finding jobs for some of his campaign loyalists …

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Library Board Can’t Catalog Hughes

May 4th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Library, News and Events

The Bridgeport Library Board has gone back and forth about Director Scott Hughes: keep him, fire him, lend him out? Will they ever turn the page?

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Finally, The City Council Has Its Own Bean Counter

April 24th, 2016 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Operating in financial darkness for decades, the Bridgeport City Council has finally hired its own budget analyst to help navigate a $560 million proposed budget, instead of relying on bean counters from the executive branch of government. Wow, a novel approach to checks and balances in government.

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Mercury Rises Over Suds Flap

April 21st, 2016 · 11 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: A City Council “informational session” on changing zoning rules controlling liquor sales threatened to turn into a rowdy bar brawl Wednesday night.

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Carrolling A Career Of City Service

April 10th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Last week Mayor Joe Ganim offered a money-saving early retirement plan to about 100 eligible city employees: $15,000 lump sum and a year’s health benefits paid. Veteran city employee Charlie Carroll decided it was a good time to go, considering the mayor had shelved the parks chief position for the budget year starting July 1. […]

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Who’s More Disingenuous In The Battle For Government Reform, Ganim Or McCarthy? Is Ed Adams Window Dressing?

March 24th, 2016 · 39 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, State Politics

Joe Ganim’s first pass at his so-called watchdog office of Government Accountability is about as flaccid as the city’s Ethics Commission that has done nothing to monitor the conduct of public and elected officials in the past decade. Ganim, trying to live up to a campaign pledge assuaging concerns about his 2003 conviction on corruption […]

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Tom White Speaks Out About City Council President Tom McCarthy’s Hypocrisy On Municipal Layoffs

March 21st, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Council President Tom McCarthy told CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart the Ganim administration is “making personnel decisions that are highly concerning, and I fear that the city may be dealing with significant legal issues down the road.” Big Mac has experience in this area, he did the same thing on Mayor Bill Finch’s behalf […]

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Holding The Key To The Paycheck

March 20th, 2016 · 14 Comments · News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim has proposed creation of a government watchdog unit, but how can it be truly independent when the head of the agency works at the pleasure of the mayor? CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the issue. What if the accountability czar needs to investigate the mayor or his allies?

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