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Russo Predicts Sobering Legal Outcome For Liquor Store

May 24th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Just inside the Bridgeport line, across the street from a Fairfield restaurant owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved an application for a package store that opponents argue violates state law. The applicant hired Bridgeport land use guru Chuck Willinger to make the presentation to the ZBA. One […]

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Flats Looks To Lift Joe’s Comeback

May 23rd, 2015 · 36 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Former Fairfield First Selectman Ken Flatto is supporting Joe Ganim’s comeback for mayor, joining the retired FBI agent who put Joe in the joint. CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart has more. Ex-Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim is looking to forge an armor of respectability for himself as he attempts to reclaim the job he lost in […]

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Finch Fumed After Tax Break Rejection By City Council, Castillo: No Harm, No Foul

May 20th, 2015 · 110 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning

City government and politics can sometimes be a contact sport when passions run high, but things got a little too physical two weeks ago, according to several City Council members, after the legislative body torpedoed a tax abatement deal advanced by Mayor Bill Finch. Councilman Bob Halstead, a Finch critic, declared at the start of […]

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The Politics Of Police Staffing Levels

May 18th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Who’ll win the public safety argument in the mayoral election? Some of it depends on whether the dog days of summer bite with violent crime. Police strength is down with more potential retirements on the horizon.

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Can Tax Deal Be Salvaged?

May 10th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Last Monday, in a rare vote against Mayor Bill Finch’s administration, the City Council rejected a proposed tax abatement for a developer. Tax deal too long? Too generous? Election year cover? From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Which side will blink in the game of tax-abatement chicken?

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Will Cops Provide Ganim Campaign Cover With Voters?

May 7th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

There’s a surreality to this mayoral election beyond OIB moments and this certainly is an OIB moment–when a lead federal investigator who sent Joe Ganim to the joint is now supporting his comeback for mayor. And a whole bunch of city cops as well.

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Ay Yi Yi–Another Address For Ayala

May 5th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

How many addresses has former State Senator Andres Ayala had the past decade? It’s enough to cause a traffic tie-up. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart provides a road map for the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s not your typical relationship advice, but getting hired as the state commissioner of motor vehicles last […]

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Politics Of Baltimore To Bridgeport

May 2nd, 2015 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

The mayoral campaign season is now in full swing as Mayor Bill Finch and former Mayor Joe Ganim position to present themselves as leaders in the face of potential civil unrest. What’s your take? CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart shares his: Baltimore riots, meet Bridgeport politics.

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