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Entries Tagged as 'Brian Lockhart'

Senator Moore Fumes Over Ganim’s Trump Schmooze

January 18th, 2017 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

State Senator Marilyn Moore who was reelected overwhelmingly in 2016 without the support of Mayor Joe Ganim declared Tuesday night that Ganim cozying up to Donald Trump means he has “turned his ear and back on the people that elected him.”

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Former Police Chief Chapman Returns To Overtime, Staffing Challenges

January 17th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Struggling with health issues and a long commute to the city, former Police Chief Wilbur Chapman who serves as a public safety consultant has resurfaced following a lengthy non-paid absence. Mayor Joe Ganim hired Chapman in December 2015 to serve as police department hatchet man and reel in overtime that’s gotten out of control once […]

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Ganim Will Attend Trump Inaugural

January 13th, 2017 · 51 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim will attend more next week in Washington DC than just the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Donald Trump’s inauguration is also on his list. The Republican president-elect and the Democratic mayor of Connecticut’s most populous city became friendly in the 1990s when Trump viewed Bridgeport as development potential.

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Balancing Police Overtime Bucks

January 11th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s the brutal reality of police department finances: keep overtime down. Well, until a major crime event occurs and city leaders must balance public outcry with fiscal prudence. That’s when the area is saturated with extra patrols and investigators. It costs money. And, by the way, we’re understaffed. Translation: more overtime. And so it goes. […]

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Ganim’s Staffing Changes Lead To Salary Adjustments, Key Roles For Staley And Bartlett-Josie

January 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Following a shake-up of top-level officials last month, Mayor Joe Ganim has also altered salaries. With the start of 2017, as well, two women have emerged with influential roles, Chief Administrative Officer Kimberly Staley and de facto chief of staff Christine Bartlett-Josie who has government and political experience. Ganim does not have a long political […]

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Examining The Library Board’s Independence, Positive Or Negative?

December 27th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Council, Library, News and Events

Does the Library Board operate with too much autonomy? Or does the independence free it prudently from political intrusion?

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The Congress Street Bridge Challenge

December 23rd, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

For years the former Congress Street Bridge has been a must campaign stop for local, state and federal candidates for public office. The transportation void cuts off a key access point across the Pequonnock River from the East Side to Downtown. The price tag for a new bridge is upwards of $45 million. Mayor Joe […]

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Urged By Newton, Contracting Rules Changed

December 21st, 2016 · 29 Comments · News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The city is changing its contracting rules to make it a little less intimidating for companies owned by ex-felons to bid on municipal work.

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