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Entries Tagged as 'Brian Lockhart'

Public Hearing For Downtown Theater Redevelopment

August 29th, 2017 · 9 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

A City Council public hearing will take place Tuesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. in Geraldine Johnson School auditorium, 475 Lexington Avenue, regarding a Land Development Agreement between the city and Exact Capital’s proposed restoration of two Downtown theaters as well as construction on adjacent properties featuring more than 800 units of housing. The legislative […]

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Raising Questions About The Cost Of Police Contract, Pension Obligations

August 24th, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

As the police union contract heads to arbitration, see story here, citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee asks about the price tag for the 2015 retroactive contract.

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Oh City Council, Just One More Thing–Boots Made For Talking

August 20th, 2017 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

It’s disquieting for some City Council members to endure citizen budget hawk John Marshall Lee’s observations. He’s the Lieutenant Columbo of government watchdogs, coming back loaded with unnerving, bone-to-pick questions about financial issues. Columbo persists with uncanny observations, rumpled jacket and neck tie. Lee weighs in with signature bow tie and red boots, his symbolism […]

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Ganim Runs From Trump

August 16th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

The number of politicians, business leaders, elected officials, members of Congress including now Republicans distancing from Donald Trump is down the street, around the corner into the next county. Count Mayor Joe Ganim among them, after snuggling up for a play at infrastructure dough following Trump’s election. State Senator Marilyn Moore, whose name is often floated […]

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City Council Members: What’s Going On Behind Curtain Of Theater Development Plan?

July 23rd, 2017 · 13 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

City Council members are considering a seven-page memorandum of understanding with New York-based developer Exact Capital to revitalize two closed Downtown theaters and a hotel as well as building three housing towers as part of a $400 million three-phase plan. A public hearing will also be scheduled. Approval by the council allows the city to […]

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Downtown Leaders Back Meters

July 20th, 2017 · 18 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: An influential coalition of downtown property owners–members include various developers like Kim Morque and Phillip Kuchma, Forstone Capital and People’s United Bank–has endorsed the controversial new parking meters.

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Meanwhile, East End City Council Battle Thickens

July 19th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Ernie Newton sought to “dispel some rumors” Wednesday as he pitched fellow East End Democrats on supporting his efforts to return to the City Council.

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Following Prostitution Bust, An Ethics Commission Kayo

July 15th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The ethics commission member accused of soliciting a prostitute has “with great reluctance” resigned. But Dr. Noel Kayo also wrote in his letter to Mayor Joe Ganim that he hoped to again volunteer for a municipal board after he clears his “good name and reputation.”

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