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Entries Tagged as 'Brian Lockhart'

Newton Trashes Dump Decision

June 24th, 2016 · 11 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Ernie Newton wants to force the city to trash its plans to run the municipal dump in-house.

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City Council Approves Funding For Summer Youth Program, New Metered Parking

June 21st, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The City Council Monday night unanimously approved a $250,000 budget transfer from the Police Department salary line, as a result of a delay in hiring new recruits, into Parks and Recreation account to establish a Summer Youth Initiative proposed by Mayor Joe Ganim. The council also approved a professional services agreement with LAZ Parking to modernize the […]

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Ganim, City Council Members Spar Over “Tax Relief” Dollars

June 15th, 2016 · 22 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Mayor Joe Ganim’s last-minute effort to give youths more to do this summer is embroiled in a battle over spending $2.1 million the City Council intended for tax relief.

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Should The Airport Be Sold?

June 12th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Sikorsky Memorial Airport is owned by the city but located in the Lordship section of Stratford where neighborhood residents aren’t exactly flying high about a modern aviation hub. Expansion opposition from Stratford, runway issues and decades of inaction all contribute to the airport’s financial drain on the city. About 25 years ago then-Governor Lowell Weicker […]

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Newton Dumped From Running City Dump, Misses Mark On Application Box

June 9th, 2016 · 39 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Addressing the City Council Monday night, former State Senator Ernie Newton declared “White privilege means you can commit crimes but held at a different standard.” The pronouncement drew a combination of gasps and cheers from the crowd in the City Council chambers. Newton claimed he had been harmed by bidding process disclosures regarding his particular […]

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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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