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Entries Tagged as 'Bruce Hubler'

The Budget, Always The Budget, Plus: The Best Of Bridgeport

March 23rd, 2009 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

This is a crucial budget cycle for Mayor Bill Finch in the worst economy (for most of us) in our lifetime. I harp on the budget because mayors generally live and die by their budgets. In a few weeks the mayor’s proposed budget goes to the Bridgeport City Council with major wage and benefit concessions achieved from […]

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My Kinda Party, Plus: A Himes Hire And Mayor’s Snow Advisory

December 18th, 2008 · 11 Comments · Media, News and Events

What a slammin’ party at Two Boots Wednesday night, by far our largest turnout. Must be the good cheer of the season. Johnny Fabs stopped in as well as another former Mayor, Mary Moran. OIB friends from Bridgeport, Westport, Monroe, Trumbull and Shelton munched on gourmet apizz’ at the downtown night spot. Nice to see friends Billy Carroll […]

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Help Me Spend The Moolah

December 3rd, 2008 · 21 Comments · Development and Zoning, Media, News and Events

I’m wondering (and that usually gets me in trouble) with Barack’s talk about pumping billions into infrastructure improvements to ignite the economy what shovel-ready projects can Bridgeport start on assuming money finds its way to the Park City as early as this spring. What wish list would you start on, fix, upgrade, remodel? Congress Street […]

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What A Load, Plus: Book Party And Finch’s First Year: What’s Your Grade?

December 1st, 2008 · 32 Comments · Development and Zoning, Media, News and Events

Phil Kuchma, developer of Bijou Square downtown, is making a big stink over a proposed residential project in Monroe that could back up the city’s sewage treatment load. This deal involves relocation of the Jewish Home for the Elderly from Fairfield to Monroe with a new residential development that would pipe into the town of […]

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Board Of Ed Dough, Plus: Russo’s Viewpoint

September 9th, 2008 · 64 Comments · City Budget, Education, State Politics

Get a load of this: late Tuesday afternoon I spoke to Bob Curwen, co-chair of the City Council Budget and Appropriations Committee, and he says city budget officials notified him that Board of Education bean counters are reporting an approximate $3 million surplus from the budget year that ended July 1. A state education review apparently […]

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An Agitated Electorate, Plus: Russo In Pol Pod

July 2nd, 2008 · 75 Comments · Education, Interviews

A Quinnipiac poll shows lots of voter trepidation. That’s not good news for some incumbents. Fuel costs, in particular, are a stick in the eye, and state legislative incumbents that have a history of voting for the highest gas taxes in the country would be vulnerable on this one issue. Jodi Rell’s poll numbers, though […]

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Can You Spare A Dime? Plus: OIB 100K And Birdie’s Hippie Fest

June 24th, 2008 · 48 Comments · Education, News and Events

Everyone’s raising moolah. Now that ballot qualification has been set for the Aug. 12 primary, candidates for state office are all over the place begging for dough to qualify for Connecticut’s historic, voluntary, public financing system. Basically, candidates raise a percentage in small donations and receive the remainder of funds from taxpayers. No loot from […]

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Pick A Pony, Plus: New Internal Affairs Chief

May 26th, 2008 · 40 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement

Every now and then Bridgeport voters revolt against the political establishment. We saw it in 1933 when they elected Socialist Jasper McLevy and kept him there for 12 terms. Jasper had railed against the sins of both political parties for decades, and then the timing was right when voters had enough of corruption during the […]

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