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Freedom Of Information Raid–City Lawyers Lopezed For Illegal City Council Committee Meeting

October 4th, 2018 · 9 Comments · City Council, News and Events

A state hearing officer has ruled city lawyers directed an illegal executive session of the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee whose members have been ordered to a training session on the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act following a May meeting that was challenged by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez after the […]

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Lopez Files FOI Complaint Against City, Charging Violations At City Council Meeting

May 5th, 2018 · 30 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez on Friday filed a complaint with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission charging that a meeting on Tuesday by the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee triggered a series of state violations stemming from an improperly noticed executive session for “pending litigation” that also “established a quorum of the […]

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A Report From The Trenches, WPCA Scrutiny Leads To Roar Of Reform

April 27th, 2018 · 23 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Sludge is a messy business in more ways than one. The Water Pollution Control Authority is charged with overseeing the city’s treatment and processing of waste water. Understanding the machinations of the agency’s collection process is also messy. Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez, who is providing pro bono guidance to a City Council committee […]

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Your Chance To Squawk About The City Budget

April 24th, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Civil Service, Education, News and Events

Home stretch time for City Council action on Mayor Joe Ganim’s $561 million proposed city budget. See proposed spending plan here. See meeting schedule here that includes tonight’s public hearing on the Board of Education budget, 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

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Ganim Budget: No Tax Increase–Delegates Approved For Mayor’s Run For Governor

April 3rd, 2018 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday submitted a $561 million budget proposal to the City Council that calls for no tax increase for a second straight year. When it comes to city budgets, the devil’s in the details. It will be reviewed by the Budget & Appropriations Committee for action over the next six weeks or […]

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Mayor To Submit Budget To Council

March 30th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday is expected to submit his budget proposal to the City Council for the spending year starting July 1. It will be referred to the Budget & Appropriations Committee for review and action. Ganim is running for governor so a tax increase would undercut a fiscal message on the campaign trail. […]

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Council Members Urge Ganim To Reimburse City For Campaign-Related Security

January 13th, 2018 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

About half the City Council, and the number appears to be rising, want Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign for governor to reimburse the city for police security when he’s on the stump. Ganim has reimbursed the city for mileage. Why not for police detail? Why would Ganim need police outside of the city? What’s wrong with […]

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Council Members To Ganim: Reimburse City With Campaign Funds

January 9th, 2018 · 8 Comments · City Council, News and Events, State Politics

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Pressure is mounting on Mayor Joe Ganim to pay the city back for his use of a taxpayer funded police detective while campaigning for governor.

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