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Entries Tagged as 'Ed Adams'

What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]

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Promoting Transparency, Ganim Unveils Financial Website, Lembo: Public Can Dive Into Data

November 3rd, 2016 · 29 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Piggybacking a state online financial portal, Mayor Joe Ganim on Thursday introduced Open Budget that provides insight into city financial information including revenues and expenditures and payments to outside vendors, what Ganim describes as fulfilling a campaign promise for more government transparency. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo joined Ganim declaring Bridgeport the first community in the state […]

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Revisiting Ganim’s Historic Comeback

November 3rd, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

One year ago on Nov. 3, Joe Ganim made history reclaiming the mayoral office he was forced out of following his conviction on federal corruption charges in 2003. Thursday night city Democrats and supporters will honor the one-year anniversary of that election at a fundraiser at Testo’s Restaurant owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. […]

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Shake-up Looms Over Troubled Housing Authority

August 31st, 2016 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Rudderless at the top, crime challenged and guideline glitched, the agency that oversees a $51 million budget serving the housing needs of 12,000 residents could experience a major shake-up in the coming weeks as power struggles between board members and staff have gained greater scrutiny by the federal Housing and Urban Development that funds it.

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Byers Remorse At Housing Authority?

July 17th, 2016 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The Bridgeport Housing Authority will have four executive directors in about four years with the announced departure of George Byers following a dispute with Mayor Joe Ganim who appoints the commissioners. The authority that recast itself Park City Communities has a $51 million budget serving the housing needs of 12,000 residents.

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Ganim’s Proposed Office Of Government Accountability Stalls–Why Not Support A Pilot Program With The State?

June 30th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposal for an Office of Government Accountability has stalled in a City Council committee. Perhaps he’s now reticent about creating another layer of bureaucracy in a difficult budget cycle? And how is it different than the city’s flaccid Ethics Commission?

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Ganim Proposes Government Accountability Office–Work Horse Or Show Horse?

March 10th, 2016 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Joe Ganim’s surreal comeback, arguably the only one of its kind in American mayoral politics, was lifted by the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who was part of the investigation team that topped JG1 in 2003. Adams’ support of Ganim provided weight to a second-chance message. Ganim promised on the campaign trail he would create […]

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Capital Plan, Creating Office Of Government Accountability Heading To City Council Committees

February 28th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim has trotted out a whole bunch of goodies earmarked in a five-year capital plan worth some $178 million that covers schools, police, sidewalks, parks and neighborhood gateways. A prior story covered some of the broad strokes in the city’s proposal to borrow to implement improvements. See all the specifics here,

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