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Entries Tagged as 'Ernie Newton'

The Warrior Ed Gomes Going Out On His Own Terms

January 5th, 2018 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

State Senator Ed Gomes, the plainspoken warrior of city politics who lost his seat in a 2012 primary only to return in historic fashion in a 2015 special election riding the Working Families Party banner, will not seek reelection this year. He turns 82 next month. See background here. Gomes’ 23rd Senate District covers about […]

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Newton Pushes City Resident Hires

January 1st, 2018 · 34 Comments · City Council, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

About 30 percent of Bridgeport’s 702 public safety officers reside in the city, according to statistics provided by the city last May. It’s a figure that also parallels numerous cities around the country: most police don’t live in cities they serve. The same national survey showed that Black and Hispanic officers are considerably more likely to reside in […]

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In 2017, Jayson Negron Major Story

December 31st, 2017 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The police-involved shooting death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron took center stage in 2017. And, more than six months later, interested parties await the outcome of a State Police investigation.

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“You Don’t Sit There Until You Die”–Newton Wants Term Limits For Board, Commission Appointments

December 15th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Councilman Ernie Newton, the “returning citizen navigator” has submitted a resolution calling for term limits for mayoral appointees to city boards and commissions, asserting “this ain’t the Supreme Court where you sit there until you die.”

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Aidee Nieves Becomes First Latina City Council President

December 5th, 2017 · 98 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: see council committee assignments here. Aidee Nieves, a member of the Democratic Town Committee, was elected Monday night as the City Council’s first Latina president. She replaces Tom McCarthy who served in that role for 10 years. He did not seek reelection to his North End seat, but was able to cast a vote, citing […]

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Logjam For City Council President

November 30th, 2017 · 90 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

The race for City Council president is one gigantic swirl with veterans and young insurgents taking a look at the city’s top legislative spot to replace outgoing Tom McCarthy. Who has the inside track for 11 votes?

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Federal Judge Rejects Ganim’s Battle For Public Campaign Cash

November 29th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the State Elections Enforcement Commission decision to ban Mayor Joe Ganim from participating in the state’s public financing program “doesn’t burden or penalize” his first amendment rights because he’s still free to seek state office outside of the Citizens Election Program.

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Newton: Hold Off On City Council Presidency Election Until Everyone Seated

November 27th, 2017 · 35 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

As a court battle plays out to determine the Democratic candidates in the City Council’s 133rd District, maneuvering is underway to select a new legislative leader December 4 to replace outgoing Tom McCarthy. But incoming council member Ernie Newton who served as council president back in the early 1980s says there’s no compelling reason to […]

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