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Entries Tagged as 'Hartford Courant'

Ganim’s Fiscal Stability, Department Heads, Bluefish Baseball Attract Crowds

November 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

This is the second installment of Joe Ganim’s early years as mayor Slowly, the city began to inch out of the abyss. The around-the-clock hours of reversing red ink made Ganim’s eyes bloodshot. Whatever funds his municipal tourniquet saved went back into beefing up the strength of the police department to fight crime.

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The ‘Yahoo’ Factor–Ganim Capitalized On Finch’s Gaffes

November 6th, 2015 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Law Enforcement, Library

The hand-wringing swamping the Bridgeport business community, the editorial board of the Connecticut Post, various media outlets in the state such as the Hartford Courant and a sundry of national concerns befuddled by Joe Ganim’s resurgent comeback fails to examine the failures by incumbent Mayor Bill Finch that opened the door to Ganim’s traction. If Finch […]

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Comeback Kid! Ganim Regains Mayoralty In Big Historic Fashion

November 3rd, 2015 · 60 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

It’s now mayor-elect Ganim. Former Mayor Joe Ganim has cemented his quest for voter redemption, handily winning back his old job, according to unofficial results. Mary-Jane Foster placed second with Republican Rick Torres a distant third. Ganim will receive the oath of office for mayor December 1 replacing incumbent Bill Finch whom he defeated in […]

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Crunch Time! One Week Left To Election, Sizing Up Ganim, Foster, Torres

October 26th, 2015 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim carries a refrain inside his head that goes something like this, “I’ve come too far, I’ve come too far.” Ganim won the Democratic primary in historic fashion, knocking off an incumbent mayor. He danced on a table, followers exploded with joy both in praise of Ganim’s comeback and with glee that he had […]

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McEnroe: Why Won’t Ganim Come Completely Clean?

August 5th, 2015 · 26 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

NPR host and Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe raises a relevant question: why does Joe Ganim say I screwed up, but …? The former accomplished  mayor, who finally apologized January 1, 2015 for having his hand out after declaring under oath he did nothing wrong, now conveniently declares on the campaign trail “mistakes” were made. […]

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Scrapped Tax Deal Back On City Council Agenda, Finch Asks Council To Table It

August 3rd, 2015 · 35 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Rejected by the City Council in May, the city’s legislative body tonight (Monday) may revisit a revised 35-year tax abatement for the mixed-use Crescent Crossing housing development at 252 Hallet Street on the East Side. Former Mayor Joe Ganim, a critic of the tax arrangement, is scheduled to address the council during the public speaking […]

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Generous Public Employee Compensation A Burden On Taxpayers

July 6th, 2015 · 29 Comments · News and Events

In a commentary that also appears in the Hartford Courant, Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, writes “Connecticut pays its employees an average of 42% more in wages and benefits than large private sector employers.” Walker, a senior strategic advisor for PwC, is joined in the article by Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar […]

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Squeaker Vote, House Passes State Budget, Car Tax Cut For City Residents

June 3rd, 2015 · 39 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

It’s noisy in Hartford on the last day of the legislative session. The State House in a 73-70 vote Wednesday morning passed a controversial two-year $40 billion spending plan with tax increases opposed by some of the state’s business giants threatening to leave Connecticut. The budget awaits Senate approval. All six members of the city’s […]

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