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Entries Tagged as 'Hugh Curran'

Battle Lines Over The Board Of Education: Elected Or Appointed?

June 28th, 2012 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Library, News and Events

City electors will be loaded with voting opportunities in the coming months: primaries for several state and federal legislative seats on Aug. 14, a special election for four open Board of Education seats September 4,  followed by the general election in a presidential cycle Nov. 6. Several charter revision questions are expected to be presented […]

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Will Pols Sign The Bridgeport Children’s Bill Of Rights For Education?

December 6th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition will conduct its annual meeting for regional politicians tonight (Tuesday) at Mount Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street, to address a variety of issues involving city kids. This time, however, they’ve added a new wrinkle: A “Bridgeport Children’s Bill of Rights for Education.” After discussion, all forum participants will be asked […]

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Happy Birthday Phineas—Who’s Your Favorite Mayor? (Or Not)

July 5th, 2010 · 4 Comments · City Politics

Phineas Taylor Barnum was born on this day 200 years ago in Bethel, Connecticut. Bridgeport became his adopted city. Barnum’s brother, who ran a Bridgeport hotel, introduced him to little Charles Stratton and P.T. would parade him as Tom Thumb. Barnum loved Bridgeport and showered it with all kinds of stuff. Seaside Park, Victorian housing, spearhead for industrial […]

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What’s Joe Ganim’s Future? Pooch Power And Library News

October 1st, 2009 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Library

When I heard many months ago that Joe Ganim had slipped into a federal Bureau of Prisons substance abuse program to shave time off his sentence I coughed up a chuckle. Gee, could the former mayor have rationalized all that high-end wine I bought for him in the 1990s led him to tipping a little too freely? So much […]

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How’s Finch Doing After 18 Months? Plus: Brownfield Bucks

May 15th, 2009 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement

Mayor Bill Finch has just about reached his first 18 months in office. Where did the time go? Former Mayor John Fabrizi would love to fast forward to 2011, the next mayoral cycle, to regain his job. But can he? That raises another question: what kind of shape is Finch in? Much better than a year ago when […]

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Updating The Shaky City Budget, Plus: Shays-Himes Box On The Bridge

August 25th, 2008 · 60 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Mayors live and die by their budgets. In 1971, Mayor Hugh Curran responded to a budget deficit by instituting a separate mini-tax in an election year. He was defeated by Nick Panuzio, the first Republican elected in more than 40 years. In 1988, with the city’s fund balance freefalling beyond control, Democrat Tom Bucci appealed […]

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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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