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Entries Tagged as 'Jasper McLevy'

Ganim Chats About Blockbuster Storm, Life As Mayor, Run For Governor

January 4th, 2018 · 5 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Mayor Joe Ganim braved the snow on I-95 to appear Thursday on Dateline New Haven hosted by OIB friend Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent. On a day like this how could you not kick off the interview without reminiscing about Bridgeport’s Socialist Mayor Jasper McLevy who served from 1933-57 and was credited […]

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Ganim’s 12 Years As Mayor Only Half Of Jasper McLevy’s Service

December 4th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim has tacked on another year to his run as the city’s second-longest-serving mayor. Even so, he’s still only served about half the 24-year run by Socialist Jasper McLevy, 1933-57. Yes, Bridgeport had a Socialist mayor who was really more of a reformer who stood on street corners for 20 years railing against the […]

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Discussions Take Off For Possible State Purchase Of Sikorsky Airport

November 17th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The city-owned Sikorsky Memorial Airport is an enigma, never living up to its original promise as an economic driver for the region. It functions at an annual operating loss of about $500,000, according to city officials. The city has been handcuffed through the decades because any expansion must be approved by land use regulations in the […]

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Pereira: “Absolutely Not For Sale–EVER!” Challenges Stallworth In Legislative Run

May 21st, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The banner affixed the window of Maria Pereira’s Upper East Side campaign headquarters says it all: “Absolutely not for sale–EVER!” Reaching deep into Bridgeport’s rich political history that includes a showman named Barnum and a mayoral Socialist named McLevy, it’s hard to find a figure who elicits in such a short time as much passion […]

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Saluting A Throwback Era A Grandson Pays Tribute To William Rodgerson

December 31st, 2015 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Former City Councilman and mayoral candidate Keith Rodgerson’s family history connects to a rarity in American politics. His grandfather William Rodgerson worked for the administration of Socialist Jasper McLevy who stood on street corners for 20 years assailing the corruption in the two major parties until the timing was right that the people would elect […]

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The Times Are Changing

November 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Where did eight years go for Bill Finch? And where did 12 years go for Joe Ganim? Strange as it seems, in one week Finch ends his mayoralty and Ganim commences a historic encore albeit a resumption from 2003. When Ganim receives the oath of office Dec. 1, he will tack on to his standing as […]

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Ganim Channels McLevy History As He Assembles Pieces For New Mayoralty

November 13th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, City Politics

Life is a gigantic swirl for Mayor-elect Joe Ganim whose comeback has gained national attention. He’s fielding interview requests, finalizing a transition team, pondering inner-office appointments and department head positions. What’s certain right now is he will receive the oath of office on the evening of December 1 outdoors on McLevy Green, named for the […]

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On Ganim’s Birthday Foster Hopes For Fundraising Presents

October 15th, 2015 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

The campaign camps of Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster, one of them likely the next mayor of the state’s largest city, haven’t done much lately in the area of public policy statements or news announcements. Knock knock, any press releases out there? That’s partly because they’ve been busy dialing for dollars, organizing fundraisers, building campaign […]

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