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Entries Tagged as 'Jeff Kohut'

Downtown Has Brighter Face, A Resident’s Viewpoint

March 17th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

Two Boots took a walk on Downtown Bridgeport. Some hand-wringing is going on over this. Communications professional Doug Davidoff who resides Downtown says the neighborhood has a lot more going on than the naysayers assert. He shares in this commentary that follows a response to OIB comments and perspective as a relatively new resident. I’ve […]

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The Goal To End Burning Of Coal, South End Power Plant Agreement Under Scrutiny

January 18th, 2016 · 19 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting a proposed resolution “concerning Community Environmental Benefits Agreement with PSEG Power Connecticut” will be referred to the Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee. PSEG, a significant taxpayer, is under pressure to transition the coal-burning Bridgeport Harbor Station in the South End to a natural gas generation plant that supporters […]

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August 2015 Highlights: Mayoral Primary Turns Ugly, Finch KKK Mailer Backfires, Ganim Fixes Hole In Fence, More Gun Violence

December 28th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

The most-watched mayoral race in Connecticut heated up in August with Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign kicking out an inflammatory mailer accusing Joe Ganim of representing a white supremacist. In fact, Ganim served as a paralegal for a law firm that represented an African American acquitted in federal court of providing arms to a white supremacist. […]

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June 2015: Following Historic Shootings, Candidates Spar Over Crime, Ganim Places Finch On Defensive

December 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Joe Ganim left his mark in many ways in 2015, but where he gained the most traction in his historic comeback was public safety taking Bill Finch to task, particularly the incumbent’s response to an uptick in violent crime. Instead of showing compassion to victims in the face of tragedy Finch dubiously defended lower crime […]

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Judge Radcliffe: No Housing Growth On Community Garden

December 6th, 2015 · 15 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe has rescued a community garden program in the South End from an affordable housing development. Former City Councilman Bob Halstead, active in the community garden program for decades, was among a group of people spearheading opposition. They hired land use attorney Chuck Willinger  to file a lawsuit. OIB commentary contributor […]

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Ganim Stresses Teamwork In Transition Task Force Announcement

November 17th, 2015 · 70 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Mayor-elect Joe Ganim on Monday unveiled his 75-member transition team at the Bridgeport Public Library that includes a cross section from government, political, business community and professional services led by chairs University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen, outgoing Town Clerk Alma Maya and State Rep. Charlie Stallworth. The transition team includes several committees scheduled to present […]

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Voter Turnout For Mayoral Election Runs About Even With Statewide Average, Ganim Eyes McLevy Green For Inaugural

November 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Bridgeport’s general election turnout of 33.67 percent last week was about one point above the statewide average for municipal elections, according to statistics released by Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. The turnout in the city was substantially higher than the mayoral election four years ago, driven by Joe Ganim’s presence on the ballot. […]

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Bridgeport Rising? The New G.I. Joe?

November 5th, 2015 · 13 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Incorrigible policy wonk Jeff Kohut asserts in this commentary Bridgeport will rise under Joe Ganim. Kohut, 2011 petitioning candidate for mayor, was one of Ganim’s many campaign soldiers. Kohut maintains this time around Ganim will be a different Government Issued Joe. Most people of normal intellect and emotions love a come-back story–unless it involves murderers, […]

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