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Entries Tagged as 'Jim Holloway'

What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]

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Let The Sun In (Especially On Fiscal Matters)

June 7th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee stepped up to the podium at the City Council meeting Monday night to remind members not to spend too much time sunning on the beach. Council members, the capital and operating budgets have been set. Summer will soon be here. Is it time to kick back and party?

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Residents Swing At Proposed Sacred Heart Golf Property Purchase

June 2nd, 2016 · 17 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

To supportive city officials, as a land transaction goes, it’s a 300-yard drive down the middle of the fairway. Sacred Heart University cuts a check for $4 million. In exchange the city provides eight acres of wet-wooded golf course property from the 100-acre Fairchild Wheeler Black Course that cannot be touched except for essential maintenance. […]

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Democratic Political Leadership Shows Male-Dominated Gender Gap

March 21st, 2016 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Bridgeport’s Democratic Party is looking for a few good women in district leadership positions. On March 14, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, backed by Mayor Joe Ganim, overwhelmingly won another two-year term as party leader. On the same night the respective members of the 10-district, 90-strong DTC also announced district leaders. All of them are […]

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Is There A Sheriff To Call?

March 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

That’s one of the questions raised by citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee in his address to the City Council this week. From Lee: The new administration is nearing 100 days in office. How prepared are you for what is coming across your desks? From my own observation, I think that the new administration is […]

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Council Committee Meeting Set To Address Gaudett Contract

February 22nd, 2016 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Civil Service, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The  City Council’s Contracts Committee is scheduled to meet February 29, 5:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Room of City Hall to examine a pact with Joe Gaudett segueing from police chief to supervising a department as a contract worker. The three-year package is worth roughly $125,000 per year that also allows Gaudett to continue collecting […]

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Council Committee Approves McCarthy’s Severance Package

January 26th, 2016 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Council President Tom McCarthy’s employment exit with the city as deputy director of Labor Relations received a boost Monday night when his peers on the Miscellaneous Matters Committee voted to approve a severance package that sources say is roughly $35,000 with 18 months of health benefits. The full City Council could vote on the […]

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City Council Rejects Controversial Finch Labor Agreement

December 31st, 2015 · 34 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

UPDATE: How they voted. Facing a mega budget deficit, at the urging of Mayor Joe Ganim, the Bridgeport City Council in a special meeting Wednesday night voted 12-3 to rescind controversial pay raises approved in a labor agreement covering about 150 city employees for a five-year period starting July 1, 2013. Those city employees have […]

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